Dean: Prof. R. N. Menon
Flagship programme: BA ( Foreign Language)
Approval/Accreditation: Central University
Student intake: 20 -25 in each course
Fees (full course): Rs. 648
Board & lodging: Available
Admission test cut-offs: Entrance exam
Other programmes: MA, MPhil, PhD
Ever since its inception in 1969, JNU has been at the forefront of offering courses in Humanities and Social Sciences. Though it offers only Master’s programme in Social Sciences, its School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, a major centre for teaching and research offers five-year integrated BA/ MA programmes in a host of Indian and foreign languages.
In major modern European languages - French, German, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Persian and Arabic - the school offers undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes focussing on languages, literature, translation, interpretation and culture studies. The School also organises Certificate and Diploma programmes in some foreign languages such as Italian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Bhasa Indonesia, Pushtu and Urdu. It is the only School in the country that offers a BA programme in Korean language.
Besides foreign languages and literature, study and research in Indian languages and literatures, including English is also a major focus. Though at present these programmes exist only in English, Hindi and Urdu, the School hopes to add other Indian languages in a phased manner, perhaps beginning with Sanskrit, Bengali, Tamil and Marathi.
In addition, the sheer diversity of thought that permeates the campus, its unique political traditions, the open meetings in the mess and almost fully-residential status all add to its power to attract students from all over the country and abroad.