The School of Chinese Language
What is The School upto!

A glimpse into the world of The School of Chinese Language

Have a look at what The School has been upto.
Be assured, there is MUCH MORE to come……..
We have been fortunate; our dreams and aspirations are slowly but surely getting translated into reality…

What have we done!

We are one of the rare Institutions in India to be blessed with qualified Teachers from China
We successfully started The ChiniAdda , the first such regular event in India
We have regular Interactive Sessions conducted by the Consul General of China; by Chinese Business persons; by Governmental authorities; by Musicians; by Reporters; by Chinese Teachers;
We have completed the Second Session of the Intensive Course. Our Students are ready for HSK Level 2/3 Tests
We have sent a musical dance troupe to Kunming, Yunnan in China, for a year-end extravaganza; this, for the first time from India
We have had the honour of a private recital by the world-famous Chinese musician, Ms Liu Yuening
We are the first to enter into a partnership with China’s leading medical institution, KUNMING MEDICALUNIVERSITY; to prepare Students in our Special Chinese Classroom before proceeding for high-quality yetaffordable MBBS in English barely 2 hours from Kolkata
We have entered into Partnerships with other leading Chinese Universities e.g. Qingdao College
We are the first to evolve and start a Joint Certification Chinese Language Program with Calcutta University and MAKAIAS
We are the first to start a specially-designed Course for Children; classes conducted by specialist Chinese Teacher
We are the first to start a Students Exchange Programme between the best high school in Kolkata (St Xavier’s Collegiate School) and in China (ShidaFuzhong, Kunming)
We have already started a Students’/Teachers’ Exchange Programme with Kunming Medical University, whose Group visited us in July, 2010

We are proud to be  Recommended by the Consulate General of China

as stated by His Excellency, Mr Zhang Lizhong, Consul General of China … “I hope and wish that this list would keep on growing.”

We shall not fail his (and our own) expectations.

Coming Soon…
Confucius Classroom in Kolkata at The School
Sharing our expertise with institutions in Kolkata and, then, India

Within 2 months of the founding of The School, the innovation of Interactive Sessions was established to provide support to all Students learning Chinese at The School

An occasion to celebrate; The School of Chinese Language achieved its dream inauguration of The Chini Adda (The Chinese Corner) the first in Kolkata and in India; a place to practice and understand each other’s cultures. Only for persons who have learnt or are learning Chinese Language. From any school or university in India.

Chini Adda
Glimpses into the world of our regularly-held Chini Addas

Presentation of Awards by His Excellency, the Consul General of China, to our Students

The Anniversary Celebrations reported on website of Chinese Consulate


The School’s Chinese Corner was held at Spring Club’s Silver Screen auditorium on Sunday, April 25 from 15:00 to 18:00, courtesy Consulate General of China in Kolkata. Students & Teachers from The School of Chinese Language, Visva-Bharati University, Calcutta University, Ramkrishna Mission, Chinese of Kolkata and many Chinese persons from the Consulate office participated.

A very interesting documentary film “Treasures of Ancient World –China” took viewers from 5000 BC to recent history and informed all about the writing system of Chinese Language, Emperors of China (incl. the 1st, Shi huangdi), Great Wall, the advent of porcelain, silk etc.

After the movie, Consul General began an enjoyable question-answer session where participating Indian Students of Chinese Language won various prizes.

1. What is Chinese for “the Great Wall” ----长城 Changchen - by Sayanti

2. What is Chinese for “ Buddha”----- 佛教 Fojiao - by Sangita

3. What is Chinese for “Shiva” ----湿婆Shipo - No answers

4. Who united China land first? ------ Shi Huangdi 始皇帝 - by Bagri

5. What is Chinese for Confucius ---- 孔子 Kongzi - by Subendu

6. Who is 1st person visited India for Buddhism ---- 玄奘Xuanzang - by Krishna

7. What is a Chinese word for Sanskrit? ----梵文fanwen - by Subendu

8. What is Chinese words for Swastika --- 万字符 wanzifu - by Fan

9. What is Chinese name for 1st Buddha temple in China (White Horse Temple)白马寺 Baima si - by Fan

10. Who is the first Indian Sage to spread Buddhism in China? -Maraka by Alokendra

High Tea was served after the Session. All participants, Chinese & Indian, freely and informally interacted with each other.

Consul General with Students

Lao Shi with Students

Prize Winner!

Some of the Participants

CG addresses Participants

The School was happy that the city of Kolkata honoured a great Chinese; here we are with the bust of the great Chinese litérateur, Lu Xun

The world renowned musician (yangqin), Ms Liu Yuening, performed at The School for the Students, after which Ms Mao Xiao conducted an Interactive Session with our Students

The School had a proud moment when its Teacher was chosen for specialized advanced training in Shanghai, China.

