Department of Additional Languages

Malayalam :

The Department of Malayalam has been in existence ever since the inception of the college in 1967. The department offers the learning of Malayalam as an optional language for students who pursue the undergraduate courses. Malayalam is included as an additional language in the first four semesters of the Model I U.G courses and the first two semesters of the Model II U.G courses.

Hindi :

The Department of Hindi, established in 1967, is one of the oldest Departments of the College. The Department offers Hindi as a second language to the students of BA/B.Sc./B.Com. There are more than 1500 books in the Hindi section of the College library. Many of the students of the Department have consistently won the First place in the Hindi Extempore speech in the M.G University Youth Festival. The Department also offers an Add-on Course of UGC in Journalism and Functional Hindi.

French :

The Department of French was established in 1980, owing to the rising demand from the student community for a third option as second language besides Malayalam and Hindi. Among the three Colleges under M.G.University having official Departments for French, the Cochin College is proud to be one of them. The Department offers French as additional language to the students of Model I BA/ BSc students in the first two years of their course and to the Model I B.Com as well as to the Model II B.Com/ B.Sc students in their first year only. In order to motivate the students, activities are arranged and French books and magazines are diffused. The ‘French Day’ celebration is an annual event.


Associate Professor in Hindi
M.A (Hindi); M.Phil (Hindi), P.G. Diploma in Hindi Translation



Assistant Professor in Malayalam
M.A, NET, Ph.D, B.Ed


Janu V. Kumar

Assistant professor in French
M.A. French, UGC NET


Dr.Vrinda Vijayan

Guest Lecturer in Hindi
MA Hindi,Ph.D



Dr.Kavitha.V. Rajan

Assistant Professor in Hindi
Ph.D., M.A., B.Ed,NET,SET



Dr.Poornima C. C.

Assistant Professor in Malayalam
Ph.D., M.A., B.Ed,NET




Guest Lecturer in Malayalam
MA Malayalam




Organized a seminar on ‘Cinema and Society’ in collaboration with the Departments of Hindi,French,and History.
Series of Demonstration classes on Traditional Art forms of Kerala

The traditional classical art forms of Kerala are not being frequently performed and staged these days. For the same reason,the youth do not get to witness,enjoy and appreciate these art forms.In order to facilitate the students to have the benefit of a first hand knowledge and awareness of the traditional art, the department of Malayalam staged them in the college.

The doyen of the Sopanasangeetham,Njarelath Harigovindan and Idaykka maestro Peringalam Sreedharan rendered Sopana sangeetham demonstration series in class in 2012-13. In the very same year,another class on Chakkiar koothu was performed by Dr.Rajan Nambiar.

In 2013-14,yet another classic art form,Koodiyattam,was represented on stage by Dr.Kalamandalam Sajit and Sri.Kalamandalam Charu Agaru. Demonstration class on Chavittunadakam was represented by Paithrukam Kalakendra,Kalavoor,Alappuzha. The same year witnessed the performance of the tri manifestations of Thullal art form Seethankan Thullal,Parayanthullal and Ottanthullal by the legendary thullal artist,Kalamandalam Prabhakaran.



A one day seminar on "SANSKRITIK VIRASAT-EK PUNARVICHAR" was organised by the department in association with the Cluster of colleges, Ernakulam on March 26,2013. Dr R Sasidharan, Hod, Dept.of Hindi, CUSAT inaugurated the seminar.He spoke about the diversities of our culture with special reference to the culture of Kerala. In the second session, Dr. Usha Nair, Associate professor,Dept.of Hindi, St.Teresa's college, Ernakulam spoke about the origin of Indian civilization and culture. In the last session,Dr. Reshmi, Assistant professor, Dept. of Hindi,Maharajas college, Ernakulam, discussed the various challenges faced by the modern man with due focus on the origin and impact of terrorism in the global society.

Patriotic song competition held at St.Teresa's college on August 15,2012-13 and 2013-14

Our students consecutively won first prize in the patriotic song competition conducted by the Dept. of Hindi, St.Teresa's college,Ernakulam in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Talk on "TRANSLATION TECHNIQUES" on 10 March,2015.

The department organized a talk for the students of I Dc, on "TRANSLATION TECHNIQUES" by Dr Sujith S, faculty, SCMS, Kalamassery. The thrust area was the scope and relevance of translation in the modern society.Various modes and types of translation as well as translation strategies and techniques were discussed.





There are nearly 75 students of French and the ‘French Day’ is an annual event, celebrated with much ‘elan’. Our students also partake in the ‘French Fest’ at St. Teresa’s College every year, bagging several prizes.

French Fest at St.Teresa's college (2013-14)

The students actively participated in the French Fest (2013-14) organized by St.Teresa's college and won several prizes in various events like quiz on French culture, geography and history, photography and salad making.

French recitation at Alliance Francaise. (2013-14)

A French Poetry Recitation competition was held this year, under the auspices of the ‘Alliance Francaise’, in which our student participated and won the first prize.
French Fest at Alliance Francaise.(2014-15)
 Maria Juviann Isaacs (II B.Sc Botany) won first prize for French recitation and II prize for French solo song in the competitions (2014-15) held by the Alliance Francaise at the Chavara Cultural Centre.
 Fete Francophone (2015-16)
The students participated in the French Fest (2015-16) organised by the "Alliance Francaise" and bagged first position in French group song and Maria Juvian of B.Sc Botany won first prize in poetry recitation.
Fete nationale and fete de la musique (2016-17)
On 14 july, 2016,the second year students celebrated Fete nationale and fete de la musique.They performed a  drama on French revolution, sang french songs and organised a small fete in the department.
Fete Francophone at St.Teresa's college(2017-18)
Two students of II B.Sc Zoology participated in the salad making competion held at St.Teresa's college as a part of the Fete Francophone held there. They also got an opportunity to relish some of the delicacies offered there as a part of the French food fest held there.





1. To familiarize the students with various trends in Hindi literature.


2. To create an awareness of Indian culture.


3. Learn Hindi for effective communication in different fields like administration, media and business .


4. To create aesthetic vision in students through the study of poetry.


5. Understanding translation as a linguistic, cultural, economic and professional activity.


6. Awareness about eminent writers in Hindi literature and inculcate socio-cultural values.


7. Develop communicative and technical skills in applied Hindi and functional Hindi.








1. To develop keen interest in Malayalam literature and its cultural background.


2. To identify the multifarious possibilities of the culture of Kerala.


3. To appreciate the principles of aesthetics .


4. To familiarise the basic tenets of modern language theories.


5. To create awareness on the past and present of Malayalam literary criticism.


6. To delineate the nuances of audio, visual and print media.


7. To evaluate the socio- cultural growth and development of the art forms of Kerala.


8. To discern the theoretical premises of historiography.








1.The course aims at providing the students a basic understanding of the French language and to develop their verbal and written skills for effective communication.

2. To strengthen the student’s competency in the four skills: listening,speaking,reading and writing, focusing on written comprehension and expression which would eventually enable them to take the DELF/DALF tests.

3.To create an awareness of similarities and differences between the home and French culture.

4. Familiarize them to the social and cultural environment of Europe, France and other French speaking countries.

5. Acquire basic skills in verbal and written French which will serve to improve job perspectives.