Union Cabinet approved German as additional foreign language in Kendriya Vidyalayas

Nov 19, 2015 12:24 IST

Union Cabinet on 18 November 2015 gave its ex-post approval to the Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) between the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

The JDI seeks to promote German as an additional Foreign Language in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) schools.

With this approval, German language will now be taught as an additional foreign language in KVs in conformity with the National Education Policy, 1986.

The approval also gives green signal to promotion of teaching of Modern Indian Languages in Germany.


German was taught as a foreign language in KVs since September 2011 when a MoU was signed between Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) and Goethe-Institute, Max Mueller. The validity of the MoU expired in September 2014.

Due to some inconsistencies in the MoU vis-à-vis National Education Policy and the National Curriculum Framework relating to the “three language formula”, it was not renewed further.

The issue was later reviewed and was included in the Joint Statement issued on 14 April 2015 by the Prime Minister and German Chancellor. It was agreed to support the respective programmes and efforts in India and Germany to broaden knowledge of each other’s languages in accordance with the National Policy of each country.

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