On March 1, Delhi University saw the opening of an international conference “Russian Discourse in the Contemporary Intercultural Contexts".
The forum, organized by the Department of Slavonic & Finno-Ugrian Studies jointly with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, brought together dozens of prominent philologists and literature experts, professors, teachers and postgraduate students from India and abroad, including Russia and the CIS countries.
The two-day programme of plenary and sectioned sessions included about 60 reports on a wide range of topics: from Indian origins of Russian fairy tales and Nicholas Roerich’s views on culture to correlation between Leo Tolstoy’s oeuvre and Indian philosophy and prospects of Russian-Indian cross-cultural dialogue.
While addressing the conference participants, Sergey V.Karmalito, Senior Counsellor of the Russian Embassy, pointed out that the conference was being held on the eve of an auspicious event – the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and India. “Teaching and studying of the Russian language contribute to stronger business, humanitarian, and cultural contacts between Russia and India, bring Russians and Indians closer to each other and strengthen special and privileged strategic partnership between our two nations,” he said.
At the inaugural session Mr Fyodor Rozovskiy, the Head of “Rossotrudnichestvo” representation, handed over to the Delhi University about 100 sets of manuals on the Russian language. In his words, the project is being implemented in compliance with the federal target programme “Russian language” for 2011-2015.
Earlier the same sets were sent to the school in Karad (Maharashtra), Kashmiri University in Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), the University of English and foreign languages in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh). The Agra University (Uttar Pradesh) is to receive these manuals by the end of March.
The Russian Studies Department was established within the Delhi University 65 years ago on the initiative of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India. Today it is in the forefront of teaching and studying the Russian language and literature.