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Events in 2020-21

Short Term Training Programme on “Research Essentials in Language and Literature”

The Department of English organized a five day Short Term Training Programme on ‘Research Essentials in Language and Literature’ from 4th January to 8th January 2021. More than 100 participants from different institutions throughout India participated in the STTP. The STTP was domain specific and covered the fundamentals of research methodology focusing on theoretical and practical aspects. It specifically dealt with a wide spectrum of research topics such as planning, identifying niche areas, literature review matrix, data collection, dissemination plan, quality assurance guidelines and so on. The webinars were delivered by a pool of experts from various institutions who have a good track record in their respective specializations.


International webinar on “Twenty First Century Storytelling”

Topic: Twenty First Century Storytelling
Date: 16th August 2020
Audience: Faculty, Research Scholars, and Students
Resource Persons: Dr. Anna Fancett
Patron: Dr. Ayub Khan Dawood (Professor and Dean School of Social Sciences and Humanities)
Convener: Dr. H.Sofia (Professor and Head Department of English)
Co-Ordinator: Dr. N.Sheik Hameed (Assistant Professor, Department of English)

TOEFL Train the Trainer

The Department of English in association with Learning Links Foundation, ETS, TOEFL IBT organized Train the Trainer Programme (online) for Twenty Three faculty members from the Department of English, Commerce and Management Studies from 3rd to 7th August 2020.


Webinar on “Nuances of Writing and Publishing a Non Fiction Book”

Topic: Nuances of Writing and Publishing a Non Fiction Book
Date: July 4th, 2020
Audience: Faculty, Research Scholars and Students
Resource Persons: Dr.S.Vijayakumar
Patron: Dr. Ayub Khan Dawood (Professor and Dean School of Social Sciences and Humanities)
Convener: Dr. H.Sofia (Professor and Head Department of English)
Co-Ordinator: Dr. N.Sheik Hameed (Assistant Professor, Department of English)

Events in 2019-20

International webinar on “Developing Vital Critical Thinking and Communication Skills Through Visuals”

Topic: Developing Vital Critical Thinking and Communication Skills Through Visuals
Date: June 10th, 2020
Audience: Faculty, Research Scholars, and Students
Resource Persons: Mr. Justin James
Patron: Dr. Ayub Khan Dawood (Professor and Dean School of Social Sciences and Humanities)
Convener: Dr. H. Sofia (Professor and Head Department of English)
Co-Ordinator: Dr. N.Sheik Hameed (Assistant Professor, Department of English)

International webinar on “Literature as a Medium for Teaching Emotional Intelligence”

Topic: Literature as a Medium for Teaching Emotional Intelligence
Date: June 3rd, 2020
Audience: Faculty, Research Scholars, and Students
Resource Persons: Christa Knellwolf King
Patron: Dr.Ayub Khan Dawood (Professor and Dean School of Social Sciences and Humanities)
Convener: Dr. H.Sofia (Professor and Head Department of English)
Co-Ordinator: Dr. N.Sheik Hameed (Assistant Professor, Department of English)

Webinar on “Polish your Academic Writing”

Topic: Polish your Academic Writing
Date: 21st May 2020
Audience: Faculty, Research Scholars, and Students
Resource Persons: Dr. K.T. Tamilmani
Patron: Dr. Ayub Khan Dawood (Professor and Dean School of Social Sciences and Humanities)
Convener: Dr. H.Sofia (Professor and Head Department of English)
Co-Ordinator: Dr. N.Sheik Hameed (Assistant Professor, Department of English)

Webinar on “The Indian English Literary Canon: Perspectives, Texts and Readership”

Topic: The Indian English Literary Canon: Perspectives, Texts and Readership
Date: May 17th 2020
Audience: Faculty, Research Scholars, and Students
Resource Person: Dr. Jayadeep Sarangi
Patron: Dr. Ayub Khan Dawood (Professor and Dean School of Social Sciences and Humanities)
Convener: Dr. H.Sofia (Professor and Head Department of English)
Co-Ordinator: Dr. N.Sheik Hameed, (Assistant Professor, Department of English)

Aptis Student Support Programme

The Department of English organized Aptis Student Support Programme in collaboration with the British Council Chennai. Aptis Student Support Programme was conducted for the students of First year Arts and Science students. Nearly 47 students from B.A.English (Hons.) /B.Com(Hons.)/B.Com General/BBA/BCA /B.Sc took the online Diagnostic test in the Language lab on 5.3.2020 and underwent training on the four language skills namely, listening, speaking, reading and writing from 9th to 10th March 2020 in E &I Seminar Hall. The lead trainer from British Council, Ms.Veena Krishnamurthi was the Resource Person.

