Department of English
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REPORT ON STUDENT INDUCTION PROGRAM
(18th Aug 2019 ¯ 26th Aug 2019)
(As per the UGC DEEKSHAARAMBH Initiative)
Department of English organized a part of the regularised Student Induction Program for the first time, for freshers in order to orient them towards various aspects of campus life. While the Student Induction Program has already become a vibrant and anticipated part of the academic calendar in Aligarh Muslim University, this year the Department benefited from the UGC Dikshaarambh initiative as encouraged by the UGC vide letter, D.O.F. No. 1-5/2019(QIP-SIP), dated 11.07.2019.
Mentoring and Guidance
The orientation program started with the chairperson, addressing the B.A (Communicative English/ELT and English Literature). and the M.A. students (Communicative English/ELT and English Literature) and initiated them into the core philosophy of SAGE (Socializing Associating Governing Experiencing) that informed the various Interactive Sessions of the orientation program, as outlined by Deeksharambh document.
Over the week all the faculty members of English Department interacted with the students as Margdarshaks (guides), who were there to help them realize the connection between students¯ Sva (Self), their Kul (families) and Samaj (society). In this triad of being, the role of the Margdarshak has been to fulfill the human needs of the students related to the mind and body, to the sense of negotiating with peer pressure in order to achieve Samridhi (Prosperity) and gain through amicable relationships a Vaigyanik (scientific) and Tarkik (Rational) outlook as was the Sankalpa (Vision) of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.
Students of the Department of English, AMU had separate Interactive Sessions for BA and MA from 19th till 26th of August where they had Sessions on:
¯ Grievance Cell / Internal Complaint Committee
The students were advised by the head of the AMU ICC, which provides the proper platform to lodge and pursue behavioural grievances including sexual harassment, ragging, bullying, etc. They were informed about the institutional rules and regulations as well as legal processes in relation to various misdemeanours while assuring them of the support of the university administration and ensuring proper procedure
and due diligence.
¯ Seminar Library and Language Laboratory
The students were explained how to access and were encouraged by the faculty members to use the resources of the Maulana Azad Library including the online resources like e-journals, e-books, etc. and subject specific seminar library, which houses around 10,000 books accessible through online catalogue and audio-visual material and software which are available in the language laboratory.
¯ Internet Facilities, Online Resources, Norms for Social Media
The students were guided as to how to have access to the university wi-fi and told about the institutional policies that regulate their activities online. While encouraging them to create profiles on various social media, mailing and messaging service platforms. They were also guided as to various pitfalls including fake news and rumour mongering.
¯ Raleigh Literary Society and Cultural Initiatives
The students were informed about various cultural initiatives including theatrical performances, creative writing, debates and performance poetry, which are held bi-annually under the aegis of Raleigh Literary Society, which is going to celebrate its ninety ninth anniversary this year. Students are also told about various clubs in cultural education centre.
¯ Department, Thrust Areas, Research and Faculty (Pathyakrama/Pathyettar Vistar)
The faculty members of English Department reflected on the overarching aims and objectives of the department, which has always been to provide students with an appreciation of the values of critical enquiry, creativity and academic excellence and focused on the idea of Siksharathi Kendrit Sikshan (Learner centred learning). The students were also informed about the available thrust areas and field of research, which range from traditional areas including English Language Teaching, Elizabethan, Victorian, Romantic etc. to various emerging fields including Digital Literatures, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Interdisciplinary, Comparative, Theatre Studies, etc. From this year, the department has introduced a new curriculum for the B.A. and M.A. students of first semester and the chairperson gave a detailed introduction for the benefit of the students.
¯ Discussion Group and Research Initiatives
The department discussion group organises discussion on three levels (Undergraduate, Post-graduate and Open Research level) with at least one programme every week. Students were encouraged to develop the ability to critically engage with society and contribute towards research through projects publications and presentations.
The orientation programme focused on how the department is moving towards implementing the latest pedagogical models where the role of the teacher is that of a mentor who is there to guide the students individually on their own path to self-realisation, knowledge and education as a national duty, which is required for their Sarvangeen Vikas (Overall development). Students were encouraged to have free and frank discussions in each session where they freely asked questions and expressed their expectations from the course and beyond.
The SIP was finally summed up by Prof. M. Rizwan Khan, Chairman, of Department of English.