New Delhi, Feb 25: The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans will learn Mandarin to break the language barriers with Chinese counterparts, a report said. The development comes a day after Chinese observers warned of another Doklam-like standoff showdown soon. Notably, two ITBP inspectors and two jawans have already completed the year-long course and are currently posted at the border.

According to a report in PTI, nearly 25 jawans and officials of the ITBP will take up a one-year certificate course in the Chinese language at the Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies in Madhya Pradesh’s Raisen district. The course training will commence in July 2018.

The varsity is located around 12 kms from the UNESCO world heritage site of the Sanchi Stupa – the hemispherical brick structure built over the relics of Buddha. (‘Doklam Part of China, India Should Draw Lesson From Standoff to Avoid Similar Incidents’)

Speaking about the course structure, university’s registrar Rajesh Gupta said, “Our course is designed as per the needs of the ITBP. Besides learning the Chinese language, the course also provides them an insight into the Buddhism religion.”

He also added that the course books are in three languages – Hindi, English and Chinese. “We have used pictures and same sentences in three languages to make them understand the Chinese language easily,” he said.

On Saturday, a report in Chinese daily – The Global Times – had said,“Indian officials’ recent provocative remarks, as well as a surreptitious visit to controversial border regions, are likely to plunge their country into another showdown with China like last year’s Doklam standoff, Chinese observers warned on Thursday.”

The warning came a day after former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon said that China wanted to split India and Bhutan for its political goal over the Doklam standoff.

Earlier last year, Union Minister Rajnath Singh had asked ITBP troops deployed along the Sino-India border to learn Mandarin in order to ensure better communication with the Chinese counterparts and avoid misunderstandings during face offs.