The Principal of The School of Chinese Language is a proud Xaverian. Principal commented that he was a “prouder Xaverian” when The School became instrumental in initiating a Student Exchange Program between St. Xavier Collegiate School and Shida Fuzhong, the leading High School in our Sister City of Kunming, China.

Consul General of Chinese accorded his support to the development; “…your school is well under way of starting a student exchange program with a key high school in Yunnan Province, China. I fully support this program”, he said when he delivered his speech as Chief Guest at SXCS’ Annual Prize Distribution Ceremony.

Never before has any Chinese school entered into such a programme with any school in India. The interest in India in China and in China in India is growing; this 2-way traffic will lead to greater understanding of each other and enhance the ties between the two peoples and countries.

Some vignettes…

Consul General delivers his speech

A glimpse of the VIPs & Audience

Principal, The School,
introduces Consul General

Fr Sebastian & young Xaverians bid adieu to CG

School teaches Students Chinese Language & Culture

Batch of 15 all set to ace Chinese Test

News in Bengali about The School

Chinese Language School Kolkata attends conference in China
The School of Chinese Language, Kolkata was honoured when its Principal, Mr Madan Saraff, was extended an invitation by Guangzhou University to visit the University in December, 2009 to address the distinguished gathering at the “International Conference of Teaching Chinese Language as a Foreign Language”. Mr Saraff spoke on the importance of Chinese Language and the problems which must be overcome in the Indian context.

Mr. Saraff conveys his thoughts at the Conference to delegates and students

The large gathering of delegates from around the globe showed the tremendous interest in Chinese Language education. The importance and benefits of learning Chinese language was well-understood by world countries. In the context of India, this becomes all the more crucial as this knowledge supports, not only greater economic cooperation, but also better understanding between the peoples of China and India. Not only does the learning help every visitor especially business persons by creating an immediate bonding with their Chinese counterparts, this education adds a micro-drop of understanding to the ocean of un-understanding between the two countries by providing and creating a better and correct perception of each other and each others’ cultures.

On his return, Mr Saraff remarked “I learnt more than I said”. Such conferences are extremely helpful to the propagation and development of Chinese Language and harmonious relations in foreign countries including India, China’s neighbour.

(Courtesy: Zhongwen Xuexiao)

On July 16, 2010, we celebrated the 2nd Anniversary of  The School with great enthusiasm in the presence of His Excellency, Mr Mao Siwei, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China.
The School of Chinese Language in Kolkata celebrated the completion of two exciting, eventful and successful years on July 16. Mr. Mao Siwei, Consul General of China, attended the occasion as Chief Guest.
Students of the school enthralled the audience with various kinds of cultural performances in Mandarin, including an excellent presentation of the popular fable of Hui Guniang (Cinderella), Chinese love songs, Sanjuban (three and half sentences), jokes and so on. In an effort to present a culture vignette, students showed their talent in many Chinese cultural items, such as traditional painting, shadow boxing, chess and Baoding balls.
A group of visiting students from Kunming Medical University, who are the guests of the School of Chinese Language, presented the large audience with a poem of Gurudev Tagore ("Stray Birds") in Mandarin. In addition, the Chinese flute-like instrument, Hulusi, was played melodiously by the visitors.
The celebrations concluded with Mr. Mao presenting awards to teachers and deserving students. The audience was then thrilled to hear Consul General sing a beautiful melody of Oscar-winner A R Rehman from the film "Bombay".
In his speech, Mr. Mao Siwei congratulated and encouraged the school and its students. He said, the school, in its existence of two years, has made praise-worthy achievements. It was the first school in India to have three Chinese teachers from mainland China and the local Chinese community, who are able to impart reliable and authentic Chinese language teaching. It is the first institution in India to create the very popular Chinese Corner, a platform for Chinese-language learners to interact with each other. The School also actively promotes cooperation and exchange programs with several Indian and Chinese universities, institutes and schools, including Calcutta University, MAKAIAS, St. Xavier's, Kunming Medical University and a leading high school in China.

Mao also said that the Consulate General fully supports the efforts to have a Confucius Classroom, a Chinese-government-sponsored program for promoting Chinese language education overseas, in the School of Chinese Language in kolkata.
To the surprise of the audience, Mr. Madan Saraff, Principal of the School, delivered a welcome speech in Mandarin. He believes, the efforts of the school is slowly but surely creating micro-drops of understanding in the ocean of un-understanding which lies between the peoples of China and India.

The Chinese Corner held on Sunday, October 31, 2010

A very unique and enjoyable Chini Adda was held at Spring Club on October 31, 2010.

