A Memorandum of Understanding was reached between Germany and India on the occasion of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to New Delhi. A pact will be signed between the Kendriya Vidyalaya’s and Max Mueller Bhavan to formalise the arrangement. “German will be taught as an additional foreign language,” Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar told reporters
here. He added that side-by-side modern Indian languages will be taught in Germany. Earlier, during a joint media interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Merkel said that there are many scholars in her country who are interested in learning the ancient Indian language.
This has ended the controversy which had erupted about a year after the KVs decided to stop teaching German as third language and replaced it with Sanskrit.
Last year on October 27, the governing body of KV held its meeting and directed that teaching of German language as an option instead of Sankrit be discontinued.
It was a sharp departure from the earlier agreement of 2011 between the two countries to offer German as a third language in the KVs.
Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Smriti Irani has been saying that teaching of German was against the spirit of the three-language formula and violated the natural education policy.
The KV’s decision had triggered an uproar and threatened to derail ties between India and Germany. Merkel had also raised this issue with Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in November last year. German was introduced in place of Sanskrit in Classes VI, VII and VIII of Kendriya Vidyalayas in 2011 after the signing of MoU between the KVS and Max Mueller Bhavan.