1. The Embassy of Japan in India, under its scheme “Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects”, today decided to extend grant assistance totaling US$70,638 (approximately equivalent to Rs.31 lacs) to the Jawaharlal Nehru University, to support a project for the improvement of LL (Language Learning) equipment undertaken by it.
Jawaharlal Nehru University is the only University in India that offers both a Bachelor’s as well as a Master’s degree in Japanese language, and one of the major bases for Japanese language education in India. In the Japanese language laboratory, teachers and students are presently using LL equipment which was installed in 1980, many of which are unusable and in an irreparable condition owing to non-availability of spare parts. Furthermore, since LL equipment in the Japanese language laboratory comprises cassette tape players, teachers cannot use the latest and advanced variety of teaching materials as they are available only on CDs and DVDs, etc. In order to solve these problems, the Jawaharlal Nehru University is planning a project to install multi-media LL equipment in the Japanese language laboratory. With this equipment, not only can teachers use a much wider variety of teaching materials, but can also provide higher level education including simultaneous translation training, etc., which could help in further upgrading the proficiency of teachers and scholars of the Japanese language, thereby helping improve the overall level of the Japanese language education.
Realizing the need, the Embassy of Japan decided to give a grant assistance of US$70,638 for the project.
2. The Signing Ceremony to formalize the arrangements is scheduled to take place at 14:30 hrs., on Thursday, March 22, 2007, at the Embassy of Japan, between H.E. Mr. Yasukuni Enoki, Ambassador of Japan, and the representative of the above University.
3. The scheme of “Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects” was introduced by the Government of Japan in 2000. This scheme is designed for specific projects with a view to promote cultural and higher educational exchange between Japan and other countries, and to cooperate more actively in the field by supplying various equipments and instruments which are directly related to the purposes, such as audio visual equipment, simultaneous interpretation equipment, and LL equipment, etc. The Embassy of Japan and the Consulates General of Japan in Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai are in charge of this scheme in their respective regions.
4. For further information, please contact Ms. Mizuho Hayakawa, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan, Telephone No. 2687-6564.