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Monday, 24. July 2017 - 12:04 Uhr

OUP Workshop on ‘Emerging Trends for English Language and Communication Skills – A Practical Approach’


img-20170723-wa0012Noida: Oxford University Press India organized a successful workshop on ‘Emerging Trends for English Language and Communication Skills – A Practical Approach’ on July 22, 2017. The two-fold objective of the workshop was to experience best practices in teaching-learning communication skills to students of 21st century and a focused group discussion to identify gap areas in teaching-learning communication skills which act as deterrents in students being employable. Thereby, it came up with a proposal on how change can be brought about at the content, assessment, and delivery level to UG, PG and research scholars of English language.
 
Mr Shashank, the co-ordinator of the workshop representing Oxford University Press India, welcomed the august presence and encouraged the participants to make use of this opportunity. Furthermore, he said that the OUP and its team has been making significant efforts in training and collaborating with the faclulties who are teaching English language at different levels in universities, colleges and schools. Dr Mukti Sanyal, Principal, Bharati College, University of Delhi, also thanked the OUP team for effectively conducting the workshop and reflected that such types of workshops give opportunities to the aspirants to experience the joy of fruitful imagination, invention and implementation of language skills. She advised the participants to explore and explicate English language and communication skills for the betterment of our country, particularly in the field of employment and teaching-learning modules. The session was moderated by Ms Sunila from OUP.
 

Workshop Schedule:

 

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Session

Time

1.

Registration & Tea

9:30 – 10:00 AM

2.

Emerging Trends on English Language and Communication Skills

[Dr Mukti Sanyal]

10:00 – 11:45 AM

3.

Hands-on session

[Dr Mukti Sanyal & Team]

11:45 -1:00 PM

4.

Lunch

1:00 – 1:45PM

5.

Focus Group Discussion

[OUP Team]

1:45 - 3:45 PM

6.

Certificate Give-away & Group Photo

3:45 – 4:00 PM

 

The participants- Dr Manoj Kumar, Dr Sam Raj Nesamony, Dr Abnish Singh, Dr Anannya Dasgupta, Dr Nandini Bhattacharya, Dr Jamuna Narayanan and twenty others who represent different government and private universities of Delhi-NCR, enjoyed and actively participated in the workshop and their opinions and field experiences were valuable to make the workshop a success. They also got the opprtunity to meet and interact with the other faculty members of various universities and explored the present scenario of language lab softwares and their utility for the development of communication skills among the students, particulary in the field of Engineering, Technology, Medical Sciences, Management, Commerce, Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

In Focus Group Discussion, the invited participants were divided into three groups. Each and every group collectively gave its suggestions to the team of OUP. Hence, Dr Sam Nesamony, who thanked the OUP team for organizing the workshop, pointed out that OUP has been doing innumerable plans and programs for developing English language and literature, which was once very important for Humanities and Arts. But, in the global era, the OUP has come out with some of the outstanding programs for the the faculties of English, who are part and parcel of every subject and hence, it is the obligatory responsibility of the teacher that every student of every subject is to be inculcated and imparted with the skills of English language- listening, speaking, reading and writing (LSRW). Dr Abnish Singh, who gave remarkable suggestions and appreciated the efforts of OUP team, said that the skills of English language is to be taught through the language lab; and added that, in SRM University, not less than 50 computer systems smothly work, where the faculty in addition to the trainer, trains the students on communication- that is the most predominant aspect of any student's employability. He also thanked Dr Mukti Sanyal for her marvellous presentation techniques, friendly communication and meaningful messages. The workshop ended with a vote of thanks by the OUP team.

