APRIL 3-5, 2015

Theme: The Expanding World of Hindi: Possibilities and Challenges

This is the Agenda as of March 30th, 2015. Please click to download this PDF

Day 1 April 3rd 2 - 4PM  YHS STARTALK Pre-Conference Workshop
Location: LLB 104 Building # 3036, 20, Seminary Place, College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ.

Day 1 April 3rd (Friday)5 - 8PM Inaugural Event Location: Rutgers University, Trayes Hall - Douglass Campus Center, 100 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Day 2 April 4th (Saturday)8:30 AM and Day 3 April 5th (Sunday)8:30 AM, on both days all sessions will take place at Rutgers College Avenue Student Center, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Note: For Hyatt guests, a shuttle will be provided from the hotel to the Venue on Saturday and Sunday. Please check with the Hotel Staff for more info. There may also be a special Conference Table with info. Look for it in the Lobby.

Breakfast on April 4th and 5th will be at Rutgers College Avenue Student Center at 8:30 am. Please arrive by 8:15am.

DAy 1: Friday, April 3, 2 - 8pm

2:00 - 4:00 PM

YHS STARTALK Pre-conference Workshop on World Readiness: Standards for Hindi-Urdu by Dr. Vijay Gambhir, University of Pennsylvania.
Location: LLB 104 Building # 3036, 20, Seminary Place, College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. (Priority entry for registered participants. Priority entry for Registered participants.
(Applicable for instructors, administrators, curriculum and material developers).

5:00 - 6:00 PM 

Registration: Trayes Hall Student Center, Douglass Campus, 100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Inauguration by Hon Dnyaneshwar Mulay, Consul-General of India, New York.

Keynote speaker: Padma Shri Vinod Dua, well-known journalist via Skype.
National Anthem US and India; Lamp lighting by VIP guests followed by Ganesh Vandana by Purnima Desai; Vikas Nangia asks volunteers to honor VIP guests with presentation of shawls:

1. Dnyaneshwar Mulay, CG, India,
2. Joanna Regulska, Rutgers University Vice President for International and Global Affairs,
3. James Masschaele, Executive Vice Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences,
4. Dr. Charles Haberl, Rutgers University,
5. Dr. Asher Ghertner, Rutgers University
6. Dr. P Jayaraman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,
7. Dr. Navin Mehta, Philanthropist,
8. HR Shah, Chairman, TV Asia,
9. Dr. BijoyMehta,
10. Dr. Ved Choudhary,
11. Mrs. Purnima Desai, Trustees, Hindi Sangam Foundation,
12. Dr. S. Gambhir, Chairman, Yuva Hindi Sansthan.

All guests unveil conference booklet. Dr. Shaheen invites Prof. Ghertner to introduce the VP and Vice Dean of Rutgers University and invite them to make welcome remarks. Vikas Nangia introduces HR Shah and invites him to speak. Deepak Dave of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan introduces Dr. P. Jayaraman and Dr. Navin Mehta and invites them to say a few words; Vikas Nangia asks Ashok Ojha to introduce Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr, Upendra Chivkula, NJ, Assemblyman Raj Mukerjee.

Dance item by Navrang artistes; Vikas Nangia asks Shambhu Amitabh to introduce Consul General Mulay and invite him to formally inaugurate the conference. Speech of Hon Mr. Mulay followed by Keynote speech by Padma Shri Vindo Dua. Navrang Dance performance continues followed by Dinner.

Venue: Trayes Hall Student Center, Douglass Campus, 100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

7:00 - 8:00 PM

Cultural Presentation by Navrang;


DAy 2: Saturday, April 4, 9AM - 9pm

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Plenary Session: The Expanding World of Hindi: Possibilities and Challenges Graduate Student Lounge (GSL)
Introduction: Prof. Gabriela Nik Ilieva, New York University, NY introduces the theme, topic and speakers from USA and India.
Keynote Speeches: Hindi in Higher Education-Global-Local Partnership by Dr. Mary Curran, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. Dr. Asher Ghertner, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Rutgers University;
Hindi in higher education - Govt. of India perspective by Prof. Keshri Lal Verma, Chairman, Commission for Scientific & Technical Terminology & Director, Central Hindi Directorate; Dr. Babu Ram, Head of Hindi Department, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana: Challenges of expanding Hindi programs in a Hindi speaking region.

