- August 9, 2018
The Department of English & Soft Skills organised a Faculty Development Programme entitled “Worlds are Made by Words: Language and Construction of Power” on Saturday the 11th of August 2018. Dr. Amit Ranjan, the Australia Awards Ambassador, a faculty at NCERT, Bhubaneswar,and an Indian English Poet delivered a series of lectures on the theme. He talked about how history was rewritten and reinterpreted and how language was used as a tool of power to subjugate the reality. He talked about how the theories of Darwin were used as a pseudoscientific tool to colonize the world and how the history always viewed the “white man’s burden” as an approved norm.
There was an interactive session on Australian Scholarships with students and research scholars following the lectures. It was followed by a poetry session hosted by Toastmasters Club in which he read excerpts from his newly published poetry collection Find Me Leonard Cohen I’m Almost Thirty. Many of the VIT-AP students read their poems. Faculty members, students and research scholars actively participated in the programme making it an interesting and highly interactive session.