Centre for Writing and Communication (CWC), the largest centre at Ashoka, continued its wide range of activities that contribute to its goal of developing critical thinking, writing and communication skills with the entire academic community at university.
The many initiatives and activities of the centre included one-on-one tutorial appointments, research writing workshops, course-specific workshops, creative programmes and external collaborations.
At the beginning of the 2021-22 academic season, CWC held its annual Academic Bridge Programme for acclimatizing the incoming batch of students with the research and writing environment at Ashoka. Subsequently, we organized the mandatory series of workshops on Academic Integrity, which addressed the concepts of plagiarism, citation, originality, and other aspects related to academic integrity for the fresh batch of undergraduate students who joined the university this year.
Throughout the academic year, CWC extended English Language Teaching (ELT) support to students and staff relatively unfamiliar with the English language, helping them with fluency as well as academic writing. Along with the regular courses we offer to ELT students, English Communication and Intermediate English Communication, this year the ELT team framed a specific extensive pedagogical plan aimed at course-specific language support for students enrolled in Majors, Minors, Foundation Courses, and Elective courses.
In 2020-21, the team also offered two courses – one on research writing and another on oral and written communication – for the employees of Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), a Delhi-based think tank.
Continuing our hugely successful series of creative programmes, CWC conducted a wide range of events which discussed academic writing, screenwriting, poetry, reading and writing of comics, journalistic writing, science writing and much more. In addition, we also started a series of live-broadcasted conversations on Instagram.
As part of its Research activities, an online Annual Conference was held in April on the theme of ‘Challenges/Strategies in Teaching English for Academic Purposes’ where professionals and scholars participated from across writing centres and universities in the country. The keynote address was delivered by Giridhar Rao (Azim Premji University) and chaired by Prakash Padakannya (Christ University).
The annual Summer School Programme for the 2021 was conducted in the month of July and consisted of three courses: College Applications Writing Workshop, Research Writing Workshop and Short Story Writing Workshop. All these workshops were open to the public. In addition, the annual Winter School was exclusively held to provide an overview of research writing to ASP, Master’s, MLS, and PhD students of Ashoka University.
Also, under CWC Engage, the centre offered courses and training programmes to institutions outside Ashoka like CMGGA, CEEW, Guwahati University, and also included an international collaboration with Literature Across Frontiers for a project co-funded with the European Union.