Hindi Studies

Providing a scholarly knowledge of Hindi Language, Literature and North Indian culture

Providing a scholarly knowledge of Hindi language, Hindi literature and North Indian culture and promoting related research in this field among Sri Lankans are the aims of the Department of Hindi Studies. It was established at the very beginning of this University, under the guidance of the Venerable Professor Bhadantha Anand Kausalyayan, an expert in Hindi, from India. The Department was later assigned to the Department of Modern Languages but regained its status as an independent department in March 1995 with the effort and guidance of Professor Indra Dassanayake. It remains as the only independent department for Hindi Studies among the Sri Lankan universities.
The Department of Hindi Studies offers Hindi for the Bachelor of Arts Degree and conducts a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree program in Hindi. Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree programme, which was then named as Bachelor of Arts (Special) Degree in Hindi was launched in 1982.In addition, the certificate level course named 'Proficiency in Hindi' is offered for undergraduates of the university and 'Diploma in Hindi' is offered for external learners who are interested in Hindi.


To become a center of excellence in disseminating a scholarly knowledge of Hindi Language, Hindi Literature and North Indian Culture and promoting Hindi related research among Sri Lankans


To encourage and strengthen intellectual citizens who contribute to the national development through education and research in the field of Hindi language studies.


Professor Indra Dassanayake Hindi Library

Prof. Indra Dassanayake Hindi Library was established in 2008 with the books donated to the Department of Hindi by the Indian High Commission and Prof. Indra Dassanayake who was attached to the Department of Hindi. This library consists of a large number of books and magazines on areas such as North Indian Culture, Hindi language, Hindi literature and Hindi folklore. It is a remarkable resource for all students interested in Hindi. In fact, every month, the Indian High Commission has made arrangements to send to the library Indian Magazines published in Hindi. Apart from books and magazines, the Prof. Indra Dassanayake Hindi library also houses a variety of classics of Indian cinema, audio records of folk songs, encyclopedias in Hindi and theses of students studying Hindi.  
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Proficiency in Hindi (Certificate Course)

Registration is now open for the Proficiency in Hindi (Certificate Course), which is available for the undergraduates of the University. Lectures will start on 15th January 2023.
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