(In Collaboration with ESBB)
Kanya Maha Vidyalaya, Jalandhar with a rich legacy of 133 years of academic excellence and service to humanity has been conferred the status of Autonomous Institution, Heritage Institution, College with Potential for Excellence by UGC, MHRD, Government of India and is under Star College Scheme of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science. A pioneer and leader in women’s education, KMV has had the rare distinction of having been visited by five Presidents and five Prime Ministers of India and a galaxy of eminent dignitaries. KMV as an institution, has adapted itself to the sustainable changes in the global scenario to produce women who are equal partners in the modern world. It also has the proud distinction of being re-accredited with 'A' grade by NAAC-UGC and of being the only college under GNDU to be granted DDU Kaushal Kendra (Skill Development Centre) by the UGC. Under autonomy, many new-age innovative programmes, value-added courses and educational reforms are being introduced at par with global standards. In the past few years, the College has successfully organised seven International Conferences (ISNM-09, ICEC-10, ICEW-11, ICRT-12, ICCN-14, ICYC-16 and ICSD-17) which received an overwhelming participation of eminent scholars and acclaimed academics from all over the globe. The institution keeps its doors open to all progressive intellectual activities to maintain its standards of excellence, fostering an environment of endless opportunities and promoting a culture of life-long learning.
ESBB is a small not-for-profit circle of international scholars. The organisation maintains a simple webpage for its publications and event information http://www.englishscholarsbeyondborders.org. The academic aim of the organization and its conferences is to provide unique opportunities to communicate in a relaxed atmosphere with scholars from across the globe who share its values of exploring ideas while celebrating diversity. ESBB, therefore, emphasizes new contributions to existing knowledge and looks for connections among cultures and disciplines. While the broad background theme is always linked to English Scholarship Beyond Borders, this can be understood in the broadest possible sense with the intention to embrace diversity in English education and research. ESBB itself provides guest speakers from a broad variety of locations and the local organizers also invite their own speakers making a unique blend of cultural and academic backgrounds. ESBB publishes an annual journal issue with contributions from speakers at its events. All conference presenters are welcome to submit a paper, and to engage in ESBB brand of non-blind dialogic peer review as both authors and reviewers.
The location of various ESBB conferences reinforces the idea that most English learning takes place beyond traditional ‘centres’, and scholarship is generated in a variety of locations with complex circulatory relations among multiple ‘traditional’ and ‘non-traditional’centres. But whether ESBB members are in Izmir, Bangkok, Taichung, Leeds, Toyama or Jalandhar or just online with members in cyberspace from all over the globe, where there is no ‘centre,' they believe in multi-centricity as a core value of English scholarship.
The PG Department of English at KMV is one of the oldest departments of this 133 year old pioneering institution. It has highly qualified and committed staff with a thirst for research and publishes a Peer Reviewed International Journal ‘The Oracle’. It has to its credit UGC funded Research Projects and a Digital Language Laboratory. The Dept. offers PG and BA (Hons.) English ( A Three Year Degree Programme), BA English Hons. (with Pass Course), Certificate Course in Spoken English, apart from the teaching of Elective English, General English and Communication Skills in many disciplines. The Department has organised an International Conference on 'Cross Cultural Nuances' and a UGC Sponsored National Seminar on 'ELT: Themes, Issues and Challenges' in the past few years. The vibrant ‘Emerging Litterateurs’ Society’ being run under its aegis organises several activities to develop the students’ talents. It has organised Inter-College Competitions with various events like dramatic enactments of scenes, Fancy Dress, Quiz, Portrait-Making and Poetry Recitation from English Literature under Shakespeare Festival and Litmania. The Department also imparts training in Spoken English and foreign languages by inviting native teachers of the languages concerned. It also keeps organising Extension Lectures and various other literary activities by inviting renowned speakers from India and abroad from time to time for the benefit of young learners.
The present conference will serve as a forum for discussing current issues and insights in the teaching of English language and literature, cultural studies and multilingualism. It will also discuss international publishing in an interconnected world where educational, regional, economic and political borders have become increasingly blurred. We invite language practitioners, researchers, materials producers, publishers, postgraduate students of language, literature, multilingualism and cultural studies, and language teachers at all levels of education to share their knowledge and understanding on the conference theme. The conference aims to provide opportunities to exchange experiential insights as well as research findings in the educational practices of English language teaching both here in India and abroad. It will serve as an international platform for refining thoughts, sharing concerns and receiving constructive feedback in an enabling and enriching environment. The conference programme will include plenary talks, oral presentations, workshops, poster sessions and publisher promotion events aimed at inspiring both experienced as well as early-career teachers and researchers in the field of English language teaching to present their work.