About Us

The teaching of French started at the Banaras Hindu University in 1948 at the Department of Foreign Languages. A separate Department was established in 1982 with the nomenclature of Department of French Studies which aims to equip the students with the ability to access rich resources in the French language to gain an appreciative and insightful understanding of the perspectives of the cultural context of the target language and provide translation/interpretation from French into English or Hindi with sophistication and sensitivity. The Department recognizes the study of French literature as an important intellectual and creative activity and seeks to realize a national capability in these areas through innovative courses of studies. After establishment, it was shaped and nurtured by stalwarts like Prof. Prabhakar Jha who was appointed Ambassador of Republic of India to Republic of Madagascar and also High Commissioner of Republic of India to Republic of Fiji by the Government of India for his outstanding scholarly contribution for the promotion of French Studies in India and abroad. Its scholastic tradition was further strengthened by Mrs P.K. Gode, Shri. Hari Narayan Das, Prof. Swapan Daasmahapatra, Prof. Sushant Kumar Mishra.

The mandate of the Department is to foster an advanced level of language proficiency, to provide training in a spoken and written skill, to develop a holistic study of the French language and its culture, involving key aspects of literature, history & civilization, linguistics, didactics, francophone literature and to cultivate translation skill from French to English/Hindi and vice versa.

The faculty is actively involved in research in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies. It proposes to offer short-term courses in spoken French, Functional French and Creative Writing with the focus on the fact that all amenities are easily accessible to students with the availability of quality courses, innovative pedagogical practices, blended learning based on the hybrid model, effective evaluation and feedback system, grievance redressal forums, libraries equipped with online resources and internet facilities. Conferences, seminars, symposiums, workshops and lecture series are regularly held in the department to give a sharp edge to learning and teaching as well as for attaining global recognition.

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