India-Iran Friendship Association Plans Free Hindi Classes in Tehran
The India-Iran Friendship Association announced on Thursday that free Hindi classes will be held for Iranian nationals starting next week at the location of the Indian embassy in Tehran. The classes are organized in partnership with the embassy of India in Tehran and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
The India-Iran Friendship Association was established by the embassy of India to promote India-Iran relations by holding cultural activities and events. Dr. Abdul Sami currently heads India-Iran Friendship Association.
In recent years, the Cultural House of Iran in New Delhi has held free Persian classes for the enthusiasts of this language. Accordingly, a large number of Indians have managed to learn Persian for free of charge.
Persian, the official language of Islamic Republic of Iran, and Hindi are both classified within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European languages. In the 2001 Indian census, 258 million people in India reported Hindi to be their native language.
It is worth mentioning that there are several hundred of Indian citizens living in Iran. They are mostly concentrated in and around Tehran and Zahedan. Most of Indians are engaged in various small businesses. Since Iran doesn’t take advantage of a powerful economy, only rich Indians can continue living in Iran. Unlike other countries in Middle East, Iran doesn’t accept workers from India.
There are about 8,000 Iranian students studying in India. Most of them are studying in Pune University in the state of Maharashtra. On the other side, India has also become one of the favorite destinations for Iranian tourists attracting around 40,000 Iranians every year.
Iran and India share several common features in their language, culture and traditions. India plays a major role in the Iranian economy. The South Asian country is among the largest buyers of oil and gas of Iran. The two countries maintain friendly and constructive relations.