The Deccan Education Society (DES) in collaboration with the IAS College, Germany (IAS) had set up a German Centre in Fergusson college in December 2016. From 9. May 2018 the centre has its new location in a seperate building within the Fergusson college campus, Pune. On Wednesday, 9th May 2018, the inaugeration of this new set up took place at the hands of Dr. Suhas Kadalaskar (Director, HR & Corporate Affairs, Mercedes Benz India Pvt. Ltd.). Dr. Sharad Kunte (Chairman, DES), Dr. Krishna Nagarajan, (Director, IAS college), Mrs. Renu Agarwal (CEO, Eduoptions, Germany) as chief guests of the event were present to grace the occassion. On Monday, 11th June 2018, the Consulate General, Fedreal Republic of Germany, Dr. Jϋrgen Morrhardt paid a visit to the centre and made an effort to see its functioning and understand its goals Dr. Morrhardt, the consulate general also guided the course participants with the essential information about study fields in Germany. He also guided with the required discipline in the visa procedure.
Under the motto: “Learn German, …beyond laguage !’’ the courses will now onwards take place within its ideal infrastructure, especially built keeping in mind the requirements of such an unique centre for German studies. The concept behind this centre is to provide the students with an atmosphere suitable for German learning, not just within the limits of the textbooks but also about the practice oriented learning in German speaking countries such as: Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In order to be competent and leading in todays academic world, the centre has come up with a dream to provide a platform not just to learn German language but also the culture (art, theatre, literature, music and culinary). This shall enable its students to integrate in a better manner within German speaking atmosphere.
This centre is well equipped with the optimum and adequate use of modern technology and relevant teaching media. An audio-visual room being one of its special features enables its students an easy access to knowledge about the German culture. Another special element of this centre is the separate newsbooth with the live streaming of the German national television channel DW (Deutsche Welle). The centre shall facilitate its students with a library and a space for German learning through various kinesthetic methods (games and reading circles). This includes also the teaching staff of the centre in order to update themselves with the relevant socio-political scenario of the German speaking countries.
At this centre different language courses/levels are being offered. Apart from the language, detailed counseling of possibilities for higher education in Germany, life style, culture and social system in Germany is being taught. Also seminars are in offer from those who are familiar with the German system. German cooking at the end of every course is a part of the curriculum. Hence the courses & services provided here by the German centre are open to students, parents and public interested in German studies, career or the culture.