The Central University of Odisha has officially launched its Japanese Language Certificate Course during a special event held on its campus in Bhubaneswar, India. The inauguration ceremony was graced by the presence of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Chakradhar Tripathi, who inaugurated the course. Notable guests in attendance included Sato Koji, Director of the Japanese Foundation in New Delhi, Sushri Hakamata Maho, Representative of the Ambassador of Japan to India, and Prof. Nabin Kumar Panda, a distinguished scholar hailing from the East Asian Studies department at the University of Delhi.
During his address, Prof. Tripathi highlighted Japan’s leadership in agriculture, animal husbandry, dairy science, and forest management, expressing optimism that students in this course would not only learn the Japanese language but also facilitate the transfer of advanced Japanese technologies to India.
Sato Koji emphasized the significant opportunities available to students proficient in Japanese in today’s world and commended Prof. Tripathi for introducing Japanese language education at the University.
Hakamata Maho highlighted the cultural connections between Japan and Odisha, including shared food, traditions, and religion. She stressed that learning Japanese would enhance people-to-people exchanges between the two countries, promoting collaboration in technology, education, tourism, and more.
Prof. Nabin Kumar Panda, Head of the East Asian Studies department at Delhi University, provided insights into the abundant career opportunities in India’s corporate sector, particularly in Japan, for students fluent in Japanese.
The Japanese Language Certificate course has an initial intake capacity of sixty students, with admissions based on an entrance test scheduled for October 9. The course will consist of two sections, each accommodating 30 students.