• Senior College
  • French

Brief Description of Department

The Department of French of Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College, Mumbai was founded in 1937 by Prof V.G. Hatalkar and is currently the only department in Mumbai offering a BA in French. Our department offers an interdisciplinary program which aims towards a specialization in French in six units. Dr. Vasumathi Badrinathan was the former Head till 2015 and currently she is the head of the department at Mumbai University. She has been invited speaker in various countries. She has also been awarded a FullBright scholarship in 2015. At present, the department is headed by Varsha Deshpande.

We have revised our syllabus under autonomy in such a manner that it is now more contemporary and job oriented. We have tried to maintain an equal balance between literary as well as professional French knowledge. We have initiated research based activities through assignments and projects.

The First year program (FYBA) enables a student to acquaint with learning basic communicational skills, writing, listening and reading skills. The student also learns to translate literary as well as non literary texts from English-French and vice-versa.

In the Second Year (SYBA) students’ are taught to analyze short stories and poems from different countries and literary movements. The SYBA program equally focuses on Professional French skills that equip students with knowledge of Professional French. It enhances and develops vocabulary and structure related to professional French. It gives an overall understanding on how to communicate and converse in a professional environment

The Third and the final year of BA French program encompass 6 papers of French. It offers two literary and four non-literary papers. The goal of the program is to enable the learner to speak fluently B2 level of French at the end of the third year through flipped classroom, discussion, debates, movie screenings, guest lectures and festivals. They will also learn to express their ideas in a coherent and precise way making them independent.

Our teaching methodology under autonomy consists of a learner centric approach which coincides with the Common European Framework for Languages. We have an inclusive approach where teacher acts facilitator making our classroom more dynamic and enjoyable.

The department helps students develop a holistic approach by constantly motivating them and giving an intercultural experience. We have achieved this through task based activities such as role-play, games, films and so on. We encourage self-learning and collaborative learning in our classrooms. We make optimum use of technology in our classroom through internet based activities.

Our subject board comprises of eminent experts from the industries like Capgemini and Accenture. The board members have helped us initiate skill-based approach in the syllabus for example, one of our current papers consists of professional French where we train our students to work in an intercultural professional environment.

The department has also offered internships to students in the French Embassy in India. Every semester the department conducts remedial classes for the students to improve their grammar and speaking skills and to boost their confidence.

Undergraduate Courses Offered by Department
Programme Name BA in French
Degree/Diploma/Certificate Degree
Aided/Self-Financed AIDED
Year of Starting 1937
1 Varsha Deshpande Faculty (department in-charge) MA in French, NET qualified, C1 French
2 Anjor Deshpande Faculty MA in French, B2 French


  • Hatalkar Memorial lecture: Every year the department organizes Prof. V.G. Hatalkar Memorial Lecture (Founder of the department). The department invites an expert from the field French language who gives an insight of their field.
  • 14th July celebrations conducted every year commemorates the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. Students showcase their talents through dance, songs, plays and many other activities.
  • Alumni Talk: Every year in the month of September, the alumni of the department is invited to enlighten the students on the "Opportunities after BA in French". They guide students in application to French universities and scholarships offered by both the French and the Indian government.
  • Department Festival "Franc-O-Fun" is organized every year in the month of December. The highlight of the festival is "International Dialogue and Panel Discussion" , followed by intercollegiate Francophone quiz and games.


  • Translation workshop (French-English) was organized by the department that was conducted by Ms. Prema Maity (Translation manager at Capgemini) and Ms. Ragini Sekhar (MA in technical & legal translation, University Lille III, France and alumni of the department)
  • Conversational Workshop was conducted by Siddhesh Dalvi (student at University Brest, France. Teacher at Alliance Française de Bombay). This workshop was intended to help students speak French confidently
  • Teacher training initiatives (stage de formation en FLE) in association with Embassy of France in India


  • International Bilingual Conference in collaboration with Theodile Cirel, Universite Lille 3, University of Turku, Finland and AGRAF on International research group on self learning and autonomy.


  • Exchange Program to Bretagne, France. (in 2015 and 2018) with Lycee St. Esprit. During the 15 day exchange program to France the students not only got an opportunity to visit France but also live with a French family to gain an authentic experience of the French culture. Students visited several monuments, churches, museums, academies during their visit.
  • Educational visit to Sula Vineyards, Nashik. To know more about the wine-making industry and the French cuisine, the department had organized a two day visit to Sula Vineyards. During this visit the coin museum of Nashik and The Gargoti museum were also covered.
  • In collaboration with the History Department, the students got a chance to visit Pondicherry. Pondicherry was once occupied by the French and is now known to have adapted the French culture. During this time the students visit the Pondicherry University.
2018 Vaishakhee Jariwala, Ragini Sekhar Masters Degree in French from University Rennes II and University Lille III, France.
2018 Ojas Chaudhari, Spruha Mhatre and Rajvi Shah International Assistantship Program to France.
2017 Nitya Suryanaryan, Asha Wagware, Michelle Goveia, Simran Biliye International Assistantship Program to France.
2017 Amruta Aghashe Participated at Sir Rustom P Masani Elocution competition organized by K R Cama Oriental Institute. Presentation on Uniform Civil Code
2017 Simran Jotwani Diploma in French as a Foreign Language from Universite de Mans, France.
2014 Ragini Sekhar French Language Resource Accenture, Bangalore
2013 Renuka Nair French Language Expert and senior catalog quality associate Amazon, Bangalore