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World Hindi Day celebrated in town
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World Hindi Day celebrated in town

Hoang Phong

A traditional lighting ceremony of the Indian people - PHOTOS: HOANG PHONG

The Consulate General of India in HCMC and the HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) on Wednesday held a ceremony to commemorate the World Hindi Day at the university in District 1, HCMC.

The event started with a traditional lighting ceremony, followed by a speech delivered by Consul General of India in HCMC Dr. K. Srikar Reddy. Participants had the opportunity to listen to a letter written by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to welcome the World Hindi Day and watch a traditional Indian dance performance.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Indian consul general expressed his joy over the growing and fruitful ties between Vietnam and India as the two nations last year celebrated the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. He noted Vietnam is an important pillar in India’s Act East policy.

During Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country in September last year, bilateral ties were upgraded to a comprehensive strategic partnership, paving the way for long-term cooperation in various fields including education, healthcare, culture, tourism and science-technology.

Students of the Department of Indian Studies under the university perform traditional Indian dances

World Hindi Day, which has been held in Vietnam since 2007, serves as a significant occasion to pay tribute to Vietnamese organizations and individuals for their efforts to accelerate the popularity of the Hindi language in Vietnam, Dr. K. Srikar Reddy added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s letter sent to the Indian consulate general in HCMC says: “Hindi is not only a language but an integral part of our civilization and culture. The Hindi language is poised to play a significant and valuable role in the path of economic development of India and has been increasingly popular in many countries around the world.”

Currently, Hindi is only being taught at the HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities. The Indian Studies which currently has more than 300 students was founded under the Faculty of Oriental Studies in 2000, laying the foundation for the birth two years later of the Department of Indian Studies.

On the occasion, the Indian Consul General presented nearly ten copies of Hindi-Vietnamese dictionary, which was born in 2013 through a joint effort between Pham Dinh Huong, an alumnus of Indian Studies of the university and Indian teacher Sadhna Saxena under the patronage of the Consulate General of India, to the university’s lecturers who have made outstanding contributions to promoting the Hindi language.

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