Students attend a German class at ISM-Dhanbad last week. Picture by Gautam Dey
Learn to say bonjour or hola at Rs 6,000 less.
ISM-Dhanbad has reduced the remuneration for the A1-level certificate course in foreign languages, including French, German, Chinese and Spanish, for the outsiders.
While earlier, language enthusiasts had to shell out Rs 14,000 for a course, now they would need to pay only Rs 8,000 during the new session starting February 15.
The decision was taken by the foreign language course committee during a recent meeting, chaired by head of the department of humanities and social science department Ajit Kumar Behura, who is also the coordinator of the foreign language course.
“The move to reduce the fee is aimed at attracting a larger number of learners,” said Behura and added that the admission is open for all the four foreign languages.
The course fee for the students and faculty members of ISM is, however, the same and it amounts to around Rs 5,500.
“Earlier, we also had plans to introduce Russian from the new session. But we have shelved the idea at present as we want to concentrate on the already existing courses,” added Behura.
“Any one willing to take admission or requiring information or clarification regarding the course can call me up at 09234604362 and 09471192202. They can also directly come to the humanities and social science department of the institute to collect admission forms during office hours,” said Behura and added that the admission would be carried out on a first-come-first-serve basis.
“The entire course fee will be collected on a one-time basis during the admission,” said Behura.
“We will launch all the courses simultaneously from February 15, provided we get at least 20 candidates for each of the course having 50 seats each,” said Behura. He further said the classes for the 72-hour course would be conducted during the weekends, Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 1pm.
“The courses are open for all and there is no age or qualification bar for admission. Even schoolchildren can pursue the course,”said Behura. He also said experts from Calcutta will impart training.
ISM introduced the foreign language courses with German and French in January 2012, only for its own students and faculty. Later, they opened doors for outsiders during the fourth semester in August 2013.