Sushma Swaraj: Germany to promote Indian languages in its Institutions

Sushma SwarajIndia will continue to teach German as an additional language while Germany will promote Indian native languages in its institutions to shorten language barrier between students. 

India is a home to 100 different languages. India is a land of diversity. Yet again it is a proud moment for the citizens of India as Indian languages including Sanskrit will be taught in the universities and institutes of Germany as part of new initiative while searching the solutions to settle down the controversial German Language issue that created problems in the relationship between the two countries.

During the recent visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to German Education Minister Johanna Wanka problems like residency status, renewal of visa and accommodation faced by Indian students in the country were raised by India as both sides discussed contours of a resolution

In November last year Human Resource Development Ministry took the decision to discontinue teaching of German in Schools and institutions as an additional subject and instead Sanskrit should be taught, Germany and India went through a national-tiff. “national interests” was the reason cited for its decision.

In 2011 a pact was signed between the KVS and the Goethe Institute in which it was mentioned that Sanskrit should be taught as a third language in Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools.

On the sidelines of G-20 summit which was conducted in Brisbane in November last year the ban on teaching of German Language was also raised by Merkel during her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At that time itself Modi assured her that the government will look into the matter and try to work out an cordial solution.

As per the reports given by officials, “We are almost close to resolution of the issue. Both sides hope to make the announcement during Chancellor Angela Merkel’s upcoming visit to India.”

Germany and India has also decided to promote exchange of students for research works, Internship programs and many other things associated. Not only this but also Educational Institutes of both the countries have been given green signal for collaborations.

In the last few years number of Indian students going abroad to pursue their higher studies have taken a drastic change. At present if the surveys are to be believed than near about 10,000 Indian students are studying in Germany while around 800 German students are studying in India.

Wanka told Swaraj, “Germany is planning to set up an international centre for advance studies in humanities and social science in India as part of a series of new initiatives to ramp up cooperation in areas of education and science and technology.”

Germany is located in western-central Europe with Berlin as its capital and 16 constituent states. Being the second most popular migration destination in the world after USA there are very few but relevant reasons why more and more people are planning to pursue their higher studies in Germany:

  • The standard of education of Germany is considered the best in the World
  • German Universities and Institutes offers wide range of around 17,500 degrees
  • As such the German Universities and Institutes do not charge any tuition fees but if in case they charge then also its damn low.

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