The Army is also trying to address “capability voids” in Mandarin and specialisation on Chinese issues among its ranks. This move comes after the force last year began specialized courses for some of its soldiers on Tibetology, as was first reported by TOI.
On the Mandarin front, a board of officers headed by a Major General from the Army Training Command (Shimla) has prepared a draft “comprehensive foreign language training policy”, sources said.
The Army is working to increase basic and advanced levels of Chinese language training for its soldiers within the force as well as in civilian universities and institutions across the country, sources said. Around 20 officers and JCOs (junior commissioned officers) have begun diploma and postgraduate courses in Chinese at the Rashtriya Raksha University at Gandhinagar from November last year.
Vacancies for Army personnel to undertake MA in Chinese in other institutions are also being increased. Moreover, MoUs with universities offering advanced-level Chinese language courses are also being worked out, sources said.