The School’s usual get-together of the Chini Adda for Chinese from China in India (including Students from China), Indians of Chinese origin, Chinese Language Experts & Beginners (including our native Teachers from China), and all Students, not only of The School, but also of other Institutions such as Calcutta U, Visva Bharati U, Ramakrishna Mission School of Languages, Rabindra Bharati U et al was held at The Spring Club on Sunday. This is a comfortable and friendly platform which supports interest in all participants about China, allows all to practice Mandarin, understand the nuances of Chinese culture and, most of all, creates a micro-drop of understanding between the peoples of India & China.

Dr Hanuman Baid presented an interesting topic on aspects of Chinese Traditional Medicine viz. acupuncture, acupressure and magnetic therapy.
A short demonstration of the curative powers of magnetic therapy drew intensive response from the participants. Some miraculous alleviation of pain was witnessed by all.

Acting Consul General of China, Mr Zhang Tiejian, graced the occasion together with his colleagues. An interesting video was screened, regarding Chinese Cuisine and which covered the origin of chopsticks, vinegar etc.
Tea and snacks were served at the end of the activity whilst participants had animated discussions in Chinese Language with each other regarding Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Cuisine.

Breaking News!

The School is on BBC World News now!

The School is proud to advise that BBC has chosen The School of Chinese Language, Kolkata and its Students (including 3 generations of the Wu family) to feature in their special pre-coverage of Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to India starting Dec. 15. Whilst we invite you to watch BBC World News, BBC News America, BBC Asia Business etc,
you may listen to our singing Students on BBC Radio4 by clicking here.....
(& The ChiniAdda held at St Xavier’s)
On December 02, 2010, almost at midnight, Vice-Principal, St Xavier's Collegiate School and Principal, The School of Chinese Language welcomed their guests, Principal & Vice-Principal of ShidaFuzhong, Kunming, China, the best high school in Yunnan, at NetajiSubhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, on their first-ever visit to India.

The visit reciprocated the June visit of the Leaders of St Xavier's & The School of Chinese Language to China, where a historic agreement "Students' Exchange Programme" was signed, calling for the youth of the two neighbouring countries to become aware of and understand each other.

This is the first-ever such agreement signed between two high schools in Kolkata, India & Kunming, China. In the words of Principal Saraff of The School "this agreement will help to create another micro-drop of understanding in the ocean of understanding which lies between the peoples of the two countries. We are proud to be associated coz it is imperative that the youth of India & China understand each other. What better way than to visit each other's country and to actually live with families in your neighbour's country!"

Leaders of St Xavier’s, ShidaFuzhong&The School of Chinese Language


Principal SXCS greets Principal &Vice Principal, ShidaFuzhong at entrance of the school

The delegates found their stay in Kolkata very pleasant, interesting and informative. They visited, besides the sightseeing attractions of the city, Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan; participated in The ChiniAdda of The School of Chinese Language and dined with Consulate General of China.

Delegates from Kunming with SXCS boys & Teachers


With VisvaBharati Teachers & Students in Santiniketan

For the first time ever, the last Chinese Corner of 2010 was held in St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Park Street. ShidaFuzhong Leaders witnessed the efforts of The School of Chinese Language to create understanding between the peoples, esp. the youth, of India & China. Participants at this Addawere many, all learning Chinese (Mandarin) at various institutions around the city and outside. The young boys of SXCS started off the programme with a beautiful rendition of a popular Chinese song called “Tongnian”. Next up was Prabudhya Bhattacharyya, another Xaverian who mesmerized one & all by playing a lovely piece on a traditional Chinese wind instrument called the Hulusi.

Student SXCS presenting the hulusi


Presentation by Consulate General to SXDS Leader

Vice Principal Fr. Sebastian highlighed the joint exchange agreement signed between the 2 high schools of Kolkata & Kunming. This was followed by Actg. Consul General Zhang introducing an interesting video about Chinese New Year. The Chinese Consulate also very graciously presented a few sets of books, commemorating the 60th Anniversary of India–China relations, to St. Xavier’s Collegiate School. Principal Saraff of The School of Chinese Language rounded up the evening by delivering a vote of thanks.
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On Sunday, January 30, 2011, His Excellency, Mr Zhang Lizhong,Consul General of China, visited the China Pavilion at Kolkata Book Fair, 2011, to inaugurate the presence of The School of Chinese Language and also to announce its various courses esp. the Special Chinese Language Class leading to MBBS degree in Kunming Medical University, China and the Special Class for Children aged above 7 years.

Consul General offered his recommendation and support to The School in its noble endeavours to create understanding between the peoples of India & China. He stated that he was pleased to visit the Book Fair and keen to see the interest of the people of the region in learning Chinese Language which would lead to better business and career prospects. It was also his wish that in the years to come, once Chinese publishers/book sellers visualized the Kolkata Book Fair, it may lead to China becoming the Theme Country.