 

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img-20170723-wa0015Felicitation of Dr Abnish Singh by Dr Mukti Sanyal


 


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Thursday, 20. July 2017 - 13:04 Uhr

A Story by Abnish Singh Chauhan

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Dr Abnish Singh Chauhan (1979) is a bilingual poet, critic, translator and editor (Hindi and English). He had been invited to Ahemdabad International Literature Festival 2016. His significant books include Swami Vivekananda: Select Speeches, Speeches of Swami Vivekananda and Subhash Chandra Bose: A Comparative Study, King Lear : A Ctritical Study, Functional Skills in Language and Literature, Functional English, Writing Skills and The Fictional World of Arun Joshi: Paradigm Shift in Values. His deep interest in translation prompted him to translate thirty poems of B S Gautam Anurag under the title Burns Within from Hindi into English and some poems of Paddy Martin from English into Hindi. Besides Harivansh Rai Bachchan Yuva Geetkar Samman (2013) for his Hindi poetry collection Tukada Kagaz Ka from Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan, Lucknow, U.P., he is the recipient of Pratham Kavita Samman (2011) from Kavita Kosh (www.kavitakosh.org), Book of the Year Award (2012) from the Think Club, Michigan, USA, Srajnatmak Sahitya Puraskar (2013) from Rajasthan Patrika, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Navankur Puraskar (2014) from Abhivyakti Vishwam, Sharjah, UAE, etc. He is managing editor at Creation and Criticism; and editor at International Journal of Higher Education and Research and a web magazine Poorvabhas. He resides at F-338, Prem Nagar, Linepar, Majhola, Moradabad-244001 (UP) India and can be contacted at abnishsinghchauhan@gmail.com.


Duty


That day the sky was not clear. There was a combination of weak sunlight and clouds. It was also raining now and then. The students, therefore, couldn't scuttle and stay in the park and the field. They gathered in the class-rooms and the corridors of Banbhatt Block. Some students among them were also sitting on the steps of stairs near the railing and studying their course material; a few of them were memorizing the answers, while others were chit-chatting. Although the garrulous words of the students were not perceptible from a distance, yet their words created a kind of whining in the surroundings.

 

Near the corridor there was a teacher’s cabin. A plastic chair of blue colour and an old fashioned table made of wood, on which were systematically placed four or five pieces of chalk, a duster, some attendance registers, a helmet, a hand bag and a few books, were clearly visible from the outside of the window. Mr Active was sitting in that chair. He was pondering over the message from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad as quoted in the book Meditation on Swami Vivekananda – ‘A man becomes good by good action and bad by bad action.’ In the meantime, his cell phone vibrated; it was the call of his HOD, Dr Shiksha.

 

“Where are you Mr Active,” the HOD spoke in a hurry over the cell phone.

 

“In the cabin, Ma’m,” Mr Active said.

 

‘Why in the cabin; not in the Control Room,” the HOD spoke, barely concealing her displeasure at his absence.

 

“What happened?”

 

“You don't know? …You are assigned invigilation duty today. You didn't report the Exam Controller,” the HOD exploded.

 

“But, Ma’m, I have no information. Please tell me what I should do now.”

 

“Go to the Seminar Hall. Meet Mr Vidhan. Move fast.”

 

The call cut off. Mr Active kept his cell phone into his pocket, instantly stood up from his chair, opened the door, and stepped down the stairs leading to the gallery of ground floor. On the way to the seminar hall he recalled the words of his teacher. When he was a student his teacher taught him how to perform duty– and the golden rule– ‘duty is duty.’ After becoming a teacher he broadcast the same message everywhere.  

 

Crossing the gallery he reached the door of the Seminar Hall. He stepped in, stopped meditating and directly went to the table of Mr Vidhan. Mr Vidhan was turning the pages of the duty chart.

 

“Where are you?” Mr Vidhan shouted, without lifting his eyes up and proceeded in the same manner, “You don’t know how to work. You were absent in the morning. And too late for the evening shift.”

 

“But, Sir, I have no information,” Mr Active verbalized gently.

 

“You should have, Mas Saab,” he mocked.

 

“But, Sir, in the morning, before lunch, I teach the students of BCA I and III Semesters at MCA Block. Then...”

