September 24, 2022

As the Indian Army announces its recruitment of Mandarin interpreters, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is recruiting Hindi interpreters, perhaps as part of its intelligence-gathering operations and interception jobs in Tibet.

There is a need for Chinese interpreters in the Indian Army’s Territorial Army (TA). Six interpreters were to be hired, five civilians and one ex-serviceman, according to a notification issued by the Army on Sunday. New hires would range in age from 18 to 42. The Army is extending its strategic focus from China to its northern borders as a result of this, according to a report.

Territorial Army: What Do They Do?

As per the Indian Army’s website, the Territorial Army is part of the regular army, and its main function is to relieve the regular army of static duties, assist the civil administration in dealing with natural calamities and maintain essential services in times of need, and provide units for the regular army as required.

At present, the Territorial Army has about 40,000 personnel, divided between departmental units such as Railway, IOC, ONGC, Telecommunication, and General Hospital, and non-departmental units such as Infantry and Ecological Battalions.

In 1962, 1965, and 1971, TA units took part in operations. They are also known as “the Terriers,” and have participated in Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka, Operation Rakshak in Punjab and J&K, Operation Rhino, and Operation Bajrang in the North East.

Why Does The TA Hire Language Experts?

The Indian Army has posted a notification for the recruitment of Mandarin interpreters in response to the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA’s) recruitment of Hindi interpreters in the Tibet Autonomous Region, possibly for intelligence gathering and interception.

The intelligence inputs in May of this year indicated that the Hindi interpreters would be recruited from Chinese universities.

Even though the Army has been training its soldiers in Mandarin for the past few years, this is the first time Chinese interpreters have been recruited. Currently, the Army has a significant pool of Mandarin-qualified personnel across all ranks. Additionally, soldiers posted along the LAC are being trained in Tibetology, which includes Tibet’s culture, language, history, and Buddhist philosophy that guides the region’s sparse population.

For the translation of various scripts or literature, the Army also uses artificial intelligence.

What is the Army’s newest move?

It was recently approved to induct Mandarin-trained personnel into the Territorial Army, according to Army sources. A minimum of 55 percent marks in the Chinese language from a recognized university or a two-year diploma in Mandarin from a recognized university are required for the basic qualification.

According to sources, the Army has upscaled its Chinese language training, as part of a recalibrating its strategic outlook toward the northern border.

Additionally, the Army has signed Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) with Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU), Central University of Gujarat (CUG), and Shiv Nadar University (SNU) for Mandarin proficiency training.

As part of its in-house efforts, the Army is increasing vacancies at its Pachmarhi Training School and its Delhi-based School of Foreign Languages. It is being conducted at the Langma School of Languages in Delhi to assess the competencies of linguists to international standards,” the source stated.

Northern, Eastern, and Central Command Language Schools also offer Mandarin courses.

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