The Department of English conducted a number of activities for its Students in the first half of 2017-18. The following is a brief report:
• On June 8, 2017, an Orientation of the TY Students was organised to acquaint them with the Syllabus, methods of teaching-learning, and the various activities planned for the year by the Department. They were also made aware of the career opportunities that were available to them after their graduation. Mission, Vision and the Objectives of the Institution were also explained to them.
• Students of TY and FY study Shakespeare as a part of their Literature syllabus. On July 1, 2017, using a specially-acquired kit, the students of TY built a model of the Globe Theatre (also known as Shakespeare’s Globe). This model will now be used to teach Shakespearean stage-craft.
• OnJuly 13, 2017, a lecture on “Techniques of Newspaper Reporting and Professional Ethics”, was arranged for TYBA students. Mr. Saurabh Deshpande, Co-ordinator, BMM, Ghanshyamdas Saraf College, was invited as the guest speaker.
TYBA English Literature Students study writing newspaper reports as a part of their Paper VI (Grammar and Art of Writing) syllabus. The lecture helped the Students gain an insight into the nuances and ethics of report-writing.
• On August 10, 2017, a lecture on “Understanding the Basic Concepts in Marxism”, was arranged for TYBA students. Mr. Santosh Gangurde, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, was invited as the guest speaker.
TYBA English Literature Students study Marxist Approach to Literature as a part of their Paper V (Literary Criticism) syllabus. The lecture helped the students understand the important concepts in Marxism, as well as to know how the understanding of Marxism also helps in the understanding of class/caste/gender struggle in current times.
• On August 18,2017, an Interactive Session on Personality Development titled “First Impressions”,was organized for the FY Students of the Department. Ms. Urvi Vaghela, an Image Consultant and an alumna of the Department, was the guest speaker.
Ms. Vaghela, through her PowerPoint presentation, demonstrated the need to create a good impression. She addressed the issue of how we wrongly perceive certain things and stick to our first impressions and how this hinders our true understanding of a person. She also conducted a few exercises involving the students present, and answered their numerous questions.
The Department plans to conduct a series of sessions on Personality Development based on the feedback received from this session.
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