The Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi hosted a round-table discussion with the participation of the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea - Permanent Representative of the Republic of Crimea to the President of the Russian Federation Mr Georgy Muradov and Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea - Minister of Finance of the Republic of Crimea Ms Irina Kiviko.
The event was attended by senior professors and teachers of the Russian language of the leading universities and schools of the capital and surrounding cities, the leadership and members of the Indian Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (INDOPRYAL), Indian Alumni Association of Soviet/Russian Academic Institutions, Russian compatriots, as well as journalists. The main topic of the round-table was the discussion on the current situation in the Republic of Crimea, as well as prospects for the development of bilateral cooperation on the promotion of the Russian language and Russian higher education.
In her address, Ms Irina Kiviko touching upon the current socio-economic situation in the Republic of Crimea, noted a large influx of investments to the Region, stimulating a high rate of economic growth, development of infrastructure, agriculture, energy and educational organizations. “The return of Crimea to Russia gave the people of the peninsula confidence in the future!”, - she noted. The Deputy Prime Minister also mentioned the work being done by the Association of Teachers of the Russian language of the Republic of Crimea, and also called upon Indian colleagues to establish active relations with this public organization.
Mr Georgy Muradov thanked the specialists of the Russian philology for their contribution to the promotion of the Russian language in India and emphasized their important role in providing reliable and unbiased information about the history of our country - the decisive contribution of the USSR to the Victory over fascism in the Second World War, as well as the reunification of Crimea with Russia. The Russian dignitary noted that the Government of the Republic is interested in renewing and expanding the flow of Indian students to the Region, both on a paid basis and through State scholarships, and also told those present about the festival “Days of India in Crimea”, scheduled for May 2020.
Chairperson of the Centre of Russian Studies of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Professor Ranjana Banerjee drew the attention of the round-table to the need for further expansion of ties between Indian and Russian educational institutions, signing cooperation agreements, development of student-teacher exchange programme that would contribute to the harmonization of education and the rapprochement of the peoples of our two countries.
The President-Founder of INDAPRYAL, Professor Ramadhikari Kumar noted the particularly important role that the programme for sending Russian teachers to the Indian universities played at one time. “I believe that the resumption of this practice would greatly enhance the effectiveness of Russian language courses at Indian universities, as well as contribute to a significant increase in interest in studying the Russian language among young people”,- he added.
The Director of the RCSC in New Delhi Mr Fedor Rozovsky told the participants of the round-table about the plans of the Representation of Rossotrudnichestvo and the Honorary Consulate in Trivandrum to hold the festival “Days of the Republic of Crimea in India” in Kerala, and also presented souvenirs to the representatives of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea.
As Vice-President of the Russian Association for International Cooperation, Mr G.L. Muradov presented to the participants of the round-table a colourful calendar, dedicated to the celebration of the 550th anniversary of the legendary journey of the Russian merchant Afanasy Nikitin to India.
On February 28, 2020, a delegation from Russia consisting of 30 people, headed by Mr G.L. Muradov and Ms I.V. Kiviko will take part in the visit of the business mission of the Republic of Crimea to the Republic of India, which will be held in the city of Mumbai - the business and financial centre of India.