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Starting July 2009, responsibility for the teaching of Hindi/Urdu has been transferred from ME/SA to Classics.  As a result of this change, Hindi/Urdu courses are now listed on the Classics  website at


 Hindi is the primary spoken language of at least 337 million Indians, comprising about 40% of India's population. Outside India, Hindi speakers number around 8 million, distributed across Nepal, South Africa, Mauritius, US, Yemen, Uganda, Germany, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Fiji and the UAE. Urdu is an Indic language (the official literary language of Pakistan) essentially identical to Hindi in its spoken form but in its literary form heavily influenced by Persian and Arabic and written in an Arabic alphabet. About a 100 million people in Pakistan and India speak Urdu. Linguists consider Urdu and Hindi to be dialects of the same language. Together Hindi-Urdu is the second most widely spoken language in the world.Hindi/Urdu Class


Poonam Chauhan
Lecturer in Hindi/Urdu

Office: 910 Sproul Hall

Hindi/Urdu Instructors 

910 Sproul Hall

ME/SA faculty whose teaching and research involves Hindi-Urdu:

Sudipta Sen, Professor, History
530.752.3047Hindi/Urdu Class 2

Smriti Srinivas, Associate Professor, Anthropology

Sunaina Maira, Associate Professor, Asian American Studies

Parama Roy, Associate Professor, English







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