SPOKEN ENGLISH AND GRAMMAR FOR SC, ST, OBC (NON-CREAMY LAYER) AND MINORITY STUDENTS
Significance of the Scheme
UGC Remedial Coaching for Spoken English and Grammar for SC, ST, OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) and Minority Students intends to provide coaching to rectify and remedy the English language drawback. Most of the rural students being blessed with no English education in their schooling have become the primary beneficiaries of the scheme. The UGC‘s scheme also includes Entry into Service, JRF and NET Coaching and Equal Opportunities being organized by other coordinators. Spoken English programme is a stepping stone for any student to join any other course. Given the changing academic scenario, majority students have begun to realize the utmost significance and relevance of spoke English and grammar in their studies.
Priority of the language subject ignited the student enthusiasm to tap the potential. Students of all disciplines across the university participated in the porgramme. Integrated students constituted a major chunk of participation in this programme. Foundations classes and lab works for some other science students have come into clash with the timings of the remedial classes- spoken English and grammar. In times of other remedial programmes like JRF/NET and Entry into Services, this problem worsens. This recurring problem needs to be addressed with the initiative of the University administration. Despite such unavoidable academic impediment, the programme continues to run with its successful strides.
The programme was organized under the present coordinator in 8 semesters beginning from 2015. Despite a delayed announcement of the enrollment process due to some technical reasons this time, the remedial office could enroll 36 students (SC:11, ST:03,OBC:16, Others:06) in all social categories. Most of them were Telugu speaking students who requested the coordinator to organize the English classes in a bi-lingual method for their easy understanding. Complying with their wish, keeping in their rural background, a Telugu speaking Ph.D scholar from the Centre for English Language was requested to handle classes both in English and Telugu for the convenience of the students. Some other non-Telugu speaking students opted for English medium for learning. Separate classes were held for non Telugu students and some Telugu students preferring English teaching. Both the teachers/tutors were suggested to conduct both ‘Basic’ and ‘Advanced’ spoken English and grammar classes keeping in mind the existing standards of a learner.
Grades on Merit
Spoken English was taught through visual aids. Classes were held all through six days (Monday to Saturday). Periodical tests were conducted to assess the weeklong class performance of the students. One main exam for 100 marks was conducted. Based on the outcome of the student performances, grades were awarded in line with University gradation pattern adopted for Post -Graduation students. The 45-day programme was concluded with the distribution of certificates in a meeting held on 30th March, 2019.