Campuses of three major universities in Andhra Pradesh will soon have a new feature – groups of Telugu students conversing in Japanese.
The State government has decided to introduce Japanese language as a course in the Guntur-based Acharya Nagarjuna University, Andhra University of Visakhapatnam and Sri Venkateswara University of Tirupati from the current academic year. The government has accepted a proposal mooted by the AP State Council for Higher Education and gave its nod for the introduction of the courses in Japanese language.
Japanese major Mitsubhishi Corporation had already announced plans to establish a Japan information and study centre at the Andhra University to promote Japanese language and introduce locals to the culture of the “land of the rising sun".
The government had permitted the universities to introduce the courses subject to the condition that the expenditure, if any, would be met from within the budget available with the universities concerned and no additional funds would be provided for this purpose.
The development follows the plans unveiled by the Chief Minister to woo large scale investments from the Japanese companies in the new State.
The ANU had been identified as the nodal centre for promotion of Japanese language and a delegation of Japanese officials interacted with the faculty of the university.