History of the department :
The history of foreign language teaching in Calcutta University is almost as old as a century. In 1917 studies in foreign languages started with the teaching of Tibetan, Chinese, German and Dutch. These were followed by French and Japanese (1918-19), Portuguese (1924-25), Italian (1929-30) and Polish (1939-40). When the second world war broke out,
some of these languages were withdrawn because the foreign teachers who were teaching these languages left India.
At present 9 foreign languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Persian, Russian, Spanish and Tibetan) and 5 Indian languages (Bengali, Hindi, Pali, Tamil and Urdu) are taught at this department.
Certificate Course in Arabic,
Chinese, French German,
Korean, Persian, Russian,
Spanish, Tibetan, Bengali,
Hindi, Pali, Tamil & Urdu
Graduation in any discipline
Diploma Course in Arabic,
Chinese, French, German,
Persian, Russian, Spanish,
Tibetan, Bengali, Hindi,
Pali, Tamil & Urdu
Graduation+Certificate in the language
Pre - M.A. in Russian
Graduation+Diploma in Russian
B.A. (Hons.) in Russian
H.S. (10+2) in any discipline
M.A. in Russian
BA (Hons) Russian/Pre-MA in Russian
Ph.D. in Russian
MA in Russian
Research Scholars Enrolled for Ph.D (Russian) :
Bichatra Basu Majumder
Collaborations with other Institutions
Academic exchange with Chonbuk National University of South Korea.
Assistance programme with Embassy of Spain.
Book Publication Programme with Akdemia Razvitiya, Russia.
Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic Department / Center :
Thrust areas of research undertaken by the teachers
Indology in Russia.
Francophone literature (Canadian, Mexican, Algerian).
Linguistic approach to study of Literature.
Teaching of Russian phonetics in Indian auditorium.
Major activities :
Seminar & Conference held at the department
International seminar on ‘Gerasim Lebedev and his legacy – A chronicle of Indo-Russian relation’.
Regional seminar on ‘Indian Philosophy, its legacy as seen through Tolstoy literature’.
Additional information :
Exposure to languages of countries of the world through interaction with the native speakers of those languages as methodology of teaching is maintained by visit of scholars and delegations.
Prof.Dong Youchen, a teacher of Chinese language for the foreign students in Senzhen university in china delivered a series of lectures for the students of Chinese language of this dept.
Prof. Irina Olegovna Mashzirko, a Doctor in Philological Sciences from Moscow State Regional University, Russia delivered a lecture on 'Changes in Russian Education System'. . .
Ms. Ekaterina A. Kostina, Asst. Teacher from Department of Indian Philology, St. Petersberg State University, Russia delivered a series of lectures on 'Teaching of Russian and Bengali Grammar in a foreign auditorium’.
A student delegation from South Korea led by Prof. Young Nam Cha interacted with the students and teachers of Korean language.
A Seminar lecture by Ms. Leyre Villate Garcia, Visiting Lecturer from Spain on 'Spanish Language and Culture'.
Workshop on 'Creative Writing' conducted by Spanish novelist Mr. Riben Abella.
Prof. Valentina Chernevskaya, historian and an Indologist from Yaroslavl, Russia spoke on 'Present day significance of Gerasim Lebedev's works in the field of Linguistics'.
Dr. Tatiana Skorokhodova, Professor from Penza State University, Russia delivered lecturer on 'Bengal Renaissance - A Russian Scholar's view'.
A video conference with Dr. Lonny Harrison, Department of foreign languages, University of Texas, USA on 'People from Underground as described in Dostoevsky's works'.
Campus : College Street
Address for communication : Ashutosh Building, 2nd floor, 87/1, College Street, Calcutta-700 073