Melting language barriers is vital to forging a lasting bond. A four-member Japanese delegation that visited Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) on Sunday was here to create a base to befriend local students by thawing the language ice.

Apparently impressed with Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s grandiose capital plans that envisage collaborations with countries like Japan and Singapore, the Japanese government is keen on setting up industrial units in the State, hence the need to break language barriers. The team members enlightened undergraduate, engineering and diploma students about a new course proposed to be introduced in Japanese language by the university.

Vice-Chancellor K. Viyyanna Rao accompanied the delegation members – Hoshino Tomomi, Ide and Yanagi – led by Rajesh Pandya who interacted with students.

Replying to a query by a student, Bhavani, on course details, Mr. Rao said the idea was to introduce it as a regular programme rather than confining it to the distance education and online modes. To another question on how a final-year student could pursue the course, the V-C said the university would evolve a mechanism to enable interested students to pursue the course. “We will come up with a proper solution,” he said.

When students wanted to know about issue of a certificate, the Vice-Chancellor said that he would examine the issue. He informed that the course would be offered from the next academic year.

Mr. Rao said there were several advantages of opting for the course. He said in the era of global business, students should be able to deal with Japanese companies effectively.

The delegation members later interacted with students of primary and secondary schools also to create awareness about science experiments and moral science.

Earlier, they met the university officials, deans and heads of the engineering and science departments. The team will now head to Hyderabad..

Need to break language barriers springs from Japanese government’s eagerness to set up industrial units in AP

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