Bahasa Indonesia
Creating Opportunities In South East Asia


Indonesia, a country of 277 million people, is Southeast Asia’s largest economy with a GDP of 1.19 trillion USD in 2021. Being a G-20 member of powerful countries, Indonesia is a thriving democracy with significant regional autonomy. The country comprised of over 17,500 islands is located on one of the world’s major trade routes and has extensive natural resource wealth.

Consumer-related market opportunities continue to lead growth in the world’s fourth-most populated country, and expansion in the retail, health, education, telecom and financial services sector have boomed in the last few years. A competitive and expanding banking market offers significant opportunities for IT and banking equipment, software and technology providers.

India and Indonesia have shared two millennia of close cultural and commercial contacts. The Hindu, Buddhist and later Muslim faith travelled to Indonesia from the shores of India. The Indonesian folk art and dramas are based on stories from the great epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The shared culture, colonial history and post-independence goals of political sovereignty, economic self-sufficiency and independent foreign policy have unifying effect on the bilateral relations.

Since the adoption of India’s ‘Look East Policy’ in 1991, there has been a rapid development of bilateral relations in political, security, defence, commercial and cultural fields. The current Government wants to further deepen the relationship with East Asia and has therefore rightly titled its policy as “Act East”.

Indonesia has emerged to become the second largest trading partner of India in the ASEAN region. Being one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and having commonly shared civilizational and cultural links with India, it is one of the most favoured nations for Indian companies that have invested in mines, steel, fabrics, etc. These Indian companies need engineers, technocrats, and finance experts from India to work for them. Language experts of Bahasa Indonesia are among the most important factors in the growth of the corporate sectors of the two countries, facilitating communications.


There are many excellent reasons to learn Bahasa Indonesia. Few advantages are as follows:

i. Connect over 200 million speakers

Today, over 200 million people speak Bahasa Indonesia, a standard form of Malay. This makes it the tenth most spoken language globally in the fourth most populous nation worldwide.

ii. Increases job opportunities and salary

Indonesia is the biggest economy in Southeast Asia, an emerging market, a key ASEAN member, and a growing industrialized nation. You will get a competitive edge if you combine language skills with other academic disciplines. This includes law, business, engineering, health, import, government, journalism, and the humanities. This can open doors to a wide range of jobs in interpretation and translation. You can also become a tour guide, content writers, teachers, or find work in BPO, MNC, and export-houses.

iii. Travel to beautiful Indonesia

The natural beauty, low cost of living, exotic places, and diversity make it a dream destination for travelers. Knowing the language makes travel more pleasant and rewarding.

iv. It is relatively easy to learn

Compared to other East Asia languages like Mandarin, Japanese, Thai, and Korean, Indonesian is an easy language to learn.

It is one of the few Asian languages that use the Latin alphabet. That makes it simpler than languages based on tonal variations and pictogram scripts.


  1. Any student who has just completed his/her intermediate degree.
  2. A graduate in different fields.
  3. Any professional working in a different segment.
  4. Anyone who wants to venture into the world of tourism.
  5. Any research scholar who wants to continue his/her research on Indonesia
  6. Diplomatic/defense personnel who are appointed in Indonesia.
  7. Any professional Indian/foreigner who is deputed to work in Indonesia.


The Bahasa course module is customized as per the requirement of the students who are just learning the foreign language after their intermediate qualification or the professionals who have already completed their undergraduate courses in different verticals. The course would be equally beneficial for companies who want to send their employees to Indonesia for different assignments. The course offers primary and basic skills.

Course Structure:

• Medium of instruction: English, Hindi and Bahasa Indonesia

• Number of contact hours: 30 hours (4 hours/week)

• Duration of the course: 3 months

• Course Fees: Rs 5000/-

Course Outcomes:

After completing the course, students will be able to

1. Talk about details of daily life.
2. Understand and use simple sentences in Indonesian.
3. Able to converse ordinary expressions related to various public domain such as airport, railway stations, hospital, shopping and travel etc.

4. Able to manage simple conversation.

Prescribed Readings:

1. Basic Indonesian: An introductory course book by Stuart Robson and YacintaKurniasih

2. Oxford Student’s guide to Indonesian Grammar by DwiNoveriniDjenar

Assessment Scheme:

Pattern Marks
Written 20
Speaking 30
Listening 20
Reading 30
Total 100