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Nikita Saxena, New Delhi: The Hindi department of the Delhi University has issued a diktat that students who
have not studied Hindi after 8th grade in school have to pass a Compulsory Test Hindi (CTH) to obtain their degree. Up until now, students from Northeast and other countries had the option to choose another subject instead of Hindi.
Professor Harimohan Sharma, Department of Hindi, says, “This was a rule that did exist earlier, but it has now been made compulsory after the introduction of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS).”While this may not be a problem for most students, it creates a big dilemma for students who are from non-Hindi speaking states or even across the national borders. HT City speaks to some students to find out what they have to say about the move.
Rachungailiu Gonmei, BA (Hons) English, Kirori Mal College
I think this is unfair to all of us who aren’t from Hindi speaking states and haven’t studied the language after eighth grade. I am from Manipur and haven’t touched any Hindi grammar book in years, how will we go back to it now? Even if the Hindi papers are divided into lower and higher Hindi, the problem would stay the same because no matter what, it would still be difficult to start afresh after quite a long gap of not writing and learning Hindi.
Dee Chawarika, BA Program, Miranda House, Zimbabwe
I don’t think this rule makes any sense. There are so many international students like me who’ve never even seen a Hindi book in our life. How do they expect us to learn it in such a short time? Also, what is the point of us learning Hindi when we have to go back to our countries? I will not be talking to anyone or reading Hindi in Zimbabwe.