The Department of Languages which exists since the inception of the institution, offers five Indian Languages namely, Hindi, Kannada, Sanskrit, Tamil and Urdu and two foreign Languages, namely French and German in all the UG programs and several PG programmes. Coming under the Deanery of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department offers the named languages as second language in all the UG programmes. In addition French is offered in BHM, BCA, BBA F & IB, MBA (T&T), MA in Int. Studies and MBA, and German in BCA, BBA Finance & International Business and MBA Programmes as additional subjects. Besides these programmes, Hindi, Kannada, Urdu, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Chinese are offered as choice based certificate courses across the University to all the disciplines. A second A level German course is run in collaboration with the Goethe Institute. While the Indian languages are presented in their historical and cultural shape, the foreign languages provide all the cross cultural nuances to the young students who are on the threshold of geographical and professional mobility. In an attempt to redefine the role of second language in the curriculum of higher education, the department is moving from just the study of ‘second language’ to the study of language, literature and culture. This will happen along with the honing of language skills. The study will also cover art forms like architecture, music, theatre, painting, sculpture and films. This is to include the contributions from these art forms to Indian civilisation and culture since the past five decades. As a major innovative pedagogy, the students are encouraged to share their cultural knowledge imbibed from their family and community. The spirit behind the whole exercise is to see the glorious tradition of Indian heterogeneous culture with a diachronic and synchronic approach.