The most diversified event of TGPCET which is one of the mostly awaited Language related conference of Nagpur got attended by delegates all over the country and have various foreign delegates as their speakers.
The conference this year has attracted more than 200 papers and around 600 delegates from India and abroad which includes students, teachers and research scholars.
Dr. Peter McLaren (Publications Coordinator for TESOL Arabia, United Arab Emirates University at Al Ain), Dr. Racquel Warner (Programs Coordinator, International Foundation Programs, Middlesex University, UAE), Dr. Tara Ratnam (National Representative for India on International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching) and Dr. Mick King (Teaching Fellow at Middlesex University, Dubai, and Executive Council Member of TESOL) are the keynote speakers at the event.
Confluence aims at creating a forum for meaningful research in the field of learning and teaching English language. It serves as a platform for a dialogue and debate between the researchers and teachers of English on one hand and learners of the language on the other. It was the first to start the trend of involving students to find out their views and the difficulties encountered by them in learning English. The college is the only technical institution in Central India which organizes an annual international conference in English. The papers in this conference are selected through a peer review process and published in an open access ISSN number bearing online journal called ‘The Journal for ESL Teachers and Learners’.
Last year, EngQuest international was able to form a partnership with TESOL Arabia. The partnership has been beneficial in the sense that TESOL Arabia also held an pre-conference workshop on 22nd Jan 2015 on Teacher Training and Development for a few selected participants. Thus, participants also got an international level certificate.
Prof. Sharad Patil, President of Gaikwad – Patil Group of Institutions, while giving his presidential address stressed on importance of adopting correct methodology of teaching English, so as to make it more appealing and remove the fear of English from the minds of the students. He explained how a more proactive approach by the teachers and researchers of English is necessary to encourage an interest in the subject.
Prof. Anjali Patil Gaikwad, organizing secretary of Confluence VI said that the main aim of organizing such a conference is to bring together teachers and learners of English on a common platform and encourage a debate and discussion among them, leading to better understanding of difficulties faced in adopting English as a second language by a student. She thanked everyone present for giving overwhelming response and coming to Nagpur from all parts of the world. She welcomed the keynote speakers with zest and zeal.
Prof. Mohan Gaikwad, Chairman of Gaikwad Patil Group, Dr G. K. Awari, Principal of Tulsiramji Gaikwad- Patil College of Engineering & Technology and Prof Parag Jawarkar Vice Principal of Abha Gaikwad Patil College of Engineering, Col Rahul sharma (Director of the group) were present during the inaugural function.
The program was anchored by Prof.Michelle D-melo. Prof. Ashish Motwai and Prof. Gloria Nawaye are the Coordinators of Confluence. The event shall be concluded on 24th of Jan 2015.