English Literature Professionals Forum or E-ProF', the first ever professional forum for English literature professionals for professional growth, exchange of ideas and academic enrichment was inaugurated by chairperson of curriculum committee of Additional Skill Acquisition Programme Prof Jameela Begum on 21 August 2015. The forum aims to enhance the employability of the English literature professionals by adapting English literature studies to current professional trends and by promoting interdisciplinary studies in English departments.
The forum will conduct short term, long term and distance education courses through customized skill development programmes and inter-disciplinary workshops, which will ensure research and employment oriented academic empowerment. The workshops will provide theoretical knowledge and practice training in subjects including visual arts, history and culture, media and journalism, marketing and business communication and psychology and counselling.
Poet K. Satchidanandanwho graced the occasion called for greater interaction among academics from around the world for wider understanding of literary theory and practice. He said that such interactions would ignite young minds and spark a healthy interest in the study of literature.Mr.Satchidanandan also released ‘A Contemporary Encyclopaedia of British Literature’ by presenting a copy to former Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Kerala Dr.Jancy James, who felicitated the event.
Accepting the book, Ms. James said that the new forum would not only provide an interface between English literature professionals and prospective employers, but also restore the dimming sheen of literature study by incorporating 21st century methodologies and approaches in training.
Additional Skill Acquisition Programme curriculum committee chairperson Jameela Begum quoted studies which showed that only five percent of highly educated youth in the 20-24 age group had skills required for employment.
Former emeritus professor of Kerala University and literary critic, Dr. V. Rajakrishnan, released the latest issue of the TLS magazine. He stressed the relevance of studying world literature in these days of intolerance, chauvinism and xenophobia.
The event was co-sponsored by Alliance Francais and Goethe Zentrum, whose stalls too drew scores of students, a testimony to the perennial appeal of the study of languages, a uniquely human pursuit.