Sacrificial Lambs

Posted on 26 Mar 2006 under Essays, GNEC

The JNTU (Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University) has just woken up to the inadequacies of purely technical education in the modern multi-national corporate world. No longer are you guaranteed an excellent job solely by passing out of college with excellent academic statistics. Corporations no longer want untappable potential/genius, they want efficient people who can contribute quickly and effectively to the company’s growth. Thus the need for imparting what our highly competent English lecturer obsessively calls ‘soft skills’… which can also be called a combination of personality development, communication skills, etc.

Thus was born the highly praise-worthy JNTU brainchild, the ELCS (English Language and Communication Skills) lab, a part of the engineering degree syllabus for the first year students for the first time. In my opinion, it’s an excellent idea to impart pronunciation help, improve vocabulary and learn usage of words and phrases on par with global levels, with the aid of exciting, interactive computer software. Today, almost 6 months into the academic year, I’ve properly used the software for the first time. The topic was Consonant Sounds in Phonetics, and though the software played back a few words and pointed out common errors in Indian pronounciation (such as the ‘th’ in ‘thief’), it failed to show the phonetic symbols, thus making it less effective than it could have been.

Yet, I get the feeling that these classes may get better in the future (hopefully if placed in the care of slightly more competent faculty). However, that leaves me and my batch not very satisfied and obviously not as benefitted as future batches might be. We shall be the unlucky sacrificial lambs for the first time use of this lab/course.

8 Responses to “Sacrificial Lambs”

  1. Good luck with your new blog layout. I like the colours and don’t recommand any colour changes!

  2. hi,
    can you please mail me the softwares used in english and communications lab..it would be of great help to me and thank you..
    with regards,
    gautham.

  3. my id is sandy_den@rediffmail.com

  4. nehru…

    Can u provide more information about this ?…

  5. More information about what?

  6. Communication skills are among the most important and sought after skills today. the ability to relate to others and find out the true needs are extremely important when looking to find cost effective resolutions to most problems.

  7. You’re among the first benefactors, and so are lucky guinea pigs, not sacrificial lambs. You paid for it, but you will also have the longest time to benefit, as well. There is so much help today to pronounce English, and much of it is free. Check out this excellent reference: http://www.forvo.com or even good old dictionary.com.

    Winston Churchill was not very inclined to Greek and Latin as his fellow students, but he made a lifetime pursuit of the refinement of his use of the English language. I believe it is the world’s greatest language for one simple, profound reason – it still enthusiastically borrows from every country and culture, and is therefore the most strong and versatile language to communicate with both finesse and filigree.

  8. “Yet, I get the feeling that these classes may get better in the future (hopefully if placed in the care of slightly more competent faculty). However, that leaves me and my batch not very satisfied and obviously not as benefitted as future batches might be. We shall be the unlucky sacrificial lambs for the first time use of this lab/course.” – I totally agree with your point! But there’s nothing you can do about it. Perhaps doing a self-study would make a difference. I hope future batches will benefit for the future improvements with the program.