Professional English Communication Skills Workshop Conducted at Kaziranga University

 

The KU School of Engineering & Technology (SET) organized a two-day “Professional English Communication Skills” Workshop on 5th-6th October 2018, in association with Oxford University Press. The inaugural function of the “Professional English Communication Skills” workshop was held in the SOB Seminar Hall in the afternoon of 5th October 2018.

The inaugural function of the workshop was held in the SOB Seminar Hall in the afternoon of 5th October 2018, beginning with the lighting of the lamp by Chief Guest Dorothy Momin – a well-known faculty from the Department of English, from Devi Charan Barua Girls’ College, Jorhat. She was accompanied by distinguished guest, Dr Hory Sankar Mukerjee, Principal - Education & Research, Infosys Limited, Hyderabad; Dr. P.K Mishra, Vice Chancellor, KU; Prof. Tarun Kumar, Registrar, KU and Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma, Dean –SET.

It was followed by the highlighting of the aim of the workshop, delivered by Mr. Bishnu Gogoi, Co-ordinator of the programme. He stressed that the initiative would definitely nurture highly required skills with regard to communication for the students. It should be an outstanding chapter for the students in the accumulation and development of Professional English Communication Skills. The workshop aimed to offer to the participants a top quality grade workshop to enrich their ideas about the possible communication and language inputs.

The Chief Guest Dorothy Momin, was felicitated by Mr. Bishnu Gogoi with a traditional Gamusa, KU memento and a special gift. The chief guest thanked KU for inviting her to the programme, and mentioned her she gratefulness at the University’s gesture of calling her as the Chief Guest. She began her brief speech by a reference to a biblical story about the Tower of Babel. She said that when God created and the population multiplied, there was only one language. Eventually, this language became many.

The Chief Guest then talked about how communication in native tongue is very comfortable, but with English it is not as easy to master. But with thorough practice and patience, WE CAN. Communication is a soft-skill and CV is the selling document, and the communication process is the requirement for a good career. About the workshop, she mentioned, that it would help to praise people effectively and criticize constructively.

Mr. Rajib Saha felicitated the Distinguished Speaker Dr. Hory Sankar Mukerjee, Principal - Education & Research, Infosys Limited, Hyderabad and introduced the salient features of his towering profile to the gathering. The Dean SET, Prof (Dr.) Ashwini Kumar Sharma concisely pointed out his pleasure in organizing such an event for the students. He remarked that the workshop aimed to constructively help the students to develop their professional communication skills and show them the path to be industry-ready. Thereafter he declared the workshop open.

The workshop was segregated into 3 groups - 5th & 7th semester students, 3rd semester and 1st semester B.Tech. students. Dr. Hory Sankar Mukerjee stressed the process and values of LSRW – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. This process, when incorporated correctly, would lead to successful placements. The key point that was focused on is the adage “well begun is half-done”. The placement objectives should be set.

Placement is a hiring process followed by companies in the corporate sector. But the candidates should think carefully as to why the companies would hire them. The candidate has to find out at least five reasons behind it, before preparing for placement interviews. In order to get ready, one has to attend GDs/mock-interviews seriously. One has to be ready with the updates on political, economic, social environment and the latest in engineering fields. Also important are aptitudes and logical reasoning. Students should consult teachers about the areas of improvement to plug the gaps. One should be dynamic in communication skills, presentation skills, negotiating skills and writing skills. Dressing should be kept in mind, and should be ready and in order. Sufficient proof ready copies (without any mistakes) of their resumes should be ready along with the testimonials.

Apart from this, the company profile should be googled and the description be well-read and understood. The job-description should be understood. Students should not sit for a job-profile that he/she does not like. And they should prepare the questions they would like to ask the interviewer.

In a GD session of the interview, one should not fight. One should maintain logical and clear flow of thoughts; avoid being pushy or domineering and build reasonable arguments with valid examples. Teamwork and synergy should be emphasized. Dr. Mukherjee enumerated the Dos and Don’ts of GDs. He explained the right body language and emphasised the avoidance of asking negative questions during the interviews. Students should groom oneself to treat interviews like a conversation and not lie or be dishonest. He enumerated the behaviour in the interview reception area, and emphasized the need to reach the venue on or before time. A few interesting activities were also carried on by Dr. Mukherjee to energize the students and to teach them about practical facts of job-life. He also dealt with project-selling aptitude of the students and advised students that it bodes well to remember that the companies hire to get business out of them.

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