This program has received no funding from China, and does not feature or require partnerships with Chinese institutions.
1. Information for Instructors
Trained and certified instructors will be selected per the needs of the program and host universities. Instructors will receive remuneration of INR 1,50,000 per month, funded by Ashoka University. They will be provided accommodation, a workspace, and other logistical, administrative, or material teaching support by the host university. Instructors will be expected to teach on average 4 hours a day, or 20 hours a week, for the duration of the two-year program. In early stages of the program, instructors may have the opportunity to design modules for, and teach at, more than one university in the same city, pursuant to demand. Candidates may indicate a city preference; however, final decisions in that regard will depend on demand and the location of participating universities.
2. Information for Host Universities
This program will give host universities in India the opportunity to integrate Mandarin language studies into relevant academic programs and courses already on offer. They will be responsible for providing accommodation, a workspace, and other support required by the instructors for the process of teaching, and will be asked to fund roundtrip airfares for instructors. Host universities also will, in collaboration with Ashoka University, review the progress made by instructors. Host universities will have the freedom to create batches of students grouped together by proficiency level, and retain the flexibility to set differential targets and benchmarks for evaluation. Lastly, host universities will also be expected to demonstrate commitment to, and work towards, the continuity of the program in the long-term.
3. Information for Students
Undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to avail two years of Mandarin language study. While it is recommended that the university group students by proficiency, and evaluate these batches using different benchmarks, students should be proficient at the level of Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) 2 – 250 to 300 characters – at the end of one year of study. In order to be conversant in Mandarin, students will on average need to put in 10 hours a week (or 2 hours a day) of study through the program.