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Hindi Sangam Foundation (HSF)

Hindi Sangam Foundation is a non-profit educational and cultural organization with the goal of promoting Hindi learning and cultural practices in the Indian Diaspora.


Hindi Sangam Foundation, a New Jersey based non-profit educational and cultural organization is promoted by Ashok Ojha, a journalist and teacher, to meet complementing goals of promoting Hindi learning and cultural practices in the Indian Diaspora. Ojha is the founder and president of the foundation, which was established in 2015.

It had an immediate objective of organizing International Hindi Conference in collaboration of universities, educational organizations as well as institutions that supported the idea of promoting Hindi language and culture globally.

Managed by a board of trustees Hindi Sangam Foundation was awarded its first federal grant to conduct STARTALK Hindi

Language and Culture Program in the summer of 2016 in association with Franklin Township Board of Education in New Jersey. Since then the organization has successfully conducted summer STARTALK programs every year. The program is directed by President Ashok Ojha who is involved in all aspects from planning to implementation of the program. Sangam-Franklin STARTALK program was invited to present its teaching methodology at STARTALK conferences in Portland, OR in 2017.

Hindi Sangam Foundation works as an advocacy group for promotion of teaching and development of Hindi as a Heritage language in the United States and other countries through conferences, workshops, exchange programs, cultural and educational and academic activities.

It is working to achieve its cherished goal to establish educational institutions, such as, schools, colleges and research organizations for grooming US citizens as the 21st Century World Citizens. The organization is moving forward with successfully increasing awareness for Hindi in communities in USA and beyond.

We organized international Hindi conferences in collaboration with Rutgers University, New Jersey in 2015 and also in Vishakhapatnam, India in 2017 where it was hosted by GITAM University. The Consulate General of India in New York hosted the 2016 conference. Below we provide descriptions of our activities:


Sangam - Franklin STARTALK Hindi Language and Culture Program 2019

Overarching Theme: 'Storytelling'

Post Program Activities (online/onsite) :

Hindi Diwas Event : Sept 29th, 2019 ( Click here Hindi Diwas Flyer For SANGAM Franklin STARTALK Hindi Language Program 2019)
Reunion and Diwali : November 10, 2019
Republic Day event : January 26, 2020

Monthly online follow up lessons from September 2019 to March 2020


Hindi Sangam Foundation, in association with Franklin Township Board of Education, will hold its fourth STARTALK Hindi program in the Summer of 2019 at Franklin High School, 500 Elizabeth Ave, Somerset, NJ 08873 from July 22 to August 8, 2019 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Fridays.

The program aims at teaching Hindi to Middle and High School students (rising sixth to Ninth graders) of all ethnicities and backgrounds through traditional and modern stories from India. Students will be engaged in varieties of cultural activities as they learn speaking, reading and writing Hindi. Applicants are not required to have prior knowledge of Hindi.


Program Dates

A three week intensive summer program to improve speaking, reading and writing skills of Middle and High School students.

July 22nd - August 8th, 2019

9 am - 4 pm. Monday - Friday

No Tuition.

Program Venue

Franklin High School, 500 Elizabeth Ave, Somerset, NJ 08873

Storytelling Novice and intermediate students will present their story at a 'Story Festival' on the final day of the program.


The theme of the program is: ‘Storytelling’.
It is divided into three sub-themes: Personal, Traditional, and Contemporary Inspirational Stories

We will improve students' speaking, reading and writing proficiency in Hindi using varieties of communication strategies, mainly, Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational. We are carefully selecting engaging stories which our students can relate with and are appropriate for their ages and grade levels. The authentic material used in daily learning plans will meet students' proficiency needs. Students will be able to interpret the theme and messages out of the stories while reconstructing their own narratives. The computer lab of Franklin High School is equipped with latest versions of Apple laptops which will be made available to our students. In addition Hindi Sangam Foundation provides I-pads to students to practice topic based activities using appropriate language apps and audio visual recording tools. A day long field trip will be organized on Saturday, August 3rd, to provide students opportunities for interactions with native speakers. On the final day of the program  students will present their stories at a ‘Story Festival’ to reflect their language skills in the presence of parents and guests.


The goal of the program is to improve students' speaking, reading and writing skills in Hindi and prepare them to use those skills in real life situations when they could explore new ideas and issues to construct their own meaning and purpose.

Our curricula is based upon the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. 


