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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- OU website re-launched (local2globe.wordpress.com)