The Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has now made it compulsory for all new recruits to speak the Chinese language – both Mandarin and the version of it spoken in Tibet. This decision was announced the same day as the standoff between the two countries at Doklam came to an end.
According to a report, only around 150 personnel in 90,000-member force speak the languages at the moment. Most of those who do speak the language didn’t know it when they first joined the force but learned it later during mid-career training at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, the report said.
With the development, the ITBP is planning to train the entire force to be well-versed with it so that they can communicate with Chinese troops with ease.
The source further added that ITBP has already recruited 12 teachers for the purpose at its training academy in Mussoorie. The recruits will have to pass tests in the language before they are deployed.