President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated World Hindi Secretariat building in Port Louis, Mauritius. He also launched secretariat’s logo, an Early Digital Learning Programme as well unveiled foundation stones of social housing project and large ENT hospital being built with Indian assistance.
World Hindi Secretariat is built with a grant of Rs. 33 crore which was funded entirely by India. The land for the secretariat was provided by the government of Mauritius while Indian Prime Minister Mr. Modi laid the foundation stone in 2015.
The secretariat aims to present Hindi as the language of common man. Undoubtedly, Hindi has played significant role in culture and society building in both India and Mauritius. Indian diaspora in Mauritius has played a huge role in the spread of Hindi.
During the first World Hindi Conference held in Nagpur in 1975, Sir Shivsagar Ramgoolam put forth the idea of setting up World Hindi Secretariat.
Considering the recommendation of Ramgoolam, the then Prime Minister of Mauritius and President of the delegation decided to give shape to the idea of establishing the World Hindi Secretariat in Mauritius after the brainstorming at the Second World Hindi Conference held in Mauritius.
After the 5th World Hindi Conference in Trinidad and Tobago in April 1996, Mauritius Government appointed Dr Smt Sarita Budhu as an advisor in the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research for the works related to the creation of the World Hindi Secretariat.
Vinod Bala Arun was the first secretary-general of the World Hindi Secretariat. The organisation was set up by the governments of India and Mauritius to promote Hindi across the world.