Victoria government tasks authorities to include Hindi in curriculum

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    MELBOURNE In the backdrop
    of growing importance of
    Indian diaspora in Australia,
    the Victoria state government
    has asked the federal
    authorities to make Hindi a part of its national curriculum. The state government, in its
    latest submission to the
    national curriculum authority,
    has asked as to why Hindi
    language has not been
    included among 11 languages in the national curriculum
    pushing for a strong case for
    the national language of India. In the submission paper, the
    state government has
    referred that Hindi was
    among the top 10 languages
    spoken at home that has
    jumped by 106 per cent in 10 years since 1996. “It is
    inconceivable that the decision
    made by passed this
    language,” the paper said. It strongly supported its
    inclusion by referring to the
    increased migration from
    India, and future trends that it
    said would generate more
    demand for Hindi. It also mentioned that there
    were more than 30 per cent
    professionals from India
    working in Australia as
    compared to 19 per cent
    Australian-born. Over 26 per cent of India born
    immigrants were holding post
    graduate qualification when
    compared to four per cent
    Australian born, it said in its
    submission. “Given that, these immigrants
    would inspire their children
    for the similar professionalism
    and qualifications that in turn
    would generate demand for
    Hindi,” it said. The Victoria government also stated that
    with the level of trade and
    commitment between the
    two sides, Hindi played a
    strong role for communication
    between the corporate world. From tourism point of view
    for Australia, India was placed
    among the sixth leading
    country and was on rise. “Many of the tourists do not
    speak English and therefore
    look for communicating in
    Hindi in the host country
    which requires Hindi speaking
    travel agents, hoteliers, and guides, that in turn demands
    learning Hindi,” the paper said. “Depriving the school children
    and youth of learning Hindi,
    will narrow their global view
    and render them less
    competitive for global
    integration,” it added. The state has asked the federal
    government to recognise
    Hindi with a higher priority
    and its inclusion in the first
    stage of Australian
    curriculum; languages. The demand of Hindi inclusion
    has been also made by a
    Sydney based community
    body National Council of
    Indian Australians (NCIA). NCIA’s president Yadu Singh
    said: “The argument for
    including Hindi in the national
    curriculum is very strong and
    compelling. It needs to be
    taught in the schools as a regular subject, like other
    languages, not just in
    weekend schools, run by
    community groups”. Expertise in Hindi would have
    important consequences not
    only for productive cultural,
    trade and diplomatic
    exchanges, but also for
    intelligence and security issues between Australia and India. “Hindi, the national language
    of India, is not even
    mentioned anywhere. This is a
    serious omission, ignoring the
    importance and relevance of
    this language for Australian students and Australia
    generally,” Singh, a well
    known cardiologist, stated.
     
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    They should include Punjabi language. There are more Punjabi than non Punjabi in OZ
     

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