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How To Make a Successful Career in Hindi Literature

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‘Language is the key to understanding anything’, many believe this to be true. But the real question remains, is Hindi a language that can become the key? Is the Hindi language worth building a career in; while the answer lies: yes.

First, we need to become aware of why Hindi is much more than just a patriotic language. Let’s explore the opportunities you can grab with your degree in Hindi Literature; from working as a translator in large corporations to finding opportunities in the Army as an interpreter. This blog talks all about a career in Hindi literature and how you can pursue one!

Worldwide, 425 million people speak Hindi as a first language, making it one of the most spoken languages in the world. Another 120 million speak Hindi as a second, it being a language in which you can build a prosperous career. The further you read, you’ll understand these are not empty words. While Hindi is one of the official languages of India, it is also spoken in Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, and Nepal.

There’s a similar pattern of thought amongst Indians, that English is THE language that will open the doors for a secure career for you. On the other hand, we think that our own language, Hindi, is ‘so backward’.

Career Fact: But what if I told you, this pattern of thought itself is backward? There’s a demand for experts in the Hindi language for several job posts in foreign countries. Jobs where experts are needed to teach the language to the U.S military, for the interaction with Hindi-speaking locals. Hence, a career in Hindi Literature might just be the best career option for you, if you are a Hindi language lover.

Educational Requirements

To pursue a career in Hindi Literature, you may find several job opportunities in this career field. Therefore, a Bachelor’s degree or B.A. in Hindi Literature is enough for a fairly lucrative career. If you wish to go for further studies like a Masters or PhD., then you can expect more options available.

There are institutions all over India that bestow the mastery in Hindi. There are even colleges abroad that offer you courses in the same. The Hindi language wasn’t given as much importance as it deserved in the past decades, but that doesn’t matter now. Now, pursuing a career in Hindi Literature is a dream come true. It offers a number of great opportunities. To understand the career pathway for jobs in this language, read below. Here, you can find the most suitable passage for a successful Hindi Literature career.

Career Path in Hindi Literature

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Figure 1: Career Path to make career after graduation in Delhi

Indian colleges offering courses in Hindi Literature

To pursue a career in the Hindi Literature field, you must have a bachelor’s or higher level degree. Following are a list of colleges/universities offering degrees in this career field:

InstitutesLocationCourses OfferedEligibilityWebsite
University of MumbaiMumbaiMA & PhD in Hindi LiteratureGraduate in any discipline Masters degree in any disciplinehttp://mu.ac.in/ 
Bangalore UniversityBangaloreMA in Hindi/ PG Diploma in Functional Hindi TranslationGraduate in any discipline with 50% marks in Hindi University degree OR Graduate in any discipline with 55% marks in Hindihttp://bangaloreuniversity.ac.in/ 
University of Kerala  KeralaMA in HindiGraduate in any discipline www.keralauniversity.ac.in/  
University of DelhiNew DelhiMA in HindiGraduate in disciplinehttp://www.du.ac.in/ 
University of MadrasChennaiMA. Postgraduate course in Functional Hindi and Translation PhD Certificate course in HindiGraduate in any discipline Graduate in any discipline   M.A 10+2http://www.unom.ac.in/ 
Vision Institute of Professional StudiesKolkata BA in Hindi10+2 in any disciplinehttp://www.visionvoice.co.in/ 
Babu Hari Ram Singh MahavidyalayaAllahabadBA in Hindi10+2 in any disciplinehttp://bhsdegreecollege.org/ 
Banasthali UniversityJaipur Banasthali UniversityBA in Hindi10+2 in any disciplinehttp://www.banasthali.org/ 

International colleges offering courses in Hindi Literature

InstitutesLocationCourses OfferedEligibilityWebsite
University of ChicagoChicagoBA10+2
(any discipline)
http://salc.uchicago.edu/hindi-at-chicago 
Boston UniversityEnglandBA (Hindi-Urdu CAS)10+2 (any discipline)www.bu.edu 
University of CaliforniaBerkeleyIntroductory Hindi Intermediate  Hindi Readings in Modern Hindi 10+2    Intermediate Hindihttp://southasia.berkeley.edu/ 
University of MinnesotaS.E.
Minneapolis MN
Intensive Hindi Course10+2http://umabroad.umn.edu/ 

Fee Structure

In India, the fee for a Bachelors’s degree in Hindi literature is within the range of 15,000 rupees to 100,000 rupees. Other factors like location and institution name also contribute to the fee structure for this course. In Indian government colleges, you can get a free seat with minimal charges after passing an entrance exam (on the date which the college decides). A Masters and PhD’s average fee is the same as a Bachelors’ degree. The course fee overseas ranges from 4,500 to 10,000 dollars for a degree in Hindi Literature.

