Created in 1980, the Alliance Française of Hyderabad boasts a large community of alumni with about 2,000 students attending its French classes every year, many of whom went to study or work in France or other French-speaking countries.
In 2020, the AFH will celebrate its 40th anniversary in a city harboring a three-century old history with France. This history is one of friendship as well as excellence in the fields of education, technology, art, culture, science, and business and the AFH is proud to be both an actor and a facilitator for these relations.
The Hyderabad-France Alumni brings together personalities who studied/taught both in AFH or/and in France, as well as those who worked in France and reside in Hyderabad. It aims at reconnecting with each other, sharing quality time, and writing our common history.
A true opportunity to build our Francophile community.
The Hyderabad-France Alumni also aims at:
– promoting the mobility and facilitating the relation between our two countries,
– promotion of various fields of expertise resulting from the past and current exchanges in the fields of higher studies, sciences, arts and industry.
We are planning to hold two gala events in 2020: in March and in November celebrating the birth anniversary of AFH. In order to expand this forum, please spread the news about the Hyderabad France-Alumni and get on board with the concerned persons in as many fields as possible by becoming member of AFH and joining the Alumni.
Portraits of Hyderabad-France Alumni members.
TEACHERS’ JOURNEY #1
I lived with my family in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, a city close to Paris when I was 7 to 17 years old. Thus, this is in France that I have learned French. I love France. I went back three times, and every time, I visited my house. I really like French culture and speaking French. It became my life-long passion. I started teaching French to Indian engineers who were going to France to work in a French company. Nobody could speak English in France at that time, in the 1960s. When I went back to India in the mid-1960s, I started to teach at the Centre culturel français until it closed in 1969 and at Osmania University. In 1974, I passed a certificate of French proficiency at the University of Mumbai. In 1979, I went back to France to complete a 3-month teacher traineeship in Sèvres, thanks to a University Grants Commission scholarship. Later, I got a PGTC, the Post-Graduate Teacher Certificate. Since the creation of Alliance Française of Hyderabad in 1980, I have been working here. It will be 40 years next year.
If I would describe my experience with AFH in few words, I would say that teaching French is my passion, and I continue to enjoy teaching everyday with genuine enthusiasm. It really became my life.
AFH Alumni’s Journey #1 | Vaishnavi Korupuri
“I’ve reached Toulouse on 4th September, 2019 and it’s been great so far. I love the city. It’s very peaceful around here.
The French I’ve learned from Alliance Francaise has been very helpful to communicate with locals regarding directions and in supermarkets for prices and other basic stuff.
The biggest advantage about studying in France is exploring different culture which also leads to different style of education as well. There are no question banks and important questions here, and the lecturers in France are genuinely interested in teaching. We can see how passionate they are about their job.
I will surely recommend people to study in France. The education here isn’t just budget friendly but also worth every penny we are paying.
All I would like to say is, France is a beautiful place with a lot of student benefits as well. Everyone, either a student or not, one should explore this place.”
AFH Alumni’s Journey #2 | Arijit Goswami
“It was nothing less than a paradise – the countryside of Chantilly. I still vividly remember the beautiful sunny morning when I visited my company’s corporate university at Les Fontaines and the splendid castle-styled building welcomed me to an amazing journey in France.
I was a part of a delegation that was flown down to France for corporate training and for networking with the senior leadership of the organization. However, outside the rigorous training hours, I and a few friends squeezed out time to explore the mesmerizing countryside. French people are certainly some of the sweetest people on the earth and their lifestyle is amazing. What surprised me even more was their sense of discipline and respect for traffic rules, where every driver had utmost respect for pedestrians.
Even the interactions with French people in the countryside and in Paris a few days later were quite pleasant. However, I still found that knowing French language could make the interactions even more enriching. That has been one of my motivations to learn French from Alliance Francaise. I am sure that conversations in French will make my experience in France much more fulfilling the next time I visit the awesome country.”
AFH Students’ Journey #3 | Zainab Alikhan
“During summer holidays in high school, a few friends and I signed up for a beginner’s French course at the AFH.
What followed was possibly the most delightful and effective classroom learning experience I had (or have) encountered. This magic stemmed from the combination of a vibrant organisation that brought to life the broader French culture, alongside a highly talented teaching staff (rock on Uma, Soumya, Hina!), excited to infuse their passion of the language and culture into the classroom of students.
These teachers made a language full of exceptions seem entirely logical and intuitive. Overnight they converted at least one day-dreaming high school back-bencher into a bright eyed AFH front-bencher.
I went on to sign up for three more levels back to back, and these short four months paved the way for much richer future connections, adding French food, culture, friends, music and film to my life.
A huge thanks to the AFH for paving the way for this richness in my life!”
Stay in touch with the Alumni network
- Join the AFH Alumni Facebook group.