About the Department

  • Oldest department of German language in India
  • 1914: Prof. Panduranga Gune completed his doctorate in Sanskrit and Comparative Linguistics at the University of Leipzig, Germany and returned in 1913 to Fergusson College.  He began, in addition to his responsibility of teaching Sanskrit, to teach German to a group of pupils in the 8th standard at New English School of the Deccan Education Society.
  • 1918:  First B.A. with German course started at Fergusson College for the first time in India
  • 2014-15 : The department of German  celebrated the centenary (2014) of teaching of German language  in India.
  • The Dept offers only UG courses as follows:


Information about the Courses

Sr. No. Name of the course/paper Course Details
1. F.Y.B.A.
General 1 (Advanced)
Advanced level German

General 1 (Basic German) 

(Remedial Course)

Basic level German (for Beginners)
3. S.Y.B.A.
German General 2
Study of Language

- Prescribed Textbook : Lagune 2 (Chapter 2 to Chapter 6 + Chap 1 from Lagune 3)

Short Literary texts (Konkrete Poesie)

4. S.Y.B.A
Special Paper 1- History and Literature in 20th century

-Post second world war History of Germany

- Relevant literary Texts (Short sories by Wolfgang Borchert, Poems etc)

- Study of literary Genre

- Relevant examples (Maerchen, Sagen, Fabeln etc)

5. S.Y.B.A
Special Paper 2 - Study of Culture and literary works

- Cultural Themes such as " Umwelt", 'Essen und Trinken", Bildungssystem"etc.

Gripstheatre : Max und Milli.

6. T.Y.B.A.
General Paper 3
Language Skills and Translation

-Prescribed book : Lagune 3 (Chapter 2 to Chapter 6)
- Short Literary texts

- Business German

7. T.Y.B.A.
Special paper 3
History, Culture and Literature

- German History (from German tribes till second world war)

Non Literary Texts from various fields such as tecnology, Environmental Science, Psychology, Transport etc.

8. T.Y.B.A.
Special Paper 4
Study of culture and civilization through informative and literary texts
- Study of literary Epochs
-Study of German Philosophers
-Longer Narrative Prose: “Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts" by Eichendorf

Information of the Students

2014-2015 88 49(General)
21 (Special)

Career Avenues

  • Translation
  • Interpretation
  • Academics 
  • Research
  • Proof reading
  • Tourism
  • Language training (Corporate sector)
  • Corporate Coordination
  • Higher studies in J.N.U.  (M.A. German Translation)

Best Practices

  • Remedial course for F.Y.B.A. Beginners: Students without prior knowledge of German can opt for German in FYBA where they are taught separately and not along with the students with prior knowledge of German. This kind of a remedial course is conducted only in Fergusson College.
  • Since 2008-09 Awardees of Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for undergraduates Students specializing in German are Fergussonians. These students get a wonderful opportunity to study in the Free University of Berlin, Germany for 6-10 months.
  • Every year the students of the German Dept are to be found amongst the Prize winners of the DAAD essay Competition. They receive scholarships to attend a summer course in a German university (4 weeks) along with a stay in a German family.
  • Screening and Review  of  German films
  • Visits and Guest lectures by German professors, Interns and native speakers to the Dept.
  • Regular teaching supplemented by lectures of Experts from relevant fields
  • Use of ICT in regular classroom teaching with the help of Smart TV
  • Annual Departmental Fest : “ GerMania”

Please Note

Events conducted in the year 2015-16

  1. August  2015: Guest lecture by Anna Lena Sender onn German Philosophers: Kant, Nietzsche and Heidegger
  2. 20. August 2015: Informal Interaction with Dr. Senft, Director DAAD, Pune about " Students Life in Germany"
  3. Guest Lecture by Mr. mayuresh Kulkarni on "Career Avenus in Translation" 15. September 2015


Mrs. Amruta Kulkarni

(NET, M.Phil, Ph.D. (Thesis submitted Viva Voce awaiting))

Assistant Professor in German

Teaching Faculty

Note: Biodata of any of the above mentioned faculty member can be downloaded by clicking on their name.

Mrs. Amruta Kulkarni,Assistant Professor in German , NET, M.Phil, Ph.D. (Thesis submitted Viva Voce awaiting)

    • Research Fellowship for Ph.D (3 months duration April –June 2018)  under DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
    • Received a scholarship by the university of Goettingen, Germany to do a teachers training course of two weeks duration (from 1st August-15th August 2010)
    • Received a shortterm research fellowship by DAAD under the GIP program for an academic visit to the university of Goettingen, Germany (1st April - 30th June 2013)

Research Title: Teaching History through the means of literary texts

Researchers : Mrs. Amruta Kulkarni


M.Phil Research

Title: " Geschichte und Literatur: Am Beispiel der Teilung und Wieervereinigung Deutschlands im BA Studium in Pune"

University: Accomplished at the Dept. of Foreign Languages, SPPU

Year of completion : 2006

Research Title: Identity and Integration in the selected German literary works

Researchers : Mrs. Amruta Kulkarni


Topic of PhD Thesis:

" Identitaet und Integration in den ausgewaehlten deutschsprachigen Literatur"

Center: Dept. of Foreign Langugaes, SPPU

Registered in Aug 2013

Research Title: Marathi- Russian-German lexicon

Researchers : Mrs. Amruta Kulkarni Dr. Sunanda Mahajan


Trilingual Lexicon

" Elementary and essential Marathi-Russian-German Lexicon"

Published by : kalasakta Publication 2013