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China to help Chinese teaching in India

08-25-2012 15:48 BJT

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China and India have increased their cooperation over recent years. And the need for Indians to learn Chinese continues to grow in the country. The Indian Central Board of Secondary Education and China’s Confucius Institute Headquarters, known as Hanban, have signed a memorandum at the Indian Embassy in Beijing. The document aims to promote the teaching of Chinese in India. CCTV reporter Hu Chao takes a look.

The Ambassador Dr. Jaishankar (center) and Xu Lin (right), Director General Hanban, signed
the MoU at the India Culture Centre Auditorium in Beijing on August 24.

A memorandum of understanding for Chinese teaching was signed by China and India on Friday. As more and more Indians want to learn Chinese, the Indian ambassador emphasized the growing ties between the two sides.

Dr. S. Jaishankar, Ambassador, Indian Embassy in China, said, "The reason that there’s more interest is that there’s more trade with China. We work on many more issues. More than half a million Indians come as tourists to China every year. So I think the relationship is growing. And with the relationship, there’s also more interests in language. "

The memorandum says China will help India with teacher training, text book development, and information exchanges.

Dr. S. Jaishankar said, "What we want to do is start teaching language in school, from middle school, from grade six to twelve. For that we want the school board to approve the language. Then we want to train teachers. We need the right kind of books. We need teaching aids. We need to know how to conduct examination and how to evaluate. That’s why we want to cooperate with Hanban."

The Ambassador Dr. Jaishankar is answering questions from a reporter after signing the MoU
at the India Culture Centre Auditorium in Beijing on August 24.

Xu Lin, the Director of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, noted that it’s China’s first official efforts to help India with Chinese teaching.

Xu Lin said, "It’s the first time for China to officially require that our institute help India with Chinese teaching. It’s a milestone for the cultural and educational cooperation of the two countries."

Xu Lin (left), Director General Hanban, is signing the MoU at the India Culture Centre
Auditorium in Beijing on August 24.

China and India have also agreed to set up a joint working committee, aimed at supervising the implementation of cooperation programs.

CCTV reporter Hu Chao said, "Since China has emerged as one of the greatest powers in the world, there is an increasing need to learn the Chinese language. Officials say the signing of the memorandum is highly significant for China and India. It will boost economic and cultural exchanges between the two sides in the future."

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CCTV.com

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