Lok Sabha: New French Course launched

The Lok Sabha has launched a new French Course at beginner level for the staff and officials. Around 57 officials have been registered under the course.

About the Course

The course is being launched as its is essential to acquire knowledge of French language in the interconnected world. The initiative is to be implemented by the Parliamentary Research and Training Institute for Democracy (PRIDE).

In future, Lok Sabha has plans to launch similar courses in German, Russian, Spanish and other important world languages.


PRIDE was set up in 1976 to provide training to parliamentary staff, parliamentarians and others in various disciplines of parliamentary institutions. The activities of PRIDE include orientation programmes, round table discussions and lectures for Members of Parliament.

French in India

The presence of French in India began in 1673 when the French established the French East India Company. However, their presence in the country was minor as compared to that of British.

In 2013, there were around 9,950 nationals residing in India. Majority of them live in the Union Territory of Puducherry. They form a minority community in the UT accounting to less than 3% of the population of the UT.

Significance of Foreign language to Parliamentarians

In the current world, it is essential for the Parliamentarians to learn as many as foreign languages to improve India’s ties at international levels. It is important for India to monitor every development, technology upgrade, defence developments, health and education methodologies at international level. This will help India to stay in pace and keep up its name at global level increasing trade and investment opportunities and grab right breakthroughs. The Parliamentarians can thus pave way towards economic growth and earn significant name for the country in the global market. Thus, it is significant for the Parliamentarians to learn as many foreign languages.

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