The University of Mumbai for the first time is oraganising an education fair for students.
The French department is collaborating with Campus France and the French Embassy in India to hold the fair on November 18 at the university’s convocation hall at Fort.
About 15 universities and language centres including prestigious ones such as Aix-en-Provence, Annecy, Besançon, Caen, Chambéry, and Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, will be part of the day-long fair which is called Mission FLE: “Learn French in France”
“These educational fairs are usually very commercial affairs in fancy five star hotels with expensive registration fees. Mission FLE offers direct dialogue and interaction,” said Neha Pradhan, who is pursuing a Masters in French from the University of Mumbai.
The event will allow students and professors to interact directly with representatives from these universities.
It will also facilitate collaboration between Indian French language departments and the universities for exchange programmes for students and faculty.
Apart from Mumbai, the fair will also be held in Chennai and Delhi. A BA in French was introduced in Mumbai university because of the efforts of Sir Pherozeshah Mehta and Justice Trimbak Telang who voted a motion in the Senate in 1886.
Today, French language, literature and culture are taught as a special five year programme.
“Fifteen French universities choose to reach out to the students and teachers of French in Mumbai and its environs from this very campus. This is a proud and happy moment for all of us,” said Vidya Vencatesan, head, department of French at the university.