Washington, May 11: The University of Montana in the US is offering its students a chance to learn Hindi language during the next academic year and a Fulbright instructor from India will teach the subject.
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.
"This is a rare honour and a big achievement because only four universities in the nation have been allotted Hindi instructors," UM liberal studies Professor Ruth Vanita said. The university will also try to make Hindi language a regular academic subject.
Vanita said the South & Southeast Asian Studies programme plans to apply for a Fulbright instructor for the 2016-17 academic year to continue Hindi classes. Hindi is an Indo-European language, connected through a common ancestor to European languages, including English.
The Hindi language is almost completely phonetic, which means it is written almost exactly as it is spoken. Every letter of the alphabet stands for just one sound.