The eighth World Hindi Conference has concluded recently with a announcement that the World Hindi Secretariat would be launching a website on 'Hindi on World Stage'.
The declaration made during the conference states that standardised study material should be prepared for teaching Hindi as a second language to promote Hindi and the use of the Devanagri script around the world. Hindi teachers should also be certified as per the declaration. It said that encouragement should be given to the writing of simple, useful books on science, industry and technology and the development of Hindi as a language of science and commerce, not just literature. Besides the main 10 points, the declaration highlighted the significance of United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's appearance at the inaugural function of the conference and welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resolve to get official UN language status for Hindi. Karan Singh, the prime minister's emissary at the conference, gave the valedictory address at the conference. Veteran film writer and director Gulzar during the conference pointed out that Hindi films have given connectivity to India because wherever one goes, one feels at home by being able to communicate in Hindi.