The trajectory of India-Japan relationship has grown considerably over the years. In the economic and strategic spheres, landmark deals like the India- Japan civil nuclear agreement to Japan’s involvement in mega infrastructure projects like the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train; Japan has played a significant role in India’s growth narrative.
Beyond the strong diplomatic ties, the Indian Government, as well as, private enterprises have been engaged in the upgrading of the bilateral relationship through a number of action-oriented, social, cultural, economic and educational projects. Japan, as a global leader in technological and industrial advancement, is projected to bring in new opportunities for India under the present mutual partnership.
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s present initiatives, increasing importance has been given to the role of the Northeast of India in India’s outreach to Southeast Asia. In recent times Northeastern states like Assam and Manipur have been engaging with Japan directly in a number of development sectors. In this context of greater Japanese cooperation with India, NPS International School, Guwahati, is taking the opportunity to create that bridge that would connect the two great nations through cultural and educational exchange programmes.
On 11th February, 2018, NPS International School was part of the EduJAPAN Programme organized by ReThink India at the Civil Services Officers’ Institute, New Delhi. The initiative, the Indo-Japan partnership “fostering deeper civilizational connect through education”, was arranged in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation.
During the event, a peek into the Japanese Education System was presented by the First Secretary, Embassy of Japan, Mr. Daisuke Kodama. This was followed by a panel discussion with prominent Japanese and Indian dignitaries on the multifaceted career opportunities through the Japanese Education Ecosystem. There was a formal recognition of the eduJapan Cells and eduJapan Network Nodes, presided over by the Chief Guest Ms. Mizuho Hayakawa, Director of Japan Information Centre, Embassy of Japan and Mr. R.K.Vaish, Chairperson, ReThink India. Founder-Chairman of NPS International School, Mr. J.N.Das, attended the session in New Delhi and held a series of discussions with the Japanese delegation. The Workshop was held in commemoration of the National Foundation Day of Japan.
The eduJAPAN Programme is a first of its kind project whereby eduJAPAN Cells are being set up at prominent schools across India to take up the cause and case of education programme exchange between India and Japan. As part of the eduJapan Cell set up scheme, NPS International School’s role entails for sustained commitment to reinforce educational and academic contact with Japan so as to strengthen the cultural and educational link between the two nations. Under the umbrella Programme, students from both the countries will have the scope to visit and learn about each other through a number of activity-enriched events to be held at the host country, paving the path for high value educational, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for both the nations.
NPS International School will be hosting a number of activities as in learning the Japanese language, going for educational tours of Japanese establishments in India as well as in Japan; organize and attend Japan-Indo seminars, educational fairs and conferences, whereby students and members of both the communities are able to engage in deeper dialogue, solidifying the cultural and educational bond.