10:30 - 10:45 AM

Tea Break

10:45 AM -
12:15 PM

Open Session: Hindi for Professional Purposes: Trends in India's Business Culture Graduate Student Lounge (GSL)

Communicative Equilibrium in Business Domains of India
Session Chair: Dr. Surendra Gambhir, University of Pennsylvania (Education Abroad for Hindi learners: Pedagogy & Practice)
Speakers: Haimanti Banerjee, Associate Director of Language and Culture Programs, (Education Abroad for Hindi Learner: Pedagogy & Practice), Anand Dwivedi, Director, and Lecturer in Hindi, (Business Hindi Instruction: Dimensions & Outline, and Nimish Shukla, Graduate Student, The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, University of Pennsylvania; Parveen Kumar, State Bank of India and Hindi for professional purpose (Annual Programme for Implementation of the Official Langauge Policy in Banks of India, New York); Kailtlin 'D'Agostino (Hindi as a Professional Path in the Translation Business: Transcending New Opportunities).

12:15 - 1:30 PM

Lunch: Red Lion Cafe @ College Avenue Student Center Basemant

1:30 - 3:15 PM

Round Table 1: Room 411, Student Center, College Ave.
Technology and Hindi
Chair and Moderator: Anoop Bhargava

Speakers (20 min each):
Prakash Hindustani, Journalist and Blogger, India;
Dr. HarshBala Sharma, IP College, Delhi (Communicative Language Teaching Methodology);
Teju Prasad, Teach Hindi App, Lead Developer of Four Rooms, LLC

Round Table 2: Graduate Lounge, Student Center, College Avenue.
Hindi in Higher Education
Chair: Dr. Vijay Gambhir, University of Pennsylvania
Speakers (20 min each): Prof. Santosh Satya, IIT Delhi: Experience based Innovative Model for Promoting Hindi in Higher Technical-Educational Institutions.
Dr. Neeraj Kumar Chaurasia, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi: Initiatives in Progressive use of Rajbhasha Hindi in Administrative Units in Higher Technical Educational Institutions.
Dr. Nilakshi Phukan, University of North Carolina: Pedagogical implications of using audio-video materials to model quasi real life communication and to engage students in interactive activities at different ACTFL levels;
Dr. Rekha Sethi, IP College, Delhi: Hindi in Higher Education: A Delhi Perspective;
Dr. Brij Mansi & Dr. Amita Tiwari: Role of the Hindi TV and the Hindi Cinema as sources of authentic materials for teaching Hindi.


3:00 - 3:15PM

Tea Break

3:15 - 4:45 PM

Round Table 3: Room 411, College Avenue Student Center

State of Contemporary Literature
Introduction and Moderation: Dr. Susham Bedi,
Columbia University
Speakers: Dr. Shailaja Saxena, Canada (Language of Theater); Dr. Navin Mehta (Readers Perspective); Anoop Bhargava, (Language of Poetry).

3:30 - 4:15 PM Round Table 4: Graduate Student Lounge (GSL), College Avenue Graduate Center

Why am I Learning Hindi: An hour long presentation by Rutgers Hindi students. 

Chair: Sushma Malhotra, New York Board of Education, NYC

Introduction: Dr. Shaheen Parveen, Hindi Lecturer, Rutgers University

4:15- 4:45 PM Creative Writing Competition Results and Prize Distribution by Consul General Hon. Dnyaneshwar Mulay.

