Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

BITS-Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus is organising tiNai Ecofilm Festival at BITS on 31 January and 01 February 2014. Send your ecofilm for the International Ecofilm Competition.

Register for watching over 50 ecofilms from across the world.

Come and meet us for guidance in Ecocriticism.

For more details, check

Kindly forward the mail to all your friends, colleagues and students.

Rayson K. Alex
Assistant Professor of English
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
K.K. Birla Goa Campus




To be organized by
From 9-14 December, 2013.
The registration fee includes local transport to the
workshop venue, lunch, dinner, refreshments and
delegate kit.
Resource persons: Eminent experts from the industry and academia.
Dr. Asha Choubey 
Dept. of Humanities

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Invitation for Sadaa Third International Conference, 22-24 January 2014

Dear All,
You are cordially invited to Sadaa Third International Conference, 22-24 January 2014 being held in collaboration of Manipal University, Jaipur on the theme "Language, Literature & Library: Disruptive Digressions & Digital Dimensions". Kindly visit the link given below for details: 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Symposium on "Technology in ELT" at CHARUSAT University, Gujarat on 23 November 2013

This is to inform you that Indukaka Ipcowala Institute of Management (I2IM), Charotar University of Science and Technology (CHARUSAT), Changa, Anand, Gujarat is organizing one day National Symposium on “Technology in ELT: Challenges and Remedies”on 23 November 2013 | Saturday in collaboration with English Language Teachers’ Association of India (ELT@I), Vadodara Chapter.

Kindly register yourself at the earliest and secure your participation as there are Limited Seats available for the symposium now !

The aim of this symposium is to explore the use of Technology in facilitating EnglishLanguage Teaching and Learning along with identifying the challenges posed and propose ways to remedy the problems of using Technology for ELT and ELL. An Expert talk and Panel Discussion by Renowned Educationists, Veteran Academicians, Prominent ELT Practitioners and Resource Persons are the prime attraction of this symposium.

You all are cordially invited to register yourself latest by 20 November 2013 for this rare opportunity to listen to and discuss with eminent ELT Stalwarts on one platform.

Kindly find the attached flyer for more details regarding the Symposium and registration for the same. 

You can register yourself online too, by clicking on the following link:

Conference on Diaspora in the Department of English, Assam University, Silchar

Dear Colleagues,

We have been receiving a lot of queries regarding the diaspora conference to be held in the Department of English, Assam University, Silchar, during 11-12 March, 2014We are happy to let everyone know that the last date for the submission of abstracts has been extended to 15 December, 2013. Please look up the updated CFP attached herewith for the details.

Thanking you and looking forward to welcoming you in Silchar,
Anindya Syam Choudhury,

Anindya Syam Choudhury
MA (Pune), Ph D (MJPRU), PGCTE, PGDTE (EFLU), CertTESOL (Trinity College London)

Department of English
Assam University Silchar
PIN - 788011


Dear Sir / Madam,

With due respect, we represent esteemed Atmiya Institute of Technology and Science, Rajkot. It is a premier education institute imparting contemporary education in fields of engineering, management and computer application at UG and PG level. All the academic programs are backed by erudite faculty members in its state of the art learning conveniences.
This has turned into par-excellence results consistently. 
To augment our teaching-learning pedagogy, we have been organizing National Seminar on regular basis. With the same mind set we have meticulously crafted our MDP on “EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS – A KEY TO CORPORATE SUCCESS” scheduled on 20th November 13.
The program will explore the mechanics of linguistics skills that in turn add flare to proficiency.The trainers are men of letters with great contribution in academics and they would employ different methodology to make the sessions interactive. 
I modestly urge your nobility to promote the program and send in your faculty members for the same.
Seeking your noble self kind co-operation. 
Yours truly,

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Important Workshop for UGC NET SLET Aspirants

This presentation was prepared for the workshop at HMP Institute of English Training and Research, Gujarat (INDIA).
It deals with some important questions for the preparation of UGC NET / SLET ...

by DR. Professor at Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University on Jun 08, 2009

 click here for Workshop: 

35000 teachers' recruitment coming soon

UGC NET Cutoff Clarified.

Dear All,
                     I have come across a very fruitful information about UGC NET. Please, do verify by your self before accepting it.
With the introduction of the new criteria in NET, candidates must figure in the top 15% among all in the consideration zone,
- Writes J Madegowda  

How can one obtain 75(50% for general category) marks in the Third Paper? One can obtain either 74 or 76 but not exactly 75 marks in the third paper. If the result have been declared on 76 marks its percentage is 50.67% and not 50% as given in the notification. Then UGC is cheating students in this way. Then why not the students who scored 74 marks be passed because 75 is unattainable? Pl. reply. Should we take step to file petition against UGC? Pl. guide.