 

“I don’t know. Arrange the lectures. Inform your HOD. Request her. And don’t go missing." 

 

“But the HOD is helpless as the other members of the department are busy as usual.”

 

“It’s your problem, not mine. Do yourself. Now pick up the copies and question papers. Go to the Room No. 133 in the Civil Block and conduct the exam.”

"Ok, Sir," submissively he said.

 

"What ok! You people must know the system. Ab aap bachche nahee rahe! (Now you are not little chaps),” first he spoke in English, then in Hindi.

"We know, Sir."

 

"What do you know, Mas Saab?," he reiterated and laughed.

 

"That...," he faltered for a moment, then spoke baldly, "As a teacher I should teach my students sincerely..."

 

Mr Vidhan stopped him in the middle and articulated like a businessman– “You are wrong, Mas Saab.  Teaching is not essential here. What we require most is admission and examination. Anyone can teach–  you can teach–  he can teach–  even that sweeper can engage the students. Do you get my point? And always remember, my boss wants business; I too, and nothing else."

 

Mr Active was speechless. He left the place and went to the room. There he distributed the copies and question papers to the students and performed other duties. No one came to help him that day. When the examination was over, he came back to the Seminar Hall, and submitted the copies and other papers. Then he went to the Exam Controller. The Director was also sitting there. He reported the problem to both of them. At this, they smiled at each other and told him that they would look into the matter. After that he left the room. 

 

The next day Mr Active taught the students of BCA in the morning. In the post lunch he was assigned two separate duties. Again no one came to support him in the examination halls, whereas the other faculty members were sent in pair. He performed his duties and came out.

 

A cream-coloured car, perhaps of the Vice Chancellor, was parked just in front of the main gate of the Banbhatt Block. The colour of the car was looking very dim due to the sunset. When Mr Active walked past it, he turned his face to the fast disappearing sun. He watched it for a moment, then left the place for his cabin to pick up his belongings.


 


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Friday, 14. July 2017 - 12:26 Uhr

Swami Vivekananda: Select Speeches by Abnish Singh Chauhan

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Abnish Singh Chauhan. Swami Vivekananda: Select Speeches. Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 2004. Edition Second: 2012. Pp. /- Price: Rs. 80/-. ISBN: 978-81-7977-466-3.   


  

Reviewed by Satish Kumar

                       

Dr Singh, a celebrated bilingual poet in Hindi and English, critic, writer and commentator, is a well-known name in literary circles. He has rendered noticeable contribution to Vivekananda literature by editing his speeches, which have been a source of inspiration to humanity around the globe. Singh has edited the Swami’s select speeches with a view to acquainting the youth with the timeless message of spiritual and moral sublimation of humanity. The book is dedicated to Dr Singh’s parents who gave him the first lesson in spirituality and ancient Indian culture. 

 

The book under review consists of three parts– Introduction, Select Speeches and Questions-Answers. In the first chapter of Introduction, which consists of 5 chapters, Singh details Swami’s eventful life from birth in famous Dutta family in Calcutta, influence of talented parents endowed with ‘exceptionable intelligence and compassion for the unfortunate, early education and illumination of yogic consciousness, his prodigious memory, higher education in Presidency College, Kolkata,  his razor sharp intellectual brilliance and unquenchable inquisitiveness,  influence of Brahmo-Samaj, Prof Hastie’s reference to Sri Ramkrishan Paramhans while teaching Wordsworth’s Excursion and his state of ecstasy, financial hardships after his father’s death, his resolve to remove sufferings of his countrymen, his close association with Paramhans, his leadership of the young disciples of the Master,  his journey through the whole of India, his historic participation in the Congress of Religions in Chicago in 1893, return to India, his illness and death. Second chapter is a picture perfect portrayal of the description of Swami’s magnetic and fascinating personality, spiritual power and his eternal message. He was a power house of spirituality and Vedic wisdom. Chapters third and fourth sum up Vivekananda’s contribution as a cultural ambassador of Bharat in the world and his ardent patriotism. Fifth chapter highlights his immaculate command over language and his stylistic and oratorical excellence. This is an immensely researched part of the book and evinces Singh’s erudition and understanding of the life and attainments of Swami. He has amply quoted from diverse sources– works of Sister Nivedita, RomainRolland, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, Amalendu Bose, K.R.S. Iyengar, Harriet Monroe and above all the works of Swamiji. What strikes me most is the simplicity, lucidity, clarity of Singh’s style which is conspicuous for economy, precision and command over diction. For example: ‘He realized that a renaissance was coming and India should be equipped to welcome it. All was not rosy when he started on his mission. By his personal magnetism, sweet reasonable and disarming logic he won over his opponents so far as to obtain a peaceful hearing. His gentle persuasive speech led his audience into sympathetic understanding.”