Consul General & Principal inaugurate


A glimpse of visitors


Consul General thanks the audience


Principal explains the display to Mrs Lin


Consul General with Vice-Principal

The opportunity to be introduced to the citizens of Kolkata will help The School of Chinese Language to propagate Chinese Language & Culture as the awareness of the importance of learning Chinese Language and of developing closer harmonious relationship between the peoples of the two great countries is understood by the population in today’s world.

His Excellency, Mr Zhang Lizhong, Consul General of China presided over The Chinese Corner organised by The School of Chinese Language (Zhong Wen Xue Xiao) on Sunday, February 27th at Spring Club, Kolkata. More than 70 Chinese and Indians (incl. Indians of Chinese origin) actively participated; the guest list included expat Chinese working in India, Teachers and Students of The School of Chinese Language in Kolkata, Visvabharati University, Santiniketan, RabindraBharati University and Calcutta University. Chinese Students from St Xavier's College and Chinese Students learning English at The School of Chinese Language were also present in numbers. Besides a large number of officials from Consulate General of China, Mr Dong Jinsheng, Counsellor from the Embassy in Delhi also joined us.
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The programme was flagged off by MC Charisma Saraff, Vice Principal, The School of Chinese Language (ZWXX) introducing a special documentary video, courtesy the Chinese Consulate, titled Gurudev: A Journey To The East about Rabindranath Tagore's visit to China. Tagore's deep cultural connection with the Orient surprised some and delighted all present at The ChiniAdda.

ZWXX Student Ayesha Mallik of Intensive Class showed great artistic prowess when she presented the new Consul General with a beautiful Chinese painting. Not to be outshone, ZWXX Student and Businessman ParagBoghani of The School's Joint Course Programme invited CG Zhang onto the stage to unveil a spectacular Chinese Calligraphy Scroll handwritten by the student himself as a gift for His Excellency, welcoming him to Kolkata and The ChiniAdda.
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Next up were ZWXX Students Tapas Kumar Bagchi, SamyadeepSengupta and TapanNandy who enthralled the audience by their Chinese recitation skills in Shun Kou Liu welcoming the young, energetic new Consul General of China to Kolkata. Later, SubhenduGhosal, student of CheenaBhavan, Santiniketan took the stage to read out a letter in Chinese, on behalf of the Visvabharati Students wishing CG every success in life.

Consul General Zhang was deeply touched and gladdened by all the efforts made by each student, to bring India and China even closer, as evident from his words. He wished greater success to The School of Chinese Language, The ChiniAdda, propagation of Chinese Language and most importantly, bringing the peoples of China & India closer together.
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The interesting and funfilled evening ended on a high note with all the participants of The ChiniAdda joining in for a melodious group song - Liuliu de ta. Afterwards, tasty refreshments and snacks were served for all present, courtesy The Chinese Consulate.

Consul General Zhang Lizhong Eyeing for More Mandarin Teaching in East Part of India
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Consul General Zhang Lizhong Eyeing for More Mandarin Teaching in East Part of India

On July 16th, over 100 persons from the School of Chinese Language, Kolkata, St. Xavier Collegiate School and local Chinese community gathered at Saturday Club to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the School of Chinese Language in Kolkata. Mr.&Mrs. Consul General Zhang Lizhong and the diplomats from Chinese Consulate General were invited to the event.

In his speech, Consul General Zhang Lizhong congratulated the fourth anniversary of the School of Chinese Language and expressed his appreciation to the efforts made by the School for enhancing the mutual understanding between the peoples of China and India and promoting the educational exchanges between the two countries. Consul General expected to see more Indian educational organizations to be involved in Mandarin teaching and to let more Indians understand Chinese culture. He wished more local people be able to learn and know Chinese language and Chinese culture. He is looking forward to introducing more excellent Chinese teachers from Hanban to eastern India. Chinese Consulate General will continue to provide help within its capability.

The Principal of the School of Chinese Language – Mr.MadanSaraff thanked Chinese Consulate General's support to the School and recalled the encouragement by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the cultural exchange activities between China and India. He was pleasant at the steadily increasing interests of local students to learn Mandarin and Chinese culture. The School of Chinese Language would add one more micro-drop of understanding in the ocean of friendship that lies between the peoples of China and India.

After the speech, the students from the School of Chinese Language presented wonderful performance. Chinese songs, Chinese painting & calligraphy and the mini play of a Chinese classic love story - "The Butterfly Lovers" or "Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai" deeply impressed the audience and won big applause.

The Vice President of Kunming Medical University - Mdm. Li Yan attended the celebration and offered the School Chinese-English dictionaries and books as gifts.


