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More students in S'pore learning Hindi

india Updated: Jul 24, 2006 11:01 IST
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Increasing numbers of students in Singapore are learning Hindi as opportunities in India expand, the Hindi Society said on Monday.

The organisation is currently holding classes for 2,000 students from pre-primary to junior college levels at four Hindi centres and 32 other schools, said KK Pandey, head of the language department.

Students from two Indian international schools were also learning the language, he added.

In 1990, the Singapore government added Hindi to the list of second languages that students could choose to learn. A year later, the society had only 92 students.

Singapore's predominantly Chinese population includes 14 per cent Malays and six per cent Indians.

Hindi is India's national language.

As it is the mother tongue of many people in this city-state, it is also important culturally and enables Singaporeans to plug into the global Indian network, Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo said on Sunday, which was being observed as the society's Hindi Centres Day.

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