13th November 2018, New Delhi: 11th All India Korean Language Speech Contest was organized by Korean Cultural Center India and supported by Asiana Airlines at University of Delhi where selected 29 students participated from pan India. The contest aimed at encouraging young talents to contribute for bilateral relationship. The occasion was graced by the presence of H.E. Shin Bongkil, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India, Mr. Kim Kum Pyoung, director of Korean Cultural Center Prof. Unita Sachidanandfrom Delhi University, Prof. Ravikesh from JNU along with students from many colleges.
H.E. Shin Bongkil while addressing the gathering said that ‘I am delighted to know that this is the 11th years of Speech competition. The growing interest in Korean language learning in India shows how strong and deep is our bilateral relations. The strong friendship between two business communities, and co-operation between our two governments has become the Hallmark in the recent years.”
The theme of the contest was ‘India-Korea, future of the bilateral relation’ and the participants were from Korean language departments of University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, King Sejong institutes and other Korean language institutes. The students competed in 3 different levels and gave speeches in Korean language for 3-4 minutes. The winners were awarded with scholarship worth Rs. 6.4 lakh supported by Asian Airlines.
Kim Kum-pyoung, director of Korean Cultural Centre India highlighted that the participating students will be the bridge between India and Korea and will be next bonding strength. “They will do a great role in the future of the bilateral relationship in various filed with their deep understanding of Korean culture and society they learnt from Korean language” he said.
Contestants gave tough competition as each one of them presented their best efforts on the language. Beside language efficiency students were also able to share their deep knowledge on the immerging strengths and closer ties which both the countries are creating. The event also showed the growing interest of Indian students in learning Korean language.
In India, there are around 20 higher educational institutions offering Korean language class in certificate or degree course. Recently Indra Gandhi National Open University inaugurated its first certificate course in Korean language and culture, in which 800 students have registered.
1st position in advanced category was grabbed by Sourabhi Maiti, 2nd position by PF Kapesa and 3rd by Kelsi Kalsiya all from King Sejong institute Delhi.
In Intermediate category the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position holders were, Sonia Maria Jose King Sejong institute Delhi, Aparna University of Delhi and Lata Tiwari from King Sejong institute respectively.
In beginner category, 1st position was grabbed by Chetna – King Sejong institute, 2nd by Jennie Ngaihzenlian – JNU and 3rd by Anubhuti Kakati – King Sejong Institute Delhi.