The School of Chinese Language in Kolkata found a wonderful way to pay tribute to the aspirations of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Premier Wen Jiabao who have termed 2011 as the Year of Exchange between India & China.

The story started in 2008 when Madan Saraff, Principal of the then newly established The School of Chinese Language (TSCL), started efforts up to meet Principal, St Xavier’s Collegiate School.

Saraff’s labour of love was rewarded, when, in April, 2010, Principal and Vice-Principal of SXCS agreed to the idea of bringing the youth of India closer to the youth of China and requested Saraff to proceed with the mission.

With the help of his friends, Lu Yuan & Sam Mitchell of YNCCLD (Yunnan Centre for Cultural Learning & Development, Kunming), Madan Saraff began interactions with the best high school in Yunnan, Shida Fuzhong, Kunming. On May 28, 2010, an agreement was signed by Fr. Jerome Francis & Fr Sebastian James of SXCS & Shida Fuzhong with TSCL & YNCCLD being a proud part of the proceedings.

In the meantime, in July, 2010, group of 7 Students and 1 Teacher from Kunming Medical University arrived in Kolkata in support of the arrangement between KMU & The School of Chinese Language. Each member lived with family of Students of The School and came to know India, its people and culture closely.

In December, 2010 Leaders of Shida Fuzhong paid a reciprocal visit to SXCS Kolkata and ties were further strengthened by Fr Devasy Principal, SXCS.

On May 19, 2011, 10 Students of SXCS accompanied by Principal, Vice-Principal and Teacher flew on India’s maiden voyage to cement people-to-people relations between India & China. Each and every Student becomes a part of the family of his Chinese counterpart, staying with the Chinese Student’s family. Undoubtedly, this was the 1st such Student Exchange Program between 2 high schools where participants lived in the homes of the host Students.

The group came back with fond and startling memories and experiences:

……I am missing the school now. My host brother was very helful, he used to translate everything to me so patiently, it was truly a wonderful experience for me.

…..I was really impressed by the way they treated us. When we were introduced to our host brothers, Xia Shao Qin my host brother came to me and hugged me before i could. Even though his mother could not speak English, i could still converse with her thanks to the Mandarin classes (in The School of Chinese Language). It really did help.

…..I came know a lot about chinese culture. The food there was fabulous and the people very warm and helpful.

…..The family with whom i was staying were really hospitable & my classmates in shida fuzong were really friendly

…..In my opinion this project has turned out to be one of the most sought after and excellent projects so far undertaken. This is because of the huge scope to interact with the new classmates and making new friends, learn their culture and also to give them a feeling of our rich heritage!!

…..The gaining pattern was extraordinary on both sides on the line, both the Chinese students and we shared a lot mutually through our behavior and communication. In fact the amount of Chinese that we learnt (in The School of Chinese Language) in a mere one and half months came very very handy and everyone there was impressed at our well pronunciation…

Meantime, on June 01, 2011, a group of 6 Students & Vice-Principal left for Kunming as home guests of Kunming Medical University; they lived with KMU families and related their wonderful close encounters when they returned on June 08:

Joint Friendship Program presented by KMU & The School The School presents Chinese Traditional song to KMU

….benefited by this visit because I had the opportunity to speak chinese and learn various things about the culture of China. The Kunming Medical University gave us warm hospitality..

…..Everything we learn and talk of in the class come alive for us. China is a wonderful land and I feel privileged to have had such close glimpse of what it stands for. My host family was warm and welcoming and made me feel very much at home. I feel I had a good experience of traditional and modern China.

…fruitful one. I feel that this kind of programme will bring the people of two countries together… harmonious and friendly development between India and China. This tour also helped me to improve my spoken ability and enrich my chinese vocabulary

….help not only in understanding the language but also to understand the chinise culture, people, food etc. According to my opinion these kind of exchange prg. will encourage the students to develop good relation between China and India as well.

Young Metro SXCS SF

Students learn Chinese language
CHENNAI,June 25, 2012

Students learn Chinese language

H. Shrithula has a useful analogy for those who think that learning Chinese is difficult: “Chinese is similar to Tamil. If you know Tamil, it’s easy to learn Chinese.”

The ArshaVidyaMandir student started learning Chinese to gain an insight into the culture of that country, a glimpse of which she has already had.

The 15-year-old recalls her visit to China during the 2008 Olympics: “When we had to go to a particular place in Beijing, we could not communicate at all.”

She hopes learning a language which is spoken by very few Indians will give her a head start over her peers.

“Students hear about slowdown in the U.S. and stagnation in Europe, and at the same time about Chinese economy growing. They see a lot of Chinese products around them. So they want to learn Chinese,” says N. Balakrishnan, director, Chinese Institute of Chennai.

The trend of college students learning Chinese is picking, he says.

