English is the de-facto language of communication in the globalised world today. But, 75% of graduates show very poor English communication skills and hence are un-employable. In this regard, K. K. Wagh Institute of Engineering Education and Research, Nashik and WordsMaya EduTech Pvt Ltd have jointly started training programs to improve English communication skills of students assisted by mobile phones.
One more proud moment in the life of WordsMaya. WordsMaya got an opportunity to organise as seminar in association with my graduation college K.K.W.I.E.E.R, Nashik. We are very much thankful to Dr Nandurkar, who not only gave us opportunity to conduct Faculty development program in K.K.W.I.E.E.R but also gave me a valuable guidance in conducting this seminar.
The seminar on ‘Digital Learning Initiative: Improving English Communication Skills assisted by Mobile Phones’ was organised on 12th of January 2018 in the campus of K.K.W.I.E.E.R, Nashik at the Sir P. C. Ray Hall of the Chemical Engineering Department. The seminar was inaugurated at the hands of Hon. Professor Dr. Arvind Shaligram who is the registrar of Savitribai Phule Pune University. The event was also graced by the presence of Dr Sane, Vice-principal of K.K.W.I.E.E.R, Harshad Bhagwat, CEO of WordsMaya.
After my welcome note, Dr. Nandurkar started addressing the audience. He introduced his institute’s credentials to the guest of honour as well as to the audience. He highlighted various achievements of the institute. During his speech he also expressed his thought process behind conducting Faculty Development program with the WordsMaya. In his views, the faculty should be expressive, elaborative and should make the learning engaging for the students.
Hon. Chief Guest Dr Shaligram delivered his key-note speech to the audience. He highlighted the importance of communication skills for the people in technical field. Most of the times, even though technical person are very good in their domain knowledge, they fail to express themselves and also to impress the listeners.
Dr. Shaligram also shared the importance of using twenty first technologies to solve the core problem of students. He emphasised the need of personalisation over the generalisation. Every student has specific needs to improve communication that has to be handled through technological advancements. He also mentioned that we have to be close to the current student’s behaviour. As almost all of the students use smart phones nowadays, we can use such mediums to teach them to empower them.
During his speech, Dr. Sane expressed his views about WordsMaya’s Faculty development program for K.K.W.I.E.E.R faculty members. Dr. Sane candidly shared his views about WordsMaya’s program and why he chose WordsMaya over other players. He is very optimistic about use of technology to solve the problems like English Communications Skills. Dr. Sane also motivated us to do more in the domain.
I began my seminar with remembrance of Swami Vivekananda. He has been an inspiration to many youth in the country. And we were very fortunate to address the audience on his birth anniversary. I talked about importance of English communication skills in the lives of engineering students. We are using Facebook Messenger to deliver our courses using AI and NLP to serve better to our students. I also showed videos of our online and offline course activities.
The seminar was graced with the presence of many academicians, educationist, students and well wishers of WordsMaya. They were very attentive during the whole event.
It was a memorable day for me with full of emotions of pride, honour, happiness, and much more. Many people helped to make the event successful. I would like to thank everyone who directly and indirectly participated in the event.