Monday March 18, 2019

Cabinet clears the path for German in kendriya Vidyalayas


New Delhi: The German language will be taught in Kendriya Vidyalayas after a joint declaration of intent between the HRD ministry and Federal Foreign Office of Germany was approved by the union cabinet on Wednesday.

As per the declaration, German, as an additional foreign language, will be promoted in India while Indian languages will be promoted in Germany.

The declaration is expected to intensify existing bilateral cooperation between India and Germany and to further advance the relations between the two countries in the field of education in accordance with the laws, policies and regulations in force in the two countries.

In October, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two countries during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to India.

The governing board of KV had in its meeting on October 27 last year directed that teaching of the German language as an option instead of Sanskrit be discontinued.

The KV’s decision had triggered an uproar and had threatened to derail ties between the two countries.

It was criticised also by Merkel who raised the issue during her meeting with Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in 2014.


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Women in Science Largest Minority: Smriti Irani

She further advocated that these translated works of science be given to school children also to develop in them a "love for science"


Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said women in science are the “largest minority” in the country, with only 14 per cent of them contributing to the profession.

She spoke about an inherent gender bias against women in the society, hampering their entry in the highly competitive world of science.

Smriti Irani said this while inaugurating the 8th Women Science Congress — part of the Indian Science Congress — here at the Lovely Professional University, which is hosting both the events.

“While everyone knows that science is gender-neutral, what is not neutral is capacity of women to get scientific opportunity,” she said.

Women in science largest minority: Smriti Irani.

“Of the 2.8 lakh scientists and engineers employed in research and development across the country, women’s number is only 14 per cent… that makes women the largest minority in science,” she added.

The Minister also called for translation of academic journals and papers into regional languages from English.

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“English is the lingua franca of science. But according to census data, 96.7 per cent of the population resorts to 22 scheduled languages,” she said.

She further advocated that these translated works of science be given to school children also to develop in them a “love for science”. (IANS)