How to Apply

This online application is the first step of recruitment process of learners of the program in order to gather information about their cultural, literacy background and purpose of learning Hindi. It will be followed by oral interviews with each student. The enrolled students will be invited to an orientation session prior to the start of the program.

Who can apply?

Middle and High School students (rising 6 to 9 graders)

Details about the Sangam - Franklin STARTALK HINDI PROGRAM 2019

Sangam - Franklin STARTALK Hindi Program 2019 is a federally funded program. There is no Tuition Fee. Free classroom materials, breakfast, lunch, and snacks daily; Field trip day: July 6, 2019 to experience community oriented real life activities; Technologically supported classroom sessions; Art and cultural activities including Indian cuisine, and thematically organized cultural activities; Morning Yoga; Valedictory event, Completion Certificates distribution and students performances to demonstrate their language and cultural skills.

Pre and Post Program Activities

STARTALK requires for all students to attend learning sessions (online and on-site) during pre and post program period, especially writing practice. Enrollment to program is subject to fulfilling the following requirements by all applicants:

1. Parents' consent letter permitting to participate in all activities, including photos and videos recorded for educational and promotional purposes. A template for the consent form will be provided.

2. Willingness to participate in all pre and post program activities - including responding to monthly online follow up lessons from September 2019 to March 2020; Post-Program- Hindi Diwas Event: Sept 29; Reunion and Diwali: November 10, 2019; Republic Day event: January 26, 2020.

For online Hindi learning, please visit: https://21stcenturyhindi.com/hindi-online-program

The program is completely free:

A $100 donation to Hindi Sangam Foundation is voluntary and appreciated. Please make your check payable to Hindi Sangam Foundation and mail to: Hindi Sangam Foundation, 4 Melville Road, Edison, NJ 08817.


If you have any questions, please contact:
Ashok Ojha, Program Director, Sangam - Franklin STARTALK Hindi Program 2019
Email: aojha2008@gmail.com or Ph. 732-318-9891

Student Project Site Archive (HSF)

A series of Google Sites created by students showcasing their work in the past few years.


Sangam - Franklin Startalk
Hindi Language and Culture Program 2018

Overarching Theme: Storytelling



Hindi Sangam Foundation, in partnership with Franklin Township Board of Education, NJ, will conduct a three week intensive summer program from July 16 to August 2, 2018 (15 instructional days) at Franklin High School, Somerset, NJ 08873. We will recruit 40 Middle and High School students of rising six to ninth grades from a diverse Heritage and non-Heritage groups based in Central New Jersey.

Our overarching theme is, 'Storytelling', under which varieties of age and grade appropriate cultural, traditional and contemporary stories will be used to engage young learners in experiencing and exploring the world around them. Rich visuals based authentic material will engage learners in thinking, pairing and sharing ideas and performing activities and tasks in the three modes of communication leading to improve their speaking, reading and writing abilities.

The material will include various forms of story telling such as puppetry, street performances during festivals and events. We will develop two levels of curricula for Novice and Intermediate ranges of ACTFL proficiency guidelines under the overarching overarching theme, divided into three sub-themes, Personal and Family Stories, Cultural Stories about animals and birds, and contemporary stories about role models. The program goals and learning episodes will be outlined in the topic based Learning Plans built on the backward design principles of five Cs of the World Readiness Standards for 21st century learning. They will use multimedia tools for completing tasks.


By end of the units Novice level learners will be able to do basic tasks, such as, identifying characters and events and presenting in culturally appropriate manner. They will learn key words, phrases and expressions related with cultural and contemporary stories about people, places, animals and birds. They will exchange information with others, make comparisons with their US experiences. Intermediate students will explore ideas and construct their own meanings and purpose.

They will pair and share, compare and contrast information with their own experiences and ideas in USA. They will learn varieties of language functions and apply in real life situations. We have collaborated with The Ecole Mondiale World School, Mumbai, India, to allow our students converse with their Indian counterparts in culturally appropriate manner A day long field trip will connect students with the local community.

On the final day of the program Novice and Intermediate students will present their story at a 'Story Festival'. Formative, Summative and self assessment tools, exit cards and note taking will be used to collect learning evidences and stored in individual and Google Doc folders. A structured post-program follow up plan will be implemented to help students sustain and improve their skills.


Storytelling Novice and intermediate students will present their story at a 'Story Festival' on the final day of the program.