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Pakistan’s love for Hindi augments; institutes offering Hindi courses


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Despite all the differences between India and Pakistan, the social structure and culture in both the countries is more or less the same. In the languages prevalent in both the countries, 98% of the vocabulary and pronunciations are the same, and even though the number of Hindi-speakers in India is higher, Hindi is common as an everyday language in Pakistan as well.

In order to establish better communication with India, many Pakistanis are now learning Hindi with great enthusiasm. Hindi courses are being offered in many premier institutions like Lahore’s Punjab University, Islamabad’s National University of Modern Language (NUML), and Karachi University.

The Department of South Asian Languages was established in the year 1973 in NUML, and its aim was to teach Hindi to the armed forces and government officials. It is worth noting that in NUML and Punjab University, many Hindi teachers are Indian women, who moved to Pakistan after marriage.

In Sindh, there is a huge craze of Hindi in the Hindu-regions. Many universities are also offering diplomas and MPhil as well. Due to the craze of Hindi movies, words like ‘vishwa’, ‘neeti’, ‘sambandh’, and ‘charcha’ are important words being used everyday in Pakistan.

Sonakshi Datta
Sonakshi Datta
Journalist who wants to cover the truth which others look the other way from.

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