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Posted on Oct 30, 03:17PM | IBNS
A US based Hindu group has welcomed Australian plans to introduce Hindi in country's schools as outlined in the recently released "Australia in the Asian Century White Paper".
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), termed this development as a "step in the right direction" for Australia.
This White Paper states: "All Australian students will have the opportunity, and be encouraged, to undertake a continuous course of study in an Asian language throughout their years of schooling. All students will have access to at least one priority Asian language; these will be Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian and Japanese."
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that in addition to Hindi; Australian schools should also make facilities available for teaching other Indian languages like Bengali, Punjabi, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, etc.
This 312-page White Paper sets out 25 objectives to be met by 2025.