CLS Punjabi ਪੰਜਾਬੀ

The Punjabi Language

The Punjab is a vast region stretching across Western India and Pakistan and is home to the Punjabi people. Punjabi and its dialects make up one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world, totaling close to 80 million people in cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Lahore, and Islamabad – some of the largest and most important cities in the region.

With the growth of the Indian economy, Punjabi is a critically important language in many different professional sectors, including government and non-profit, education, science, and technology. Learning Punjabi will open your eyes to the rich people and culture of the Punjab, which includes a diverse array of sub-cultures and religions, including Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, and Jains.

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Featured Alumni Profiles

Adam Matvya
Punjabi 2017
Chandigarh, India
Morgan Burdick
Punjabi 2016
Chandigarh, India
Alessia De Vitis
Punjabi 2013
Chandigarh, India

Punjabi Stories

Sikholars: Graduate Student Conference

By Ilene Gillispie (Chandigarh, India ’12 and ’13) and Soyna Kapoor (Chandigarh, India ’13)We (Ilene Gillispie and Soyna Kapoor) received a CLS Alumni Development Fund award to attend the annual “Sikholars: Graduate Student Conference” at Stanford Un... Read more

Seeing the Seven Wonders of the World

How many of the Seven Wonders of the World might CLS participants have the opportunity to see? Only one of the traditional Seven Wonders of the Ancient World —the Pyramids of Egypt—is still standing. In 2007 over 100 million peo... Read more

Department of State AEIF 2.0 Initiative

ECA’s Alumni Affairs Division has a new initiative called “AEIF 2.0.” As some of you may be aware, the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) was created in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to g... Read more