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Language Testing and Assessment

The Department of English conducted a One day Faculty Development Programme on ‘Language Testing and Assessment.’ The objective of this FDP was to know the nuances of designing a standard question paper and how to give constructive feedback to students while evaluating their answer sheets. Nearly 50 participants attended the programme out of which 25 were from other institutions. The Resource Person was Dr.T.Shrimathi Venkatalakshmi, Head of the Department of English, Anna University(CEG) Guindy. Nearly 50 participants attended the programme out of which 25 were from other institutions. The participants were highly benefited by the expert’s valuable resource. Our Dean of School, Dr.Ayub Khan Dawood graced the occasion and enlightened the participants with his motivational talk.


Re-energizing English Language Teaching

The Department of English conducted organized a Teacher Development Programme for Teachers of English,“Re- energizing English Language Teaching” on 21.2.2020.This programme was conducted for the English Teachers teaching higher secondary to develop their teaching skills. Thirty five school teachers from various schools in Chennai attended this workshop. ELT columnist, Teacher trainer and former Head of the Department of English, Dr.Albert P’Rayan was the Resource Person. He gave many activities and made the session very interactive .He emphasized the important role of English in the globalized world and the challenges faced by the English Teachers in the classroom today.

Our Pro Vice Chancellor Dr.A.Peer Mohamed, Registrar Dr.A.Azad, Deputy Registrar Dr. N.Raja Hussain and Dean of School of Social Sciences & Humanities Dr. Ayub Khan Dawood make the workshop memorable by making their presence. They addressed the participants and also distributed certificates to them.


Preparation Centre Awards – Business English Certificate Courses & Exams

Dr.A.Shahin Sultana, Professor of English has been awarded “Extra Mile Award” for Continuous Excellence by Cambridge Assessment English, University of Cambridge, London on 22.11.2019 at the Annual Coordinators’ Conference held at Hotel Rain Tree, Chennai. The award was given in recognition of the special efforts taken by her as the Coordinator of Business English Certificate Courses in conducting the Courses and the exams well and producing good results consistently. The award was presented by T.K. Arunacahalam, Regional Director, South Asia Region, Cambridge Assessment English.

In 2016 she was awarded “Best Staff of the year – All Rounder” award by Cambridge Assessment English at the Cambridge Partners’ function held at Hotel Hyatt Regency in recognition of her contributions towards Business English Certificate Courses and the multi-task role she played in preparing and training the speaking examiners and administering the BEC exams successfully and achieving good results every year She was instrumental in starting Business English Certificate Courses and in the signing of Mou. The university became the first private university in the whole of South India.

Our institution which has been functioning as BEC Centre has been given the award “Preparation Centre Award 2019-2020” for Continuous Excellence in recognition of conducting the exams as per the standards set by Cambridge Assessment English.


A Guest – Lecture on Énglish: Modern Day Lifeline

A Guest- Lecture on Énglish: Modern Day Lifeline was organized by the Department of English for Ist semester students of B.A.English(Hons.) on 17.10.2019. The Resource Person was Dr.David Wesley, Assistant Professor of English, Madras Christian College, Chennai-59. He created awareness among the students about the different career avenues available for the programme they have chosen. He was very interactive and the students enjoyed the session. Dr.Ayub Khan Dawood, Dean of Social Sciences & Humanities and faculty members also attended the lecture.