4:45 - 5:30 PM

Hindi songs by Varsha Joshi

5:30 - 6:00 PM

Tea Break

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Cultural Evening: Kavi Sammelan (6:00 - 8:00 PM) Graduate Student Lounge (GSL) College Avenue Student Center;
Conducted by: Dr. Bijoy Mehta and Prof Bindeshwari Aggarwal (NYU)
Special Guests: Ambassdor Dnyaneshwar Mulay and Dr. Navin Mehta; All welcome;
Poets: Ashok Singh, Anoop Bhargava, Shashi Padha, Amita Sharma, Sarita Mehta, Shailja Saksena, Surendra Tiwari, Animesh Chandra, Gopal Baghel Madhu, Om Pathak

8:00 - 9:00 PM

Dinner at Red Lion Cafe.
NOTE: Venue must be vacated by 9 PM.

DAY 3: Sunday, April 5, 9 - 3pm

9:00 - 9:45 AM

Plenary Session: Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Students Center

Session Introduction: M J Warsi, Washington University in St. Louis.

Keynote Speech: Dr. Christi Merrill, Associate Professor of South Asian Literature and Postcolonial Theory, Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature; Associate Chair, Center for South Asian Studies, University of Michigan.

Presentation: MJ Warsi on ‘Issues in Literary Translation: An Experiment with Premchand’s “kafan”'


9:45 -10:45 PM


Open Session: Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Students Center

Where do we go from here? Hindi Center: From Concept to Reality
Session Chair: Consul General Hon Dnyaneshwar Mulay

Moderator: Ashok Vyas, ITV
Topic introduction: Ashok Ojha, Yuva Hindi Sansthan
Project Presenter: Dr. Ved Chaudhury, Educators’ Society
Comments by: Dr. Navin Mehta and HR Shah,Trustees, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan; Skype presentation from Mauritius: Gangadhar Singh Gulshan Suklaal, Secretary, Vishwa Hindi Sachivalaya, Mauritius; Dr. L P Yarlagadda, Member, Hindi Samiti, India; Dr. Surendra Gambhir, Yuva Hindi Sansthan; Upendra Chivukula, ex-NJ Assemblyman.

10:45 - 11:00 AM

Tea Break

11:00 - 12:00 PM

Round Table 4: Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Students Center

Innovative Approaches in Hindi Learning (10 min each)

Moderator: Sonali Bannerji, Educators Society for Heritage of India.

1.  Dr. Shaheen Parveen, Rutgers: Innovation in Hindi teaching in schools;
3. Neelam Mishra, Edison Public School, NJ;
4. Sushma Malhotra, NYC Board of Education;
5. Ambalika Mishra, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
6. Sanjyot Tatke, YHS STARTALK Hindi
7. Purnima Desai, Shikshayatan Culture Center, NY, NY

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Concluding Session: Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Students Center
Presentation of Session Recommendations by Moderators to Consul-General

Session moderator: Shambhu Amitabh, Consul, Consulate General of India, NY and Deepak Dave, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Presentations of Mementos and Certificates of Appreciation to all speakers, participants and sponsors by Consul General Dnyaneshwar Mulay.
Thanksgiving by Dr. Manoj Kumar Mahapatra, Deputy Consul-General of India, New York, Dr. Navin Mehta, Trustee, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, HR Shah, Chairman, TV Asia.

1:30 - 2:00 PM

Lunch Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Students Center

2:00- 3:00PM

Post-Conference Session: Room 411, College Avenue Students Center

Kahani Manch Storywriters Forum:           
Chairs: Dr. Susham Bedi, Columbia University and Seema Khurana, Yale University.

As a part of the conference a special session on Hindi story writing and writers will be held. All are welcome.

अप्रैल ५, डेढ से साढे तीन बजे तक होने वाले कहानी मंच में हिंदी के
कहानीकार कहानी पढेंगे अौर उन पर बातचीत होगी.  समय की सीमा की वजह से सभी कहानिकारों को १५ मिनट का समय दिया जायेगा.  हम यह जरूरी मानते हैं कि कहानी पाठ के इलावा कहानीकार की प्रेरणा अौर रचना प्रक्रिया पर भी बातचीत हो सके. सभी का इस मंच पर स्वागत है.
अपनी उपस्थिति की सूचना हमें निम्नलिखित इमेल पते पर भेजें--,

Post-Conference Activity: Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Students Center

A Hindi Play by Prayog Hindi Manch;

All are welcome.