When the National Educational Testing (NET) Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) notified the result of the UGC National Eligibility Test for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and eligibility of Lecturership held on 24th June, 2012, there were a large number of apprehensions, criticisms, and comments among those who appeared for the test. Few candidates even approached the courts (High Court of Kerala and also the Supreme Court of India) and the Courts delivered judgements against the procedure followed by the Bureau for notification of successful candidates in the test. Now the available information states that the Bureau has gone in for appeal against the judgement/s. However, after the Courts’ judgements, the Bureau has thoroughly revised the criteria to be applied for preparing the list of successful candidates. In this background, the author makes an attempt to present the pre-revised and revised criteria for clearance of UGC’s NET.
Stages in the Finalization of Successful Candidates: It may be noted here that there is no change in the syllabi, question paper pattern, maximum marks, examination duration, etc. The only change made in the recent revision is in the area of criteria for declaration of successful candidates. In both the cases (i.e., pre-revised and revised criteria), there are two stages – paper-wise minimum and overall minimum. There is no change in the first stage (i.e., in the paper-wise minimum) and changes are made only with respect to the second stage. 
Stage – I: Paper-wise Minimum – Consideration Zone: The candidate has to secure atleast the minimum prescribed for each of the three papers to qualify for the next stage (i.e., for possible consideration for inclusion in the list of successful candidates). This paper-wise minimum is same for all disciplines such as Commerce, Tourism Administration, English, etc. However, the paper-wise minimum differs from one category of candidates to another slightly. For this purpose, the candidates are grouped into three as (1) General Category, (2) OBC (non-creamy layer), and (3) SC/ST/PWD (persons with disability). The candidates belonging to General Category have to secure atleast 40% in each of Papers – I and II, and 50% in Paper – III. In the case of candidates belonging to OBC, SC, ST or PWD, they have to secure atleast 35% in each of the Papers – I and II. However, OBC candidates have secure atleast 45% in Paper – III whereas it is only 40% in the case of SC/ST. These are the minimum percentages one has to secure in each paper to qualify for the next step. The candidates who secure the minimum in each paper are in ‘consideration zone’ (i.e., for consideration for the final list). If a candidate fails to secure the minimum even in one paper, he/she is considered as not in consideration zone and therefore, will not be considered for possible inclusion in the final list. As far as this step is concerned, the Bureau has not made any change in its revised criteria for declaration of result.
Stage – II: Overall Minimum – Safe Zone: This is the second and final stage. And with respect to this stage, the Bureau has made some changes after the Courts delivered their judgements. Therefore, it is analyzed in two parts – pre-revised and revised. Overall minimum in the pre-revised criteria was applicable to all previous tests held prior to December 2012 test. While notifying the result of the test held on 24th June, 2012, the Bureau, based on the decision of the Moderation Committee, fixed overall minimum as 65%, 60% and 55% for General Category, OBC (non-creamy layer), and SC/ST/PWD respectively.
For the announcement of result of NET held in the month of June 2012, the Bureau has also considered another criterion viz., the candidates who figure among top 7% of all candidates who appeared in NET are considered as successfully clearing the test – this is calculated separately for each discipline and for each category. Therefore, cut-off rate differed not only from one category to another but also from one discipline to another. However, what is important is that for successful clearance, one should have secured the paper-wise minimum. Therefore, the candidates who do not secure the minimum required score in each paper and are therefore not in the consideration zone were not included in the list of successful candidates even if they fall among the top 7% within their subject and category. Of course, this criterion was not known to many candidates.
Anyhow, at this stage, two things may be noted. One, only the candidates in the ‘consideration zone’ (i.e., those who secured the paper-wise minimum) are considered for the final stage. And two, this overall minimum is the point of concern for majority of the candidates. Because, many cleared the first stage and they were in the ‘consideration zone’. However, they could not clear the test as the overall minimum was higher than the average of the paper-wise minimum – e.g., average of paper-wise minimum for General Category candidates works out to 44.29% [i.e., (40 + 40 + 75) ÷ 350] as against the overall fixed of 65%. That means, all the candidates who secured the paper-wise minimum (and therefore, were in the ‘consideration zone’) and above but less-than 65% (in all the three papers put together) were unsuccessful in their attempt to clear the NET. 
Similar type of situation existed even in the case of OBC (39.42% vs 60%) and SC/ST/PWD (37.14% vs 55%) candidates. This was the bone of contention of the candidates which made them to approach the Courts for justice. 
It is given to understand that the Courts have directed the Bureau to announce all the candidates who secured the paper-wise minimum as successfully clearing the NET. And it is also given to understand the Bureau has appealed in the Supreme Court against these judgements. In the meantime, the Bureau has revised the second stage relating the overall minimum for clearing the NET successfully. This is presented and analyzed below.
A merit list of all candidates in the consideration zone (i.e., who secured the paper-wise minimum), both subject-wise and category-wise, will be prepared using the aggregate marks of all the three papers secured by such candidates. That means, for each subject (say, Commerce), three separate lists are prepared – one for all candidates in consideration zone (General Category), second list for OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates in consideration zone, and the third list for SC/ST/PWD candidates in the consideration zone. From this merit list, top 15% of the candidates for each subject and for each category will be declared as NET qualified for eligibility for lecturership. This procedure and criteria are applicable to the NET held in the month of December 2012 and for future tests. This implies two things – one, 85% of the candidates in the consideration zone securing the paper-wise minimum will have to appear again for the test as they will be unsuccessful in the final stage, and two, the cut-off percentage differs not only from one category to another but also from one subject to another
From this NET qualified candidates’ list, a separate list will be prepared for the award of JRF. However, the Bureau has not specified the cut-off percentage for the JRF.
In the light of the above changes introduced by the UGC, the candidates must be very serious in their studies not only to secure the paper-wise minimum but also to figure in the top 15% of the candidates in the consideration zone. And of course, it is not an impossible task provided the candidates are serious, sincere, and systematic in their studies and preparation for the test.
(The writer is professor and chairman, Department of Commerce, Kuvempu University)