A two-day workshop on ‘Writing for Research Purpose’ (19th and 20th July 2019)

The Department of English in association with the Office of Dean Research conducted a two-day workshop ‘Writing for Research Purpose’ on 19 th and 20 th July 2019. The convener was Dr.H.Sofia, Associate Professor of English & Head i/c and the Co- convener was Dr.E.Syed Mohamed, Assistant Dean, Research. Nearly 100 participants from B.S.Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science & Technology and other institutions from all over Tamilnadu attended this workshop. The aim of the workshop was to enable the researchers of all disciplines whose first language is not English to write a good research paper and thesis. The resource papers were Dr Albert P’ Rayan, HOD English from KCG College of Technology, Chennai, Dr Antony samy, HOD English Loyola College, Chennai, Dr K.Ganesh, Former Head, Department of English, Chennai, Dr S.Vijayakumar, AP/English, BSACIST, Dean Research Dr Raja Md, Dr Syed Mohamed, Assistant Dean and Dr Khurshid, Deputy Dean Research. All the sessions were well received by the audience. The participants not only learnt how to write a research paper without errors but also to publish papers in good journals free of plagiarism.


Events in 2018-19

One day workshop ‘Pedagogies for Language and Literature in the 21st Century’ on 30.4.2019

The Department of English organized a one day workshop ‘Pedagogies for Language and Literature in the 21st Century’ on 30.4.2019 in order to provide input on various techniques for handling the learners of language and literature of the 21st century. 52 participants from various institutions in and around Chennai attended this workshop.The resource persons were Dr.Shrimathy Venkatalakshmi, Professor & Head,Department of English Anna University, Guindy and Dr.K.Ganesh, Professor & Head, Department of English, Madras Christian College, Tambaram.

MOU with Cambridge

Our institution has been the pioneer in signing MOU with Cambridge, being the First of its kind in 2010, in 2014 and the third and most recent one in August 2018, offering Business English for engineering students in India.

MOU in 2010
MOU in 2014
MOU in 2018

Events in 2017-18

National Seminar / Conference

  • National Conference on “Goods and Service Tax (GST): Challenges and Prospects” in the of November 2017

Workshop for Teachers

  • One day workshop for faculties on “Art of Writing Research Articles” – 5/10/2017

Workshop for Students

  • “One Day Business Start up Workshop for budding entrepreneurs” – 4/9/2017
  • One day Workshop on Confidence Building: “Unleash Your Confidence” – 5/2/2018

Guest Lecture for Students

  • “Transforming Indians to Transform India” – 23/8/2017

Events in 2016-17

Seminars/Workshops Organized

  • An ICSSR- Sponsored Two-Day National Workshop on ‘Virtual Learning’ for teachers in B.S.Abdur Rahman Institute on 3rd and 4th February 2017.

Events in 2015-16

Organized ICMR-Sponsored two national conference on “Women and Mental Health : A Psychosocial Perspective” by the school of social sciences and Humanities, BS Abdur Rahman Institute on 17 and 18 February 2016.


Conducted a one day workshop on “Preparing Technical Teachers for Optimal Class Room Delivery through English Language.” by the School of Social Sciences, B.S. Abdur Rahman Institute, Chennai-48 in association with Cambridge English on 28/10/2015.


A guest lecture organized on topic “Economic for Engineers” for the benefit of benefit of B.Tech students on 3.9.2015. Dr. Millie Nihila, Associate Professor in Economics, Stella Maris College was invited to deliver the lecture.


Events in 2014-15

Renewal-of-MoU-with-Cambridge-English

Centenary-Celebrations-Cambridge-English

Inaugural-Fuction-of-National-Conference-Socio-Economic and Politcal-status-of-Muslims-in- India

Events Conducted:

  • A guest-lecture on “Social Sciences for Engineers” was organized for the students of I year B.Tech on 7.8.2014. Dr Gnana Pushpam, former Principal, Patrician College of Arts and Science, Chennai delivered the lecture.

    Guest- Lecture Social Sciences for Engineers

  • The School of Social Sciences organized a two day ICSSR Sponsored National Conference on Socio-Economic and Political Status of Muslims in India: Challenges and Development on 21 and 22 January 2015. The conference was inaugurated by Prof Abdul Shaban, Pro Vice Chancellor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. There was overwhelming response for the conference. Participants were from Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam, Telengana, Tamil Nadu. The conference proceedings was released by the chief guest , Abdul Shaban. The valedictory function was presided over by K..Alauddin, former Principal Secretary, Government of Tamil Nadu.
  • Inaugural Function
    Valedictory Function
  • A guest- lecture on “Importance of Law for Engineers” was organized for the benefit of the students of fourth semester B.Tech on 25.3.2015. Dr.V.Balaji, Associate Professor in Law, Post graduate department of Law delivered the lecture.

