GIS - 17 August, 2018: The 11th World Hindi Conference (WHC) opens tomorrow in Mauritius in the presence of the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, and an important official delegation from India comprising various Ministers, Governors and Ministers of State.
Organised jointly by the Government of Mauritius and the Government of India, the WHC will be held at the Swami Vivekanand International Convention Centre in Pailles from 18 to 20 August 2018.
The main objectives of WHC are to bring together stakeholders including Hindi scholars, writers, researchers, journalists and publishers on a global platform so as to accelerate the promotion of Hindi as an international language. The conference will offer networking opportunities as well as encourage the widespread usage of Hindi language in the fields of science, education and technology, amongst others.
Some 2,000 delegates and officials from 12 countries including Mauritius, United States of America, United Kingdom, South Africa, Russia, amongst others, have registered for the Conference. The main theme will be “Hindi Vishwa Aur Bharateey Sanskriti” (World of Hindi and Indian Culture).
During the conference, several exhibitions focusing on the developments of Hindi language and evening cultural programmes will be also held. A Kavi Sammelan organised by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi is also in the programme of activities.
A daily newsletter (Sammelan Samachar), a Sammelan Smarika and a Conference Report on discussions/deliberations held during the academic sessions and their recommendations will be published. For its part, ICCR will bring out a special issue of "Gagananchal” dedicated to the Conference. Mauritius Post Ltd will issue a special First Day cover to mark the event.
In keeping with the past practice, Hindi scholars from India and other countries will be honoured with ‘’Vishwa Hindi Samman’’ for their distinguished services in the field of Hindi.
India, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Suriname, America and South Africa have also hosted the WHC.
The Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun attended the launch of the official website and the logo of the 11th WHC by the Minister Sushma Swaraj on 10 April 2018 at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan in New Delhi.
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