Symposium on Chinese and Indian Languages and Cultures Held in New Delhi

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) [Time]    2018-12-24 17:55:13 

On the morning of December 20th local time, the Symposium on Chinese and Indian Languages and Cultures, part of a series of activities of the first meeting of the China-India High Level People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges Mechanism, was held in New Delhi. This symposium was sponsored by Shenzhen University and the Chinese Embassy in India, and co-organized by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and Lovely Professional University in India. Li Bijian, Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in India, Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor of Jindal Global University in India, and Ma Jianfei, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director-General of Hanban attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches respectively. There were over 120 attendees, including linguists from both China and India, and Indian students who are learning Chinese.

Li Bijian pointed out in his speech that since the total population of China and India accounts for one third of the total population in the world, further understanding and cooperation between China and India will bring more peace and stability to the world. In recent years, promoted by Chinese and Indian leaders, bilateral exchange and cooperation has entered a period of fast development. Particularly, the meeting between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi beside the East Lake in Wuhan this April drew a grand blueprint for bilateral relations and China-India all-round cooperation. China and India can cooperate with each other in many fields such as politics, economy and trade, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges. However, in the meantime, as close neighboring countries, the mutual understanding between both countries is far from extensive and thorough. Exchanges and understanding between the two peoples, especially between the young need to be further consolidated and deepened. Among all kinds of exchanges, language and cultural exchanges bear great significance, play an important role and have broad prospects.

Kumar pointed out in his speech that China and India should learn more from each other. There are 800 million teenagers in India, therefore the learning and understanding between the young of the two countries is of great significance to the long-term development of India-China relationship. In order to consolidate and enhance the relationship between India and China, we should not only strengthen cooperation in politics and economy and trade, but also further promote educational exchange and cooperation. In this regard, Jindal Global University has proposed voluntarily and established Chinese Training and Research Center to help youths of both countries learn from each otherí»s culture.

In his speech, Ma Jianfei emphasized that the purpose of the Confucius Institute is to help people from various countries learn Chinese and promote cultural diversity and global exchanges. The Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms in India have made positive contributions to the Chinese teaching in India and cultural exchange between China and India. The Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) will continue to support Chinese teaching in relevant institutions in India. He hoped that this symposium could serve as a starting point of the long-term cooperation mechanism between the two countries, so as to lay a solid foundation for Chinese teaching and provide a new platform for the language and cultural exchange, thus unlocking a new journey of the language exchange and cooperation between China and India.

At this symposium, Yu Longyu, Director of the Center for Indian Studies of Shenzhen University, B.R.Deepak, Head of Centre for Chinese and South East Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Li Xuenan, Party Secretary of Yichun University, Anita Sharma, Pro Vice Chancellor of K.R. Mangalam University, Hu Jiling, Vice Rector of Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, delivered speeches consecutively. Scholars from China and India agreed that this symposium bears great importance for further promoting the language and cultural exchange between China and India. Both sides called for joint efforts on translating literary classics, exchanging visits between writers and artists of the two countries, and training local Chinese teachers, so as to enhance the level of language and cultural exchange and cooperation.

At the opening ceremony, the minister counselor of Chinese Embassy in India, principals from the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and directors from partner institutions in China and India unveiled the plaques of the Chinese Language Teaching Center at Lovely Professional University and the Chinese Language Training and Research Center at Jindal Global University.

Until now, there are two Confucius Institutes, two Chinese teaching sites and two Confucius Classrooms in India.


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