Melbourne Indian Consul takes up La Trobe Hindi issue

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 24 November 2020: The Indian Consul General here has assured all support and assistance to help the community retain the Hindi program at the La Trobe University. Consul General Mr. Raj Kumar was talking to a delegation of community members who met him today at the Indian Consulate briefing him about the latest in the issue and the background behind it.

Mr. Raj Kumar listened to the main points of the issue and how possible steps can be taken to boost efforts to keep the Hindi program going at the University. He is likely to meet the La Trobe University VC next month in this regard.

The diplomat also urged for more feedback on the issue to see what more can be done in this direction. He has also called a meeting of community organizations to discuss the matter.

La Trobe University decided to scrap its Hindi program in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic revenue shortfall and falling student numbers. La Trobe and ANU are the only universities teaching Hindi in Australia. Hindi is also offered as a subject in VCE in different states and Hindi schools supported by the Victorian School of Languages teach the language at the beginning state in weekend centers.

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