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Story Writing Competition for International Students March Basic & Intermediate 2018

ELTIS, apart from providing classroom education also places emphasis on co-curricular activities for its students. A Story Writing Competition was held on May 23, 2018 for the International Students of the March Basic & Intermediate Batch 2018. The competition focused on the enhancement of creative writing skills of the students.

13 students from the Basic batch participated in the competition. Students were given picture prompts to help them make use of their creativity to write interesting stories. Their participation in the competition was enthusiastic and noteworthy.

6 students from the Intermediate batch participated in the competition. These students had to weave a story round the randomly chosen details of setting, characters and plot given to them. The students presented the stories creatively on chart papers and were requested to add at least one picture representing the main incidents from the story.

Ms. Paaban Mukherjee & Ms. Jincy Joshua, full time faculty at ELTIS, were the judges for the basic and intermediate levels respectively.

Names of the winners:

Basic Batch Winners:

  1. Ghazaleh Mohammed Ali Esmaeilzehi 1st
  2. Ammar Omar Saed Farea Al-Hakimi 2nd
  3. Abdol Basir Abdolvahed Mollazadeh 3rd

Intermediate Batch winner:

  1. Afsoon Mahjoobi

Report on Family Day

Family Day, the most awaited event at ELTIS-SIFIL, was organised on Friday, May 18, 2018. All the family members of the employees of ELTIS-SIFIL were present for this event. The theme for this year’s Family Day was Floral. It was eye-catching to see the people dressed in floral attires. The campus was decked up with floral patterns and designs.

A variety of fun games and activities were conducted. The fashion show organised for the faculty and staff had the Director of ELTIS-SIFIL, Mr. Shirish Sahasrabudhe as the show stopper. People also tapped their feet and twisted their bodies to the beats, as Mr. Avik Bhattacharya conducted an engaging Zumba session. A talent show was also organised where family members and staff showcased their talents and entertained the audience.

Family Day one of the most loved events of ELTIS-SIFIL was celebrated with much joy and enthusiasm. It was a roller coaster ride of fun, entertainment, and happiness. Everybody parted ways after a sumptuous dinner.

Guest Lecture on

“Communicating with Americans: Dos and Don’ts”

by Ms. Cristin Bleess

on Fri. May 11, 2018 at Symbiosis Vishwabhavan Auditorium

A guest lecture was arranged by the English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis (ELTIS)– for its students by Ms. Cristin Bleess, on ‘Communicating with Americans: Dos and Don’ts’, successfully took place on Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Vishwabhavan Auditorium on Senapati Bapat Road, Pune.

Ms. Bleess has been deputed at ELTIS for the last 10 months as an English Language Fellow of the Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the US Embassy, New Delhi. In her guest lecture, Ms. Bleess brought out a significant number of key differences between American English and Indian English.

Ms. Bleess, a passionate educator in ELT, began the session with a brief historical perspective of English as it is used all over the world. She, then, focused on the differences in vocabulary between the two branches of English selected for the talk, and touched upon the cultural aspects that impacted this evolution. Ms. Bleess also compared Indian English with American English based on her own experiences of living in India which added a very useful personal element to the presentation.

On the back of this fruitful interaction, ELTIS is keen on arranging such co-curricular activities in future too, to ensure a wider and richer exposure of English to both its Indian and international students. This lecture, thus, is part of an ongoing series of such events.

Victors arise!! Hear, hear!!

ictory belongs to the most persevering!!!

And ELTISians have persevered, strived and toiled to make victory theirs. In the battle of words between the orators of January and March Batch on 09 May 2018, a tough war was fought and won by our students.

And, we proudly present the victors of the IS Elocution Competition:

1 Fengqin Fu (Annie) Jan Intermediate 1st
2 Leonie Heim March Intermediate 2nd
3 Keurmaetha Rerkpornpipat (Kurt) Jan Intermediate 3rd

1 Youssouf Mohamed Aras Jan Basic 1st
2 Yahya Gholamok Ehsani Far Jan Basic 2nd
3 Ghazaleh Esmaeelzeh March Basic 3rd

Guest Lecture on “Communicating with Americans: Dos and Don’ts”

by Ms. Cristin Bleess

Day and Date Friday, May 11, 2018
Time 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Venue Symbiosis Vishwabhavan Auditorium,
S. B. Road, Pune

ELTIS-SIFIL has organised a guest lecture on “Communicating with Americans: Dos and Don’ts”. The guest speaker Ms. Cristin Bleess is the English Language Fellow at ELTIS from the Regional English Language office (RELO), US Embassy, New Delhi.

