The Banaras Hindu University will now conduct free-of-cost communicative English classes in a bid to empower students coming from the rural backgrounds.
Beginning October 28,the classes,a first-of-its-kind initiative taken at the university level,will help students prepare themselves for the academic and on the job front.
Chairman Press Publicity and Publication Cell,Professor Ravi Pratap Singh said: BHU vice-chancellor Dr Lalji Singh was interested in launching such an initiative. He has directed the Dean of Students,Prof Vinay Singh,to set the process in motion.
Incidentally,the V-C,who is from Kalwari village in Jaunpur ,is said to have been aware of the language problem.
Prof Singh said: We have observed that some exceptionally talented students from rural backgrounds,who are not proficient in English,have lost out on some very good opportunities for no fault of their own. We want to give them a basic understanding of the language. This will help them in things like asking questions in the class,interacting with their fellow students,holding on to their own during group discussions and interviews. While keeping things simple,we will include several audio-visual supports in the programme.
The last date for sending the list of students wanting to enroll for the special classes for all departments is October 22. Spread over 20 modules,the classes will be held from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, said Prof M S Pandey,who has been appointed as the coordinator for the initiative. Over a period of time,specialised courses for students from technical and medical streams will also be introduced,he said.
A similar initiative was started at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences. A large number of students in the institute came from rural backgrounds and the course was launched to help them cope with the academic curriculum. But this is for the first time that such an initiative has been taken at the university level, said the Chairman PPP Cell.