India, Japan to launch 1st Japanese language training centre on July 23

Team India Sentinels Tuesday 17th of July 2018 08:05 AM

In consonance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe’s idea of expanding Japanese language education in India, the first centre will be opened at Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) here on July 23.  Minister of state for foreign affairs Gen VK Singh (retd) will inaugurate the centre.  Talking to reporters Ashok Chawla, Advisor (Japan) in the external affairs ministry said, “There have been demands since long. Now, we are implementing it. Temporary facilities we have borrowed. The first batch will start at JNU and the permanent facility will be started soon. The module is for all those who have already studied Japanese language for 500 hours.”  There would be three categories under which the language training to be imparted that include prospective teachers training, teachers teaching in universities or under UGC mechanism and intermediate training.  Giving details about the course, Japan Foundation director general Kaoru Miyamoto said, “We have two teachers for new teachers and three courses for in-service teachers. For new teachers, the duration of course will be of 360 hours, which is the longest one.”  He also said, “We are proud to join this national project.” The teachers to teach all the participants will be appointed jointly by India and Japan and work under Japan Foundation.  Kenko Sone, economic minister, Embassy of Japan said, “We are focusing on more people-to-people cooperation. So we want more people to visit Japan and Japanese people to come India. Besides, we also want to promote Japanese culture and tourism.” The successful participants will be awarded certificate from the ministry of external affairs and Japanese embassy with logos of various ministries that include Skill Development, HRD and Commerce among others. Currently, there are around 1200 Indian students studying in Japan on scholarships from Japanese government.  Scores of central ministers will grace the occasion on launching of the first centre at JNU, including MoS Skill Development Dharmendra Pradhan, MoS HRD Upendra Kushwaha, UGC Chancellor, JNU VC and other officials from ministry of external affairs and Japanese embassy. 


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