Event: Online Induction Meeting for Foreign Language Certificate Courses
Date: 15th April, 2021
KIIT School of Languages (KSOL) organized Induction Meeting to formally welcome 133 students from various Schools of the University to six different Foreign Language Certificate Courses of the Second Session (April-June 2021) in presence of Prof. Jnyana Ranjan Mohanty, Registrar, KIIT Deemed to be University and Dr. Biswajit Das, Dean, KSOL.
The Schools of Computer Engineering, Law and Electronics Engineering are the biggest contributors for the second session admissions with 35, 24 and 21 enrolments respectively. Overall, 18 Schools contributed students for language courses this time. Along with the students, few faculty members and staff also enrolled for the different courses.
German, Spanish and Japanese become the top three preferences with admissions of 34, 27 and 26 respectively. French and Communicative English also did well with 25 and 16 enrolments. However, Arabic admission is low at 5 as students need more awareness about the enormous opportunities in the Middle East and Gulf region.
Event: Virtual Lecture
Title: The Making of An- Ism out of Existence: Philosophical and Theatrical Manifestations
Date: 13th April 2021
School of Languages, KIIT Deemed to be University organized a Virtual Lecture on ‘The Making of An- Ism out of Existence: Philosophical and Theatrical Manifestations’ on 13th April 2021.
The resource person for the lecture Dr. Asijit Datta, an Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of English of the prestigious Heritage College, University of Calcutta spoke at great length about how existentialism tried to debunk the so called “truths” concerning reason and rationality. Citing the example of the Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus, and Jean Paul Sartre’s existence precedes essence, the philosophy of Existentialism and Absurdity was explored at a great length. The lecture was followed by a discussion session that included questions probing into the matrix of this discourse.
Coordinated by Prof. Debanjali Roy, Assistant Professor, School of Languages, the event was anchored by Ranjita Majumdar and D. Subhasmita, students of M.A. English. It was attended by students, scholars and academic professionals of not only KIIT-DU but academic institutions across the nation.
The event was also graced by Dr. Biswajit Das, Professor & Dean, School of Languages, Dr. Sahel Md. Delabul Hossain, Academic Coordinator, School of Languages and other faculty members of the School. It was an academically enriching experience for students and staff alike.
Event: Online Valedictory Meeting Of First Batch Foreign Language Students of 2021
Date: 30th March 2021
KIIT School of Languages (KSOL) organized online Valedictory Meeting for this year’s First Batch (Jan-March) Foreign Language Students on 30th March 2021 on successful completion of the three-month course in presence of Prof. Jnana Ranjan Mohanty, Registrar, KIIT Deemed to be University and Dr Biswajit Das, Dean, KSOL.
Students of French and German language expressed gratitude to their respective trainers Mr. Subhrangshu Mohanty and Mr. Pravin Kumar Gupta for excellent teaching and guidance while sharing feedback on overall course delivery. Though representing different Schools and backgrounds, students got an opportunity to learn together the foreign languages as well as developed cultural perspectives.
Deepabali Majumder (3rd yr Computer Engineering), Subhadip Mukherjee (2nd yr Biotechnology), Somagni Roy (3rd yr Biotech), Bholanath Das (PhD Scholar), Snehagni Roy (3rd yr Biotechnology), Satadru Das (1st yr Mechanical Engineering), Aditya Raj Dash (4th yr Civil Engineering) and Ashna Biswal (2nd yr Computer Engineering) shared their valuable comments and feedbacks during the valedictory meeting. Several students also submitted their inputs on the courses through online feedback form. Most of them now want to enrol for another level of language learning.
Event: Online Orientation of Foreign Language Courses for Dental & Nursing Students Of KIIT
Date: 26th March 2021
Owing to the growing demand of Indian medical professionals worldwide, KIIT School of Languages (KSOL) organized a special online orientation of its different foreign language courses for the students, faculty members and staff of Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences (KIDS) and Kalinga Institute of Nursing Sciences (KINS).
Dr. Biswajit Das, Dean, KSOL; Prof. Balaji Manohar, Principal, KIDS and Prof. Amarita Lenka, Principal, KINS encouraged the participants by endorsing the need of learning foreign languages and cultures to cater the burgeoning demand of Indian healthcare professionals worldwide and also to the growing medical tourism industry within the country.
