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Long road to success

Candidates preparing for the forthcoming competitive exams on the Osmania University College for Women campus at Koti on Thursday.- PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL
Candidates preparing for the forthcoming competitive exams on the Osmania University College for Women campus at Koti on Thursday.- PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Communication skills – two misunderstood words

Communication skills and personality development are the two most misunderstood and misrepresented terms, said Osmania University English Professor T. Vijay Kumar.

A two-day seminar on ‘Emerging trends in Indian writing in English in 21st century’ was organised at the SDM Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala here on Tuesday by the Department of English of the college in association with Krishna University and sponsored by the UGC.

Mr. Vijay Kumar pointed out that if one utilises the resources available in school or college the need for attending coaching at any commercial establishment for communication skills would not arise.

“Fluency in your mother tongue will help improve your communication skills,” said the professor.

On trends in English writing, he said that writing skills had changed and evolved over the years. English writing began in India in the 1860s with Bankim Chandra Chatterjee’s ‘Rajmohan’s wife’ and Krupabai Satthianadhan’s ‘A story of Hindu life’, and it has changed over the years.

Exposure to new trends

The Head of the Department, M. Nalini, in her address said that the seminar was being organised to expose the faculty to the contemporary trends in Indian English writing. The seminar was inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor of Krishna University V. Venkaiah. The president of Siddhartha Academy N. Venkateswarulu, Convenor of the college Lalitha Prasad and Principal of the college T. Vijaylakshmi also spoke.


Osmania University more research-friendly

It may not be well funded, but when it comes to the morale of Ph.D. students, the Osmania University (OU) gets a better ranking from its own students. Aspects such as student-faculty interactions, strong and active student bodies, and a general sense of belongingness takes the edge off the severe stress that research scholars have to go through during their academics.

Unlike the University of Hyderabad, the State-funded universities such as OU provide a more free and informal setting for interaction between students and faculty. A student can approach any professor at anytime and resolve their doubts or problems, Kumara Swamy, a research scholar said.“In Central universities, the faculty are very good in their academics, but seem to falter when it comes to understanding the problems of students coming from backward communities and areas. This prevents them from establishing healthy relationship with the students,” he observed, adding that the faculty-student bonding helps students to overcome their problems in OU. If a student has any problem with his or her guide, the university authorities usually ensure that a new guide is allocated to him, he claimed.

The OU faculty too takes extra precautions to ensure that students are not troubled, Faculty of Social Sciences Dean, V. Ravindra Sastry said. “Due to the ongoing Telangana agitations, the OU students are usually emotionally surcharged. To deal with it the university has established a counselling cell to interact with students on a regular basis. This cell also helps in addressing the problems faced by the students,” he explained.

The peer support that one has at OU ensures that one does not get desperate, Kota Raju, university in-charge of student body PDSU said. “There is a general sense of camaraderie at OU, which is usually not the case in Central universities where each student has to worry about his own survival,” he said.

However, student pursuing Ph.D. in science faculties do face the problem of insufficient funding, another research scholar observed. “While students are taken care of in the university, improving research activity, particularly in Science departments, is a different ball game all together,” he said.

Each time a student from marginalised community suffers discrimination, the university authorities point out that they have instituted grievance cells and counselling centers for the students. But to rectify the problem, counselling should be given to the faculty, who indulge in the discriminatory activities, B. Ravi Chandran, a Ph.D. student with English and Foreign Languages University and founder of Dalit Camera, said. “It is ironic that university officials appoint faculty members to counsel the students when their own peers indulge in discriminatory practices. None of the universities have ever held counselling sessions for faculty members,” he observed.



Course in English

The Center for English Language Training (CELT), University College of Engineering, Osmania University (OU), is offering a two-month course in English communication, skills, and personality development, from December 30. Eligibility for the programme is tenth standard, and last date for registration is December 28.

For more details, call 96528 56107 or 040-64587 5575.



Contact classes

The Prof. G. Ram Reddy Centre for Distance Education, Osmania University, will conduct contact classes for B.A., B.Com., B.Com. (Computers), and BBA I, II, and III year from December 11. Classes will be held from 1.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. on all working days at the centre premises.

For time-table, visit http://www.oucde.ac.in




JNTU, OU exams postponed

JNTU Hyderabad has postponed all the B.Tech and B. Pharmacy examinations scheduled on December 5, to December 13, a press release stated.

Osmania University Registrar K. Pratap Reddy said that all exams of OU scheduled on December 5 have also been postponed in view of the Telangana bandh.

Rescheduled dates will be put on the OU website http://www.osmania.ac.in.



New Registrar for OU

K. Pratap Reddy of the Department of Zoology, University College of Science, and Director, Directorate of Academic Audit, Osmania University, has been appointed Registrar of Osmania University. He replaces Prof. M.S.N. Reddy, who retired on Saturday.

Prof. Reddy holds a Ph.D from OU and specialises in neuroscience, fluoride toxicity and neurodegenerative diseases. He has guided 15 students for Ph.D and has done several projects including those from the UGC and the DBT. He also worked as Director of Admissions.




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