(Sat Jun 5th, 2010, by Kamaldeep Singh)
Knowledge a new language can open up good career options. Small surprise then that present has been a vast rush for foreign language courses in India. Foreign language courses have opened up a surplus of options for students in several sectors because of the growing existence of multinational companies. As per the department, students graduating in French, German and even Italian and Spanish have been offered salary packages as high Rs 3 to 5 lakh per annum. Students from the entire streams can apply for these courses after class XII through a separate form vacant at the department. The admission to these courses is conducted by way of a common entrance exam.
Due to great scope in foreign language courses in india, lots of students opt for courses in several languages. A little of the major languages that are qualified in India are Italian, Russian, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese and Persian. Bachelor's degree course in foreign language is 3 year full time course. The applicant must have done 10+2 in any discipline. Integrated Master's course in foreign languages is the five years program.
The foreign language courses have turn into vastly popular over the days and its employment prospects are actually eye-catching. The maximum starting salary offered to our students was Rs 35,000 per month. BPOs had been attracted in recruiting our students and now banks, multinational companies, and even schools are hiring students studying these foreign languages. A lot of schools in the city have started offering foreign languages as a subject. As a outcome, the demand for teachers has gone up.
French and German have traditionally been more accepted among students as well as recruiters. Lots of students also get international scholarships for additional specialisation in these languages. No prior expertise of any of these languages is necessary to study this course. For final variety of students, 70% weightage will be specified to class XII marks and 30% to the performance in the entrance test. Ability to write well and their ability for learning these languages. The answers can be written in English or Hindi. There will also be questions on general awareness and issues about these languages.
Taking into consideration the rising of foreign language courses, majority of the colleges in India have started a variety of courses. Some of the popular institutes in India are School of Languages in Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, University of Pune, Benaras Hindu University, University of Delhi, Alliance Francasie, Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages in Hyderabad, Ram Krishna Mission in Kolkata and Indo Italian Chamber of Commerce in Mumbai.