Delhi University language courses proving popular

Lakshmi B. Ghosh

NEW DELHI: Fast emerging as one of the popular courses in Delhi University, languages today are no longer just a student's link to a new country or culture but also a job that pays him or her a pocketful as they step out of college.

While the introduction of foreign languages in the newly restructured B.A. programme gives students a chance to test their ability to learn new languages, for those who want to pursue languages as a long-term speciality, Delhi University offers degree programmes as well.

And though languages such as French and German are much sought after, the last couple of years have seen a sharp rise in the popularity of Spanish, Italian and even Portuguese. Add to that a growing demand for languages such as Japanese and Chinese and you have your plate full.

"Our students are in so much demand that companies have been ringing up with many job offers. From Indian companies to multinationals, students are getting picked up for good positions with starting salaries being as good as Rs. 15,000 a month. Students also have the option of going to the country of the language they are learning on a scholarship to study. The opportunities are plenty,'' says Shaswati Mazumdar, Head of the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies at Delhi University.

From undergraduate degree courses to certificate and diploma courses, students now also have the opportunity to do a part-time language course from the college they take admission in.As of now, the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies offers a B.A., M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in French, German, Spanish and Italian Studies and an intensive advanced diploma in Portuguese. It also offers a part-time one-year certificate course in Portuguese and Romanian, a diploma in Italian and Portuguese and an advanced diploma in French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

The part-time courses are also being offered by many colleges in the form of add-on courses, with admission done at the college level. They includes institutionss such as Hans Raj, Ramjas, Indraprastha, Satyawati, St. Stephen's, Hindu and Miranda House on the North Campus and Acharya Narendra Dev, Bharati, College of Vocational Studies, Dyal Singh, Gargi, Lady Shri Ram, Jesus and Mary, Kamla Nehru and Sri Venkateswara on the South Campus.

Also catching up fast are the East Asian languages, with Japanese and Chinese being the most popular subjects. Last year saw as many as 1,500 students sit for the entrance examination for the language courses. While Japanese tops the list for the huge demand from the MNC market, Korean too has been picking up over the last couple of years.

Information bulletins for admission to the coming session are now available at the Arts Faculty of the University.

Admission Schedule for BA (Honours) in Germanic and Romance Studies:

Last date for receipt of application forms: 15 June, up to 1 p.m.

Date and time of entrance examination: 18 June, 11 a.m

Notification of first admission list: 25 June, 10 a.m.

Admission and payment of fees: 27-29 June, up to 1 p.m.

Notification of second admission list: 30 June, 10 a.m.

Admission and payment of fees: 1-4 July, up to 1 p.m.

Notification of third admission list: 5 July, 10 a.m.

Admission and payment of fees: 6 - 8 July, up to 1 p.m.

Notification of fourth admission list: 9 July, 10 a.m.

Admission and payment of fees: 11 - 13 July, up to 1 p.m.

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