Addressing the inauguration through a video conference, Pokhriyal expressed the need to empower and embrace Hindi as the voice of India. “When developed countries such as Japan, France, Israel can widely use their local language for development then why can’t India? While we are not against English as a global language, there is a need for people to promote Hindi and all other Indian languages,” said Pokhriyal.
With a clear classification of vowels and consonants and grammar, he said that Hindi defines the cultural and identity of India. “Those creating controversies on the basis of languages need to understand that we consider all languages equal. Hence, even in the national education policy, we have encouraged the state government to teach in the mother tongue in primary sections,” said Pokhriyal.
The new building for Central Hindi Institute was established at a cost of Rs 5.67 crore on a 1,000 sq yards plot provided by Telangana government in Bowenpally. During the inauguration, Ch Malla Reddy, Telangana minister for labour, employment, women and child development urged the union education minister to establish another bigger Hindi institute in Hyderabad to promote the language.
“Telangana government has another five to six acres of land in Bowenpally where the government can establish a bigger institution for promotion of Hindi,” said Reddy.
The regional centre of the Central Hindi Institute in Hyderabad was established in 1976 and since then was functioning at rented premises in DD Colony, Amberpet. The centre is responsible to conduct short-term orientation and refresher courses, seminars and workshops for in-service Hindi teachers serving in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Maharashtra, and union territories Pondicherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.