The formal inaugural ceremony of the Beginners’ Course in Russian Language for the DPS Teachers, jointly organised by the Russian Language Teachers’ Training Centre under the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and the Delhi Public School Society, was held at 24, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi, on May 22, 2012.
The course meant for teachers who have expressed a desire to learn the language without any prior knowledge of it had begun with effect from May 21, 2012.
The participants at the inaugural function comprised Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar, President, INDAPRYAL, former Rector, JNU, Mr. Ashok Chandra, Chairman, DPS, Ms. Renu Mital, Director, DPS, Ms. Yelena Palitskaya, Associate Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Centre of International Education, Ms. Yelena S. Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture & Information), RCSC, and Ms. Tatiana E. Perova, Head of the Russian Language Teachers’ Training Centre, RCSC.
Elucidating the objective and salient features of the course, Ms. Tatiana E. Perova said that the DPS Society has identified 13 teachers from various schools of its network, who will attend the Russian language course in the Centre. These teachers will also be provided with methodological support so as to equip them with the capability of teaching Russian in schools.
The course will be customised for DPS teachers by RCSC professionals. Introduction to the Russian language and its teaching methods will be prepared by RCSC professionals specifically for the needs of Indian schools taking into account the school students’ needs and training time frames available to DPS teachers, Ms. Tatiana E. Perova noted. She further said that the teachers will be helped to prepare for International Certificate Examination conducted for Russian language learners, and the teachers will also be provided with study materials. She added that the course will consist of periods of full-time and distance learning.
Dwelling at length upon Russian language studies in India, Prof. R. Kumar referred to the opening of the Institute of Russian Studies in Delhi on November 14, 1965 jointly by the Soviet Minister of Higher Education Prof. Yelutin and India’s Minister of Higher Education, Mr. M.C. Changla. The institute, later changed into the Centre of Russian Studies became part of the Jawaharlal Nehru University on November 14, 1969, he added. Prof. Kumar narrated the systematic development in the promotion of Russian language in India with the initiative and efforts of Indian universities. Tracing the background of the evolution of Russian language, he related the significant contributions made by the Russian genius Lomonosov. He lauded the efforts taken by the RCSC and DPS Society in the present project which would hopefully bring the peoples of both countries, particularly the youth closer.
Gratefully acknowledging the RCSC for the initiative and support provided in training the DPS teachers, Mr. Ashok Chandra said that the teachers would do their level best in helping the students by acquiring the knowledge in Russian language. He also said that the process will broaden the environment of mutual understanding, cultural exchange and international brotherhood.
Mrs. Renu Mital thanked the RCSC for the project jointly sponsored with the DPS Society.
Ms. Yelena Palitskaya congratulated the teachers all success and assured all help and support on behalf of the Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Ms. Yelena Shtapkina, while wishing the teachers all success in their venture, advised them to be part of the RCSC in its cultural activities and make use of the facilities provided at the centre in order to have the first-hand knowledge of Russian life, history, culture and traditions.