“This trend will only get stronger. Students want to learn Chinese because it may benefit them in future,” says Sandip Dang, Director of In a Word, a foreign language school. Twenty-one-year-old Pratheek, a student of St. Joseph’s College of Engineering, wanted to learn a foreign language.

But why did he choose Chinese? “I wanted to set myself apart,” he says.

As the might of that country’s economy grows, says Pratheek, Chinese language will open whole new vistas for him. Foreign language institutes in the city say they are being increasingly approached by colleges interested in equipping their students with the knowledge of Chinese.

MalleswarUmaithurai, who is pursuing a postgraduate degree at the Chennai Business School, says his mentors at college advised him to learn Chinese as the language would enhance his employability.

“I want to explore job opportunities in China.”

IIT-Madras’ China Studies Centre started a two-level course in Chinese language for its students last year.

“By learning Chinese you are going to be in a very advantageous position,” says Sonika Gupta, Co-ordinator, IIT-M China Studies Centre.

A few fresh-out-of-school students are learning Chinese with the aim of having a strong grounding in the language before they go to China to pursue a medical degree, says Mr. Dang.

However, it is the entrepreneurs who continue to lead the trend of learning Chinese.

Their endeavours to learn the language are driven by an immediate interest in trade whereas young students look for long term benefits.

Earlier, the CBSE had planned to introduce Chinese in schools. It had to drop the idea as Indian teachers could not be trained in the language.

It is the entrepreneurs who continue to lead the trend of learning Chinese.

Mandarin: the language of the future


Mandarin: the language of the future

July 22, 2012 1:00 am

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Language schools help overseas Chinese maintain their identity: official

A Chinese language-based education is a fundamental element allowing Chinese people living abroad to maintain their national identity, the director of an office for overseas Chinese affairs said Saturday.

A Chinese language-based education also provides a spiritual link between overseas Chinese and their ancestral land, said Li Haifeng, director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council (OCAO), at a ceremony held Saturday to mark the inauguration of the new semester at the new campus of the Beijing Chinese Language and Culture College (CLCC) under the OCAO.

The official addressed the opening ceremony, which was attended by LuoHaocai, former vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

In his speech, Li spoke highly of the role of Chinese language-based schooling, saying that Chinese people living abroad refer to it as a "Root-keeping Project" or "Hope Project."

The OCAO has long regarded Chinese language-based schooling as basic and strategic work. It has an increased investment in the sector and taken many practical steps in textbook research and development, teacher training and the education of Chinese youth living overseas, and it has also given various kinds of assistance to Chinese language schools abroad, according to the official.

Zhou Feng, president of the CLCC, also spoke at the ceremony. He stressed that the CLCC is willing to cooperate with Chinese language-based educational institutions in all foreign countries and regions.

According to Zhou, in 2010, the college invested over 500 million yuan (79.3 million US dollars) to build the new campus, which covers 14.6 hectares and has a floor space of 68,353 square meters. It is designed to accommodate 2,000 students, he said.

Student Testimonial

Tagore's works in Mandarin displayed for first time
Kolkata: The complete works of Rabindranath Tagore, translated into Mandarin by the Chinese government immediately after the poet's visit to the country in 1924, were displayed in the China pavilion for the first time in the recently concluded Kolkata Book fair.

After the Bard's visit to mainland China where his fame had spread by that time, the government of the country got his entire works translated in 24 volumes, MadanSaraf, a spokesperson at the pavilion, said.

The volumes, bound in green cover with golden stripes and having notes written by the Consul-General of China, was for public viewing as thousands thronged the stall put up by the School for Chinese Language.

"Regrettably books are only on display and would be sold only from the 2013 edition of the bookfair," Saraf said.

Chinese Consul-General Zhang Lizhong said during a visit to the stall that he supported efforts of The School of Chinese Language to try to foster understanding between the people of the two nations.


KOLKATA, 6 FEB: The complete works of Rabindranath Tagore, translated into Mandarin by the Chinese government immediately after the poet's visit to the country in 1924, were displayed for the first time at the China pavilion in the recently-concluded Kolkata Book Fair.

After the bard's visit to mainland China where his fame had spread by the time, the government got his entire works translated in 24 volumes, Mr MadanSaraf, a spokesperson with the pavilion, said. The volumes, bound in green cover with golden stripes and having notes written by the consul general of China, were displayed for public viewing as thousands thronged the stall put up by The School of Chinese Language.

“Unfortunately, the books will be sold only from the 2013 edition of the Book Fair,” Mr Saraf said. Chinese consul general Zhang Lizhong said during a visit to the stall that he supported the efforts of The School of Chinese Language, that is trying to foster understanding between the people of the two nations. PTI

February 6, 2012 by anupama

Filed under Arts &CultureKolkata: The complete works of Rabindranath Tagore, translated into Mandarin by the Chinese government immediately after the poet`s visit to the country in 1924, were displayed in the China pavilion for the first time in the recently concluded Kolkata Book fair.