Get to know more about:

  • The finer aspects of American English
  • Major differences between American and Indian English
  • Some tips for Business Communication with Americans

ENTRY FREE!!!! Just reach 15 minutes before the programme.

Visit by H.E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai on Fri. April 13, 2018 to ELTIS

Distinguished Visitors

ELTIS had the privilege to welcome H.E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, the American Consul General in Mumbai on Fri. April 13, 2018. Ms. Kate Ortenzi, Economic Professional Associate of the Consulate General of the United States of America accompanied the Consul General.

The Consul General interacted with the students and teachers of ELTIS. He was satisfied with the progress of the students of English Access Microscholarship Program sponsored by the US government. He was impressed by the teaching methods of ELTIS. He opined that the program was into right hands and assured that the relationship between the US government and ELTIS would last long. He appreciated the highly skilled Indian professionals for their dedication to their jobs or higher studies. He also lauded the strong bilateral relationship that India and the US have built.

Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, the Principal Director of Symbiosis Society and Prof. Shirish Sahasrabudhe, Director of ELTIS-SIFIL-SICEC escorted the CG throughout this brief visit.

Prof. Shirish Sahasrabudhe, Director: ELTIS-SIFIL-SICEC welcoming H.E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai. At the centre: H/Capt. Shambha Prasad (Retd.), Office Superintendent: ELTIS-SIFIL

H.E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai addressing the Access students

H.E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai sharing his thoughts with Access students

An Access student presenting a Greeting card to H.E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai

Dr. Ms. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU), Pune, India addressing the Access students. On her right: H.E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai

A student narrating her experience about Access with H. E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai. On his right: Dr. Ms. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU), Pune, India

An Access student sharing his dream with H. E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai and Dr. Ms. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU), Pune, India

In the meeting… From L to R.. 1. H. E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai 2. Dr. Ms. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU), Pune, India

Dr. Ms. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU), Pune, India felicitating H. E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai

H. E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai expressing his wishes to have a long-term relationship with Symbiosis. At the centre: Prof. Shirish Sahasrabudhe, Director: ELTIS-SIFIL-SICEC, Ms. Cristin Bleess, English Language Fellow of RELO, ELTIS, Pune and faculty members of ELTIS-SIFIL

(Occasion: Visit by H.E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai on Fri. April 13, 2018 to ELTIS, Symbiosis, Pune, India)

ELTIS conducted 24 workshops on Soft Skills for 502 staff members of Central railway.

A Teacher Training Programme for Symbiosis School Teachers. Teachers participating in activities

The English Access Microscholarship Program

ELTIS has bagged a grant from the US Embassy for conducting the English Access Microscholarship Program.

This fully sponsored program from 2017-19 will sponsor, 2 batches of 25 students each from the non-elite section of the society.

ACCESS Inauguration: Thursday, February 08, 2018

Director sharing his tips

Induction Ceremony

Recital of the poem

RELO Team accepting a token of appreciation

Sharing experience

Students in rapt attention- Induction

Dr. Bradley Horn, Director RELO, American Embassy, New Delhi was the Chief Guest for the function. Dr. Rajani Gupte, Vice Chancellor, SIU, Pune honored the function as a Chairperson. Dr. Bradley Horn spoke about his experiences and how English is a part and parcel of a student’s career. It was a motivational speech and he explained the students how this program would help them in their future. Dr. Rajani Gupte appreciated the RELO team and congratulated ELTIS for starting this program.

Director of ELTIS-SIFIL concluded the program with his remarks and Vote of Thanks.

Enhancement Activity 1: Friday, January 5, 2018


Chirstmas celebration

Christmas get together

Cristin Bleess on Christmas

Presenting greeting card

A key element of the Access program is to build their English communication skills and also familiarize students with important features of U.S culture and values.

The first enhancement activity was on the occasion of Christmas & New Year.

Ms. Cristin Bleess, English Language Fellow at ELTIS was the guest speaker for this function. Ms. Cristin made a brief presentation on the cultural aspects of Christmas & New Year celebration in the US. This presentation included stories of Santa, elves and reindeers and the ever attractive Christmas tree.

Students sang Christmas carols and presented the guest with handmade Christmas cards and presents.

The session ended with a short question & answer session followed by snacks.

