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.
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.
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.