Shakespeare Quadricentennial in the Department

Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary – or, as commonly called, Shakespeare Quadricentennial – was celebrated the world over in 2016. For any English department, the Quadricentennial signalled a commemoration of a befitting stature. Our Department of English & CLS, Saurashtra University, Rajkot, Gujarat responded by organizing an International Seminar on the theme “William Shakespeare Worldwide” (4 – 6 Feb., 2017) to explore how Shakespeare as a cultural icon has been received, adapted, appropriated and theoretically responded and negotiated in multiple ways within India and beyond.

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The academic year 2016-17 is also the Golden Jubilee year of Saurashtra University. The University encouraged and financially assisted all its departments to organise significant academic/cultural events in its Golden Jubilee year. The event was partially sponsored by the Alumni Association of the Department and also got a generous support from the Suraksha Setu wing, a project forging a bond of trust between the police and the public initiated by the Home Department of Gujarat. The Commissioner of Police, Rajkot City, Mr. Anupam Singh Gehlot took a special interest in the Seminar and was a revered guest at the Inauguration. Our Department thus became only the second English department in the entire State of Gujarat to commemorate the Quadricentennial of the Bard in a remarkable way, the statistics of which will validate the grandeur of this event.

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The Keynote Address was offered by Professor Avadhesh Kumar Singh, renowned scholar and academician and the founder and perennial mentor of the Department and presently a Professor with the School of Translation Studies and Training, IGNOU, New Delhi.

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There were five Plenary Speakers:

A) Professor Rupin Desai – Former Professor at Delhi University and a renowned Shakespeare scholar with more than half a century of experience of teaching (including delivering seminal talks/lectures), writing and directing Shakespearean works. He delivered his talk on “The Greave-digger in Hamlet as the First Postmodernist in Social, Cultural and Literary History”.

B) Professor Sukanta Chaudhuri – Former Professor at Jadavpur University and a renowned Shakespeare scholar and Special Guest Editor of The Shakespearean International Year Book(12th Section: Shakespeare in India). He delivered his talk on “How Shakespeare became Shakespeare”.

C) Professor Prashant Sinha:  Former Professor at the University of Pune and a renowned scholar of British and American Drama. He delivered his talk on “Shakespeare in Love: How to View the “Dark Lady” of the Sonnets?”

_MG_0250D) Dr. Poonam Trivedi: Former Associate Professor at Delhi University and a renowned scholar of adaptations and appropriations of Shakespeare in Indian Cinema; author of India’s Shakespeare: Translation, Interpretation and Performance, and of the Routledge Studies in Shakespeare. She delivered her talk on Shakespeare in Indian Cinemas with a special emphasis on Bollywood.

E) Dr. Mahesh Champaklal, former Professor at the Faculty of Performing Arts, M.S. University, Baroda and a renowned scholar of Shakespearean adaptations in the Gujarati theatre. He delivered his Plenary talk in the area of his specialization.

There were 12 parallel sessions of paper reading with more than 60 scholarly papers read.

Among other significant scholars attending and chairing sessions in the Seminar were Professor Balaji Ranganathan (CUG), Professor Tapas Chakraborty (NGU), Dr. Mukta Mahajan (North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon) and Dr. Jyoti Bajaj (DU).

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The Seminar was coordinated by Professor Kamal Mehta who was ably assisted by the organising team comprising of the faculty members as well as some alumni of the Department.

Wishes and Regards,

Team Alumni,

Dept. of English & CLS,

Saurashtra University,

Rajkot,

Gujarat-India.

 

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Kudos, Alumni!

Dear All,

Greetings…!

The Department of English & CLS and its Alumni Association feel happy and proud on sharing few achievements of the alumni students in different sectors.

Current Alumni recruitment:

  1. Ms. Sneha Raval has been selected as Education Inspector in Bhuj. She will be joining in couple of days. At present she is working as a School Teacher through VidhyaSahayak selection.
  2. Mr. Bhavsinh Parmar has been selected as TDO. His area of work will be in one of the talukas of Gir Somanth district.
  3. Dr. Vinayba Jadeja got her appointment as VidhyaSahayak in secondary school Jura in Bhuj.
  4. Ms. Nikita Pandya, Basanti Jotva and Ms. Krishna Kuvadiya are also selected in secondary school as  VidhyaSahayak.

Alumni Clearing GSET 2016:

1. Mr. Kiran Valsur
2. Mr. Amin Sama
3. Mr. Jay Buddhdev
4. Mr. Nilesh Nandaniya
5. Ms. Hetal Parmar
6. Ms. Surabhi Parmar

We wish all achievers a very bright and successful future ahead.

Regards,

Team Alumni,

Dept. of English & CLS,

Saurashtra University, Rajkot,

Gujarat-India.

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Minutes of Brainstorming Session on SANGATH – 2014

The following important topics/issues were discussed in the Brainstorming Session of SANGATH -2014.

  1. Exploring ways of increasing the registration. The list of coordinators in various places within and outside the state that was formed during SANGATH – 2012 was revised. Emphasis was laid on broadening the existing data-base of the Alumni.
  2. Fine-tuning of the four upcoming events in the months of July, August, September and October respectively.
  3. Celebrating a week-long series of events during December 2014/January 2015.
  4. Departmental/Alumni Journal to be brought out. An ad-hoc team including Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee, Dr. Sunil Sagar, Dr. Maulik Vyas, Mr. Hardipsinh Gohil was formed.
  5. A week-long FDP workshop on the broad issue of technology and teaching-learning of English language was planned in the coming academic year (exact dates being finalised) with the support of Dr. Shirish Kashikar, Mr. Shyam Parekh, Mr. Devayat Gagiya, Dr. Dilip Barad, Dr. Sunil Sagar, Dr. Atanu Bhattacharya and Dr. Paresh Joshi as resource persons.
  6. A publication record of the Alumni should exist in the Department.
  7. Reviving the Hamid Lakhani Annual Memorial Lecture by a distinguished scholar/creative writer/critic.
  8. Possible collaborations with the other institutions for students/faculty exchange, joint academic events and publications.
  9. Forming new short-term courses on Communication Skills, Media Studies, Translation Studies,  Film Studies etc. An ad-hoc team including Dr. R B Zala, Dr. Jaylaxmi Jadeja, Dr. Krishna Daiya, Dr. Urja Mankad, Mr. Rajesh Mehta, Mr. Mihir Dave, Ms. Darshita Dave, Ms. Dhwani Vaisnav and Ms. Pooja Mehta was formed.
  10. Alumni-College joint seminars and similar academic events, especially outside Rajkot.
  11. Further funding possibilities/donations to strengthen the Alumni corpus.
  12. Initiating an Alumni Memoir space on the blog. Mr. Devayat Gagiya and Mr. Imran Khan to work on this.
  13. List of distinguished speakers/authors to be invited to the Department in Silver Jubilee year being formed.
  14. Identifying the employability prospects of the students of the Department.
  15. Identifying the students’ needs vis-à-vis English Studies and reframing the syllabus accordingly.
  16. Strengthening research aspects of the Department and its alumni through applying to various funding agencies (UGC, AICTE, RUSA etc.) for research grants.
  17. Enhancing the digital presence of the Department.
  18. Existing alumni acting as a link between the present students and the requirements of the professional world.

Wishes & regards,

Team Alumni
Dept. of English & CLS,
Saurashtra University,
Rajkot,
Gujarat-India.
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