Teaching Business Communication: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
February 10 & 11, 2017

The English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis (ELTIS) held its seventh National conference on 10 and 11 February 2017. The theme of the conference was “Teaching Business Communication: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities”.

Oxford University Press (OUP), Cambridge English Language Assessment and Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the American Embassy have continued their unstinting support as Conceptual Co-sponsors. We are happy that we also had the support of Cambridge University Press and Macmillan Education India Private Limited this year. Renowned Speakers as representatives of these offices shared their knowledge and expertise.

The conference was well attended by eminent academics, faculty members and students from 31 cities from 9 states. There were 122 participants from all over India.

Mr. Pradeep Bhargava, Director, Cummins India Ltd graced the inaugural function. He emphasised the importance of precision, consistency, cohesiveness and comprehensiveness in Business communication. He added that the key to successful Business Communication depends on these 4 aspects apart from proper governance. The collection of selected papers of the 6th National Conference was published at his gracious hands. The Chairperson for the function Dr. S. B. Mujumdar brought to light the paramount importance of ‘Train the Trainer’. He appreciated the institute for hosting a National Conference every year. He requested the teaching fraternity to realise the importance of reaching out to the rural areas for teaching English. “English for Bharat” could be the next theme for the conference.

The inaugural symposium was chaired by Dr. Rajendrasingh Jadeja, former Director of H.M. Patel Institute of English and Training Research, Gujarat. The focus of the discussion was the “Functional aspects of Teaching” and it was stated that Business English is a sub-set of General Purpose English. Altogether six Plenary sessions touched upon the importance of cross cultural values, soft skills, and active listening in Business Communication. Forty seven academic papers were presented in person covering multiple aspects of the challenges and issues faced by the teachers. The papers gave simple tips and activities to include in the classroom scenario. The seven interactive workshops kept the participants on their toes and gave them an opportunity to test their teaching skills.

The valedictory function was distinguished by the presence of the Chief Guest, H.E. Mr. Deep Kumar Upadhyay, Ambassador, Nepalese Embassy. He was happy to comment on the good ties between Nepal and India. He even added that Business communication is a link that transforms communication ethos and culture and promotes teacher fraternity. He also gave away the best paper awards. The two day conference came to an end, leaving fond memories in the minds of the participants and a great sense of achievement for the organisers. Mr. Shirish Sahasrabudhe, Director of ELTIS-SIFIL thanked everybody for their contributions and concluded the event by inviting everyone to be here in 2018 too.

Glimpses of 7 th National Conference

From L to R: Mr. Pradeep Bhargava, Member: Planning & Development Board, Symbiosis and Director: Cummins India Ltd., Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, Founder & President: Symbiosis and Mr. Shirish Sahasrabudhe, Director: ELTIS-SIFIL
Occasion: Inaugurating the publication of selected papers at the 7th National Conference on Fri. Feb. 10, 2017.

Audience enjoying the session at the 7th National Conference

Paper Presentation session during the 7th National Conference

Panel Discussion on Day-2 of 7th National Conference: (L to R) Dr. Dharmendra Sheth, Dr. Madhuri Gokhale, Dr. Priyamvada Agarwal, Dr. Shridhar Gokhale and Dr. Niva Bhandari

Mr. Shirish Sahasrabudhe, Director, ELTIS-SIFIL felicitating H.E. Mr. Deep Kumar Upadhyay, Ambassador of Nepal, New Delhi at the Valedictory function of 7th National Conference

Plenary Session: Audience interacting with expert speaker during the plenary session