THE University of Pune will organise a series of exhibitions,competitions and student rallies throughout the year 2014 to celebrate 100 years of teaching German in the city. A team of experts from Germany would visit the university to discuss the changes that could be incorporated in the education faculty,said Vice-Chancellor W N Gade.
It was in 1914 that New English School in Pune started teaching German language. This was the first time German was being taught in India. Nashik and Ahmednagar,apart from Pune,have a high number of students who study German in undergraduate and postgraduate courses, said V B Gaikwad,Director,Board of College and University Development (BCUD).
To commemorate the centenary year of the first German lessons in India,we plan to organise a host of events throughout the year 2014 with participation from embassies of German-speaking countries,universities and various other organisations, said Gade.
Currently,the university has 2,500 UG,40 PG and 10 PhD students studying German.
We are in talks with the German universities about sponsoring faculty here who will teach German. There are also talks going on with Germany-based companies to collaborate and sponsor fellowship programmes, said Gade.
Though the inauguration function of the centenary year will take place on February 23,the programmes will start from January 11. From February 24 to 26,an international conference on German studies has been organised and February 27 and 28 will see a symposium for young research students.
In October,a theatre festival and an international conference on teaching German will be organised. A directory of teachers of German in India will also be published. Besides,various lectures by eminent personalities,film festivals and workshops will be arranged throughout the year.