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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?
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
The Indian economy like the Chinese economy is expanding. India, like China, is investing heavily in education. New schools and universities are being founded at a steady rate.British universities are looking to these two countries for expansion.
Are we going to see British students no longer simply taking a gap year in India but living and studying there in significant numbers?
Is your department or university considering a move East? Read More
A recent (very American) article in The Chronicle Of Higher Education struck an initial chord with me: To: Professors; Re: Your Advisees (September 28, 2011, Karen Kelsky). Karen Kelsky runs an ‘academic-career consulting business’ to help students, basically, get jobs … Read More