National Conference inaugurated at GITAM

The two day National Conference on ‘Negotiating Spaces: English Literature and Language Teaching’ (ELLT-2019) was jointly organized by GITAM Deemed-to-be University, Hyderabad and English Language Teachers Association of India (ELT@I). The main intention of the national conference is to provide a true platform to explore and fill the void created textually and contextually.

The inauguration began on an auspicious note with an invocation with the lamp lighting ceremony. The conference note was presented by Dr. T. Joseph Ratna Jayakar, Convenor, ELLT-2019.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, GITAM, Hyderabad Prof. N.Siva Prasad in his presidential address stressed the importance of language laboratories and how they are improving the culture. He hoped that this conference will provide the guidance to change the teaching methodology.

The keynote speaker and Chief Guest of the conference, Prof. D. Venkat Rao, Director, Research Acceleration Centre (RAC), EFLU gave a fitting lecture where he explained the future of humanities as a discipline with reference to its trajectory of negotiation in the realm of ideas. He reiterated the significance of memory and literature in this context. Prof. Rao also threw light upon the National Education Policy and the move towards ‘liberal arts’ as the new direction for humanities.

The conference has attracted 45 paper presenters across the different states and has been organised into six paper presentation session which are chaired by faculty members of reputed institutes. The conference also includes two special plenary sessions where professors from Central university of Hyderabad, Prof. Suneetha Rani and Dr. Murali Manohar talked about gendered spaces and its negotiation after theoretical framework presented by famous American writer Bell Hooks. The conference has been concluded with another brilliant session where Prof. T. Vijay Kumar from Osmania University spoke at length about different aspects of our social practices and negotiations that teachers and students ought to make to overcome such social rigidities.

Dr. N.Prasanna Lakshmi, Convenor, ELLT proposed the vote of thanks. The students of the institution presented a short cultural programme in the inaugural programme. This two-day conference will be continued on Friday also.