Students in University of Montana, US, are being offering a chance to learn Hindi language during the next academic year. Gaurav Mishra, a Fulbright instructor, will teach the language under the University of Montana’s South & Southeast Asian Studies programme during the 2015-16 academic year. Mishra, from Uttar Pradesh, will arrive mid-August at the university to teach a two-course sequence of elementary Hindi, beginning in fall semester and finishing in the spring.
The university will also try to make Hindi language a regular academic subject.
This development comes in a background where Hindi is the fourth most common language in the world today. Around 260 million people use it as their mother tongue, after Mandarin Chinese (848 million), Spanish (406 million) and English (335 million).