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Country’s first Confucius Institute opens at MU today

The Mumbai University (MU) is all set to inaugurate India’s first Confucius Institute at its Kalina campus in Santacruz on Thursday.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
July 18, 2013 12:05:15 am

The Mumbai University (MU) is all set to inaugurate India’s first Confucius Institute at its Kalina campus in Santacruz on Thursday. The institute will promote Confucius philosophy,Chinese culture,Mandarin language,martial arts,music,art and cinema through various courses and programmes.

The Chinese government has given $1,50,000 to the varsity for the same. The institute,which has collaborated with the Tianjin University of Technology (TUT) in China,will have teachers especially flown in from China.

Confucius Institutes,named after the Chinese philosopher,are non-profit,public institutes that facilitate cultural exchange and teach Mandarin through schools and universities. More than 350 such institutes in 180 countries are promoting the philosophy of the ancient Chinese scholar while facilitating cultural and educational exchanges. The institutes are promoted by the Chinese Language Council International known as Hasban,a part of the China Ministry of Education.

“The structure,syllabi of various courses,fee and number of seats have been worked out and the details of the institute and the course will be declared during the inaugural function on Thursday. Till the time a separate building is ready,we have allotted three rooms from where the institute will function for the time being. The institute will also offer various scholarship and students exchange programme,” said an MU spokesperson.

Dr Naresh Chandra. Pro Vice-Chancellor of MU,said: “The institute will have all sorts of exchange programme. In the way Indian students will learn their culture and language,students who come from China will be taught Indian culture and languages. While we will have experts from China as faculty in the institute,some of the local teachers will also be a part of the institute.”

Several varsity delegations flew to Tianjin over the past two years to work out details of the collaboration. Although other academic/ research collaborations are yet to be finalised,all details of the Confucius institute are already in place along with funds.

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