10th National Conference on Nature, Culture, Language, and Literature - Environmental Narratives and Critical Practices

Start: 16-04-2018
End: 17-04-2018

Organised by the Department of English and Foreign Languages

In collaboration with:

ELS Language Centers

Publishing Partner

Edupedia Publications Pvt. Ltd.

This conference will investigate the ways in which literature can explore the depth of nature-culture relations and avenues that establish paradigms of 'new consciousness', by examining the practices and representations in the long tradition of literature, ranging from the pastoral to the postmodern environmental narratives. It will also offer a platform to analyze cultural history, texts, forms, and practices and thereby new approaches for the sustenance and enrichment of our cultural ecology. This conference invites research papers in the following themes, but it does not restrict its boundary. The scholars are encouraged to develop their research papers in the emerging interdisciplinary areas pertaining to the main theme of the conference.

Important Dates:

The last date for submitting the Abstract and Full Paper is 07 April, 2018

Note: Papers should be written in IJR Format.

Participants are requested to mail the Abstracts in 250 Words to ncl.2018@ktr.srmuniv.ac.in.

Publication Details:

Papers will be published in UGC Approved journal (International Journal of Research).

Dr.K.Anbazhagan  - 9444452515

Dr. Narayan Jena -  9962660781

For Further details please feel free to contact:
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10th National conference on Nature, Culture, Language, and Literature: Narratives and Critical Practices

Start: 16-04-2018
End: 17-07-2018

In the last couple of decades, Nature, more specially, environment has not only been the center of academic and industrial research, but also has made way into human consciousness. Environment no longer remains a term with scientific connotation, but has acquired significant position in humanities and social sciences research. When scientific inventions have failed to offer any effective solution to curb spiralling environmental problems through its technological methods, Humanities, especially literature and philosophy have located the roots of such problems in human consciousness and socio-cultural system. Thus fields of humanities attempt to reengineer such systems by edifying human consciousness with an objective to bring about permanent solution to such problems. So, it is now a necessity to re-examine nature oriented literature that has the potential to redirect our minds and imagination from ‘ego-consciousness’ and ‘ethno-consciousness’ to ‘eco-consciousness’. We need to study the literature which questions Western ideologies, which have created binaries that separate men from women, mind from matter, humanity from nature. This 10th National conference on Nature, Culture, Language, and Literature: Narratives and Critical Practices investigated the ways literature explores the depth of nature-culture relations and tried to find new avenues to establish paradigms of ‘new consciousness by examining the practices and representations in the long tradition of literature ranging from the pre-historic to the postmodern time.

The conference began on 16th April 2018  forenoon with an invocation and lighting of lamp. The inaugural function was graced by the Vice-Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr. SandeepSancheti, Registrar, Dr. N. Sethuraman, Pro Vice-Chancellor, EFL University, Hyderabad,Prof. Kilash Chandra Baral, Convenor of the Conference, Prof. K Anbzhaghan and other dignitaries from other institutions. The inaugural was presided by Dr. Sancheti. Dr. K. Anbazhagan  welcomed the gathering and presented a synoptic view of the conference. The special address was delivered by the Registrar, and it was followed by the address of the Chief Guest. The Chief Guest Dr. Baral highlighted the continuity of the connect between nature and culture in the Indian tradition. He invoked the Puranic literature to create a new consciousness in which we can understand the cosmic equation of human nature relations. He further emphasised on the logic of our age old practices that are in consonance with nature and on the need for conjoining the metanarratives with minor narratives for the demolition of polar oppositions. The Inaugural came to an end at 11.30 am with the Vote of Thanks by Dr. B. Cauveri.

The key note of the conference was set by Dr. Rayson K. Alex, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS Pilani, Goa. He focused on the politics of identity, eco-ethical practices and environmental conservation and how the belief system of indigenous Indians help in protecting the natural environment despite all changes brought about by techno-science. Although technological advancement is undeniable, yet technology must not interfere with the conventions and create knowledge systems which make people sceptical about their traditional practices.

The Keynote address was followed by a Plenary Address by Dr. Padma V Mckertich, from the Department of English, Stella Maris College, Chennai. Her topic of presentation was “From Peninsula: Literary Studies and Ecology in India”. She offered an overview of how and in what historical context the idea of environment and ecology entered into Indian creative and critical consciousness. The plenary was followed by a session of paper presentation. Fifteen participants presented their innovative thoughts, ideas, postulations and theories during this session. The session was quite interactive and many ideas emerged from the scholarly discussions and discourses.

