Vietnam keen to source English teachers from India

New Delhi: Vietnam on Thursday evinced a keen interest to source teachers from India to teach English there as well as train teachers for its local population.

The issue came up when Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan called on HRD Minister Kapil Sibal here and indicated that as many as 20,000 teachers could be trained in English.

Ministry officials suggested that as Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has a strong Sahodaya School Complexes network there, it can utilise the network for the training exercise.

Vice-Chancellor of English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad, R Amritavalli suggested that they can run special three-month teachers' training programme at EFLU over a period of next three years to train master-trainers in English.

EFLU also proposed to give proficiency training in English by deputing two to three experts to Vietnam, HRD sources said.

The Vietnamese side also desired support from India in curriculum development, with Sibal expressing support for this.

While the Delhi University and the Jawaharlal Nehru University have agreed to cooperate with Vietnam Academies and two National universities there, Sibal favoured a joint working group under the existing education exchange Programme with Vietnam.

The group will meet in the next four weeks and chalk out a programme of cooperation between both the countries in the next three months, a Ministry statement said.

This cooperation would include offering of Indian studies in Vietnam and Vietnam studies in India.

With Vietnam showing keen interest in social sciences, it was decided that two fellowships of the duration of two to three months will be instituted at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla.