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Monday, February 15, 2010

English and ITBHU

The campus is completely alien to the freshers both in terms of the place and its people. All freshers can experience a very different and real world and hence have the opportunity to learn about everything once again from its beginning in its true nature.

The first and foremost problem faced by students is to get the grasp the good English needed for communication and writing skills. 3 out of 60 people have given JEE in Hindi but almost the majority used to struggle to cope with the professional use of language. General exceptions are always there (Varun Murali, Kapil & Kunal in my batch) who helped the rest a lot in their pursuit of improvement. I observed that the ones who did cope happened to come from ICSE or CBSE schools whereas students with the state board school background had to push lot more harder than their fellow batch mates. Most of the students coming from state board schools are worst affected as boards provide specialist in field (PCM) but the versatility was lacking. Here in the college, the reading is not taken for the pleasure or learning new language but for acquiring the crux of GD and interviews with minimum work on grammar.

We started regular newspaper reading in the first year of college, out of compulsion to improve my English and vocabulary. It was more of a burden rather a hobby or interest for anybody. Few took the flight to financial times for the sake of improving his understanding of finance. TOI is suggested for primary level of & The Hindu for the next level. My interest in sports particularly cricket given a good reason to go through the each word printed in the sports section of the paper, but the road to editorial column remains at-least 1 year ahead in TOI section. We are enamored by news column writing and develop their views as our own for GD sessions.

The magazines and novels are the next target of masses for continual improvement program. Outlook, India Today and a hell lot of Business magazines are circulated in the whole college. Novels are highly popular with Dan Brown & Chetan Bhagat as the popular authors. This is the first time when most of students read for pleasure of it.

With the internet sources are considered new information and the books as old information, Library is not used by students despite of few brave reforms by IT administration. The Curriculum for learning English is most frustrating part in the academic help for raising the threshold level of English in the campus. The Professional Communication course is taught in the 1st semester and then there is sudden gap of six semesters for next course. Seminar and Group Discussion came in the 8th semester when people had already got the job and enthusiasm for learning has been at minimum level. This curriculum completely baffles me as the major problems faced by students are inability to express themselves in writing, public speaking and even listening to prolonged lectures.

Don't get me started over the language programme offered for learning 'English' by University. It was good for other foreign languages but the experience of my friends in their futile attempt to learn English from academia is horrible. One good thing is that event like JAM in college has really helped lot of people.

I will just say that we should encourage reading and application learning to our friends & juniors. We have to make them understand why reading the prescribed course isn't enough, why did they have to read 10 other books, blogs and several reading materials to make an informed opinion. The more we grow in the life, the bonding with technology is lessened and networking with the people increases.

*I may be seeing only minor part of a process but readers will give their discrete view on this topic.


  1. I like what you have written..I cannot say I can understand people who had their schooling in different background..but encouragement must be given to enjoy the language...It is a beauty itself for being able to appreciate literature of various languages..

  2. Tarun, thanks for visiting my blo again and saying these words. The encouragement to enjoy the language is must but gets very difficult in a technical school. Literature or liberal arts is not given still proper respect or even included in Indian academia to make it diverse. The pursuit of specialisation kills the versatileness of the student in the childhood only. We have miles to go before changing attitudes of authority and students ...

  3. pretty good reminder of the gold olden days

    English has become a necessity and you have to cope with it

    At the job time i have seen, people get expert enough to converse in English

  4. Mayank, thanks for pouring your thoughts. This was also written from memories only. Yes, people get expert till job interview that's true. But the path of learning can be improved. Its very hard outside the college to have same enthu for getting expertness in language.

  5. “There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language.”
    This saying sums up for me the importance of observation and the importance of having an expressive style of language .If you master the art of recording an observation in plain and simple language you have achieved most of the language learning according to me.
    I always like what you write.

  6. Anubhava, I am knowing what to write but you are really candid and helpful to me in telling how to write. Thanks for that. Art of observation requires patience.. I am still losing patience for the charm of wittiness with friends. Will improve...

  7. “Wit is a sword; it is meant to make people feel the point as well as see it.”
    There is no doubt wit is paramount still art of observation gives you enough topics to be witty about . What do you say? Even restless can be great observers so go on look around you only 10 minutes a day sitting where ever you are and you will certainly find things to use your wit and humour.

  8. Anubhava, You are much better writer and observer than me. I agree that Even restless can be great observers .. yes it is true. I have started sitting and observing for 2 minutes daily.



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