Learning a foreign language in today’s world of globalisation is not just an asset but provides the extra cutting edge in the job market. One of the many distinctive features of Syamaprasad College is the Department of French. This is the only college under the University of Calcutta which offers French as Honours and General subject and the only one of the two colleges in West Bengal to have a French Honours Course. What makes this course more remarkable is the fact that a student with no prior knowledge of French can enrol and learn the language from scratch as the University offers a student friendly curriculum. The college is equipped with a smart classroom which enables teachers to provide learners with the facility of listening and viewing clips in French.
After having learnt French for three years (six semester) as an honours student in French, he/she will be able to communicate fluently in the language, write creatively and know about French literature and culture including French cuisine, media and cinema. The curriculum prepares the student to pursue higher studies in French anywhere in India and in any Indian University.
Dr. Nivedita Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor & Head
Qualifications: Ph. D., M. A
Short Profile: Nivedita Bhattacharya graduated from Lady Brabourne College after which she completed three years of Superior Diploma degree from The Alliance Française of Kolkata (Currently called Alliance Française du Bengale). She completed her M.A. in French from University of Bangalore and her Ph. D from University of Calcutta. The topic of her PhD thesis is a comparative study of French and Indian fables. Her teaching experiences include stints at Chandernagore Government College, Alliance Française of Kolkata and The Cambridge School, Kolkata. She has completed UGC project on Foreign Language teaching Pedagogy which continues to be her area of research interest till date.
Mrs. Sumita Mitra, Visiting Faculty
Qualifications: B. Sc, B. T, M. A
Short Profile: Sumita Mitra is a visiting faculty in the Department of French. She graduated from Jogamaya Devi College, then she completed her Teachers’ Training from Gokhale Memorial Girls’ College and she completed her M.A. in French from University of Calcutta. She has completed two years senior certificate course from the School of Languages of RMIC. She has also completed one year diploma course from Alliance Française du Bengale and one year Pre M.A. course of French in the University of Calcutta. Mrs. Sumita Mitra has 15 years teaching experience in various universities, colleges and institutes which inter alia include University of Calcutta, Jadavpur University, Amity University etc. She has participated in various seminars relating to French Literature.