The second day of the conference, 17th April 2018, began with the plenary address titled “Bringing Nature into English Classroom: Using Eco-literature for LSRW Activities” by Dr. T Murugavel. In the course of his presentation, Dr Murugavel focused on how to sensitise young minds about the environmental conditions by teaching them literature concerning environment and ecology. He further emphasised on teaching English language through literature, wherein environmental literature necessarily plays pivotal role. He also talked about offering learners a first-hand experience of nature to develop their creative consciousness. It was followed by two sessions of paper presentations by researchers, faculty members, students and subject experts. The sessions were profoundly vibrant. And the final plenary was addressed by Mr. Padmanabhan Oppili, Senior Journalist and environmental Editor of The Times of India, Chennai. His speech focused on the use of plain and simple English by the media in representing and taking environmental issues to the common man. He also illustrated how such representations conspire to affect readers, NGOs, Government, and policy makers at both local and global level.

Towards the end of the second day, the Undergraduate and Post-graduate students of the Department of English and Foreign Languages staged a few cultural programmes, which won the appreciation of the audience. That was followed by the Valedictory Function. Dr. Narayana Jena, the Conference Coordinator presented a report on the events that took place during the conference. The Valedictory Address was given by Dr. Girish Kunjuraman, Deputy Dean and Vice principal, SRM Medical College and Research Centre. He viewed environment as a living system and as a necessity for all living beings, and highlighted the importance of living in harmony with nature. He said that human beings are a part of nature, and in the course of destroying it, they are destroying themselves. He convincingly argued that the protection of nature entails the protection of humanity. The function ended with the Vote of Thanks by Dr. Uma Maheswari. And the conference successfully came to an end with the national anthem and a cheerful hope for other such successful events in future.

Report Prepared by Dr. Narayan Jena, Conference Coordinator, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Foreign Languages, SRMIST, Chennai and Dr. B. Cauveri, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Foreign Languages, SRMIST, Chennai.

Special Campaign for Voice Disorders

Start: 18-04-2018
End: 30-04-2018

Organized by Department of Audiology & Speech Language Pathology, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University)

Special Campaign for Voice Disorders 

Date: April 18-30, 2018

Monday to Friday (8.00 AM - 3.00 PM)                        
Saturdays (8 AM - 12 PM)

Venue: Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, 'C ' block, First floor, SRM Hospital



Inhouse CNE on Special Concerns of older Persons

Start: 19-04-2018

Organized by Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University)

Inhouse CNE on How Old is Old? Special Concerns of older Persons

Date: Apr 19, 2018

SciConnect - 2018

Start: 23-04-2018

SciConnect - 2018

Project Day

Organised by the Departments of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

Date: 23 April 2018 

Venue: Ground floor, University Building,

SRM Institute of Science and Technology,


Nurses's Day Celebration

Start: 27-04-2018

Organized by Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University)

Nures's Day Celebration

Date: Apr 27, 2018

PANACEA - 2018

Start: 27-04-2018
End: 28-04-2018

SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, an esteemed institute offering a plethora of opportunities at the career ladder, celebrated their cultural event ‘PANACEA – 2018’ 10th of its edition on April 27 & 28. Over the years, Panacea has become one of the most popular, star studded and rewarding inter medical college cultural event of recent times. It has provided a platform to showcase a range of talents and has supplied the guaranteed entertainment.
The event was inaugurated by the renowned Director of Indian Cinema, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Vice Chancellor of SRM Deemed to be University Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, graced the occasion along with the Director and Dean of Medical Sciences.
The present year’s PANACEA celebrates 10 years, with fun filled events & programs of two days like Variety show, Coffee with SRM, Shipwreck, Indian Dance, Adzap, Adaptune, Pro Show, Movie Dub, Connections, Solo Singing, Short Film, Treasure Hunt, Face Painting, Pot painting, Minute to Win it and Channel Surfing.
Students from Medical colleges all over India participated in various activities and interacted with the Chief Guest Director, Gautham Menon; where he answered few questions of the students, one of which said that every day is a learning experience and there is no life without experiencing different things. The event is expected to see a list of stars at its valedictory with innovative and fun filled events.