Enhancement Activity 2: Thursday, March 29, 2018

Art in its own form

Bamboo Workshop in progress

Class in progress

Enjoying the painting Workshop

Indoor games

Pot making

Respite from the weather

Students enjoying their class

Surrounding nature

Class in progress

Access students went on a ‘Study tour’ to Avanti Kalagram, Mulshi, a perfect place embracing the beauty of nature, 38 kms. away from the hustle and bustle of Pune. The main focus was to foster their overall development. Students were

encouraged to use and apply English even outside their classroom walls. The students got the opportunity to learn various Art and Craft forms through Workshops on Chandelier making, Bamboo Handicraft and Pot making. Students thoroughly enjoyed making things on their own! There was a communication

session on ‘Places’. Swimming in the pool was a great respite from the hot weather, at the end of the day. Overall it was an exciting study tour!

International Students enjoy their Cookery Competition

Date: March 20, 2018

Venue: ELTIS Lobby

Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Food is a universal element of culture. This year’s International Students’ Cookery Competition proved this yet again, showcasing an array of lip-smacking dishes prepared devotedly by students of ELTIS. The judges for the competition were Chef Mr. Girish Binjwe and Visiting Faculty, Ms. Anagha Natekar.

Students from 11 countries, from the DPECS, August 2017, October 2017, January and March 2018 batches, took part in the competition. The countries that were represented were Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Bahrain, Djibouti, DR Congo, Sudan and China. Arrangements were made in the ELTIS lobby. Leonie and Afsoon, students from the March 2018 Intermediate batch were the student comperes for the event.

All the students presented starters, main courses and desserts from their cultures and communicated with the judges about the same. The judges were impressed by the efforts and enthusiasm of the participants in preparing and presenting the delicious food. The presentations were beautiful. Teachers and students savoured the colourful and appetizing creations of the participants.

The Guests addressed the audience, and were impressed by the vibrant event, a first of its kind, where states from North-East-South were performing on a single stage.

After the presentation process, the judges announced the winners and awarded medals to them. All in all, the event was a wonderful celebration of numerous cultures united by food.

The names of the members of the winning teams are as follows –

First prize - Team Thailand

Sr. no. Name of student Class
1 Jirapon Arjcharoen October Intermediate
2 Thapana Kaenchant October Intermediate
3 Natnicha Chichana October Intermediate
4 Anusak Chaopreknoi DPECS A
5 Chananchida Pangpiree DPECS A
6 Siwat Pannga DPECS B
7 Acharaporn Sutharak DPECS B
8 Likhit Phansakun DPECS B
9 Thanaporn Sangsrikaew January Intermediate
10 Keurmetha Rerkpornpipat January Intermediate
11 Chomyamat Khamyam January Intermediate

Runner-up prize - Team Yemen

Sr. no. Name of student Class
1 Mohammed Abdul Jabbar August B1
2 Abdullah Mansoor October B1
3 Mohammed Abdo Farhan October B1
4 Marwan Ali August B2
5 Amr Abdulrahman DPECS A
6 Mohammed Abdullah DPECS A
7 Malek Gaber Saleh DPECS A
8 Aiman Mohammed DPECS A
9 Osamah Abdullah DPECS A
10 Ahmed Abdulmalek DPECS A

Annual Day 2018

ELTIS-SIFIL celebrated its Annual Day this year on Wednesday, March 07; 2018.The theme of the Annual Day 2018 was ‘ENVIRONMENT’.

H.E. Mr. Alem Tsehaye Woldemariam, Ambassador of Eretria to India, Delhi and Dean of African Heads of Mission was the Chief Guest at the Annual Day function.

Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, President and Founder of Symbiosis & Chancellor: Symbiosis International (Deemed University) presided over the function.

Dr. Rajani Gupte, the Vice- Chancellor: Symbiosis International (Deemed University) was also present.

The Annual Magazine “Fusion 2018” was released during the function.

The speakers gave motivational speeches which were treat to the ears of the audience present. The winners of various co-curricular competitions received prizes at the hands of the guests. Students were also awarded for their excellent attendance and academic performances. There were also awards for teachers and staff who made notable contribution through their service.

The cultural function was unique with a variety of items. It truly lived to the spirit of Symbiosis – Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam.

Elocution 2018

Words! Words! Words!

What power they have! Oh, What glory do they bring!

A glorious battle of words was fought at ELTIS between the orators of DPE&CS, August and October Batch on 23 January 2018, a battle that slayed the audience. As Alfred Tennyson says,

…Stormed at with shot and shell,

Boldly they rode and well…

But only a few passed this test of fire. Here we proudly present the list of Winners


1. Mr. Ahmad Shah Sherzai Aug (Int) 1st
2. Mr. Daeguk Bae Oct (Int) 2nd
3. Ms. Huang Junyi DPE&CS (B) 3rd


1. Mr. Anusak Chaopreknoi DPE&CS (A) 1st
2. Ms. Azadeh Shaban Ali Amiri Raeiz DPE&CS (A) 2nd

Sports Day 2018