New GPSC Job Alert

Dear All,

Greeting!

Hope you are doing well.

GPSC has declared calendar with proposed schedule for new posts for Assistant Professor in English for Govt. Arts, Commerce and Science Colleges.

GPSC-Eng.

Visit the link for more details: Advt_Schedule_2018_Dt_24.08.20181

Wishes and regards,

Team Alumni,

Dept. of English & CLS,

Saurashtra University,

Rajkot,

Gujarat-India.

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First Life Members’ Meet: Minutes

Dear All,

A formal meeting of Life Members of the Departmental Alumni Association was held on 6th May, 2018, Sunday at 11.30 am in Prof. Kamal Mehta’s chamber. This meeting was convened according to the decision arrived at in the previous Alumni Working Committee Meeting held on 11th March, 2018. Today’s meeting formalized the Office Bearers of the Alumni Association, a move taken after 2012 when the first Steering Committee of the Association was formed. The names of the Office Bearers of the English Department Alumni Association are as under:

  • President – Prof. Sanjay Mukherjee
  • Vice President – Dr. Nila Shah
  • Secretary – Dr. Ketan Pandya
  • Joint Secretary – Mr. Imran Khan
  • Joint Secretary – Dr. Rushikesh Upadhyay
  • Treasurer – Dr. Dhwani Vaishnav
  • Executive Member – Prof. Kamal Mahta
  • Executive Member – Dr. Hardeepsinh Gohil
  • Executive Member – Dr. Ashok Chandravadia
  • Executive Member – Dr. Rajesh Mehta

This Committee would be in office for a period of two years.

Some of the other discussions in today’s Meeting were:

  • Reviewing of the M.A. Students’ Conference to be organized in the month August/September, 2018.
  • Drawing up a list of 100 plus Resource Persons for the Language-Literature Proficiency Classes to be arranged for the current batch of the students (1st and 3rd semesters) from June end, 2018.
  • Brainstorming on the Alumni Association Blog and the pros and cons of converting it into a website.
  • Brainstorming on beginning an e-journal of the Alumni in conjunction with the Department.
  • Beginning a broadcast group on Whatsapp for Life and then gradually Annual Members of the Association.
  • Brainstorming on strengthening and increasing the Alumni Association Membership. All members were informed that the Annual Membership Fee was fixed at Rs. 500/-.
  • Brainstorming on a kind of Finishing School for the outgoing batch to enhance their professional competence.
  • Two Life Members have shown interest in coordinating the Alumni Association’s outward-bound meeting and the possibilities are at Ahmedabad under the coordinatorship of Dr. Hardeepsinh Gohil and at Porbandar with Dr. Sulbha Devpurkar as the coordinator. The details of these meetings would be worked upon.

Today’s meeting was attended by 13 Life Members, 1 member of the former Steering Committee along with Prof. Kamal Mehta and Prof. Sanjay Mukherjee. The names of the Members present in this Meeting are as under:

  1. Nila Shah – Life Member
  2. Sulbha Devpurkar – Life Member
  3. Ketan Pandya – Life Member
  4. Pramodsinh Chauhan – Life Member
  5. Rushikesh Upadhyay – Life Member
  6. Krishna Daiya – Life Member
  7. Shivani Upadhyay – Life Member
  8. Dhwani Vaishnav – Life Member
  9. Hardeepsinh Gohil – Life Member
  10. Jagruti Bheda – Life Member
  11. Imran Khan – Life Member
  12. Purvi Upadhyay – Life Member
  13. Dhwani Vachharajani – Life Member
  14. Bhavdip Chavada – Member, former Steering Committee

All alumni members are earnestly requested to volunteer their interest in coordinating such activities as Reading Club, Film Club, Lang-Lit. Proficiency Classes, Finishing School activities, proposed journal of the Association among others. Needless to say that we solicit your active participation and time in these various activities according to your choice to make our Association a vibrant and rigorous one.

Wishes and regards,

Team Alumni,

Dept. of English & CLS,

Saurashtra University,

Rajkot,

Gujarat-India.

*Those who are still not aware about our Blog and how to register one’s name in it may please contact Dr. Dhwani Vaishnav on 9998187322.

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Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting

Dear All,

A formal meeting of Departmental Teachers Prof. K.H. Mehta and Prof. R.B. Zala and Executive Committee Members of the Alumni Association – Prof. Sanjay Mukherjee, Dr. Bhavdip Chavda, Dr. Dhwani Vaishnav, Dr. Komal Raichura and Mr. Imran Khan was held on 11th March, 2018, Sunday at 11.30 am for bringing these below discussed points in execution.

