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25 Indian Army Personnel Pursue Intensive Course in learning Mandarin

08 April 2016

25 Indian Army personnel underwent an intensive three week programme aimed at augmenting verbal communication skills in Mandarin Chinese Programme is conducted by native Chinese instructors of India’s first Taiwan Education Centre (TEC) at the Jindal School of International Affairs Training module is designed with significant emphasis on experiential learning and conducted by Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education (JILDEE) of O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat.

Furthering its role in imparting executive education in India, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) at Sonipat, Haryana, recently delivered training Programme in Mandarin Chinese Language for selected personnel of the Indian army. 25 personnel of the Indian Army participated in the intensive 3 week course conducted at the university campus. The programme was jointly conducted by Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education (JILDEE), the executive education wing of JGU that seeks to impart leadership development and executive education programmes and the Taiwan Education Centre (TEC) at O.P. Jindal Global University, India’s first Taiwan Education Centre (TEC), established by National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) with the support of the Ministry of Education, Government of Taiwan. This programme is also the second successful course Jindal Institute of Leadership Development Executive Education (JILDEE) has delivered in imparting Chinese Language for select army personnel. Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the 2nd batch of army personnel undergoing language training in Mandarin Chinese at the university Prof. (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, O .P. Jindal Global University said, “I am certain that the Mandarin communication skills developed with the help of native Chinese instructors will be gainfully utilized by army personnel at diplomatic forums, bilateral negotiations and border meetings.” He further stated, “ The Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education imparts programmes built upon a multidisciplinary approach and innovative thinking. JILDEE has been set up with a view to impart world class capacity training to participants and stakeholders and reflect our vision and long term commitment to institution building for nation building.” "It is a matter of national honour and pride that the Taiwan Centre at our university is building the capacities of our armed forces to negotiate and manage India's relations with its most crucial neighbour, China", said, Dr. Sreeram Chaulia, Dean, Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) which has also hosted the Taiwan Education Centre (TEC) since its establishment in 2011. Speaking on the occasion, Lt. Gen (retd.) Dr. Rajesh Kochhar, Director, Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education, said, “The executive education programmes that JILDEE conducts are carefully developed and use various pedagogical approaches such as lectures, simulations, small group interactions, action learning projects, and case studies with the goal of ensuring that the participants can take the learning back to their work environment and apply the new skills gained from day one.” Experiential learning was central to the training methodology adopted to develop and strengthen the language skills of the army personnel. The lectures were highly interactive and involved participants actively in group discussions, role plays, situational dialogues etc. The training also employed extensive use of audio visual aids including mandarin Chinese movie screenings for the participants. The personnel were also made to practice a mock India-China meeting with cultural insight and etiquette and introduced to the use of technology by using smart devices and online sources as part of the training module.