School of South Asia was established in June 2016. At present, it is the only School of South Asia in Chinese universities. The college was built according to the high standard to establish the special college in Yunnan Minzu University, which boosts the initiatives such as the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road initiative, and push the development of the Yunnan South Asia & South East Asian radiation center. The characteristic of Yunnan Province provide the opportunity for the development of South Asian language teaching. Yunnan is the first province which can make full uses of the cultural resources. And Yunnan Minzu University is the first university which establish the school of South Asia, which aim to train more university students with language skills. So they can serve for the development of Yunnan.
Since 2011, the first major in School of South Asia- Hindi major enrolled the students. Up till now, they have got several prizes, Hindi major is the only one major which can provide the students the scholarship from the exchange program for the both government, which is also the only one major in Southwest China the students of which can achieve the scholarship from ICCR of Indian Government. Furthermore， the teaching style of this major is the unique too, which implement 3+1 teaching mode, which means the students study home for 3 years and spend 1 year in target country. In September 2016, Bengali major began to enroll its first group students. From then on, Yunnan Minzu University became the second university which can enroll the students of Bengali major in China.
With several years’ development, the consequence of School of South Asia became more and more powerful. The establishment of the language group will be further strengthened in order that the group can be the powerful and complete major in the South China. In this way, the university students with great ability in South Asian languages can be brought up. The team in the research on South Asia can be stronger so that they can do some researches on the politics, economics and culture. So some of the consolation can be made and provided to the government. And finally Yunnan Minzu University can be the influential base for training the talent in the South Asian languages and regional studies.
The Brief Introduction of Hindi Major
Since June 2011, permitted by the Ministry of Education, Yunnan Minzu University has provided undergraduate curriculum of Hindi language. The school has a clear general thought on and reasonable structure about undergraduate specialty building, and the specialty structure embodies geographical advantages of Yunnan Province and characteristics of coordinated development of disciplines like language, culture, economy & trade, law, etc., so it fits both orientation of the university and the school-running orientation of “basing itself on Yunnan, facing the whole country and radiating South Asia and Southeast Asia”.
Social response to the major has been pretty good, and the university has had five grades of a small size, namely Grade 2011, Grade 2012, Grade 2013, Grade 2015 and Grade 2015. There are 78 campus students, of which 11 got Indian government scholarships, 22 were sent to India for exchange sponsored by China Scholarship Council, and 31 have been to Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India for exchange .
Hindi major of Yunnan Minzu University is the first among universities and colleges in Southwest China, which fills the gap of South Asian languages’ training, and serves as a platform to provide talents for cooperation & exchange between Yunnan and South Asia.
School-running mode and characteristics: Hindi major implements “3＋1” school-running mode, and students will study in India for a year as juniors. In addition to improving language competence, they could also get to know the objective country’s history, culture, politics, economy, traditional customs, etc. meticulously and therefore lay a foundation for employment in future. Teaching languages are Hindi language and English, so students own competency of the specialty and improve the ability of using English.
Faculty members: Up to now Department of Hindi major has altogether four teachers, including three Chinese teachers and one foreign teacher. There are also visiting professors invited from home and abroad, such as Peking University, Nanjing University of International Relations, Indian Delhi University, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India and so on.
Since it is established, Hindi major has become a window for Yunnan Minzu University to link with Indian universities and a bridge to share the cultures.