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If the seminarium was originally a place for nurturing seeds, a university seminar could be construed as a community forum for cultivating seminal thoughts through critical yet constructive engagement. A seminar is thus a space, where all its members seek to learn rather than instruct; and hence, a non-hierarchical environment is most appropriate for such scholars. One of the principal aims of scholarly engagement within the framework of an academic seminar is to persuasively demonstrate the route of arrival of what is believed to be knowledge rather than its mere transfer.

Consequently, the seminar of the Department of Humanities and Languages aims at procuring for its participants a rigorous yet flexible environment that may be conducive to scholarly interaction. The participants of the seminar routinely present an overview of their research in the form of both current output and prospective agenda. Participation in the seminar is extended by invitation, and access to presentations/working papers may be considered on receiving a written request addressed to the presenter and the Head, Department of Humanities and Languages. 


The core element of the seminar session is a presentation by a lead participant (speaker) followed by an engagement with the others. An effective presentation may be made in fifteen minutes, while reserving an equal measure of time for discussion amongst the participants. Whenever required, the contents of the presentations may be circulated prior to a session and in-house discussants may be invited. Power point presentations are encouraged for images, tables, graphs and the like. A prolonged reading of texts (or from the slides) rarely promotes lively discussions. Every session is coordinated by a rotating chairperson, who is either a faculty member or a research scholar.


Seminar Conveners:
Session 1 : (Second  Semester 2012-13)      Dr. Hari Nair and Mrs. Suman
Session 2 : (First      Semester 2013-14)       Dr. Hari Nair and Mr. Arun Kumar Poonia
Session 3 : (Second  Semester 2013-14)      Dr. Hari Nair and Mr. Arun Kumar Poonia
Session 4 : (First      Semester  2014-15)      Dr. Hari Nair and Mr. Arun Kumar Poonia
Session 5 : (Second  Semester 2014-15)      Dr. Sailaja Nandigama and Ms. Chasul 
Session 6 : (First      Semester 2015-16)       Dr. Sailaja Nandigama and Ms. Chasul
Session 7 : (Second  Semester 2015-16)      Dr. Sailaja Nandigama and Ms. Chasul
Session 8 : (First      Semester 2016-17)       Prof. Pushp Lata and Ms Dolly
Session 9 : (Second      Semester 2016-17)  Prof. Pushp Lata and Ms Dolly

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