Monday, November 16, 2009

Caste discrimination in Britain Universities

I would like to share this news published in Telugu language daily newspaper titled Andhra Jyothi (Navya Page II) 17 November 2009, Tuesday, with the global audience to change in the attitude of caste discrimination after 60 years of Independence.

It is shame of the upper caste Indians who take caste discrimination even to Britain Universities such as Manchester, Hertfordshire revealed in a survey that out of 300, 58 of them expressed that they were discriminated based on caste. The 78% of the complainants express that the Police are not able to understand what a caste is! On one hand 9% of them express that they got promotions due to their privileged castes (upper castes), on the other hand 10% of them expressed that they were paid less salaries due to caste discrimination. Among the participants of the survey, 71% of them belonging to Dalits. Due to caste, 5% of them were threatened. The caste discrimination has been brought by majority of the Indian medical professionals according to the survey. The survey has suggested to curb the caste discrimination in the initial stages otherwise it will be difficult to control it.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

National Seminar on Phonetics and Spoken English

Department of English
University of Hyderabad

A Two-Day
National Seminar on
Phonetics and Spoken English
30-31 October 2009

There has been a debate whether one has to respect Received Pronunciation (RP) or not and there has been great demand for Spoken English across the country. Both of them are interconnected. They are not mutually exclusive. Among these two, Phonetics has been questioned and invoked patriotism with regard to accent. One argument that has been always there is that as long as one is able to communicate in any accent what is the necessity to learn phonetics?

The questions that the seminar raises and deliberations are expected on the following:

*Phonetics of English, and in any other language
*Validity and Utility of English Phonetics
*Spoken English versus Written English
*English Accent of various countries
*New T rends in Phonetics
*Spoken English Institutions and their relevance
*Demand in BPO, Corporate, and Software companies

Call for Papers

Papers are invited from ELT teachers from colleges and University teachers, B. Ed college teachers, research scholars of Phonetics, and post graduate students to share their views and strengthen the efforts of the seminar. It is a promise to all the paper readers that the papers presented will be brought out in the form of a book. Hence, paper readers are requested to send full-length papers and not a rough or a working paper. It is difficult to manage to put them together after the seminar.

Submission of Abstracts

Contributors are requested to submit their detailed outlines and abstract of the paper in about 500 words to Dr. D. Murali Manohar, Department of English, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad-500 046 on or before August 31, 2009. The selected participants will be intimated by email.

Deadline for submitting the full paper

Participants are requested to send their full paper in Times New Roman, 12 point size in MS Word to the Coordinator either by post to the following address Dr. D. Murali Manohar, Department of English, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad-500 046 or by email on or before September 30, 2009. Contact Numbers: 09908569272 (M), 040-23133406 (O).

28 July 2009

Dear Sir/Madam,

On behalf of the department, I would like to hold a national seminar on “Phonetics and Spoken English” from 30-31 October 2009 at the Seminar Hall, School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad. In this context, I would like to request you to display this seminar notice in your Centre/College/Department and to encourage your students, research scholars and faculty to participate. I sincerely appreciate your support and cooperation.

I am enclosing the seminar description for your kind consideration.

Thank you.

With warm regards,

Dr. D. Murali Manohar
(Seminar Coordinator)