There are about 20,000 learners of Japanese in India now (a sizeable increase compared to about 600 in the 1970s), a number which is nearing the target, set a few years back, of 30,000 Japanese knowing Indians.
With increasing number of Japanese ventures coming to India, especially along the Delhi Mumbai Corridor, the demand for Japanese knowing persons has grown many folds. As jobs in Japanese companies in India generally require, in addition to knowledge of Japanese, knowledge of some other subject like engineering, commerce, IT etc, a number of private institutions are offering part-time Japanese language courses and provide the bulk of Japanese knowing human resource.
Standard of Japanese language ability, in these cases, is tested by Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) of Japan Foundation. Number of Indians taking JLPT has been about 8000 every year. Higher Japanese language education at M.A. and PhD level, essential for academic professions, continues to be imparted at only a few Universities (Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Delhi, Viswabharati University, (Shantiniketan) and English and Foreign Language University, Hyderabad).
The supply of Japanese knowing human resource In India is, at times, not able to cope up with the growing demand coming from Japanese companies in India, Indian companies operating in Japan and even third country joint ventures. Shortage of Japanese language teachers is a major bottle neck.
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