Chinese language as part of CBSE curriculum?

Mandarin, the language spoken by majority of Chinese will soon be part of CBSE curriculum as India and China on Wednesday discussed modalities to train a large number of Indian teachers to acquire the language skills.

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2010, 21:49 PM IST

Beijing: Mandarin, the language spoken by
majority of Chinese will soon be part of CBSE curriculum as
India and China on Wednesday discussed modalities to train a large
number of Indian teachers to acquire the language skills to
make it part of the syllabus.

"China is our powerful neighbour and emerging as a
biggest consumer of global resources. We can not wish it away.
The best way to introduce China in India is to introduce its
language at primary level so that our kids develop interest
and knowledge about China," Human Resources Minister Kapil
Sibal said.

The issue figured high on his talks with China`s
Education Minister Yuan Guiren, who promised to work out
modalities to train Indian teachers in Chinese language in
India.

"Let us get enough Indians to learn Chinese. Let us
have a lot of Chinese trainers in India who will teach the
young students in schools. That is how we evoke interest in
our kids about China. There is no other way to do it," Sibal
told Indian journalists here.

Learning it at primary level is better than learning
at tertiary level which is more of acidic interest, he said.

"I told Yuan I am willing to introduce Chinese in the
CBSE system as a course. I can not do that unless I have
standards and a there is a test. That can not happen unless I
collaborate with you," said Sibal, who also took part in the
World Economic Forum in Chinese city of Tiajin.

The Chinese side said that a two way programme can be
worked out to train about 200 teachers. Some can come here to
learn and other in India through different methods, the human
resources minister said.

Sibal said he has already spoken to CBSE Chairman
Vineet Joshi and obtained his consent to make Chinese part of
its curriculum. It would be introduced as soon as teachers
would be available, he added.

Sibal has also proposed to China to extend its
sponsorship programme to exchange scholars from universities
in different subjects on the lines of Full Bright Scholarship.

India as a reciprocal gesture will support equal
number of students, he said.

Sibal, who visited Peking University and held
discussions with its officials on various subjects, said the
salaries of the staff tallied mostly with that of their Indian
counterparts.

The university has about 34,000 students out which
20,000 were that post graduate students unlike in India where
there are more graduates than the post graduates, he said.

To deepen the cooperation among universities, 10 Vice
Chancellors of India and China would meet here next month to
discuss specific issues of collaboration.

At present 25 Chinese and Indian universities are
collaborating, he said, adding a joint working group has to be
set up to discuss the recognition of educational institutes of
both the countries.

He, however, ruled out extending recognition to
Chinese medical degrees in India, which is the demand of
scores of Indian students who are studying in Chinese medical
colleges.

It is an issue for Medical Council of India (MCI)
which has not extended the recognition to Chinese colleges and
there is nothing his ministry could do about it. The same is
the case with the Russian Medical degrees, he said.

Sibal also met Chinese Science and Technology Minister
Wan Gang at Tianjin and took part in the discussion on
sustainable development at WEF meeting.

-PTI