Department of German
Faculty of Arts,
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

- Ms. Jyotsna Phanse, Assistant Professor and In-Charge


German has been taught on a part-time basis for several years even before 1960.
 The German Academic Exchange Service, New Delhi, put German Language Teaching at Baroda on a systematic basis by providing Visiting Lecturers for a decade:

• Dr. Ries (1960-1962)* assisted by a part-time teacher Dr. Rao.
• Dr. Goebel-Gross (1963-65)*
• Mr. J.Jansen(1965-66)*
• Dr. R. Geib (1966-68)*
• Mr. Maiwald (1968-70)*

Contributions of the Visiting German Lecturers

The German Lecturers were also responsible for getting the syllabus for Preparatory Unit and First Year, and S.Y. (Minor) B.A. passed. Evening Certificate and Diploma courses were attended by nearly 400 Students.

 Again at the instance of the German Academic Exchange service, New Delhi, 2 Lecturers posts were created in the University,
Mr. Srinivasan and Mrs. Meera Thakur were appointed.

• Dr. Desika Srinivasan (1965-1990),
M.A.(Maths), Ph.D.(Linguistics), Diploma in Teaching German
(Goethe Institute, Munich)

Contributions of Dr. Srinivasan

 The Department got statutorily recognized by the Senate of the University (1970). No more a combined Board of Studies in Modern and Ancient European Languages and Literature!!!
 Got the posts of a Reader, subsequently the post of Professor also for the department.
 He also got the M.A. (German Studies) course institute academically.*
(Has a web site www.zaubercafe.com for students learning German.)

• Mrs. Meera Thakur (M.A.(Sanskrit), Oberstufe in German, Munich (1966- 2003)*, retired as Reader in German

Contributions of Mrs. Thakur

 Took charge of the department on the retirement of Dr. Srinivasan. She admitted the first Post Graduate students of German at the Faculty of Arts. She continued the good work with the help of highly qualified visiting faculty.

• Dr. Manmohan Singh Chauhan (Ph.D in German) (BHU Varanasi), joined Punjab University (1995)

Contributions of Mrs. Thakur

 Took charge of the department from Mrs. Meera Thakur. He invited native speakers to interact with the students. He organized events and exhibitions to enhance the academic growth of the department. He continued the good work with the help of highly qualified visiting faculty.

• Dr. M. K. Natarajan (M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.in German) (JNU, Delhi)
joined Banaras Hindu University (2008)

Contributions of Dr. Natarajan

 Organized every year international seminars in collaboration with German institutes at Delhi and at various other centers in India and got recognition for The Department of German, M.S.University of Baroda among the Universities all over the world.

 He also started sending students and the teaching faculties of the Department on various fellowships to German speaking countries.

• Ms. Jyotsna Phanse (M.A.(German) (Assistant Professor)
( 2000 - ) and In-Charge since June 2008

Contributions of Ms. Phanse

 Teaching German at Undergraduate, Post-Graduate and Part-Time Course levels.
 Imparting Teachers Training to newly appointed teachers in German.
 As In-charge head of the department she has initiated the first international Student/Teacher Exchange Program between the department and a college in Germany by signing an MoU between M.S. University of Baroda under the Vice-Chancellorship of Prof. Yogesh Singh in 2011 and College in Germany.
 Has sent students and teachers to MMB-Goethe Institute, Mumbai for various courses.
 Has continued sending students/teachers of German Department to Austria, Switzerland and Germany for short stays.
 Has co-organized a seminar in December 2009 with Goethe Institute, and InDaf in Vadodara.
 Has continued to invite experts in German Language and Literature from India as well as German speaking countries on regular basis.
 Has organized Austrian Days Seminar/Workshop in December 2011.

Key Strengths/Achievements

 We are one among the only 8 universities in India offering Masters in German. The only one in the Western Region.
 Our Students are provided the opportunity to attend seminars across Germany, Switzerland, Austria
 Till date 30 students* have availed themselves of this opportunity.
 The department has formed a Forum of Students where students meet every Saturday and discuss selected topics in German.
 Native German speakers frequently join the forum. Both Austrian experts and German School educators visit our department regularly.

*Note: The fare is borne by the students. Internal travel and hospitality is met by the hosting organization

Latest developments

 The dept. has received a grant of approx. Rs. 10 lakhs under the current Five Year Plan. .
This will be utilized for additional space and equipment /Educational Software The Videothek will be an e-library for self study by students.

Our Vision

• With additional infrastructural inputs granted by the U.G.C. the department hopes to become a Centre Of Excellence in teaching German!

* The period mentioned is an approximate period.

Head of Department

  • Pradeep Singh Choondawat
    Department of German

    Designation: Professor & I/c Head

    Qualification: Ph.D Sociology
    Phone Nos: 9427836314
    Experience: 35 years
    Areas of Interest: Social Stratification, Social Mobility, Social change