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Berlin: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after their joint statement in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Subhash Chander Malhotra

Berlin: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after their joint statement in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Subhash Chander Malhotra

India, Germany to encourage teaching of each other's languages

Berlin, Apr 15 (PTI) India and Germany have agreed to
encourage the teaching of each other's languages within the
framework of their national policies in the backdrop of a row
over Sanskrit replacing German as third language in
government-run Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela
Merkel said in a joint statement at the conclusion of their
talks here yesterday that the two sides agreed to support
"respective efforts and programmes in India and in Germany to
broaden the knowledge of each other's languages among the
youth in accordance with the national policy of each country."
Human Resources Development ministry had in November
decided to discontinue teaching of German as an alternative to
Sanskrit and cited "national interests" for its decision.
Germany had criticised the decision and the issue was
also raised by Merkel during her meeting with Modi on the
sidelines of the G-20 summit in Brisbane in November.
Modi had assured her at that time that his government
will look into the matter and try to work out an amicable
solution.
Sanskrit was introduced as a third language in Kendriya
Vidyalaya Schools on the basis of a memorandum of
understanding signed between the KVS and the Goethe Institute
in 2011.
The decision by the two countries to promote the teaching
of each other's languages is in line with a series of measures
agreed during Modi's three-day visit to strengthen their
strategic partnership by expanding their cooperation in a
number of areas, including promotion of education and
vocational training, science and technology and skills
development. PTI