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Chinese language in CBSE syllabus

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Soon CBSE recongnised schools are to include Chinese language (Mandarin) as a part of their curriculum. Kapil Sibal, Human Resource Development Minister, made the announcement regarding the same on September 15, 2010 after discussing with China's Education Minister Yuan Guiren the modalities of training Indian teachers for the task. The suggested reason was that China is emerging as a biggest consumer of global resources and this would be a way of introducing China in India in a better manner.

The collaboration plans to involve training of 200 Indian teachers initially. The CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi has also agreed to introduce Chinese in the curriculum as soon as some teachers are available. The minister also offered a student exchange programs to his Chinese counterpart so that governments of the two countries support scholars from both sides.

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