German reintroduced as additional language in Kendriya Vidyalayas

06 October 2015

India and Germany on Monday signed an agreement for teaching German as an additional foreign language in Kendriya Vidyalayas, a year after it was replaced by Sanskrit at these schools.

Indian languages including Sanskrit will be taught in Germany in reciprocity. A separate agreement will be signed between the Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and the Max Mueller Bhavan later to work out the modalities for implementation.

''German will be taught as an additional foreign language,'' foreign secretary S Jaishankar told reporters, adding that modern Indian languages will be taught in Germany simultaneously.

''We have a lot of scholars who are interested in that (learning Indian languages),'' German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a joint media interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier.

The reintroduction of German language, however, will not violate the three-language formula and Sanskrit will continue to be taught as the third language in KV schools. Under the formula, a student has to study any modern Indian language along with English and Hindi.

The governing board of the KVs at its meeting in October last year had directed that teaching of German as an option instead of Sanskrit be discontinued as it violated the formula.

The KVs had signed a memorandum of understanding that made German a third language without taking the HRD ministry on board; so the ministry directed them not to renew the memorandum.

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