[lg policy] India, Germany likely to solve language issue

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri Oct 2 15:18:31 UTC 2015


Angela Merkel's visit: India, Germany likely to solve language issue
By PTI | 1 Oct, 2015, 08.01PM IST





[image: India and Germany are likely to resolve the sticky German language
issue during the upcoming visit of Chancellor Angela Merkel from October 4
with the German envoy today asserting that "substantial progress" has been
made in this regard]India and Germany are likely to resolve the sticky
German language issue during the upcoming visit of Chancellor Angela Merkel
from October 4 with the German envoy today asserting that "substantial
progress" has been made in this regard
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NEW DELHI: India and Germany are likely to resolve the sticky German
language <http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/German-language> issue
during the upcoming visit of Chancellor Angela Merkel
<http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/Angela-Merkel> from October 4
with the German envoy today asserting that "substantial progress" has been
made in this regard.

"We have made substantial progress in resolving this issue... and we are
working to have (it) signed on the sidelines of the inter-governmental
consultations. I am optimistic that the issue will be resolved," German
Ambassador Martin Ney told reporters here.

As per sources, under the broad understanding between the two sides, India
will continue to teach German as an additional language in keeping with its
three language policy while Germany will promote Indian languages,
including Sanskrit, in their educational institutions.

German 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.

However, in November last year, the Human Resources Development ministry
had 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
<http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/G-20> summit in Brisbane in
November last year. Modi had assured her at the time that his government
will look into the matter and try to work out an amicable solution.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/angela-merkels-visit-india-germany-likely-to-solve-language-issue/articleshow/49185094.cms

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