French language students of the Centre for European and Latin American Studies (CELAS), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) organized a freshers’ party on Saturday 5 October, 2013 at Nelson Mandela House, Mujeeb Bagh, JMI. Students of Advanced Diploma, Diploma and Certificate in French took part in the get-together and showcased their talent by singing, dancing, poetry recitation and other activities.
One boy and one girl from Certificate in French were chosen as Mr. Fresher and Miss Fresher whereas one student each from boys’ and girls’ category was given special prize for overall best participation. French teachers Ms Maitree Chatterjee and Mr Xavier Gros gave the prizes.
It should be noted that the Centre established to promote research and teaching on Latin America and the Caribbean as well as on different European countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and Russia undertakes various academic activities. With the growing relations between India and Latin America, the Centre started a two-year M. Phil course in European Studies and Latin American Studies in 2011.
Under its language proficiency programme, the Centre teaches French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Catalan languages at Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels besides providing optional paper teachers for some of these languages for various undergraduate courses at the university.
Many students after passing out from these language courses land in good jobs and some of them go for higher studies in India and abroad.