After the Bard`s visit to mainland China where his fame had spread by that time, the government of the country got his entire works translated in 24 volumes, MadanSaraf, a spokesperson at the pavilion, told reporters.

The volumes, bound in green cover with golden stripes and having notes written by the Consul-General of China, was for public viewing as thousands thronged the stall put up by the School for Chinese Language. “Regrettably books are only on display and would be sold only from the 2013 edition of the bookfair,” Saraf said.

Chinese Consul-General Zhang Lizhong said during a visit to the stall that he supported efforts of The School of Chinese Language to try to foster understanding between the people of the two nations.

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Chinese Pavilion at Book Fair Drawing Attention From Visitors
(From Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata)

On Jan. 29th, Consul General Zhang Lizhong toured "36th International Kolkata Book Fair" and cut the ribbon at the inauguration ceremony of Chinese Pavilion, which is sponsored by the School of Chinese Language headed by Principal MadanSaraff.

In his speech, Consul General Zhang Lizhong said that he has been in Kolkata for one year and this is his second time to visit Kolkata Book Fair and cut the ribbon for Chinese Pavilion. He is very pleased to see the Chinese Pavilion becoming much more spacious and attracting more friends this year. The School of Chinese Language is the only educational organization in this area that has Chinese teachers from Hanban. The School of Chinese Language has not only been involved in promoting Mandarin teaching and Chinese culture, but also made impressive efforts in promoting the friendly exchanges between West Bengal and Chinese schools. The Consulate General of China in Kolkata is very supportive of the educational and cultural exchanges between West Bengal and the relevant provinces and cities in China, and is ready to supply teaching materials, help train teachers of Mandarin education and is willing to provide Indian friends who are studying Mandarin with platforms for interactions. He hopes that more and more local Mandarin learners will participate in the activities of educational and cultural exchanges. With more and more educational and cultural exchanges between China and India, the friendship between the two countries will be stronger and the relationship closer.
After the speech, Consul General Zhang Lizhong accepted the interview from Hindustan Times and answered the questions regarding what's the influence of learning Chinese on China-India relations and Chinese companies' business development in West Bengal.
Italy is the focal theme country of his year's International Kolkata Book Fair, which lasts from Jan. 25th to Feb. 5th. Consul General Zhang Lizhong toured Italian Pavilion together with Italian Consul General Joel Melchiori.

Centre for the study of China and her neighbourhood
Faculty Profile
The faculty initially consisted (2007-9) of three part-time teachers who taught a Basic Chinese course and Basic Chinese crash course. Two faculty members completed their post-graduate degrees from Vishwabharati from Cheenabhavan, whereas the third member completed his post-graduate degree from BHU. Since 2010, this course has been merged with the joint Chinese language course run by the School of Chinese Language, Kolkata, with the Calcutta University and the MaulanaAbulKalam Institute of Asian Studies. Since 2011, the Centre is staffed by a part time assistant and the Joint Director.
Student profile according to the programs of study
In 2008-9, students for Basic Chinese were post-graduates from Calcutta University (2). For the crash course, they were post graduates from Jadavpur (1), Delhi (1) and JNU (1). Since 2010, the joint course involves a larger cross-section of the Kolkata public who are interested in Chinese language.
Changes made in the courses during the past five years
The courses have only come into existence in 2008-9 Academic year. There have been major changes since 2010. The current structure of the course may be noted from the School of Chinese Language, Kolkata website.
Trend in the success and drop out rate of students
The crash course had a 100% success rate. The current course issues certificates indicating hours studied and marks in the examination.
Learning resources of the department like Library, computer laboratories and other such resources
The Centre has a small library
Modern teaching methods in practice
Up-to-date textbook material in use from PRC
Collaboration with other national and international institutions
Currently, collaboration is with Department of History, Calcutta University and MaulanaAbulKalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies

Delegation of Yunnan Provincial Department of Education Visit Kolkata
Delegation of Yunnan Provincial Department of Education Visit Kolkata

On December 7 the vice head of Yunnan provincial department of education—Mr. Yang Gonghe and his group visited Kolkata by the invitation of St. Xavier Collegiate School and Kolkata Chinese Language School. A discussion was held by vice head of department Yang Gonghe, Principal of St. Xavier Collegiate School—Mr. K.K Devasy and the Principal of the Chinese Language School—Mr. Madan Saraff. The both exchanged suggestions about deepening the communication and cooperation between Yunnan province schools and education institutes in Kolkata. And the acting Consul General of China in Kolkata—Mr. Liu Zhijie also attended the meeting.


