Starting in the next academic year, the Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh will start teaching the Russian language and open a new BRICS Countries Department (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). A TASS correspondent learned this from an interview with Govind Dwivedi, Dean of the Faculty of Political Science at the university. “In fact, the Political Science Department has combined two areas – the actual political science and linguistics, which did not exist before in our university,” he noted. “Beginning in the next school year, (August 2015), we will start teaching Russian as a separate specialty at the bachelor level, and then – on the master’s.” According to the dean, the university expects to attract a teacher from Russia for this purpose. “Learning about the BRICS will also be available as a choice of major, along with other studies,” added Mr. Dwivedi. “We already have, in particular, the Departments of West Asian, South American, and African studies.” The professor also expressed hope that this new department will be able to “develop an exchange program directly with Russia, including among teachers of the Russian language”, as well as political scientists. “We are seeing a growing interest in the Russian language,” said Mr. Dwivedi. “In this regard, we are also starting Russian language courses, for those who are already studying in other programs, or have graduated from a higher learning institution.” Currently the Russian language is taught at more than 40 universities and 16 schools in India. In 2013-2014, they began teaching the Russian language at the largest private university in the country – Amity University.