About Us

HARI Vidya Bhavan is a non-profit language and culture school located at the Third World Center on the Brown University Campus in Providence, R.I. Our mission is to provide Hindi language instruction and to foster a secular understanding of India’s diverse culture.

HARI School is a non-profit organization incorporated in Rhode Island. It been granted a tax-exempt status by the IRS. All donations to HARI school are tax deductible (Tax Indentification Number is 26-2161086).

HARI School is run by a team of dedicated volunteers from the Indian/Indian American community.

Mission Statement

To provide Hindi language instruction and to foster a secular understanding of India’s diverse cultural heritage in the New England Indian/Indian American community.

  • To offer quality language instruction.
  • To appreciate and understand India’s rich and diverse cultural traditions, practices, and history within a secular context.
  • To promote personal growth and development by participation in cultural events and performances.
  • To encourage volunteering and community engagement.
Academic Affiliation

HARI School is affiliated with Center for Indic Studies at the University of Massachusetts in  Dartmouth. Students in the senior language class may obtain credits from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth by enrolling and passing the “Introduction to Hindi” Course.   Please contact Dr. Ram Gupta for additional information.

Statement of Diversity

HARI School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.

Our History

HARI School was founded in September 1996 through the collaboration for four organization – Hindi Association of Rhode Island, India Association of Rhode Island, Third World Center, and South Asia Students Association of Brown University. The goal was to provide Hindi language and culture instruction to the next generation of Indian -Americans. Founding members were  Dr. Ram Gupta, Dr. Rajesh Mishra and Hans Maheshwari. Dr. Rajiv Vohra was its first Treasurer.  In the first year, the school had an enrollment of 40 students; by 2013, the enrollment has increased to 75 students.