The MoU envisages the exchanges of academic staff, teachers, trainees, experts and students, Jaishankar said addressing the gathering after the signing ceremony. It provides for development of curricula and exchange of educational material and support systems, he said. Describing it as an important step forward in the growing relationship between the two neighbours, Jaishankar said: "The initiative came at a time when efforts are underway to build a strategic and cooperative partnership, expanding trade and economic cooperation and working together on global issues."
"It is important that this is strengthened by greater people-to-people understanding," he added. The idea of introducing Mandarin in CBSE schools was mooted way back in 2010 by Human Resources Minister Kapil Sibal during his visit here. According to Xu, it would normally take two years to train teachers as the Mandarin is a language of tones and strokes. But her organisation is looking to offer an intensive course as suggested by UPSC to complete the training in six months so that the course can be introduced at the earliest in the schools.