Call it passion or increase in job prospects,number of people in Chandigarh learning foreign languages is on the upswing. Languages such as French,German,Chinese and Russian are gaining popularity. With the arrival of various international companies in the Indian economy,proficiency in foreign languages proves to be beneficial.
According to Rajiv Bhardwaj,administrative officer at Alliance Francaise Le Corbusier,Sector 36,Chandigarh,the number of people interested in French had significantly increased ever since the institute began,28 years ago.
Run in collaboration with the French Embassy,The Alliance Francaise Le Corbusier is a cultural-cum-educational institution that provides French lessons to people of all age groups. He stated that Chandigarh being a heritage city designed by a French architect,the language held more fascination as compared to other languages taught in the area.
Panjab University,Chandigarh,also offers various part-time courses in foreign languages. Atika Banta,holding a Masters degree in French from PU,said,French language will certainly give me an added benefit when I apply for a job.
Jeevan Kumar Sharma,chairperson,Department of German,Panjab University,stated that the number of students interested in German had increased,due to expansion of German companies in Chandigarh. With such additional qualifications,students have increased job prospects in Germany. Individuals are required for translation,interpretation and teaching in Chandigarh. In addition,students receive scholarships through the University and also German Academic Exchange Service to travel to Germany in order to gain exposure, Sharma said.
The Department of Russian,PU,offers 100 seats of which a minimum of 40 seats are secured. In our country,majority of the defence equipments are acquired from Russia. Russian personnel are deployed at defence laboratories throughout the year. In order to ease communication between the two countries and avoid difficulty in the exchange of technology,its important to learn the language, said Pankaj Malviya,chairperson,Department of Russian.
Chinese courses are also picking up popularity. Out of the 50 seats available in the Department of Chinese and Tibetan,PU,more than half are filled. Even though French still remains the favourite among residents,other languages are also catching up. Sharma said,If other languages in addition to French are introduced at school and college,it will encourage students to explore their opportunities as well.