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Over the last four weeks, I have had the great pleasure of being invited to conduct English language and theatre workshops at Union Chapel School in Calcutta.
I teach two groups of students in the fifteen to sixteen year age group, all of whom have a first language background in either Hindi or Bengali (Hindi is the national language of India, and Bengali is the language of the state of West Bengal). When I asked my students how they related to English – and if they felt that they were dealing with a foreign language, I got some interesting answers. Read More
Over the next few blogs I will seek to provide an overview of the educational climate in India, and the extent to which international alliances are changing or are likely to change the university experience .
Why are British universities seeking to find a presence in India?
The Indian government has plans to increase the number of university goers from a current 12 per cent of the population to 30 per cent. In plain terms this works out to a present university student population of 12 million, and a projected increase to 30 million.
I want to present a side to the global impact of the ongoing changes in the Indian university system that is seldom seen in the media.
That is, what is the university experience in India from the point of view of the student and the lecturer?
Ritu: I maintain an extensive professional network through writing, reading and research. I make prospective employers aware of my work and establish a continuing dialogue to contribute significantly towards health, social research and policy. This also helps me to find and select the kinds of projects I am keen to work on.
I haven’t found all that many people blogging about their PhD experiences, probably because they’re way too busy researching to keep something else going (here I point to my own rather irregular publishing on this blog!). So I was pleased … Read More
I received my first rejection letter for my as-yet unfinished novel last week. A proud moment for any author! Advice to writers always stresses that you will receive many, many rejections and that you must learn to deal with them. … Read More
Publication – yes, but in what form and with whom? I was approached shortly after being awarded my doctorate by a company that wanted to publish my thesis. However, they did not have a peer review process.
How do you find the right publisher and the right audience for your work? Who will hold the copyright and for how long? How long will it take to appear in print?