- Germany will now promote Indian languages including Sanskrit in its educational institutions
- Human Resource Development Ministry decided to discontinue teaching of German as an alternative to Sanskrit and showcased it as national interests.
- At G-20 summit in Brisbane in November last year this issue is being raised and criticized by Angela Merkel.
- Sushma Swaraj too raised issues faced by some of the Indian students in pursuing their studies in Germany like residency status, renewal of visa and accommodation.
- A discussion is held between our External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in with the German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeir and German Education Minister Johanna Wanka on new initiatives to enhance cooperation in the education sector.
- At the end of the discussions both the country decided that
- India will continue to teach German as an additional language while Germany will promote Indian native languages in its institutions
- Promote exchange of students as well collaboration between educational institutions of the two countries
- The German government wants to set up a centre for advance studies in humanities and social science in India
Source: India today