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 & didactics. 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.They can choose from a wide variety of subjects: art, history, tourism, business French, literature, translation and contemporary French society.

Our department strives to recreate a French ambiance 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).  Masters and Doctoral programmes (French) are also offered. Interdisciplinary and comparative research are the thrust areas.


Address : University of Mumbai,
Ranade Bhavan, Room No. 19,
Ground Floor, Vidyanagari Campus,
Kalina, Santacruz (E),
Mumbai – 400 098.
Email :
Timings : 
Monday to Friday: (Closed on Second and Fourth Saturday & all public holidays)
11.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m.
01.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.


For more details of above courses Contact : Department of French, Ranade Bhavan, ‘B’Wing, Gr. Floor, Room 15, Vidyanagari, Santacruz (E), Mumbai – 400 098.

Email ID :


Applicants for BA French 2020-2021

Applicants who have filled the online pre-admission form on www  have to necessarily contact the Department of French who will then verify the eligibility. Filling the application form online does not automatically guarantee admission.
Please send the following documents on :
1. Pre-application form
2. HSC marksheet
3. Caste certificate (if applicable)
4. Any other certificate of French (if applicable)
Email ID :

Academic Staff


Faculty Name: Dr. Vidya Vencatesan
Designation: Professor &  Head, Department of French
Qualifications: M Phil , PhD (Paris 3, La Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Email Id:




Name: Dr Vasumathi Badrinathan
Qualification:  MPhil (University of Franche-Comté, France), PhD (University of Lille 3, France)
Designation: Assistant Professor
Email Id:



Name: Mrs. Tasneem Azmi
Qualification: M.A French, M.A English Literature, Ma’trise FLE
Designation: Hon. Adjunct Faculty
Email Id:


Name: Ms. Claire Puntous
Qualification: Master 2, Français Langue Etrangère, Université Grenoble-Alpes
Designation: French Language Assistant
Email Id:

Administrative staff

Name Ms. Sushama Kamat
Designation Jr. Typist Clerk
Email Id

Name Mr. Arun Govind Pawar
Designation Peon


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

Faculty achievements


Altérités multiples en traduction : explorations indiennes par Christine Raguet et Vidya Vencatesan, Traductiva Vita, 2019, volume 4

Des Indes à l’Inde: perceptions transculturelles par Vidya Vencatesan, Synergies Inde 8, 2019

Le Tiruppavai. Le chant matinal de Margali par Vasumathi Badrinathan, Editions Banyan, Paris 2019

Le plurilinguisme en contextes asiatiques : dynamiques et articulations par Fabienne Leconte, Vasumathi Badrinathan et Gilles Forlot

Glottopol No 30, 2018

Intermède français :images des comptoirs en Inde par  Vidya Vencatesan et Claude Arpi  Synergies Inde 7 2016

D’autres mondes, French translation of Lava and Tarkash by Shri Javed Akhtar, renowned Urdu poet by Professor Vidya Vencatesan, Editions Janus, Paris, 2014

french01 french02


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.
  • Erasmus Mundus scholarships to study Master CLE.

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

Jyothsana Venkateshwar

  • Awarded research fellowship by the Embassy of France in India in November 2014

Centre International Francophone des Lions Club

July 2014

  • Tannavee Korgaokar : Centre international francophone de l’environment (CISE)
  • Mrunmaee Kore : Centre international francophone de la patrimoine (CIST)

July 2013

  • Sayli Dabholkar: La sagess et d’etre sure quand des circonstences  ont val la peine:

Italian scholarships


  • Anuja Padwal,Siena
  • Nityanand Poojari, Siena
  • Aarthi chandru,Perguia
  • Pallavi Chalkar ,Genova
  • Mrunmayee Kadam , Genova


  • Saloni Gandhi,Siena
  • Saloni Gandhi,Siena
  • Vaijayanthi  Jagannathan ,Perugia
  • Iram Quazi,Perugia
  • Amruta Kadam,Perugia


