New Beginnings At Nashik
Much like their counterparts around the world, the network of the 14 Alliances Françaises in India and Nepal is charged with the triple mission of spreading french language, francophone cultures and fostering friendly relations between the subcontinent and France. They are aided in this mission by roughly 10 annexes located in different parts of the subcontinent – each of which is affiliated to a different Alliance Française. One such annexe is the Nashik centre of Alliance Française de Bombay which recently shifted to its new premises. These premises were inaugurated on March 31, 2016 by Yves Perrin, the honorable Consul General of France in India in the presence of Alain Zayan, Director of Alliance Française de Bombay.
Nashik is situated about 200 km from Mumbai, at the foothills of the Western Ghats mountains on the banks of the river Godavari at 700 m (2,300 ft) above sea level. Alliance Française de Bombay had opened a small center in the city a few years ago. However, as the popularity and the demand grew, it became logical to move into independent premises and thus the new 2500 sq ft. Nashik centre came about. It is located on Gangapur road, adjacent to Khatib dairy – with ample allotted parking along with easy accessibility and visibility.
The Nashik centre is headed by Sonam Wadhwa – a resident of Nashik with extensive experience in French language training. It is equipped with 3 classrooms, a library, a conference room and several other facilities. Currently, the Nashik centre teaches the French language to approximately 300 students every year including school and college students, engineers, doctors and home makers. With the aim of promoting French culture, the centre regularly screens French films and conducts cooking sessions, excursions to local vineyards and popular locations along with specialized training. The Nashik centre conducts 4 levels of French language education as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – namely A1, A2, B1 and B2. New sessions start at the beginning of January, April, July, and October every year. It is also equipped to conduct the DELF exams for these levels.
Rédaction AF Magazine Inde-Népal