Union Cabinet brings German language back to Kendriya Vidyalayas

In the year 2011, a pact was signed between the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and the Goethe Institute in which it was mentioned that Sanskrit should be taught as a third language in Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools. As of now, in a joint declaration of intent between the HRD ministry and Federal Foreign Office of Germany, German language will be taught in Kendriya Vidyalaya. The same has been approved by the union cabinet on Wednesday.

As per the notification released, “The Joint Declaration of Intent will help to intensify existing bilateral cooperation between India and Germany and to further advance relations between the two countries in the field of education in accordance with the laws, policies and regulations in force in the two countries.”

german language to be taught in kendriya vidyalayas
PM Narendra Modi in a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Brisbane, Australia

On October 27, 2014 Board of Governors (BoG) of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), headed by HRD minister Smriti Irani, had in its meeting took the decision to “discontinue teaching of German in Schools and institutions as an additional subject and instead Sanskrit should be taught citing national interests as the reason”. This became the reason of national tiff which India and Germany went through.

Then during the G -20 summit which was conducted in Brisbane, German Chancellor Merkel raised the issue of ban on teaching of German language during her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At that time PM himself assured her that the government will look into the matter and try to work out a cordial solution.

During the recent visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to German Education Minister Johanna Wanka, it was decided that India 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 along with several other issues.

In October this year, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two countries during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to India.

As per the official statement released in Delhi, an ‘expost approval’ has been given to the ‘Joint Declaration of Intent’ on promotion of German as an additional foreign language in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) in conformity with the national education policy of India and promotion of teaching of modern Indian languages in Germany.

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