  • Amey Mathkar, Siena
  • Jsmine Nadar, Perugia
  • Ajay Kamalakaran ,Siena

2011, Siena

  • Komala Devarajan
  • Pooja Desai
  • Vaijayanthi  Jagannathan

2010, Siena

  • Aditee Padsalgikar
  • Radhika Das
  • Jyothsana Venkateswar
Institut Français en Inde in collaboration with Department of French, Centre de formation FLE, University of Mumbai and the University of Franche-Comté, France , organises a 2 day online training programme ( Formation nationale décentralisée )for French teachers on 30th and 31st October 2020. 
Theme: La Grammaire Autrement
Formatrice : Yaëlle Sultan,  CLA, Besançon

Department of French, University of Mumbai

List of Events (2017 onwards)



Date Event Photo Gallery
7th March 2020 Seminar “Women and Peace” & screening of films on the theme,

in collaboration with Mahatma Gandhi Peace Centre, Department of Applied Psychology and Department of Philosophy

Click here for photos
7th March 2020 Departmental Festival Francomanie (first edition) and Francophone Day celebrations Click here for photos
12th February 2020 Talk: “Migration – Indians in France”

By Dr. Christine Moliner, social anthropologist, Jindal University

Click here for photos
6th February 2020 Study visit to Foodhall:

Special lecture on European cheese

Click here for photos
4th February 2020 Talk: « Les politiques linguistiques au Québec »

By Mr. Francis Paradis, Director Bureau du Québec, Mumbai

Click here for photos
31stJanuary 2020 Degree distribution ceremony & Alumni meet

followed by

Talk on “Further Opportunities in France” by Mr. Philippe Guillien, Attaché de coopération pour le français, Consulat de France, Mumbai

Click here for photos
29th January 2020 Cinéclub – screening of the film “Bébé Tigre” Click here for photos
5th December 2019 Launch of Cinéclub – screening of the film “A voix haute” Click here for photos
29th – 30th November 2019 French Teachers’ Training Programme for Teachers from Western Region:

with international collaboration (Université de Franche-Comté, France & Embassy of France in India)

« Nouveaux outils, nouvelles pratiques dans les classes de français »

Click here for photos
11th October 2019 Theatre performance: Le Petit Prince

By Banjara Theatre Group

In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay

Click here for photos
5th August 2019 Talk: Condition des femmes au monde

By Dominique Sigaud, award winning author and journalist




Date Event Photo Gallery
28th January 2019 Conference : Les Gilets Jaunes: regards et perspectives


Ms. Cléa Chakraverty, journalist-editor, The Conversation Global Perspectives, The Conversation France;

And Ms. Justine Braive, lawyer and journalist

24th January 2019 Talk : « La sociologie de Pierre Bourdieu : les concepts de capital, d’habitus et de stratégie »

By Mr. Nicolas Mauviel, PhD student at EHESS, Paris & teacher of French

15th December 2018 French Teacher Training Programme: « Numerique et FLE: quelques repères »

By Prof Simon Collin, UQAM

Click here for photos
13th and 14th December 2018 Special Lecture on Research Methodology

By Prof Simon Collin, UQAM

1st November 2018 Theatre performance: l’Amant

By Maud Andrieux

In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay

Click here for photos
12th October 2018 Presentation: Quebec and Bureau de Quebec

By Mr. Dominic Marcotte, Consul General of Bureau de Québec and

Mr. Etienne Tardif-Paradis, Bureau de Québec

29thSeptember 2018 Translation Workshop

By Ms. Ragini Shekhar

Click here for photos
24th August 2018 French Teachers’ Meeting

Guest of honour : Mr. Christophe Legris – Attaché de coopération pour le français, Consulat de France, Mumbai

Click here for photos



Date Event Photo Gallery
20th February 2018 Talk : « L’art lyrique au IXème siècle vu par Balzac et Stendhal »

