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Located in the largest city of Gujarat, Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad plays an important role in imparting the knowledge of French in rest of the Gujarat through its annex in Baroda. A vivid conversation with Paresh Punjani and Mala de Fenoyl unveils the description of this Baroda centre.

Library of Baroda centre

Library of Baroda centre

Established in February 2003, the annex of Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad in Baroda recently celebrated the completion of 10 years. Mala de Fenoyl, coordinator and French teacher in Baroda centre, has witnessed the journey of this centre right from its inception.
Technologically well equipped with two classrooms and a compact library, this centre is located at Vasna Road of Baroda. More than 1000 students have passed out from this little centre in past ten years. Currently, all the four levels (A1 to B2) are being offered here with the expertise of five teachers. Consequent and complimentary to the image of Gujarati community, most of the students here learn French for immigrating to Canada. Unlike the general perception of students in other Alliances Françaises, most of the students in Baroda centre are professionals or housewives who aim at immigrating abroad.
Recently, very few college students are turning out in the centre to pursue the interest of learning a foreign language or French culture. To increase this number, the centre has geared up the advertising projects from last one year.

When asked about cultural activities, Mala de Fenoyl described the events organized by the centre to facilitate the cultural assimilation of the students. Usual cultural activities consists of dance shows, music concerts (fête de la musique), celebration of francophone week etc; but to interact with the French families in the city, the centre organizes “rendez vous du dimanche” where the French nationals living in the city participate in various workshops like demonstrating the French cooking or other activities to introduce French culture to the students and members.
Usually the centre faces the challenge to find the well qualified professors or even to advertise. And about the moments of grand pleasure, it is the indeed a honor for the centre to see two of its students working as the French professors today. On the concluding note, Mala de Fenoyl was all smiles to quote wholeheartedly, “Vive la France et la Francophonie!”

French course in full swing

Paresh Punjani, course coordinator of Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad spoke about his experiences in running the centre. There has been an association with one IB (International Baccalaureat) school and a kinder garden nursery to teach basic French to their students as a part of advertising. Paresh Punjani made a special mention of a project “Vato” undertaken by Shilpa Thackre, the head of Baroda centre, where in she organizes a musical concert by local musicians in Kamati Baug every alternate Saturday at 7 pm with the objective to reach more and more people and advertise the organization.
Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad plays the role of elder sister to Baroda centre for the DELF examinations, Campus France desk and by sharing its social network French in Ahmedabad with Baroda students. Many students keep switching between both the cities, and are benefited by the centres available at both the places. Paresh Punjani signed off saying, “It is our chief objective to make the Baroda centre as good as the Ahmedabad one, and to provide the best of both centres to our students.”

Sanyogita Zadkar

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