In his speech, Mr. Yang said that there are more and more economic and cultural communications between Yunnan province and the West Bengal. As we know, Yunnan is one of the important bridgeheads for opening up in southwest China; in recent years, provincial government’s emphasis on bridgehead construction, providing policy and financial supports on economy, culture, education and etc. Nowadays, Yunnan province has cooperation projects with the education institutes of more than 50 countries and regions, including the students exchange program between St. Xavier Collegiate School and Yunnan Shida Fuzhong. Yunnan provincial department of education hope can strengthen the brother’s relationship between Yunnan Shida Fuzhong and St. Xavier Collegiate School; meanwhile strengthen cooperation between schools of Yunnan province and Kolkata schools, increasing the understanding, trust and friendship.

圣泽维尔中学校长K• K•德瓦西说,圣泽维尔中学将西方教育制度与印度传统教育体制相结合,建立了自己独特的教育体系。圣泽维尔中学一直重视与其它国家学校的交流,希望与亚洲的兄弟学校开展更多交流与合作,其中最重要的就是与中国云南师大附中的学生交流计划。圣泽维尔中学十分高兴可以为促进中印两国青年学生之间的交往、从而增进两个伟大文明之间的了解作出自己的努力。

Principal of St. Xavier Collegiate School—Mr. K.K Devasy said, St. Xavier Collegiate School combined western education system with Indian traditional education system to build their unique education system. They value the communication with other countries’ school always, and develop more communication and cooperation with Asian schools. And now the most important is the program with the students of Yunnan Shida Fuzhong. St. Xavier Collegiate School said they would be very pleasure to do effort for promoting the communication between young students of China and India, then increase understand between the two great cultures.


Then, Mr. Yang and the group visited the St. Xavier College, middle school and primary school, having communication and interaction with teachers and students.


An agreement of communication for students signed by St. Xavier School and Yunan Shida Fuzhong, which said communication program will be held regular between two cities. The first group of 10 students from St. Xavier School had visited Yunnan Shida Fuzhong on May, 2011; meanwhile 8 students from Yunnan Shida Fuzhong had return visit on November, 2011.


After visiting, Mr. Yang visited the Consul General of China in Kolkata—Mr. Zhang Lizhong.

SF SXCS news Nov 2011

"Chinese Corner" Held in Kolkata by The School of Chinese Language
"Chinese Corner" Held in Kolkata by The School of Chinese Language

On November 19, the School of Chinese Language of Kolkata held “Chinese Corner” ("ChiniAdda" in Bengali) at the Spring Club. Altogether around 100 persons attended “Chinese Corner”, including the Principal of St. Xavier Collegiate School – Mr. K. K. Devasy, the Principal of the School of Chinese Language – Mr.MadanSaraff, the teachers and students from Yunnan ShidaFuzhong who were visiting India for the “Student Exchange Program” and all the officials of Chinese Consulate.

The theme of the “Chinese Corner” is “family”. Chinese and Indian students reviewed their experiences of living and studying in each other’s families and schools and discussed about their understanding of “family”. They agreed that China and India both have long histories and share similar family value. The two countries attach great importance to the stability and harmony of family and cherish the traditional oriental value, such as respecting the old and loving the young.

In his speech, the Acting Consul General of China in Kolkata – Mr. Liu Zhijie introduced Chinese traditional family value. He described the whole world as a big family, and as important members of this big family, China and India should live in peace, enhance exchanges and seek common development.

The Principal of St. Xavier Collegiate School – Mr. K. K. Devasy highlighted the success of the student exchange program between St. Xavier Collegiate School and Yunnan ShidaFuzhong. Students from the two schools lived in each other’s families and got acquainted with each other’s culture by spending time together. The friendship between the youths of the two countries is largely strengthened. He said that influenced by the western culture, the traditional idea of joint family has been gradually changed in India. More and more young people choose to live apart from their parents. However, in Indian society, family still comes first.

Representatives of Chinese and Indian students made their speeches afterwards. They talked about their experiences of living in each other’s families and sincerely thanked their “foreign parents” for their thoughtful kindness and love. They have established profound friendship with their fellow foreign students during the student exchange program. The Indian students who will take part in next year’s “Student Exchange Program” expressed their expectations about the future trip to China.

The "Chinese Corner" was also featured with wonderful performances, like Chinese songs, traditional dances and ventriloquism presented by Chinese and Indian students and teachers and won warm applauses from the audiences.
Since 2008, “Chinese Corner” has been organized by the School of Chinese Language regularly with different themes so as to provide a platform for local Indian students studying Chinese to learn Chinese and understand Chinese culture. The Chinese Consulate General provides support to the "Chinese Corner" since its inception.
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