Assam Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya inaugurated a Kotoba Japanese Learning Centre at the Pragjyoti ITA cultural complex, in Guwahati.
Attending the programme as Chief Guest, Bhattacharya said, “After World War II, the way Japan has advanced is mind-boggling. Their language, business products have all developed. Therefore, the use of its language has become necessary for us. Demand for Japanese is high because of growing Indo-Japan relations.”
Japanese language classes are conducted by a couple of individuals in the state.
The centre will explore the possibilities of imparting education in Japanese through collaborative programmes with educational institutions of Assam in the future. The centre’s main focus is the development of skills to enable individuals to work in Japan.
There will also be a crash course in Japanese so students can opt for the two years’ full-term Japanese language course in higher educational institutions of Japan, reports The Telegraph.
Rajesh Krishna Das, founder and MD of the learning centre, who is a permanent resident of Japan for the past 20 years, said, “The study of Japanese can open one’s perspective on the values India shares with Japan, including religious beliefs, ethics and aesthetics. Through this effort of imparting education on Japanese, students, fresh graduates and individuals get career opportunities not only in India but in Japan too.”
Das said this centre will fulfill the dream of training at least least 15,000 students. Within five years, it can send them to Japan under the technical intern training programme, monitored by the Japan International Training Co-operation of the Japan government.