In 1886, Sir Pherozeshah Mehta and Justice Triambak Telang voted a motion in the Senate of the University of Bombay to introduce French language and literature as a subject at the Bachelor of Arts. In 1964, University of Bombay started a Foreign Languages Department. An independent Department of French was created in 1993.
French is one of the first foreign languages to be taught in India. Established in 1964, the Department is one of the few departments in the country to specialize in French as well as francophone literature. In 2005, the Department started its first Under Graduate programme in French Studies at the University. This course is specially designed to cater to students who are interested in specializing in French language, literature and culture.Â They can choose from a wide variety of subjects: Â art, history, tourism, business French, literature, translation and contemporary French society. Moreover, the course also makes provision for the students to take up one additional foreign language (Italian/Spanish/German/Arabic).
Our department strives to recreate a FrenchÂ ambianceÂ in an Indian context through courses in French language, literature and culture at the Under Graduate and Post Graduate level. Also, training in language skills (oral and written) is offered through Certificate Diploma, Advanced Diploma courses in French (one year duration). Â Masters and Doctoral programmes (French) are also offered. Interdisciplinary and comparative research are the thrust areas.
The objective of this department is to equip students with foreign language skills and cultural tools while encouraging them to build bridges with their own culture through translations, intercultural studies. The courses not only introduce but also facilitate an experience of different aspects of life in France and Francophone countries. The department organizes food festivals, film shows, play reading, talks on art and sculpture, story telling, music to give the students a taste of authentic French space. Further, students have the opportunity to meet writers, poets, playwrights, film makers, story tellers from France and French speaking countries. National and International seminars and workshops are regularly held on subjects relevant to a better understanding of French culture. Field trips organized by the students for the students are the practical component of the Tourism paper.
WHY LEARN FRENCH WITH US?
Learning is not limited to our classrooms and textbooks. Apart from course work through lectures, the academic programme includes talks on French and Francophone literature (Africa, Quebec, Indian Ocean), Culture Studies and Translation. Faculties are invited from national as well as international Departments of French to deliver these talks. The Best student teacher ratio favors language learning with cultural inputs is the strength of this Department. The Department also edits the only international research journal in French, Synergies-Inde in collaboration with the Ministre of Affaires Etrangres, Ministre de l'Education nationale et de l'Enseignement suprieur et de la Recherche, La Direction des relations internationals et de la Co-opration (DRIC), La Maison des Sciences de L'Homme.
Note : Part time Courses will start subject to the following
a. Availability of teachers
b. Minimum number of students ( this depends on the course and other parameters)
Interdisciplinary Research is one of the specializations of the Department of French. Introduction to research methodology as well as a dissertation are part of the M.A. (French) curriculum. Besides, research can be pursued at the department leading to Ph.D. and even post-doctoral studies. Research done at the Department is aided by a Departmental Library as well as computer facility with access to JSTOR and other e journals and book. The thrust areas are didactics of French (FLE), comparative literature
Students have won prestigious scholarships to pursue higher studies abroad. Some of them are listed below:
The French Embassy Assistante d'Anglais programme gives students a unique opportunity to discover France and teach English there at the school level for a period of 7 months.
The Lion's Club and Rotary club cultural exchange programmes offer students the possibility of spending a few weeks in France discovering both the country and the culture besides perfecting their linguistic skills.
The University for Foreigners of Siena offers students of Italian at the University of Mumbai 3 scholarships of 1 month duration each.
The Embassy of Spain offers one scholarship of 1 month duration open to students of Spanish at the University of Mumbai
Erasmus Mundus scholarships to study Master CLE.
Glottopol No 30, 2018
D'autres mondes, French translation of Lava and Tarkash by Shri Javed Akhtar, renowned Urdu poet by Professor Vidya Vencatesan, Editions Janus, Paris, 2014
Student's achievements - 2014-2015
Sowmya Srikrishna and Vaijayanthi Jangannathan :
Students participated in Exchange Programme between University of Mumbai and Paris 3, la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris from September 2014 to January 2015
Centre International Francophone des Lions Club
Tannavee Korgaokar : Centre international francophone de l'environment (CISE)
Mrunmaee Kore : Centre international francophone de la patrimoine (CIST)
Sayli Dabholkar: La sagess et d'etre sure quand des circonstences ont val la peine:
Nityanand Poojari, Siena
Pallavi Chalkar ,Genova
Mrunmayee Kadam , Genova
Vaijayanthi Jagannathan ,Perugia
Amey Mathkar, Siena
Jsmine Nadar, Perugia
Ajay Kamalakaran ,Siena
Publication : Synergies Inde.
The Department has a departmental library for the undergraduate (B.A.) and post-graduate students. This library is well equipped with books (approximately 1000 books), news papers, magazines, dissertations, thesis, DVDs and CD-Rom for language courses. We also have our own film library.
Academic Year 2012-2013
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born a citizen of Geneva on 28th June 2012. He lived all over Europe in the course of his chequered life and gave the world original ideas, revolutionary thoughts and lyrical poetic prose. He wrote music, was a keen botanist, an educationist, a philosopher of repute and a man of letters.
