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Ninth World Hindi Conference

July 17, 2012

The 9th World Hindi Conference (WHC) is scheduled to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 22-24 September, 2012. A media launch for the conference will take place on 18th July, 2012 from 1500 hrs onwards at The Ballroom, Hyderabad House, New Delhi. The conference logo and the conference website will be launched on this occasion by Minister of State for External Affairs Smt. Preneet Kaur.

Organisation of World Hindi Conferences began more than three decades ago when the 1st World Hindi Conference was held in Nagpur from 10-12 January, 1975 under the aegis of Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Wardha. In all, eight World Hindi Conferences have been held so far in different countries such as India (1975 and 1983), Mauritius (1976 and 1993), Trinidad & Tobago (1996), U.K. (1999), Suriname (2003), USA (2007).

Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India is the nodal Ministry for coordinating the work relating to the 9th World Hindi Conference. A Steering Committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Minister of State for External Affairs Smt. Preneet Kaur. Six sub committees have been formed to deliberate on various aspects of the conference. In South Africa an organizing committee has been formed under the patronage of the High Commissioner of India Shri Virendra Gupta. He is being assisted by the Consulate General of India and Indian Cultural Centre, Johannesburg. Hindi Shiksha Sangh a voluntary Hindi organization in South Africa is the local partner for the conference.

The main theme of the conference is 'Bhasha Ki Asmita Aur Hindi Ka Vaishvik Sandarbh'.

The programme of the conference includes nine academic sessions, cultural programmes and exhibitions on various aspects of Hindi including IT applications in the field of Hindi. An exhibition on the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi will also be put up by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi. The venue of the conference will be Sandton Community Centre, Johannesburg. In view of Mahatma Gandhi's long association with South Africa and the deep influence Gandhiji's life had on Dr. Nelson Mandela, the main venue of the conference has been named as Gandhigram, plenary hall as Nelson Mandela Sabhagar and other halls for academic sessions have been named as Shanti, Satya, Ahimsa, Neeti and Nyaya. A well equipped media centre will be set up for the use of media persons and appropriate arrangements for briefing will be made at the venue. Information about the registration for the conference and other details can be obtained from the conference website once it is launched.

New Delhi
July 17, 2012


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