The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate is encouraging the Tufts University administration to offer Hindi courses.
In a meeting on April one, it reportedly passed a resolution to this effect. About 20 percent respondents in Fall 2011 Senate Survey indicated that if made available, they would take Hindi courses, reports suggest.
Welcoming this development, Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded TCU Senate for encouraging Hindi and urged Tufts and other universities/colleges around the country to offer Indian languages like Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, etc., in their campuses.
Rajan Zed, who is Chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, further said that besides learning the rich languages and culture of India, it would also make a good business sense to open-up the American children to these as India was on track to become a global power. Moreover, USA being a culturally diverse society, introducing languages of India would bring more cohesiveness and harmony in the communities. In addition, American children of India-descent would be able to keep their languages, traditions and culture alive and intact, Zed added.
Hindustani is reportedly the fourth highly spoken language in the world after Chinese, Spanish and English and has more speakers than Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Dutch, etc.
TCU Senate, largest branch of TCU Government, advocates for projects on behalf of undergraduate students to the administration and allocates $1.4 million to student groups for activities. Tomas Garcia is TCU President.
Tufts University, established in 1852 by Universalist Church and headquartered in Medford (Massachusetts, USA), has campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton—all in Massachusetts, and in Talloires (France). Tufts, which has about 10,000 students and over 1.2 million volumes in its libraries, is ranked by The Carnegie Foundation as an institution with “very high research activity”. Anthony P. Monaco and James A. Stern are President and Trustees Chair respectively, while actress Jessica Biel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) is an alumnus.