The Department of French was established in 1951 in order to cater to the needs of French language learning students. French is a living, practical language, unsurpassed in clarity, logic, precision and finesse besides having diplomatic, commercial and scientific uses. It has a soul and a character of its own owing to its rich civilization. It is spoken in as many as 42 countries of the world and is internationally recognized to be a cultured and refined language. It is also the official language of the United Nations.