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Urdu casts spell on US students

CAORC is planning to organise course programmes for American students in India through AIIS.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 12:06 IST

Hindi and Urdu are fast becoming the favourite languages among US students. Recognising the need to cater to the increasing demand, the US Department of State and the Council of American Overseas Research Center (CAORC) has announced that course programmes in these languages would be organised in India through the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS).

These programmes, meant for intensive overseas study by Americans, would be in languages such as Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu. With the schedule starting on June 9, summer programmes for languages such as Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali and Urdu would be routed through the Gurgaon-based AIIS that is expecting an unprecedented turnout of Americans this summer.

The AIIS was established in 1961 by a group of US scholars involved in programmes of Indian studies at leading US universities. With headquarters in Chicago, the AIIS moved to Gurgaon in 1998.

Poornima Mehta, Director General, AIIS, said the institute organises classes for Hindi in Jaipur, for Urdu in Lucknow, Bengali in Kolkata, Tamil in Madurai, Telugu in Vizag, Marathi in Pune, Malayalam in Thiruvanathapuram, and Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit in Pune.

First Published: Mar 17, 2006 11:38 IST