OEFL celebrates Bhartiya Bhasha Divas, holds writing workshop and forum

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November 2023

OEFL celebrates Bhartiya Bhasha Divas, holds writing workshop and forum

The Office of English & Foreign Languages (OEFL) celebrated the Bhartiya Bhasha Divas on November 7 in the university.

The following events were organised:

(i) Jindal Global Library held an exhibition of books on different states of India on their language, literature and culture. The books covered almost all linguistic regions of India, be it Bengal, Assam, Haryana, Nagaland, Andhra,  Karnataka, Manipur, Gujarat, etc.

(ii) A quiz based on various Indian languages and Indian dance forms was held in the evening. Dr. Sureen Sharma, our Guest Faculty (Hindi), anchored the event.

(iii) Two live dance performances were presented by Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) students, viz., Ms Amulya, (Kuchipudi) and Ms Abhirami, (Bharatnatyam), under the auspices of the Office of Student Affairs.

(iv) Certificates of appreciation were presented to the volunteer instructors of the Indian languages teaching programme, viz., Prof. Dr. Sandeep Kindo, Dr. Michael Valan, Dr. Adya Surbhi, Dr. Piyush Pranjal, Prof. Raj Kapil, Prof. Samiksha Gupta (all from JGLS); administration staff members Dr. Venkamraju Chakravaram, Mr. Ratul Bandyopadhyay and Mrs. Ananya Ratul Bandyopadhyay; and students Sravya Palla (Ph.D. Scholar JIBS), Prerna Srinath (BALLB21), Dhruv Upadhyay (JGLS21), Svarsha Karthikeyan (JGLS22), Nalin Kartik (BBALLB21), Aditya Jagadish Hiremath (JGLS22), and Ms. Neeru (Hostel Warden).

The programmes were appreciated by Professor of Eminence (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Advisor to the Vice Chancellor and Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, in his video message. The programme ended with a vote of thanks by Prof. Jagdish Batra, Executive Dean, OEFL.

Centre for Writing Studies hosts writing workshop and forum  

The Centre for Writing Studies (CWS) of OEFL conducted  a three-day long intensive writing workshop and a research forum in November.

Writing Workshop: CWS held ‘Draft-a-thon: Writing the Field’, a 3-day long intensive writing workshop for doctoral research scholars in social sciences and humanities from November 22 to 24. The workshop was attended by seven doctoral scholars from across the country, from institutions such as Indian Institute of Technology Bombay; Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; The University of Hyderabad; Savitribai Phule Pune University; Mizoram University; Hyderabad Central University; and IGNOU. The participants were invited to work on a draft chapter from their Ph.D. dissertations over the course of the workshop, attending to their argument therein and understanding the nuances of academic writing. Each session in the workshop was designed to progressively engage the scholars with one writing related theme. Each participant also received constructive feedback on their draft from one CWS faculty.

On the first day Dr. Madhura Lohokare conducted a session on the overall structure of a Ph.D. chapter, followed by Dr. Jyoti’s session on the question of voice in academic writing, and later Dr. Srishti Malaviya’s session was on theoretical frameworks. The second day was started by Prof. Shachi’s reflective session on the framing of an academic argument, followed by Dr. Mohammed Sayeed’s session on working with primary sources. The day was concluded by Dr. Shivani Kapoor’s session on working with secondary sources and archival material. The third day began with intensive one-on-one feedback sessions for each participant which was followed by a concluding collective workshop on the participants’ writings. The workshop closed with the Research Majlis Retrospective, a panel discussion on the nature of evidence.

Research forum: CWS held a Research Majlis Retrospective on November 24. Research Majlis is a discursive forum hosted by JGU that has completed eleven rounds this year. The participants looked back at the corpus of writing which has been shared with the Research Majlis to step into a second order problem, namely, the process of writing, through the idea of evidence. The Research Majlis Retrospective invited the previous speakers back to focus on how they found, processed and wrote about evidence in their writing. The panel discussion included seven presentations by Vebhuti Duggal, AUD; Vidya Subramanian, JGU; Sushmita Pati, NLSUI; Shabeeh Rahat, Independent Academic; Madhura Lohokare, JGU; Jyoti, JGU and Devyani Gupta, JGU. The speakers addressed the question of evidence in academic writing through various methodologies such as ethnography, archival work, and literary discourse.