The President of Delhi Alumni Association of Soviet/Russian Academic Institutions (DAASAI) Prof. Sankar Basu (JNU) urged to develop the teaching of Russian language in Indian schools and restore teachers’ exchange programmes and internships, while addressing an International On-line Conference “Russian Language between Europe and Asia”.
The Indian expert in Russian philology joined the on-line discussion from the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on May 30, 2013. “One of the most effective steps to strengthen the positions of Russian language in India could be the signing of an inter-governmental agreement, which would determine the long-term programme of development of Russian studies in India”, said Prof. Sankar Basu. In his words, the programme should mention the steps which would help to solve such problems as publication of new licensed text-books on Russian language in India and translations of Russian literature, comprehensive support of the Russian language teaching in Indian schools and universities, as well as the strengthening of Indo-Russian inter-university cooperation.
The International On-line Conference was held on May 30-31, 2013. It was organized by the “Eurasian Dialogue” under the Russian Parliamentary “European Club”. The list of co-organizers comprised the Federal Agency “Rossotrudnichestvo”, “Russian World” Foundation, Union of Russian Writers and Government of the Perm Region.
At the central conference site in Perm, there were about 200 people from more than 20 countries. Via Internet, the conference was linked with 60 Russian Centres of Science and Culture in almost all countries of Europe and Asia.
President of the Russian Federation Mr. Vladimir Putin sent a greeting message to all the guests and participants of the conference. The main report on the status of the Russian language in the world and the government strategy to support Russian language abroad was made by the Head of Rossotrudnichestvo Mr. Konstantin Kosachev.
Apart from Prof. Sankar Basu, recipient of the Order of Friendship 2007, the RCSC in New Delhi gathered some of the leading Indian specialists in Russian philology from the University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indira Gandhi National Open University and the Institute of Russian Language of the RCSC.
In continuation of the International On-line Conference, a round-table discussion on the promotion of the Russian Language in India took place at the RCSC in New Delhi. Participants shared their experience in the use of modern teaching methods and technologies.
As per the Russian Federal Programme “Russian Language”, the RCSC donated Indira Gandhi National Open University with a collection of books and multimedia materials.