Language Friendship Bridge
- Language Friendship Bridge is a special project envisaged by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
- to train five to 10 people in the official languages of each of these countries.
- to expand its cultural footprint in nations with which it has historical ties, including those in its immediate neighbourhood.
What are the Languages covered?
- As of now, the ICCR has zeroed in on 10 languages:
- Kazakh, Uzbek, Bhutanese, Ghoti (spoken in Tibet),
- Burmese, Khmer (spoken in Cambodia),
- Thai, Sinhalese and Bahasa (spoken in both Indonesia and Malaysia).
What is the need for Language Friendship Bridge?
- In India, the focus till now has been on learning European languages such as Spanish, French and German, along with the languages of major Asian economies such as China and Japan.
- India requires translators, interpreters and teachers in the languages of these countries with which it shares a cultural history.
- 11 April 2023:
- The Indian Council for Cultural Relations is planning to create a pool of experts in languages spoken in countries such as Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Indonesia to facilitate better people-to-people exchanges.