 

In the Second Part of the book Singh has meticulously selected some of Swamiji’s speeches which are especially useful to Indian young people who have to do the onerous task of nation building. These speeches are: Six speeches which Vivekananda delivered at Parliament of Religions, How India Can Win the World, The Future of India, Work And Its Secret, The Importance of Psychology, and Nature and Man. These speeches are of especial significance in the present context of India when the Govt of Indian has been exhorting the youth of the country to contribute their mite to the reconstruction of the nation  and to establish her on the pedestal of Vishava Guru in order to realise the dream of Swami Vivekananda.

 

The third part Questions-Answers has been designed to help the students and readers of Vivekananda literature.

 


 

dr-satish-kumar-2The Reviewer:

 

Prof Satish Kumar has authored a number of books including Edgar Allen Poe: Style and Structure of His Short Stories, Literary Explorations, and his four volumes on Indian Writing in English, namely, A Survey of Indian English ProseA Survey of Indian English PoetryA Survey of Indian English Drama and A Survey of Indian English Novel. He can be contacted at drsatishkumar08@gmail.com.

 


 


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Tuesday, 23. May 2017 - 10:16 Uhr

Colorful Paradigms of Values in Arun Joshis Novels by Abnish Singh Chauhan


ajay-kumar-sharma-2I am highly obliged to respected Prof (Dr) Ajay Kumar Sharm​ of Meerut University​ for the inclusion of my research paper​- 'Colorful Paradigms of Values in Arun Joshi's Novels'​ (Pp. 33-45) in his marvelous anthology 'Critical Perspectives on Indian English Literature'​ (2017).​ The book covers 24 scholarly papers of Indian authors on different themes of literary and linguistic importance, particularly focusing on Indian poetry, drama and fiction. As the title itself suggests, the book is a beautiful bouquet of practical criticism designed to offer the socio-philosophical fragrance to the lovers of Indian English Literature.

My heartiest congratulations to Prof Sharma and Atlantic Publishers & Distributors​, New Delhi​ for this excellent piece of language and literature​!
 
- Dr Abnish Singh Chauhan

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Tuesday, 23. May 2017 - 10:06 Uhr

Rhetoric of Subhash Chandra Bose by Abnish Singh Chauhan


img-20170522-191121I am sincerely grateful to respected Prof Nibir K Ghose, who is the distinguished editor of 'Re-Markings' (a biannual refereed international journal of English Letters), for publishing my research paper 'Rhetoric of Subhash Chandra Bose' (Pp. 249-259) in the special issue of his journal- 'Bose, Immortal Legend of India's Freedom: Contemporary Critical Orientations' (Vol. 16, No. 1, Jan 2017) published by Authorspress, New Delhi. This special issue reflects life, works and events of Netaji, the dominant freedom fighter and persuasive rhetor of the Pre-independance period through 29 scholarly papers along with a remarkable editorial written by the editor himself. 
 
My heartiest congratulations and warm wishes to Prof Ghosh and his team of contributors!
 
-Dr Abnish Singh Chauhan

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