Frequently Asked Questions 

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We are not offering any accelerated Hindi program in Summer this year, but working with students individually through video meets. Send in your request to madhu@mbkhindi.org.

Students planning to join any program must submit an online application/registration form at least 2 weeks before start of the program, to avoid late fees. Visit mbkhindi.org/admission/apply

MBK is WASC accredited for Supplementary Education Program.

We have approval for transfer of grades from FUSDPalo Alto Unified, Saratoga, FUHSD (Cupertino) , Milpitas and Pleasanton Unified.

We are working with San Ramon Valley USD, and hope to start the program in SRVUSD from 2021-22 school year for Hindi  students.

Send in your request if you would like us to initiate an approval process with your school or school district.

Students from Districts or private schools where transfer of credits is not yet approved, will receive a transcript from MBK for their Hindi Language Credits.

Requests for any additional copies of the transcripts must be submitted officially by filling in the form along with payment of $20 for the first copy and $4 for any additional copies at the same time.


Classes are held at MBK office on Christy Street in Fremont on scheduled day and time for each group. See schedule at http://mbkhindi.org/academics/hindi-for-credit/locations

Students will meet for 140+ hours during the academic school year for full year program, and 70+ hours for half year program.


Curriculum for High School Hindi is in line with other World/Foreign Languages taught in High Schools in California. In general students are able to learn a lot faster and more aggressively as they mature. Some studies indicate that 2-3 years of High School level program is equivalent to 1 year of college level course, and 3-4 years of elementary level language study is equal to 1 year of High School program. We have put testing procedure in place to determine student’s equivalency to High School Hindi Program.

Testing is scheduled in February and August. Students must submit their request for testing at least 3 weeks prior to testing date along with testing fee. Late fee of $25 will be charged for late registrations.

Students will be tested in Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension (audio or Video), presentation skills on a topic at their level, and writing skills with appropriate vocabulary for given level.

Sample Tests are posted under Student Corner. Only students in High School or entering High School are eligible to take the Placement Test.

Credits are reported only for the classes taken with MBK. Placement test is given to identify what level is adequate for the student.

In this example, if the student clears level 2 placement test and studies Hindi 3 with MBK, the grades earned during Hindi 3 will be reported to the school.

This will give them 10 credits for the year, but completing Hindi 3 is equivalent to completing 3 years of language study. In other words when colleges and universities see Hindi 3 or Spanish 3, it indicates completion of 3 years of language study as students could only enter level 3 of language study only if they had enough language proficiency in required areas of receptive and productive skills.


MBK teachers are not required to be credentialed teachers. All of our staff members are highly qualified and two are credentialed teachers for Hindi. All teachers are required to meet MBK standards and go through MBK Training program. You can visit the link to ‘Our Team‘ for more details on each team member.


CSU East Bay is now offering Teacher Credential Program for Hindi teachers. Qualified candidates need to show subject proficiency by taking CSET exam (California Subject Examination for Teachers). CSET Hindi Part I  is offered by NES (National Evaluation Series). See details at http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/test_info_CSET_LOTE.asp?t=304

CSET Hindi Part II is offered by GRID (Global Research on Indian Diaspora). Write to madhu@mbkhindi.org for scheduled test dates and other details.


Now that we have qualified (credentialed) teachers, there is no excuse for school districts for not offering Hindi as part of the school program like other world languages. Students and parents need to push for this by going to school administrators and school board members.

We do hope to see Hindi in public school system soon.


We did not have to get the books approved, only the curriculum.

MBK staff members wrote the curriculum outline for four year program with help from Dr. Duarte Silva, Executive director of California Language Teacher Association. Curriculum was also reviewed and approved by Mrs. Usha Jain, professor of Hindi at UC Berkeley, and by Mrs. Gyanam Mahajan, professor of Hindi/Urdu at UCLA.

Currently we are using:

Beginner Hindi by Joshua Pien & Fauzia Farooqui published by Georgetown University Press (Chapter 1-21) for Hindi 1.

Beginner Hindi by Joshua Pien & Fauzia Farooqui published by Georgetown University Press (Chapter 22-42).

Selected chapters from Intermediate Hindi Reader by Usha Jain for Hindi 3.

Curriculum for Hindi 4 program is project based. Students work on social and socio-economic issues in this country and the Hindi speaking world to bring better awareness in their own community by learning through online resources in the target language. Projects involve creating a video in the target language or publishing an article or getting involved in a real-life project related to these issues.

We also use other material published by Tulika Publishers of India, Katha Publishers, Pratham Books and many other available resources.


MBK Language Center is a non-profit organization. There is no State or Federal funding available for these classes right now, and the organization is incurring expenses for teacher salary, facility rental, insurance, marketing, planning, hiring, teacher training, and much much more. Fees collected are used to cover these expenses.


Fees for each category are listed at http://mbkhindi.org/admission/fees-2 and in the application form.

Discounts – With growing enrollment in these programs we are able to offer discounts on these yearly programs based on profit/loss from previous year.

Returning students have an opportunity to get the best discount through end of February.

Enrollment is opened for all students with discounts available through end of April.

Note – Application and fees must be submitted before offer expires. No exceptions.

Late Fee – Students enrolling after August 15th will incur late fee of $100.

Cancellations – Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing.
Fees are non-refundable for cancellation requests received after start of classes. If for some reason you need to opt out of this program before the start of the program, you must inform at least 10 days before the first class meeting to get refund.
Refunds will be issued for 80% of the net fees received. Payments received through Paypal generally cost us 3%.

Yes, the four year course of study for Hindi 1, Hindi 2, Hindi 3 and Hindi 4 offered by MBK Language Center is accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), and approved by Fremont Unified, Fremont Union High (Cupertino), Milpitas Unified, Palo Alto Unified, Saratoga and Pleasanton Unified, and credits are accepted by the UCs and other universities and colleges. Students do need to submit a request for approval, from their school principal at the beginning of the school year.

You can find a copy of the email communication with high school articulation department at UCOP here.


We have been running the high school program since 2007.

The community response has been very positive. It took a lot of time, effort and paperwork to get to this stage, and we expect to make it a success for everyone. Once a batch of students starts this program with MBK, we will take the batch through completion of at least 3 year program.


These classes are for everyone. We are hoping to work with federal institutions like FAFSA for student grants. For those in need of financial help, write to the director of language programs Madhu Aggarwal to discuss your options.


Teachers are carefully selected for this program, and are required to meet the state and district standards for teaching as a substitute. Some staff members have completed the teacher credential program in Hindi and even have PhD in Hindi.

All staff members continue to attend seminars and workshops offered by STARTALK program and ACTFL. All MBK Teachers are also required to attend a summer workshop to share their thoughts and ideas for effective and well planned lessons.

Have a question? Please write to Madhu Aggarwal, Director of Language Programs at MBK. Contact

To see profiles of MBK teachers, please visit our Team page.