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27 января / 2019

Manuals of Russian language and literature handed over to JNU

On January 25, thanks to the joint efforts by the Russian Embassy in New Delhi, Millenium Indian International Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MIICCIA) and Russian-Indian Amicability Diplomatic Club, the JNU Center of Russian Studies (CRS) received over fifty modern textbooks of the Russian language and literature. The ceremony was attended by Prof. Satish Chandra Garkoti, JNU Rector II, Prof. Ranjana Banerjee, CRS Chairperson, Mr Gaurav Ravish, MIICCIA Additional Director, Mr Abdul Basit, Amicability Vice President, Mr Anatoly Kargapolov, Minister-Counsellor of the Russian Embassy and other Russian diplomats, professors and students of the University, Russian compatriots.

As Mr Anatoly Kargapolov noted, addressing the audience, for over 50 years CRS has become the alma mater to the pleiad of highly qualified specialists in Russian studies who have significantly contributed to strengthening Russian-Indian relations while working in various Indian ministries, governmental agencies, state enterprises and private companies, educational and research institutions. He stressed that the creation of CRS in 1965 was necessitated by the requirements of industrialization in India, when the Soviet Union extended a helping hand to the Indian Republic in terms of establishing heavy industry, developing atomic energy and defense sectors, fundamental science, contributing to the national social and economic development as a whole. The diplomat expressed confidence that experts with Russian language proficiency will be increasingly in demand in India, given the strategic importance of bilateral cooperation further advanced by the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to New Delhi in October 2018.

The Minister-Counsellor emphasized that the Indological school, in turn, is traditionally strong in the Russian Federation. Currently, about 1,500 students learn Hindi at more than twenty leading universities across the country, where other Indian languages such as Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Urdu, Sanskrit, Pali are also taught.

The University representatives expressed deep gratitude to the Embassy and the sponsors for the “most valuable support” in providing with the latest teaching materials, which, they said, was the continuation of the best traditions of Russian-Indian friendship.

The professors also congratulated Russian diplomats and compatriots on the 75th anniversary of the Leningrad blockade lifting, stressing that they are inspired by the courage of its citizens and defenders.

A performance of Russian folk songs and recitation of Alexander Pushkin’s poems by CRS students added charm to the event.
The Russian Embassy will continue handing over the Russian language and literature textbooks to Indian universities.