By Prof Yves Ferraton, professor of musicology, University of Nancy

7th and 8th December 2017 International Bilingual Conference:

Mediating between languages, cultures, identities: challenges, tools, strategies”

Click here for photos

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 at


  • 13th February 2012 @ 11 am: Visit by officers of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie
  • 17 Feb 2012 @ 10.30 am Shraddhanjali Molire 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


JULY 2011

  • Two month specially conceive course on Italian culture through Cinema by Dr. AleanOleary University of UK (July & August 2011)


  • Inauguration of Spanish book section in the French Departmental library by the Consul General of Spain Lecture by Dr. Madhavi Narsale Panchatantra and the animal fable tradition


  • Visit by two members of Parliament for Government of France. (Eric Woerth & Paul Giacobbi)


  • Lecture by Ms Muriel Bloch on French story telling traditions Le conte francais
  • Lecture by Ronald Laroque on story telling in qubcois and inuit traditions.
  • Lecture by Dr. Lipi BiswasSen, JNU Construction of the Nation in Yavar Fiesta
  • Settimana Della Lingua Italiana Nel Mundo


  • Lecture by Jaume Sanllorente founder of NGO Mumbai Smiles in Spanish.
  • Lecture Prof. Jean Marie Fournier, Paris 7, on Paris travers la littrature
  • Workshop by Prof. Jean Marie Fournier, Paris 7, on initiation la Musique classique occidentale
  • Lecture by Prof. Jean Marie Fournier, Paris 7 on Chateaubriand le prromantique
  • Special cultural event to show case students creativity and competence in French O la lafontaine


  • Jan 2012 Prof. Mathis Behrens, Director IRDP, Neuchatel, Switzerland and Dr. Malgorzata Pamula, Universit Pdagogique de Cracovie, Poland. La Suisse Romande-differentesmanieres dintegrer la perspective culturelle dans lapprentissage de la langue francaise.
  • Jan 2012 Special meeting of Teacher of French in Schools govern by the S.S.C Maharashtra Board to discuss problems relating to change of text book introduced in June 2011- annual evaluation.


We were lucky to welcome in the campus a number of interesting guests from different parts of the Hispanic geography and different fields:

  • Mr. Antonio Bulln, Consul General of Spain in Mumbai;

  • Mr. Manlio Argueta, poet, novelist and political activist from El Salvador;

  • Mr. Jaume Sanllorente, founder and director of the NGO Mumbai Smiles from Barcelona, Spain;

  • Mrs. Lipi Biswas Sen, experienced professor of Hispanic literature at Jawharlal Nehru University;

  • Ms. Gema Rodrguez, former lecturer of the Hindu University of Banaras and currently teacher at the Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi, from Seville, Spain;

  • Ms. Irene Salas, young and promising film-maker of Spanish-Mexican origin, currently working at the Department of Cultural Management at the Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi;

  • Along with them, a number of Spanish-speaking guests and fellow lecturers from other Indian universities where Spanish is being taught, have been invited to participate in our classes and interact with out students.

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  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.

Postcard contest

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!


The pre-admission procedures and entrance tests for MA French Sem 1 are over for the year 2020-2021.

Time table for Rescheduled exams Oct 2020

Revised French Dept- Sept/Oct 2020 exams- Final Time Table


Final Semester exams October 2020 Sample MCQs
MA French Sem 4
Final Semester exams October 2020 Sample MCQs
TYBA French Studies Sem 6

As per directives received from the University, part time examinations 2020 are going to be conducted soon. Those who have paid the exam fees, but are not in touch with the department or the concerned teacher, are requested to contact the department immediately on

Applicants for BA French 2020-2021
Applicants who have filled the online pre-admission form on www  have to necessarily contact the Department of French who will then verify the eligibility. Filling the application form online does not automatically guarantee admission.

Please send the following documents on :
1. Pre-application form
2. HSC marksheet
3. Caste certificate (if applicable)
4. Any other certificate of French (if applicable)