The introductory course was scheduled for 2019 but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The public company that builds high-speed trains and railways employs around 700 people, including 150 permanent staff.
New DelhiNeha Tripathi
Officials involved in India’s high-speed rail initiative will undergo a crash course in Japanese language and culture to better interact with their Japanese colleagues, according to an internal communication from the National High Speed Rail Corporation on Friday.
“These courses will be delivered both online and offline. It will run three times a week and will involve employees of all ranks,” an official said on condition of anonymity.
“A total of thirty employees will be appointed by their respective department heads for the language course. These appointments will be finalized by Tuesday.
The introductory course started briefly before the coronavirus pandemic in 2019.
The public company that builds high-speed trains and railways employs around 700 people, including 150 permanent staff.
The foundation stone for the Mumbai to Ahmedabad high-speed rail project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinto Abe in 2017.
“Knowledge of the Japanese language is necessary because you have to learn Japanese. It is difficult to learn if one is not able to communicate,” the official said. India has enlisted Japanese technology, engineers and financiers to help build its first line, a 508 km link between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
The company, a branch of Indian Railways responsible for building and managing high-speed rail projects, also submitted detailed reports for a Delhi-to-Varanasi link last year and a Mumbai-to-Nagpur link in February.
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