Students attend a French class at ISM, Dhanbad, on Sunday. Picture by Gautam Dey
Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad, has opened its doors to outsiders who wish to learn new languages.
The cradle has been teaching German and French under a three-month certificate course in foreign languages since January last year. Chinese was introduced too in the second batch.
The fourth batch that started on August 10 has 53 students, including 13 outsiders, who have enrolled for German and French classes. The remaining candidates comprise students and faculty members of the institution. Classes are held during weekends.
However, Chinese has failed to find any taker after the second batch.
Course co-ordinator and ISM faculty member Ajit Kumar Behura said they had received great response from outsiders.
We took in new people till August 17 even though classes started on August 10. This was because many were not aware that we are taking in outsiders, he added.
There is no entrance test for getting admission into the courses. Aspirants can take admission on first-come-first-serve basis. The minimum eligibility criteria is that one should have an intermediate degree.
While the fee for ISM students or faculty members is Rs 12,000, outsiders will need to cough up Rs 14,000.
We hold classes during weekends so that professionals and students can join in. Classes are held from 2pm to 5pm on Saturdays and from 10am to 1pm on Sundays, said Behura, adding that course materials books, CDs and DVDs were approved by respective embassies.
The institute is also planning to launch courses in Spanish and Russian.
We will advertise for admission into Spanish and Russian along with German, French and Chinese for the next batch. If we manage to get at least 20 applications for 30 seats in each language, we will go ahead, Behura said.
ISM is also planning to float advanced-level courses in the languages.