South Asian Studies Program

INTERNATIONAL HINDI CONFERENCE

APRIL 3-5, 2015
AGENDA
Theme: The Expanding World of Hindi: Possibilities and Challenges

FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 5-8PM: REGISTRATION AND INAUGURATION

5:00 - 6:00 PM
Registration

6:00 - 7:00 PM
Introduction and Welcome Conducted by Dr. Manoj Kumar Mahapatr, DCG, Consulate General of India, New York

Welcome remarks: Rutgers University South Asian Program Director Asher Ghetner and AMESALL Chairman (introduction by Prof Shaheen Parveen)
Hindi Sangam ORGANIZING COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES; (Introduction by Ashok Ojha, Dr. Naveen Mehta, Dr. P. Jayaraman and Deepak Dave)

GUEST SPEAKERS
1. Inauguration: TBD
2. Chief Guests: (PROPOSED) Shatrughan Sinha, Member, Lok Sabha, Former Minister, Govt of India; Hrivansh, Member Rajya Sabha, Dr. KK. Goyanka, and KL Verma (presentation of bouquet), NJ ASSEMBLYMAN RAJ MUKHERJEE, Ex NJ Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula,
3. Guest of Honor: Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay,
Guest of Honor: Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.;
Other speakers: Assemblyman Raj Mukherjee and Ex Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula

VENUE: VAN DYCK HALL, College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
7:00 - 8:00 PM

Cultural Presentations followed by Reception/Dinner


SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 9-5 PM

9:00 - 10:30 AM
Plenary Session: The Expanding World of Hindi: Possibilities and Challenges

Focus Area: Hindi in Higher Education
Prof. Gabriela Nik Ilieva, New York University, NY, introduces the theme, topic and speakers from USA and India.

Key-note speeches:
Dr. Mary Curran, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers: Promotion of Hindi Teaching: A Local-Global Partnership
Dr. Mahendra Verma, York University, UK (Teaching of Hindi: Global & Local Perspectives)
Prof. Keshri Lal Verma, Chairman, Commission for Scientific & Technical Terminology & Director, Central Hindi Directorate (Hindi in Higher Education: Official perspective from India)


10:30 - 10:45 AM
Tea Break


10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Open Session-1

Language for Professional Purposes: Business, Health, Banking :

Chairperson and Main speaker: Dr. Surendra Gambhir, Univ of Penn (Business Communication in India).

Other Speakers:
2. Anand Dwivedi and Haimanti Banerjee with students from Lauder School of Business, UPenn
3. Ashok Garg (CEO, Bank of Baroda, US Operations): Hindi in Banking Sector: Possibilities and Challenges


12:15 - 1:30 PM
Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 PM
Round Table-1
TECHNOLOGY AND HINDI
Chair: Rajni Bhargava, Director, Hindi STARTALK Program, West Windsor, NJ

Speakers:
1. Prakash Hindustani, Journalist and Blogger, India
2. Dr. Rekha sethi and HarshBala Sharma, IP College, Delhi (Communicative Language Teaching Methodology)

Round Table-2:
HINDI IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Chair: Dr. Rakesh Ranjan, Columbia University

Speakers:
1. Dr. Mohan, Central Hindi Institute, Agra: Production of Teaching Material in India.
2. Dr. Warsi
3. Nilakshi Phukan: Pedagogical implications of using audio-video materials to model quasi real life communication and to engage students in interactive activities at different ACTFL levels


3:00 - 3:15PM
Tea Break


3:15 - 4:45 PM
Round Table-3
State of Contemporary Literature

Chair: Dr. Susham Bedi, Columbia University

Speakers:
1. Dr. Kamal Kishor Goyanaka, Vice President, Central Hindi Institute, Delhi
2. Anil Prabha
3. Dr. Shailaja Saxena;
4. Dr. Navin Mehta;
5. Anup Bhargava

Round Table-4
The National Standards For Learning Hindi: Theory and Application
Chair: Dr. Vijay Gambhir

Speakers:
1. Dr. Vijay Gambhir
2. Dr. Sungok Hong, UMN
3. Dr. Shaheen Parveen, Rutgers University


5:00 - 5:30 PM
Why am I Learning Hindi: Debate Pro and Against by High School Students. Moderated by a Rutgers Volunteer

Creative Writing Competition Results and Prize Distribution by Consul General.
Moderator: Sushma Malhotra, New York Board of Education, NY


5:30 - 6:00 PM
Tea Break


6:00 - 9:00 PM
Kavi Sammelan Conducted by: Dr. Bijoya Mehta and Bindu Agarwal (NYU) 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Dinner: 8:00 - 9:00 PM

NOTE: Venue must be vacated by 9 PM

SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 9-12PM

9:00 - 10:30 AM
Open Session-1
Where Do We Go From Here: Hindi Center; From Concept to Reality
Topic introduction and moderation by Ashok Ojha,

Main Speakers:
1. Ved Chaudhury
2. Dr. Navin Mehta
3. Dr. L P Yarlagadda, Member, Hindi Samiti, India
4. Upendra Chivukula, ex-NJAssemblyman
5. Dr. Surendra Gambhir

Concluding Remarks: Consul General Dnyaneshwar Mulay


10:30 - 10:45 AM
Tea Break


10:45 -12:15 PM
Round Table 4
Hindi Learning in US Schools: Innovative Approaches
Chair: Sushma Malhotra, NY

Presenters:
1. Vidya Nahar, Chicago
2. Madhu Agarwal, CA
3. Neelam Mishra, NJ

Round Table 5
Hindi Learning in Community Setting: Role of STARTALK

Chair:
1. YHS 2. Educators Society 3. Sushma Kumar
2. Archana Kumar/ Ruchita Singh, Hindi USA
3. Purnima Desa


12:30 - 1:30 PM
Concluding Session and Recommendations of the Conference


1:30 - 3:30 PM
Kahani Manch Workshop

Chairs: Dr. Susham Bedi, Columbia University and Seema Khurana, Yale University
STARTALK Workshop


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