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Job Opportunities after graduation in Hindi Literature

Career in Hindi Abroad:

As mentioned earlier, with your expertise in Hindi, you should not be under the presumption that you are limited to working in India only. Today, the US intelligence and security agencies desperately require Hindi translators.

“As a linguist or translator in the U.S. Army, you are deployed to duty stations around the world. You can get recruited for language interpretation and intelligence analysis. As a linguist, you can qualify for an enlistment bonus up to $40,000 and the Montgomery GI Bill worth over $60,000,” says an army recruiter.

In 2009, the US Army introduced a program for immigrants. Those who spoke one or more from 35 languages including Hindi, were given the chance to get into the military. They were also allowed to receive citizenship by the end of basic training of just 10 weeks.

There’s a reason why the Hindi language is getting a strong foothold overseas. It is because of the economic growth in India, making the foreign countries interested. Here, language becomes a barrier, just like the old times when the British colonized 2/3 of the world. Hence, a career in Hindi Literature could fetch you one of the most lucrative career opportunities.

Career in Hindi Literature

Career in Hindi India:

With significant importance being given to our national language around the globe, there are various employment opportunities. Following are a few jobs in Hindi Literature you may find helpful:

  • Posts like Hindi Officer, Hindi Translator, Hindi Assistant, Manager (Official language) in different departments and units of Central and State government. You can also look for govt jobs in Hindi literature.
  • The scope has increased with the advent of private TV and Radio channels. With the launch of Hindi versions of established magazines and the field of Hindi media, there is a need for Editors, Reporters, Correspondents, Sub Editors, Proof Readers, Radio Jockeys, Anchors, etc.
  • A Degree or Diploma in Journalism, Mass Communication along with academic qualification in Hindi is merit for job seekers.
  • One can work in the mediums of Radio, TV, Cinema as a Script Writer, Dialogue Writer, etc. This field necessitates a natural and artistic mastery of creative writing. But a degree or diploma in creative writing will enhance one’s style of writing.
  • Need for translation of well-known works from international writers, blockbuster movies, advertisements and the work of translating in courts, is peaking as you read this.
  • You can earn your livelihood as a freelance translator and can also set up your own translation firm. There are also opportunities for translation projects from foreign agencies. The task can be easily done through the internet.

Now, we find every global publication house struggling to make space for their existence in the masses, particularly the Hindi belt. Most surprisingly, the leading multinational publishing houses started commissioning Hindi publications. They also started publishing translated versions (in Hindi) of best sellers on a massive scale. So, there are great opportunities available if you want to pursue a career in Hindi Literature. Some of the most preferred ones: a translator, editor & composer in publishing houses.

There are job opportunities in foreign countries for Post Graduates in the Hindi language, especially those who have completed their PhD. There’s great scope for teaching the Hindi language and linguistics in foreign universities. Growth for interpreters and translators overall is expected to be at a very fast rate of 46% over the period of 2012 to 2022.

One can always choose the traditional option of teaching Hindi at schools, colleges & universities as teachers and professors in India and overseas.

Salary structure

The average salary for interpreters and translators was $49,320 a year. Whereas, the entry-level translators may be paid somewhat less in the range from $22,301-$72,017.

Those who want to pick-start a career in teaching, can start earning in the range of 10,000 to 20,000 rupees per month. Candidates working with embassies can receive a compensation of 8,000 to 10,000 rupees per month. Translators are paid between 50 to 100 rupees per page. Interpreters generally earn around 300 to 500 rupees per hour.

Professors in universities can earn up to 40,000 to 90,000 rupees per month in India.

Conclusion

As you read above, pursuing a career in Hindi Literature is no longer just a dream, it could be a reality for Hindi literature lovers. So, you should not hesitate when entering a career in Hindi literature as it may land you a lucrative career alternative. If the national language is something that you want to excel in, know that it has much more renown and use than what has been publicized.

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