In response to the intent of the HRD Ministry and the federal foreign office of Germany to carry on teaching German in the Kendriya Vidyalayas, the Union cabinet gave its approval for the language to be taught as additional language in the Kendriya Vidyalayas around the country.
In an official statement the joint declaration of intent was approved to promote German as additional foreign language in KVs along with promoting the teaching of modern Indian language in Germany. According to the statement “The Joint Declaration of Intent will help to intensify existing bilateral cooperation between Indian and Germany and to further advance relations between the two countries in the field of education in accordance with the laws, policies and regulations in force in the two countries.”
German Language was earlier taught in the KVs, but due to the decision of the Board of Governors of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) headed by HRD minister Smriti Irani in its meeting on October 27 last year, it was discontinued to include Sanskrit in its place. After the decision of discontinuing teaching of the language there was furor and controversy registered around the nation. Germany had also showed their displeasure on this move from the HRD Ministry and discussed about the same in their following meetings.
On 5 October, 2015, a Joint Declaration of Intent had been signed for promoting German as a foreign language in India and promoting modern Indian languages in Germany.