The Centre’s new national education policy, unveiled on Wednesday, does not include Chinese in the list of foreign languages offered to secondary school students. The language was, however, included in the draft education policy released last year.
“In addition to high-quality offerings in Indian languages and English, foreign languages, such as Korean, Japanese, Thai, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian, will also be offered. at the secondary level, so that students can learn more about the cultures of the world and enrich their global knowledge and mobility according to their own interests and aspirations,” the government said in its new education policy.
In the 2019 draft, the government said students would have the option of choosing French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese as electives.
The Chinese omission from the new education policy came amid heightened tensions in India with the neighboring country following the clash in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley in June, in which at least 20 Indian soldiers were been killed.
The deaths of Indian soldiers have sparked calls for a boycott of Chinese goods and business. In June, the Center banned 59 Chinese apps citing a threat to national security and sovereignty. Earlier this week, 47 apps, which were clones of the banned apps, were also blocked. China had called India’s decision to ban mobile apps a violation of World Trade Organization rules.
India and China have held several rounds of talks to work out the details of the disengagement from the stalemate areas. On Thursday, the Foreign Ministry claimed that China had not disengaged from disputed areas, contrary to its claims.
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