Bengaluru City University (BCU) offers a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages, a one-of-a-kind program in the state.
The university will launch the foreign language course with a bachelor’s degree program in French, which is offered at its women’s constituent college in Malleswaram from the current academic year.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lingaraja Gandhi said that no other university in Karnataka offers foreign language as a major subject. “All these years, French and German have been offered as optional subjects. For the first time, we are offering a bachelor’s degree course in French, making it a core subject,” he said.
The university has extended the application deadline to October 11. Interested students who have passed the PUC II can apply at www.bcu.ac.in or http://bcuportal.com.
Female students can even visit the Women’s Multidisciplinary College located at Malleswaram 13th Cross.
The university also plans to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Japanese and Spanish embassies to have native teachers.
Dr Jyothi Venkatesh, president of the Center for Global Languages, also director in charge of the Multi-Disciplinary Women’s College, said some embassies have approached them with the offer to have a native speaker “who will be here for two years and train our teachers”.
“We will soon sign a memorandum of understanding with the Japanese embassy,” Jyothi said.
New courses, new departments
BCU is launching new courses and departments in the current academic year, Gandhi said at a press conference on Thursday.
It is creating four new departments for postgraduate courses on its Central College campus: Arts and Aesthetics, Urban Studies and Planning, Environment and Climate Change, and Technology.
Under these departments, the university offers courses such as Animation Design, Interior Design, Urban Studies and Planning, Environmental Science, and Computer Science.
A greater number of students
Following the order of the State Department of Collegiate Education to increase the number of admissions for undergraduate courses for the current academic year, BCU received applications from 30 colleges requesting more of students.
“There is a huge demand for admissions this year and we are expecting applications from more colleges to increase their admissions,” said Professor Lingaraja Gandhi, Vice Chancellor of BCU.
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