President Pranab Mukherjee honours Chinese professor for promoting Hindi

NEW DELHI: A Chinese professor is among over 30 international and Indian scholars honoured by President Pranab Mukherjee today for their effort in promoting Hindi language.

The President presented the ‘Hindi Sevi Samman awards’ for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan in presence of Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani and other dignitaries.

Those honoured included Ge Fuping, who was given George Grierson prize for his remarkable works done for the propagation of Hindi in foreign, a press release issued today by Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

Ge has made commendable efforts for the promotion of Hindi language abroad.

Besides him, Alka Dunputh (from Mauritius) and Shichiro Soma (from Japan) were also given the George Grierson award by the President.

These awards were instituted by Central Hindi Institute, Agra in 1989. 14 scholars receive this award in seven different categories every year for their contribution in the field of Hindi language and literature.

Out of the 42 awardees for three years, three were not present during the function.