Russian language scholarship in India, is perhaps, as old as the independent Indian Republic itself. A number of Associations of Russian teachers predate INDAPRYAL. The importance of INDAPRYAL is that it brings together almost all the teachers of Russian in India under one umbrella.
The process of formation of INDAPRYAL started with the setting up of the ‘Working Group’, selected by a general body meeting of Russian teachers from the three universities in Delhi at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in September, 2003. This group set out with unprecedented zeal to transform the dream of a single, all-India association into reality. It was a Herculean task indeed! There were discussions, debates, dissents, views, and opinions as varied as the people spread all over India and engaged in the pursuit of knowledge in the realm of Russian Language, Literature and Culture (RLLCS). The Working Group was convinced that no Association would run by being only Delhi-centric, without the support and the active participation of colleagues situated in various parts of India.
In the process of the interaction with the teachers engaged with Russian language from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, we realized that each one of us was nursing an unfulfilled desire to concept with the larger fraternity of Russian language teachers. This was more so after the fall of the Soviet Union. The Indian Russian language specialist had seen it all: from the good old days of boom in Russian language studies to closures of institutions due to lack of students or/and funds. Our senior teachers have left their indelible mark in the promotion of Russian language learning and teaching. However, in this new era of a globalized world, fresh efforts and insights were the need of the times. The new century prompted us to find our new bearings, to retrace our steps, and surge ahead with all our synergies towards our collectively cherished and distinctively visualized aim of forming this Association.
– The Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature is a non-governmental, non-commercial organization, which is a collective endeavor of all the teachers and specialists in Russian language and literature from all over India. It is the only association, which can be truly considered be the ‘Voice of Teacher’, since it works for the interests of Russian language and teachers in the Russian field. This association has been set up with the following aims and objectives:
- To encourage teaching of Russian language, literature and culture in all parts of India and to promote academic research in the fields of Russian philology, the methodology of teaching RLLCS.
- To encourage Russian language as an important means of inter-cultural communication and to facilitate the exchange of experience and information of mutually beneficial research and teaching methods, resulting in strengthening of the Indo-Russian cooperation
- To develop professional links and cooperation between specialists and professional who are engaged in the field of teaching and promoting RLLCS.
- To develop professional contacts with universities and institutions collectively and with specialists individually outside the country teaching RLLCS.
- To organize and conduct conferences, symposia, seminars, and other academic programmes related to promoting of RLLCS. Also to organize and participate in national and international events under the banner of INDAPRYAL, which shall enhance the knowledge of RLLCS.
- To exchange with national international organization and institutions the latest publications, catalogues, reference materials, and periodicals. It shall organize book fairs to introduce new publications. It shall facilitate contacts with various publishing houses in and outside India involved with publication of materials of RLLCS.
- To provide assistance to the possible extent to the teachers of RLLCS in overcoming professional problems, if any, in their respective institutions.
- To ensure the bringing out of a journal on RLLCS periodically.