  1. It was decided that there will be two types of membership of the Alumni Association. Life and Annual. Those who have paid 10,000/- or more will be Life Members and those who want to have Annual Membership can register by paying 500/-.
  2. A meeting of Life Members shall be called approximately in the end of April (29th April, 2018 tentatively).
  3. Reorganization of the Executive Committee will be proposed in that meeting.
  4. It is decided that there will be a structure of the Executive Committee as following and they will be holding positions/charge for two years:
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Joint Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Ex. President/Ex. Secretary – Co-opted member
  • Executive Member – Life Member (can be one, two or three)
  1. Budgetary heads to be deiced for smooth function and use of corpus fund.
  2. As NET Exam is taking place in July, the Association proposes to organize a NET coaching class in June (if possible, in collaboration with CCDC centers)
  3. Resource Persons can be invited from the Department alumni who have already cleared NET/SET exams.
  4. Online sources (brainpickings.org) and people across nation (like Ms. Kalyani Vallath) can be pooled in for increasing the data bank for such competitive exam.
  5. Language Proficiency Class to be revived from July.
  6. Finishing School or Vocational Certificate Course is to be planned offering guidance on functional English for last semester students.
  7. Two days Teachers’ training program to be planned.
  8. A Students’ Paper Reading with the theme of Children’s Literature is to be organized on 17-18 August, 2018 followed by Annual Meet – SANGATH on 19th August, 2018.
  9. Film Crafting Workshop (for 5 days) in September with the help of Mr. Dushyant Goswamy to be organized. 40 participants can be invited.
  10. Translation Workshop must be planned in collaboration with Mysore institute.
  11. Symposia/Workshop (for two days) based on recent trends in research can be made an annual event.
  12. Workshop kind of event on ELT can be organized every year. To start with, Teaching English in Classroom through Activities can be the theme for which Ms. Chumki Biswas, Madhuri Gokhale from Mumbai, Dr. Atanu Bhattachrya from CUG and Dr. Paresh Joshi from VNSGU can be invited. Participation can be limited up to 40 members.
  13. Peer reviewed e-journal of the Department is to be started with the rigorous Editorial Board.
  14. A regular activity promoting Creative Writing is to be initiated. An eminent creative writer/poet can be invited in such sessions. Each creative piece will be scrutinized and selected works can be published in e-anthology/e-book. The collection would have an ISSN/ISBN number. Prof. Nibir Ghosh from Agra can be invited for some such event.
  15. Experts, coming to conduct Ph.D. viva can be requested to extend their visit for a day and deliver an expert talk.
  16. Prof. A.K. Singh can be requested for revival of Reading Club and related activities and also for sending Experts visiting Auro University.
  17. Alumni Association website must be launched so that the Association reaches to the larger number of alumni. Till then Saurashtra University, Dept. page should be accessed by Dept. representative to put up updates of the Alumni. A cross link can be planned of blog and Dept. page on University Website.
  18. A strong appeal for raising Corpus Fund must be initiated.
  19. Networking for involving and bringing in more alumni students to be taken as priority.
  20. Time to time felicitation of NET/SET scholars or other achievers to be done by clubbing it with some Dept. function.

Till the meeting of Life Members take place, Team Alumni appeals to take up two activities as priority:

a) all of us bring minimum one alumnus to our Association. Request your Dept. friends to fill up the Membership Form. https://alumniengsu.wordpress.com/alumni-membership-form/ 

b) chip in for raising our own corpus fund for better conduction of the activities.

Wishes and regards,

Team Alumni,

Dept. of English & CLS,

Saurashtra University,

Rajkot,

Gujarat-India.

 

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The Alumni Association: Executive Committee Meeting

Dear All,

An informal meeting took place on 13th February, 2018 from 11.30 to 1 at the Department in Prof. Kamal Mehta’s chamber to brainstorm and plan about prospective alumni events in the coming year. Besides Prof. Mehta and Prof. Mukherjee, Dr. Bhavdip Chavda, Dr. Dhwani Vaishnav and Mr. Imran Khan were present in this informal meeting which could take place as for some or the other reason, the last three members happened to be in Rajkot on this day.

The foremost thing that was decided in this meeting was to call a formal meeting of Committee Members of the Alumni Association since such a meeting has been pending for a long time. The date for this formal meeting was decided as 11th March, 2018, Sunday at 11.30 am in the Department. Some of the tentative agendas to be taken up in this meeting would be:

  1. Renewal/reformation of the core Committee of the Alumni Association
  2. Thinking of means to increase the membership and enhance the corpus fund of the Association
  3. To organize academic/co-curricular activities such as
    1. Language Proficiency Class
    2. Student Seminar
    3. Film/Theatre Workshop
    4. Creative Writers’ Meet
    5. ELT Workshop for English Teachers
    6. Launching of e-journal
    7. Symposium for research scholars

Alumni members who have some concrete suggestions and plans for our Association are requested to send their feedback on alumniengsu@gmail.com by 1st of March, 2018. A general appeal is also made to all alumni members to spare time as volunteers or various Committee Members in the forth coming calendar year and the proposed activities within it.

Wishes and regards,

Team Alumni

Dept. of English & CLS,

Saurashtra University,

Rajkot,

Gujarat-India.

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