Hindus have welcomed Australian plans to introduce Hindi in country’s schools as outlined in the recently released “Australia in the Asian Century White Paper”.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, termed this development as a “step in the right direction” for Australia.
This White Paper states: “All Australian students will have the opportunity, and be encouraged, to undertake a continuous course of study in an Asian language throughout their years of schooling. All students will have access to at least one priority Asian language; these will be Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian and Japanese.”
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that in addition to Hindi; Australian schools should also make facilities available for teaching other Indian languages like Bengali, Punjabi, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, etc.
This 312-page White Paper sets out 25 objectives to be met by 2025.