The Department of English conducted a number of activities for its Students. The following is a brief report:
•On September 27, 2018,Students of SYBA were taken to watch Nandita Das’ film “Manto”. The Students study Manto as one of the important authors of Partition Literature, as a part of their Indian Literature Syllabus.The screening was followed by a discussion on Partition and its depiction in the literature that came up around that troubled period.
•On October 6, 2018, a lecture and interactive session on“School-level Teaching: A Profession in Transition”, was organised. Department Alumni Mr. Parag Yadav, Mr. Millind Seth and Mr. Rohan Menon, were invited as speakers.They spoke of how passion, perseverance and patience were the three essential requirements for teachers. They also stressed that the new age teachers should be well-versed in technology, as also rooted in culture and values. They then answered a number of queries regarding the qualifications required and the opportunities available. The programme was well received by students from all faculties.
•As part of the Dept’s ISR initiative — “Joy of Giving” —an amount of Rs. 10,000/- was collected by the Alumni, Staff and Students of the Department. On November 5, 2018,a part of this amount was used to distribute Diwali sweets and earthen lamps to the Security and Hospitality Staff of the College. The lamps were purchased from an NGO – Scrap n Donate. In addition, 60 notebooks and 100 pens were also donated from the same amount to the “Ek Kalam Ek Kitab” initiative of the NSS Unit of the College.
•Though the colour black is typically associated with the unknown and the negative, it is in fact a colour that represents strength, seriousness, power and authority, along with elegance and sophistication. To celebrate this colour, Black Day was celebrated in the Department on December 17, 2018. In addition, the Students also penned down their thoughts on “What Black Means to Me”, which was an activity designed to test their creative skills.
•On January 14, 2019, in association with the College Placement Cell, the Department organised a lecture on “MBA as a Career Option”.The speaker was Prof. Niteesh Srivastava from the ITM Group of Institutions. The lecture and interactive session that followed was attended by more than 80 students from across the faculties.
•Literary Week: The annual Literary Week was celebrated by the Department from January 16 through 24, 2019. Various events such as ‘Spell Bee’, ‘Literary Quiz’, ‘J.A.M.’ (Extempore Speech), ‘Essay-writing’, ‘Photography’, ‘Bookmark-making’, ‘Movie Review-writing’, ‘Tiny Tales’ and ‘Express Your Gratitude’ (Letter-writing) were organised. More than 100 students from Degree and Junior College participated in the events.
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