The Consulate General of India in Chicago held a virtual interactive session with academia, individuals and institutions associated with the promotion of Hindi studies in the US Midwest on Jan. 14, 2021.
The discussions focused on the activities and efforts being undertaken with regard to Hindi language studies and to spread awareness about them among members of the wider Indian-American community and friends of India, a press release from the Consulate said.
Consul General Amit Kumar in his welcome remarks, appreciated the efforts of universities, Indian-Americans and other organizations engaged in supporting Hindi studies and assured them of the Consulate’s support for study of Hindi as well as other Indian languages in the Midwest.
Kumar also acknowledged the important role of theater groups and ethnic electronic media in promoting Hindi. He underlined the Consulate’s sustained engagement with them including through the mechanism of the Hindi Coordination Committee.
Prominent participants shared their perspectives on the progress and promotion of Hindi at the University level.
They included Prof. Syed Ekhteyar Ali, director of South Asian Languages Program, University of Michigan; Prof. Mithilesh Mishra, director, Hindi, Urdu and South Asian Languages in University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Dr. Sarah Beckham, associate director, Center for South Asia at University of Wisconsin, Madison.
A few American from these universities also shared their experience of learning Hindi.
Organizations such as Bal Vihar, Chicago; Hindi Gurukul, Aurora; and individuals also talked about their Hindi teaching experience, among them, Sunita Mehrotra who teaches Hindi in Wisconsin and Neelam Kanodia in Michigan.
Members active in the Hindi Samanvay Samiti, representatives of Hindi Club of Illinois, Mandi Theater, and Dramatech of America also attended the interactive session.