Delegates attending Jamia Millia Islamias Korean Language Programme

On August 25, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) celebrated the inauguration of its first Korean Language Programme. The opening of the Korean Language Programme comes at a time when the need and demand for learning Korean has been immensely increasing.

On August 25, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) celebrated the inauguration of its first Korean Language Programme. The opening of the Korean Language Programme comes at a time when the need and demand for learning Korean has been immensely increasing. This programme will be pivotal in developing Korean language education in India and furthering cultural exchange.

Jamia Millia Islamia has launched a Korean language Certificate Course in the academic year 2017-18.

Popularity of Korean language

The Korean Language is also available under the CBCS (Choice-Based Credit System) for students pursuing professional courses in engineering and management. The huge response to the Korean language can be gauged from the fact that around 381 students applied for 30 seats in the certificate course.

Jamia Millia Islamia and the Korea Foundation have signed a MOU supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea for this programme. Professor Kim Do-young is set to take on the role of director, Korean Studies at JMI. He is sent by the Korea Foundation and will be teaching Korean language at Faculty of Humanities and Languages. Prof Kim, the Korea Foundation Visiting Professor has had a longstanding experience teaching at prestigious universities such as Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Delhi and has started various Korean language programmes.

Attending the inauguration were Professor Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of JMI; Hai Kwang Lee, Charge d’affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea; Professor Do Young Kim, Director of the Korean Studies at JMI; Professor Anita Sharma, Head of the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi; Kim Ki-wan, MD of LG Electronics, South Asia; Hong Hyun-chil, MD of Samsung Electronics, South Asia; Ahn Young-jin, ED of Hyundai Motors, India; Dr Ravikesh, Director of MOOC, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Professor Yoon Yeotak, Professor of Korean Language Education, Seoul National University; as well as the MD of POSCO, MD of Woori Bank, Director of Korean Airlines, and MD of Hyosung.

Prof Talat Ahmad opened the ceremony with his inaugural speech, in which he first thanked the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Korea Foundation for their instrumental role in setting up the Korean Language Programme at Jamia Millia Islamia. He recognised the rapidly deepening ties between India and Korea and expressed his confidence in the Korean Language Programme. He states that this programme would not only equip students with proficiency in the Korean language but also aid them in finding job opportunities at Korean companies. Furthermore, he conveyed his desire to take this cultural association to higher levels in the future.

Hai Kwang Lee, Charge d’affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, also acknowledged the opening of the Korean Language Programme as a major step in promoting Korean language studies in India. He mentioned that Korea-India relations are gearing for a major transformation and that Korea hopes to “play a leading role in accelerating India’s economic development as its long standing developmental partner.” Furthermore, he expressed his desire to see graduates of the Korean Language Programme not only maximise their employment potential but also play an important role as cultural ambassadors to strengthen the bilateral ties between these two nations.

Prof Do Young Kim, Director of Korean Studies, JMI, in his introductory speech, stated his resolve to make JMI a hub of Indo-Korea relations through the Korean Language Programme. Additionally, he hoped that Jamia would provide the academic and cultural space for those in various fields in both Korea and India to further their passion and knowledge for each respective country.

The inaugural ceremony concluded with a vote of thanks from Prof.Wahajuddin Alvi, Dean of Faculty of Languages and Humanities, JMI.

On the same day, August 26, 2017, the 11th Annual ‘Association of Korean Language Educators’ in India’ (AKLEI) International Seminar took at the Mir Anis Hall, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi was held. It was a two-day event. The main theme of the seminar was “Korean Language Education in India and Korean Culture.”

Korean language education in India is becoming ever more institutionalized and systematic, especially with regard to catering to the unique needs of the Indian demographic interested in learning the Korean language. Now in its eleventh anniversary, AKLEI has been central to ensuring that Korean language and its educators undergo a yearly stimulating seminar to ensure the efficacy of the teaching methodologies that help the students to grasp the language in its entirety.

[ Source : intoday ]