As the number of people willing to study Hindi and Sanskrit outside India, several universities in Australia are offering courses in Hindi, a national language of India. On the other hand, several scholars have taken lessons from Indian universities such as Varanasi to be able to educate students of their country.
The Australian National University (ANU) teaches Hindi via virtual classrooms where students are able to practice pronunciation, chanting, etc. Approximately 30 students are studying Hindi in comparison to 15 students studying Hindi at the university last year. Around one-third of the students hail from South-Asian countries such as Sri Lanka and India.
Many Australian universities, such as the University of Sydney, are offering courses in Sanskrit as well. The degree is of three years’ duration and every year a student does some units in Sanskrit. The degree is a bachelor’s with a major in Sanskrit. According to a source, the students are more interested in Sanskrit because of their interest in yoga, Indian philosophy, dance or even heritage.
Universities are also teaching some modules on India as part of broader courses such as India-China-Tibet cultural relations, Indian philosophy, introductory Asian studies and Bollywood/Indian films, which always find a number of takers.
The Australian government has also started offering Hindi as an optional subject in the high school syllabus. (India Today)