All the six foreign language trainers – Subhrangshu Mohanty (French), Asit Swarnakar (Spanish), Prajna De (Japanese), Sally Saleh (Arabic), Pravin Gupta (German) and Amrita Chottaroy (English) – made a strong pitch by elaborating on the significance, syllabus and pedagogy for their respective language courses.
Event: Online Lecture
Title: Challenges and Opportunities for Civil Servants in Liberalized India
Date: 20th March 2021
School of Languages, KIIT Deemed to be University organized a virtual Lecture and Interaction session on ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Civil Servants in Liberalized India’ on 20th March 2021. The session was graced by Dr. S. N. Mishra, Dean, School of Management, KIIT-DU. Dealing with the subject of learning leadership, he said, it is already there within us, in our motherland, , in our spirit and mind. “If you have a passion for a particular subject, then pursue it, you will reach excellence”, Dr. Mishra told the participants.
He mentioned that one of the defining features of democracy is the institutionalization of bureaucratic accountability and transparency. The concept of such a system is the ability of ordinary citizens to hold government officials for their actions. Accounting also refers to answerability. It means the organization must be answerable to someone or something outside itself – when things go wrong, someone must be held responsible. Sharing his personal experiences, he said, “The challenge of leadership in India is to transform the so-called mediocre into leaders.” Hierarchical authority, job specialization and formalized rules are the three features of bureaucracy, he mentioned.
The interaction was followed by the Q & A session. Questions posed included ‘Relationship between social media and the bureaucracy of Weber’, ‘Misuse of civil servants by politicians’ and more.
Event: Online Lecture
Title: Quest for an Ideal Feminine: Reception of the Abhijñānaśākuntalam in 19th Century Bengal
Date: 20th January 2021
The KIIT School of Languages organized a Special Lecture in Indian Classical Literature for students of its B.A. English (Hons.) course on 20 January 2021, over Google Meet. The invited speaker for the lecture was Dr. Subrata Sinha, Assistant Professor, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. His talk was titled “Quest for an Ideal Feminine: Reception of the Abhijñānaśākuntalam in 19th Century Bengal”.
In his lecture, he spoke at length about three stellar personalities from 19th century Bengal, viz. Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar, Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay, and Michael Madhusudan Dutt, and their different interpretations of the character of the protagonist Shakuntala from Kalidasa’s Abhijñānaśākuntalam.
Alluding to examples from several texts, recensions and translations, he went on to discuss how the different literary and critical interpretations contributed towards the contemplation of an ideal feminine character, with references illustrating how the evolving interpretations helped in the acculturation of the said concept.
Event: Online Counselling Lecture on German Learning
Title: Importance of German Language: Higher Studies in Germany, Career Prospects and More
Date: 09th January, 2021
KIIT School of Languages organized its first foreign language counselling webinar on the topic “Importance of German Language: Higher Studies in Germany, Career Prospects and More” on 9th January, 2021. The counselling lecture was presented by a Senior German Language Specialist, Mr. Dusmanta Kumar Chakra from Pune, Maharashtra. The session was very informative, interactive and comprehensive covering almost every facets of concerns related to Germany.
Mr Chakra, who has been teaching German language for last 25 years and has widely travelled Germany and Europe, addressed all the queries of students related to admission, visa, selection of Universities, work culture, job timings, work permit, accomodation, minimum expenses for stay during the study period and many more. The Q&A session was very interactive where many students asked their genuine concerns for which they got satisfactory replies.
The session was initiated and moderated by Mr. Sameer Kumar Das, Deputy Director. Dr Biswajit Das, Professor & Dean, KIIT School of Languages gave the welcome remark.
The German counselling lecture got overwhelming response from various segments including students, faculties and deans of different Schools and Departments of KIIT Deemed-to-be University. Around 500 people participated in the session.
Event: Online Inauguration of New Batches of B.A. English (Hons) & M.A. English
Date: 2nd November, 2021
The Inauguration & Orientation Ceremony of B.A. English (Honours) and M.A. English Degree courses were held online on 2nd November 2020. Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS virtually inaugurated the batches in the presence of Prof. Hrushikesha Mohanty, Vice Chancellor; Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro-Vice Chancellor; Prof. Jnyana Ranjan Mohanty, Registrar; and Prof. Biswajit Das, Dean, School of Languages.
More than 60 students and their parents, and the respective faculty members of the School and the University participated in the ceremony over a virtual platform.