The Department of French, University of Mumbai will honour this great philosopher and thinker by a special programme organised on the tricentenary of his birth at 11am in Room no 1, Ranade Bhavan, Vidyanagari, Mumbai. All are welcome. This programme is in French.
The Orientation course for students of FYBA (French Studies) will be held on Saturday, 30th June 2012 at 3pm at Room no 1, Ranade Bhavan, Ground Floor, Vidyanagari, University of Mumbai, Santacruz (E) Mumbai 98. Students and parents are cordially invited to this programme which will involve interraction with the faculty and the alumni.
Once upon a Hill - by Kalpish Ratna
ONCE UPON A HILL by Kalpish Ratna at the seminar room computer science department, Thursday, 5th July 2012 at 3pm.
How easily we overlook what is there right in front of our eyes! Familiarity, long before it breeds contempt, fosters a quaint disinterest. This is exactly what has happened, and is happening now as you read this, to what is perhaps the most ancient in this city we call home. It is 60 million years old. What we are talking about is Gilbert Hill in Andheri. Let us take you on a journey to learn what this hill is, and how, what we do to it foreshadows the fate that lies ahead for the city of Bombay?Â
The presentation will be followed by a heritage walk of Gilbert Hill. Pl register with us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements. You can email us atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2012
13th February 2012 @ 11 am: Visit by officers of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie
17 Feb 2012 @ 10.30 am Shraddhanjali MolireÂ extracts from Molires plays to be staged by students from the university and city colleges Guest of honour Dominique Frin, Attach Linguistique, Consulat Gnral de France Mumbai.
20 Feb 2012 @ 2.30Â 4.30pm : Lecture by Prof. Bndicte Maugire, on Jean-Marie Le Clzios La Quarantaine
21 Feb 2012 @ 10.30 amLectures by Prof. Lori Saint Martin and Marie-Andre Roy on Womens Writing in Quebec studies (20th& 21st February, 2012)
21st February 2012: 2.30Â 5.30 Teachers training workshop by Dominique Frin, Attach Linguistique Consulat Gnral de France Mumbai.
25th February to 3rd March 2012: Lecture Series by Dr. Lissa Lincoln on Camus and the Law () 16th February 2012 Lecture by Dr Madhavi Narsalay, on Sukasaptati
ACADEMIC YEAR 2011-2012
We were lucky to welcome in the campus a number of interesting guests from different parts of the Hispanic geography and different fields:
A sincere vote of thanks to all of them for their fruitful and much appreciated collaboration!
Da de la Hispanidad
On October 12th the Hispanic community celebrates the Day of Hispanity, and we wanted to be a part of it! We had fun and games related to the Hispanic culture, everyone participated: Students and teachers alike. And in the end we tasted a sweet bit of it all!
Also, thanks to the General Consulate of Spain in Mumbai, we have been able to enjoy Â watching a flamenco performance at the NCPA in Colaba both in 2010 and 2011, and the students got to interact with the artists.
Week of the Spanish gastronomy
In November 2011 the Spanish Consulate organized a week of tasting of Spanish products and dishes at the restaurant Olive in Bandra, and a group of lucky students were invited to participate. We could enjoy different tapas (small portions of food, typical from Spain, such as gazpacho, a cold tomato and vegetable soup) and the students could prove their competence by practising with a Spanish-speaking crowd.
In order to motivate the beginner students to further develop their writing skills, a contest of letters and postcards was organized in the Certificate batch in 2012. Those who participated really put their enthusiasm in the task, and apart from the reward that knowledge itself is, they received a set of gifts by the Instituto Cervantes.
Spanish Christmas Celebration
Navidad (Christmas) is a very important cultural celebration in Spain and most of the Spanish-speaking countries. On Dec. 24th 2010 we had our own particular Spanish Christmas at the Department, with a presentation of the typical Christmas food, and the origin of the different festivities that people celebrate in Spain. We even metaphorically teleported to the Puerta del Sol in Madrid to eat the 12 grapes with the Spanish people and wish each other a happy and prosperous new year! Only, instead of grapes, we used moong dal, but luck knows no frontiers!
Storytellers from Spain
The Department of English of the University of Mumbai organized a marvellous Storytelling Festival in October 11, and were kind enough to host two storytellers from Zaragoza, Spain. Carmen Conguantes and Mr. Loren, as well as acting in the festival, kindly agreed to come to the Spanish lectures and tell some stories to the students. We had a really great time!
|Name: Dr Vasumathi Badrinathan|
|Qualification: MPhil (University of Franche-Comté, France), PhD (University of Lille 3, France)|
|Designation: Assistant Professor and I/c Head|
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|Name: Dr Ms VidyaVencatesan|
|Qualification: M Phil , PhD from Sorbonne University, Paris|
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|Name: Mrs. Tasneem Azmi|
|Qualification: M.A French, M.A English Literature, Ma'trise FLE|
|Designation: Assistant Professor|
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|Name: Ms. Bharati Prakash Gaikwad|
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|Name: Mr. Arun Govind Pawar Designation: Peon|
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Dr Vidya Vencatesan
Dr. Vasumati Badrinathan