The Russian Language Text-Book “Way to Russia” was released at a solemn function, jointly organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and Goyal Publishers & Distributors, at 24, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi, on September 17, 2012. The licensed edition of this book has been prepared with the support of the Russian Teachers’ Training Centre of the RCSC, New Delhi.
“Way to Russia” is a new version of the text-book in its revised form for the Indian sub-continent. This book has been used to teach Russian in a number of Indian universities for several years. Authored by eminent scholars from the Moscow State University, it is the first part of a series of text-books, which correspond to the Russian Federation’s state standards for the teaching of Russian as a foreign language.
In his welcome remarks, Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, said that it was gratifying to note that the number of students studying Russian language and literature kept on rising with the students’ interest in Russian traditions, values and cultural achievements backed by pragmatic reasons. The release of “Way to Russia” in its Indian version is a long-awaited and milestone event, and this is only the first step in the joint work of Indian and Russian scholars aimed at providing the students with a wide range of qualitative, modern and affordable teaching materials for Russian as foreign language, he said.
Formally launching the text-book “Way to Russia”, the Chief Guest, Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar, President, INDAPRYAL, made an emphatic note that the production of the book was one of the most creative and imaginative steps in facilitating Russian language studies in India. He congratulated the Director of RCSC and the team of Russian language experts for their consistent efforts in producing this valuable book—an effective teaching aid.
Expressing a note of deep appreciation in bringing out the text-book, Prof. Abhai Maurya, Laureate of Russian State Pushkin Medal, noted that it was an innovate step, supported by the joint efforts of both Indian and Russian scholars, in enhancing the learning spirit of students. Prof. Maurya hoped for many such measures in future to intensify the efforts towards the promotion of Russian language in India.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Yulia E. Aryaeva, Third Secretary, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, pointed out that Russian language continued to be our common heritage and a strong basis for friendship and cooperation.
Describing the background of the book, Ms. Tatiana E. Perova, Head of the Russian Language Teachers’ Training Centre, RCSC, said that at the Seminar “Creating Teaching Material for Russian Language, Literature and Area Studies in India” in November, 2011, over 60 leading specialists in Russian philology from 10 Indian cities recommended that the text-book be adapted for Indian students. The joint efforts of many people put together this past year has culminated in this Indian publication. “The Indian version of this text-book is also accompanied by an audio supplement. Every lesson is followed by a glossary of words included in the chapter with their meanings in English”, she added.
Mr. Ashwani Goyal, Managing Director, Goyal Publishers and Distributes, said that he felt proud of publishing the book considerably keeping in view the very spirit of Indo-Russian cultural affinity, friendship and cooperation.