Hindi (honours) has always been one of Delhi University’s under-rated courses. With a total of 21 papers, including concurrent and inter-disciplinary courses, the course starts by introducing the students to the history of the subject and later, in the third and fourth semesters, moves on to discussing details about Hindi prose.
In the last two semesters, the course centres on the history of Hindi literature in the modern era, Hindi modernist poetry, Hindi essays, drama and creative writing.
Along with these subjects, students are also taught English as part of the concurrent and inter-disciplinary courses, which provides a strong base to the students of both languages, thereby opening up several avenues after Hindi (honours).
“Most people feel that Hindi isn’t a very good course to pursue. But Delhi University has a very good faculty which teaches you the very basics of the subject first and then progress to higher concepts. We are also taught English along side the main course, so our knowledge of both subjects is quite sharp,” said Mridula Yadav, a student of Jesus and Mary College.
“The main reason for this reduced interest in the subject is that parents lay more stress on learning English, which increases the chances of getting a job. However, after doing Hindi (Honours), students can venture into the print and television media,” said Amita Tiwari, Associate Professor, Jesus and Mary College.
“Other than this, students can also do MA and take the NET exam to get into teaching. There are also many public sector enterprises that recruit officers with a degree in Hindi,” Tiwari added.