Much before independence i.e., as earlier as 1918, Mahatma Gandhiji the father of the nation, visualized the need of a link language between the northern and southern states of the country in the interest of unity and integrity of the nation. He thought Hindi spoken by the biggest section of the people then could be the link language. He founded Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha in Madras with the noble purpose of propagating Hindi in the southern states of the country in the year 1918. He was the life time president of this Institution.

 
 
For a decade, from 1922 to 1932, the Hindi Prachar movement in Kerala was carried out directly from the central office at Madras . In 1928, W.P.Ignatius, a resident of Cochin , was appointed Propaganda Secretary and owing to his efforts in 1928, an important resolution was passed unanimously in the Cochin State Assembly. The intention of the resolution was to make study of Hindi compulsory in the former princely State of Cochin . Prompted by this C.Mathaji, who was then heading the Education Department, took the decision to introduce Hindi as an elective subject in important schools of the State.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
New Delhi-2, Date the 30 th May 1964


NOTIFICATION
(No.F.19-49/61-H.1)

No.S.O………………………………………………. in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha Act, 1964 (14 of 1964), the Central Government hereby appoints the 1 st day of June, 1964, as the date on which the said Act shall come into force.

R.K. KAPUR
Joint Educatinol Adviser

DAKSHINA BHARAT HINDI PRACHAR SABHA
(Central Act 14 of 1964)
AN INSTITUTION OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE

Whereas the object of the institution known as the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha are such as to make it an institution of national importance, it is hereby declared that the Dakshina Bharat Hindian Prachar Sabha is an Institution of national Importance.

(Section 3 of the Act)

POWERS OF THE SABHA

“Notwithstanding anything contained in the University Grants Commission Act 1956, or in any other law for the time being in force, the Sabha may hold such examinations and grant such degrees, diplomas and certificates or proficiency in Hindi or in the teaching of Hindi as may be determined by the Sabha from time to time.”

(Section 4 of the Act)

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