A Seminar on Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language in India and New Educational Materials, jointly organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), the Publishing House “Zlatoust” (St. Petersburg) and Moscow Government, was held at the RCSC in New Delhi on March 22-23.
Side-by-side with the teachers’ training programme, negotiations between “Zlatoust” and Delhi publishing houses were held. Presently, “Goyal Publishers” and “Zlatoust” are working on the prospects of printing the “Way to Russia” Text Book in India.
The participants comprised about 50 Russian language experts from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Himachal Pradesh University, Meerut University, etc.
In her welcome remarks, Ms. Yelena S. Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture & Information), RCSC, dwelt upon the multifarious and diverse activities pertaining to the promotion of Russian language in India undertaken under the aegis of the RCSCs in different cities, particularly New Delhi. In the process, she referred to the assignment of Indian students to Russian universities, deputing school students of Russian language to attend the summer language camp “Moskoviya”, holding of Days of Russian Language, Literature and Culture, sending Indian teachers of Russian language for short-time training course in Russian universities, and emphasised the unavoidable partnership between Zlatoust and Indian publishers as an efficient measure in facilitating Russian language studies.
In her observation, Ms. Tatyana Perova, Head of the Russian Language Teachers’ Training Centre, spoke about the donation of textbooks and other teaching aids to various schools and universities in India under the Federal Pragramme “Russian Language”.
President of INDAPRYAL, Prof. R. Kumar, in his remarks gave an account of the Russian language teaching in India since the pre-Independence days, and the levels of teaching of Russian language and literature in over 40 universities spread across India now. He further referred to the contemporary issues relating to joint preparation of course-materials, and stressed the need of exchange programmes between the universities of India and Russia.
Mr. G. S. Golubev, Marketing Manager, the “Zlatoust” Publishing House, St. Petersburg, made a review on the variety of books on Russian language, which are now used in many countries of the world.
Ms. Irina Alexandrova Gonchar, Ph. D, Associate Professor, Department of Russian Language for Foreigners, Faculty of Philology, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia, conducted a workshop on listening competence and comprehension.
Certificates of participation and text books were given to all the educators.