Faculty Awards

President of India honors former HUF director Herman van Olphen

The President of India, Pratibha Patil, has awarded the Hindi Urdu Flagship’s former (and founding) director Herman van Olphen the extremely prestigious Sir George Grierson award for a lifetime of service towards teaching and promoting the Hindi language. Van Olphen received the award in a special ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan (the Presidential House) on June 20, 2012.

HUF Lecturer nominated for Language Teaching Award

Shahnaz Hassan, the Hindi Urdu Flagship’s principal lecturer in Urdu, has been nominated for the first-ever Texas Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Award. Students submitted nominations late last fall based on teachers’ commitment, knowledge, passion, and ability to challenge. The award program is an initiative of the Texas Language Center at the University of Texas at Austin.