The O.P. Jindal Global University does justice to its name by not only having a milieu of faculty, staff and students from around the world but also offers a number of foreign language courses that enable students understand diversity and pluralism, and equip themselves for the present global era. Being multilingual in today’s time is undoubtedly an asset.
German is offered in the form of a core-elective pairing, which means that some students study it as a value-added subject and others have language as part of their core curriculum.
The Centre also engages in organizing cultural activities like German film screenings and discussions, German theatre, German poetry recitation, German music events wherein students are encouraged to participate.
Germany is often referred to as the land of “Dichter und Denker” -of poets and thinkers. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, and Hermann Hesse are just a few authors whose names and works are well-known internationally. The world of classical music is inseparable from the names of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Strauss, and Wagner to name only a few renowned German-speaking composers. From the magnificent architecture of medieval buildings to the avantgarde Bauhaus movement, Germans have made substantial contributions to world art and architecture.
The philosophies of Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and numerous others have had lasting influences on modern society. The psychologists Freud and Jung forever changed the way we think about human behavior.
Knowing German enables access of the works of these thinkers in their original language.
The cultural interpenetrations between Germany and India go back to the 18th Century. One could recall the Oriental Renaissance of the likes of the Schlegel brothers and Herder and their commitment to self-discovery via India. Sanskrit was in fact highly looked upon by the German Indologists. Max Müller, the co-founder of the Department of Indology at Oxford, translated many ancient Indian texts into German. Paul Deussen and Schopenhauer were among the many others who brought India closer to Europe. At the turn of the century, one witnesses an increasing interest among Indian modern Thinkers in engaging with Germany.
Sri Aurobindo for instance, during his stay in England learnt Latin, Greek, German, Italian, French, Arithmetic and Geography. Iqbal came to Heidelberg specifically to learn the German language. His tutor was Emma Wegenast. He wanted to speak German well enough to successfully pass the oral examination of his doctoral dissertation at Munich University. Rabindranath Tagore took keen interest in German culture in his teens when he started to learn German and tried to read Goethe’s Faust in the original. The bilingual edition of Goethe’s Faust bearing Rabindranath’s pencilmarks on the German text is still preserved in the Rabindra Sadan at Santiniketan. Early 20th century is also marked by the beginnings of Teaching of German around 1914 in Mumbai and in Pune by the philologist Pandurang. D. Gune. In 1957, the first “Max Mueller Bhavan” was inaugurated in Kolkata. It was then opened in 1959 in Delhi, in 1960 in Madras as well as in Bangalore, in 1962 in Pune and in 1969 in Bombay.
With the aim of making German language, literature and culture accessible to Indian students, the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi opened its “Centre of German Studies” in 1971. Hence, any Indian who aspires to learn German today unconsciously contributes to the already existing cultural dialogue between India and Germany. Learning German could hence also become a channel to self-discovery for many Indians who are interested in knowing their cultural roots.
The Global Languages Centre offers German language courses in various formats as per your needs.
Cross-School elective courses in German are offered upto 8 levels culminating in the international proficiency level of A2 according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). For more details about CEFR please follow the link: https://rm.coe.int/CoERMPublicCommonSearchServices/DisplayDCTMContent?documentId=0900001680459f97
Each level covers 30 hours of classroom learning and carries 2 credits each.
Fast-track certificate courses (A1, A2 and B1) are offered for those of you who aspire to study in Germany and hence want to learn German at a faster pace. Each level consists of 120 hours of learning. These courses are non-credited courses, but prepare you for the certificate exams conducted by the Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan. These classes are also open to faculty members, staff and research scholars who wish to benefit from the language courses.
The Jindal German Summer/ Winter School is a three week fully residential Summer/Winter School for Non-Jindal students. This is a Summer/ Winter School for Beginners with no prior knowledge of German. It is an excellent opportunity to learn from experts from various German organisations working in India.
The Centre is well equipped with resources and infrastructure like multi-media lab that enhance and make classroom conducive for learning a foreign language. The approach followed helps learners acquire languages in a leaner friendly atmosphere. Learning happens through engaging students in creative and communicative task-based activities. Equal importance is given to all the four communicative skills, i.e. reading (Lesen), listening (Hören), writing (Schreiben) and speaking (Sprechen). Various teaching approaches are applied as per the needs of the learners. Students are encouraged to become autonomous and reflect over their own learning strategies. A lot of importance is laid upon the authenticity of communication. Learners get an opportunity of interacting with the people of the target language countries through online chat sessions. The students are informed about the history and culture of the various target languages that they learn.