Dr. Alok Kumar, distinguished teaching professor of physics, had an idea to pitch to the National Security Agency: a series of videos about famous archaeological sites and institutions in India, with accompanying lesson plans, to teach Hindi internationally in the context of science and technology.
The NSA-funded program STARTALK makes it a national security priority to expand the teaching and learning of Hindi, Arabic, Chinese and other world languages. The program made a $90,000 grant to Dr. Ved Chaudhary, director of the project, supplemented by funding from his New Jersey-based foundation, Educators’ Society for Heritage of India, with Kumar as principal investigator.
The financial support enabled Kumar to work with a team of scholars in New Jersey, Jaipur and New Delhi, where they produced 28 videos in India’s majority language.
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