Rashtriya Military School (RMS), Chail, is introducing the Chinese language in its curriculum for Class-6 students from the current academic session. The school would become the first among the five military schools in the country to have a foreign language as a subject for its cadets.
Col AS Paul of the Western Command education wing and school principal Lt Col Arun Kulkarni said Mandarin would be taught as a pilot project under a plan aimed at all-round personality development of students.
The language would initially be taught in Class 6. Later, it could be included in the curriculum for other classes too, they said. The process to appoint the language teacher has already begun.
“China is our powerful neighbour. We must know what China is doing. For this, we have to master its language,” the principal said, adding that “learning Chinese at the primary level is better.”
It is learnt that the initiative to introduce Chinese was taken by the union ministry of human resources development a couple of months ago with the aim of facilitating communication between defence officers of the two countries. The union government is reportedly considering introducing other foreign languages in select schools across the country.
“It is a welcome move. It is imperative to know our neighbour’s language for direct communication,” said Lt Gen Pardeep Khanna (retd).
The school in Solan district and its sister institution in Jhelum, Pakistan, are the oldest military schools in the subcontinent. The other military schools in India are located in Bangalore, Belgaum, Ajmer and Dholpur.