The Central Hindi Directorate of the Ministry of Human Resources Development is making efforts to promote the language in non-Hindi regions across the country, by organising a series of national workshops and camps.

The HRD would conduct workshops for new and emerging Hindi writers in different non-Hindi regions in 2013. The first such workshop was inaugurated in Mandya on July 21. The next workshop would be help in Kasaragod in Kerala soon. Six more workshops would be conducted in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Assam and Jammu and Kashmir, according to Ashok Kumar, Research Officer of the Central Hindi Directorate, who spoke to The Hindu here on Saturday.

The Ministry would also organise such programmes in the eastern States, he added.

Mr. Kumar, who was in the city on Saturday to participate in the eight-day workshop as a resource person, said that the HRD would also improve the speaking and writing skills of people in non-Hindi regions.

He underscored the need to promote the national language in non-Hindi speaking regions, and said the ministry was committed to the successful implementation of this programme. “We are being assisted by the Hindi Prachar Sabhas and other organisations across the country,” he said.

Hari Singh Pal of All India Radio (Central Hindi Features Unit, New Delhi), said that the HRD had prepared study material to “improve language skills of new Hindi writers.”

India is known for its rich linguistic heritage and Hindi could promote brotherhood among the people of different regions, he felt.

“We would train [new Hindi writers] in writing poems, stories, essays and scripts. We also edit their work before sending it for publication,” Mr. Pal, who was also present at the workshop as a resource person, said.

Even Mahatma Gandhi felt Hindi could be used to promote harmony and integrity among the country’s diverse communities, he added.

Twenty-five young writers, including some Hindi teachers, from West Bengal, Maharashtra, Assam and Karnataka are attending the workshop, S. Vinaykumar, principal of the Karnataka Hindi Sabha, told The Hindu.

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