SEMINAR / WORKSHOP ORGANIZED

  • A one day Colloquium on Emerging theories and Applications in English Literature and Language Teaching Research was organised on 13th February 2016 for the benefit of research scholars of English Literature and Language Teaching to discuss the emerging trends and orient the researchers in the right direction, widen the perspectives and facilitate their research progress.
  • A one-day workshop on ‘Drafting an effective lesson plan: An OBTL approach’ was conducted on 10 October 2014 to train the English teachers in the nuances of writing an effective lesson plan with greater focus on Technical English and implementing it successful yin the classroom in line with the OBTL methodology
  • A two-day National Conference “A Paradigm Shift in English Language Teaching & Testing: A Literary / Linguistic Approach” was conducted on 14 & 15 March 2013 for the faculties and research scholars of English language teaching and literature to address the need and myriad aspects and the implications of teaching language and literature in the present scenario.
  • A state level workshop on “Creativity in English Language Teaching – CELT 2012” was conducted on 11th October 2012 for the faculties of English in schools and colleges to foster creativity in English language teachers, teach English innovatively, prepare learning materials & lesson plan preparation, assess learners’ progress and create creative classroom in the Digital Age.
  • A two-day National Seminar on Technology integrated Language Teaching – TILT 2012 was conducted on 1 & 2 March 2012 for the faculty members of English to equip them to integrate technology in the effective teaching of the language and to exploit technology to give the learner autonomy in learning the LSRW skills.
  • A State Level Seminar “Crescience 2000 – A Meeting of Creative Minds” was conducted in January 2000 for the 1st year students of engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu to develop their communication skills.
  • “Crescience 2007 – A Meeting of Creative Minds” was conducted on 15.03.2007 to highlight the role of English in Technical Education and to focus on the needs of professional learners to develop their communication skills.
  • ” A State Level Workshop “TILT 2008” was held in October 2008 for teachers of Engineering colleges to give hands on experience in the use of technology resources and tools in the language classroom.
  • A State Level Seminar “Crescience 2011” was conducted on 11th March 2011 for the students of 1st year B.E./B.Tech of all the engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu to provide an exposure for paper presentation.

TRAINING PROGRAMMES CONDUCTED

In order to prepare the faculty for the teaching of Business English Certificate courses effectively and to prepare them and the technical staff for conducting the Computer based test, the following training programmes were organized.

  • A co-ordination programme for the faculty of the Department was organized on 29th October 2012 for the conduct of BEC Vantage Speaking Test.
  • Training the Trainers’ programme was organized on 22nd October 2010 to give an orientation on BEC Preliminary Exams for the faculty of the Department.
  • A training programme was conducted for the technical staff of the Departments of English, IT, MCA and CSE on 07th April 2011 to conduct the Computer Based Test – BEC Preliminary Exams for the students of B.Tech II semester.
  • A training programme for the faculty to qualify themselves as Oral Examiners in order to conduct the Speaking test (forms part of BEC Preliminary exam) was conducted on 09th April 2011.
  • A training programme for Test Administrators was conducted for the faculty of the Department on 19th May 2011 to administer Computer Based Test for BEC Preliminary course.
  • “Training the Trainers’ Workshop was conducted for the faculty of the Department to prepare them to conduct BEC Vantage course for the students of III semester on 11.07.2011 and 12.07.2011.
  • A training programme was conducted for the benefit of the faculties of the Department on 5th November 2011. This programme was organized to qualify themselves as Oral Examiners (Business English Certificate – vantage level).
  • The Department of English conducted the Business English Certificate Exams (Vantage level) for the students of III Semester B.Tech. The speaking test was held on 29th and 30th November 2011 and the Reading, Writing & Listening (Paper Based Test) was conducted on 3rd December 2011.