Friday 18 December 2015

Samvad – A Faculty Forum

A Presentation in Research Pursuit
A session under
Samvad – A Faculty Forum
In the knowledge century, discourse is the defining aspect of creation, dissemination and celebration of knowledge. In the case of education, discourse assumes even deeper significance because education is primarily and fundamentally the site for knowledge exchange. The quality of the knowledge exchange rests on the dialogue and discourse of the teachers engage in and inspire in their students. In the 21st century, teachers need to engage in discourse over the key issues of the domain unlike ever before. A faculty forum is an expression of a systematic platform for discourse of the teachers and researchers. Samvad organizes dialogue sessions in two categories i.e. 1) session on pedagogical practices and 2) session on research being pursued.

Research Pursuit:
Pursuit of knowledge can be better materialized by research. Research is one of the foremost goals of higher education. But for a researcher, it is essential to share with and receive ideas from others. Through dialogue, a researcher may get better depth of one’s field. But for that one needs to have a systematic platform for it and A Presentation in Research Pursuit, a session under Samvad – A Faculty Forum provides the platform to the researcher.

Theme: Ph.D. Topic:

Romantic Literary Influences on the Rise of Indian Poetry in English
Indian Poetry in English rose during the nineteenth century when India was a colonised country. Forgotten for a century, today, this poetry has generated new interests with stimulating questions as: what could be reasons and sources that gave birth to completely a new realm of poetry which did not have any predecessors? What could be influences that had positively impacted and enriched the art of poetry writing in a foreign tongue?
With hypotheses to the questions, the present research commences with three major discussions: firstly, discussing the birth of Indian Writing in English, its historical development and its nomenclature. Secondly, by drawing contemporary parallels between India and Europe. Lastly by exploring theoretical aspects of Influence Studies of Comparative Literature. After such prefatory discussions, it closely and critically studies three major Indian poets and their poetry in English in detail. These poets are Henry Derozio, Michael Madhusudan Dutt and Toru Dutt. Each of these poets has completely been studied with the contextual approach leading to highlight English literary influence of Romanticism in individual chapters. The major Romantic perceptions/elements that are highlighted in the Indian poetry are Nature, Supernaturalism, Mysticism, Love, Separation, Medieval and Hellenism, Nationalism, Humanism and Freedom along with the stylistic features of the Romantic poets.

The first generation Indian poets were successful in expressing their passions in a foreign language but they were largely under the dominative spell of English Romanticism. English Romanticism supplemented the rise of Indian poetry in English with their themes and narrative techniques and thus aided it to achieve the poetic excellence.

Dr. Bhavdip Chavda
Department of Communication Skills,
Marwadi Education Foundation’s Group of Institutions - Rajkot

Research Presentation:
The speaker will present the research pursuit for 40 minutes.

Open Defense
Presentation will be followed by 20 minutes of Q&A session with the Audience.

18th December, 2015

11:00 am to 12.00 pm

Board Room, MC 301

We shall look forward to having you among us.

                                                                                                Department of Communication Skills
                                                                                                                 MEFGI - Rajkot

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Call for Papers - ‘Innovative ELT Practices in Technical Education’

International Journal of Humanities in Technical Education
Vol. 2, Issue 1
January 2016

Invites papers on
‘Innovative ELT Practices in Technical Education’

Sub-themes for the January Issue of IJHTE are as follow:

Communicative Language Teaching in Technical Education: papers based on practicing CLT in technical education.

Innovative integration of ICT with ELT: papers based on use of innovative ICT tools (e.g. social networking sites) in enhancing the ELT practices in technical education.

Using Literature/Music: papers studying approaches, techniques and methods of using literature/music to develop language proficiency of technical graduates.

Action research and teacher reflections: papers based on the classroom teaching or teacher's reflections of his/her innovative teaching. These can be case studies of a particular experiment or innovation effectively implemented in the classroom.

Theatre in ELT: papers dealing with the effective use of drama for the students of tertiary education. 

Developing Indigenous Teaching Contents: papers highlighting experiences and insights on designing indigenous teaching contents which can support ELT practitioners in technical education.

Designing Innovative Tasks: paper exploring creative tasks supporting the prescribed syllabus on one hand, opening new vistas of language learning on the other.

Practices of Blended-learning: papers dealing with blended learning exclusively for technical education.

Post-method Pedagogies: papers introducing the pedagogies that are emerging as a result of method-fatigue in ELT.

Book reviews: review of recently published ELT books that are relevant for teachers of English, particularly in technical education. Reviews should consist of a brief introduction of the author and the relevance of the book along with a short summary of contents. It should also contain comments on its significance to the researchers and practitioners. Reviews should not exceed 1,500 words including references.

Format: As per the Author Guidelines given on

Kindly send your paper/s at:

The last date for sending the papers is December 31st, 2015.

Wednesday 18 November 2015



Mr. Jigar Abhani
Department of Communication Skills, MEFGI, Rajkot

Have you ever been stuck on a text response and simply sent an emoji (emoticons for English speakers) to compensate your lack of words?


Well congratulations, you now officially have company in the ‘unlikeliest’ of the places.

That’s right - The Oxford Dictionaries recently announced that the emoji, ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ is its “Word” of the year for 2015!

The Oxford Dictionaries have been choosing annual words of the year for years, but this year, for the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a pictograph and not a traditional word! The pictograph called ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ beat out words like ‘ad blocker,’ ‘on fleek’, ‘lumbersexual’,  ‘refugee’,  ‘sharing economy’ and ‘they’ for the title and became the word of the year that according to Oxford, best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.

Emojis came into existence around late 1990s, but 2015 saw a huge uptick their usage. This year Oxford University Press partnered with leading mobile technology business SwiftKey to explore frequency and usage statistics for some of the most popular emoji across the world. And 'Face with Tears of Joy' came out a clear winner as it was the most used emoji globally in 2015. SwiftKey identified that 'Face with Tears of Joy' made up 20% of all the emojis used in the UK in 2015, and 17% of those in the US: a sharp rise from 4% and 9% respectively in 2014.

Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Dictionaries, says: "You can see how traditional alphabet scripts 
have been struggling to meet the rapid-fire, visually focused demands of 21st Century communication. It's not surprising that a pictographic script like emoji has stepped in to fill those gaps—it's flexible, immediate, and infuses tone beautifully. As a result emojis are becoming an increasingly rich form of communication, one that transcends linguistic borders…”

Sarah Rowley, head of communications, EMEA, at SwiftKey, says: "It seems a fitting end to 2015 that the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is an emoji rather than a traditional word. It has truly been the year of the emoji. For many their appeal lies in how they allow people to express themselves, regardless of the language they are speaking in.”

However, naming 'Face with Tears of Joy' emoji as word of the year has ignited the debate among the ‘intellectuals’ of the world. It is believed that 'Face with Tears of Joy' says nothing of significance about 2015 – and if it does, it’s doing so in quite a roundabout, smug manner. Moreover, the underlying context of choosing "face with tears of joy" as word of the year is that there were no words that spoke quite as loudly as emoji did in 2015, and that simply isn't true.  It also leads us to think how language works in the 21st century.

On the other side it can also be opined that selection of an emoji as word of the year signals cultural and linguistic shift – the moment when emojis arguably became a legitimate part of the way we communicate. One day that might be how we look back on it.
Whatever it is, for now, emoji lovers would be perfectly within their rights to protest, “But it’s called Word of the Year!