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DR ASHOK THORAT - Resume

Qualifications

Ph D in English (Research Topic: Discourse Analysis of Five Great Indian Novels. Thesis published and referred to all over the world. Three editions have been sold out. Cambridge University Press is publishing the fourth, revised edition)

Areas of Specialization

Pragmatics, Communication, Indian Writing in English, Research Methodology and Teacher Training

Academic Standing

A. Teaching Experience

Thirty two years at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels (All in Pune University Department of English and affiliated Colleges)

B. Research Work

Successfully guided twenty eight Ph. D. and eighteen M. Phil. students in Pune University. (The topics range from English Language Teaching to Natural Language Processing) Successfully guided four engineering students on Document Archival and Retrieval with Smart Search in Educational Domain Completed two minor research projects in Sociolinguistics under the UGC Scheme

C. Participation in Conferences

Participated in Twenty One International and seventy nine National conferences (made a notable contribution through keynote, inaugural & valedictory addresses, panel discussions and chairing technical sessions)

D. Publications

Published seven reference books and six textbooks prescribed in several universities at the UG and PG levels. Three reference books are widely read and referred to within and outside India.

Published twenty four research papers in international and thirteen papers in reputed national journals

E. International Visits

Visited the UK, USA, Spain, South Korea, Thailand, Germany, France and Switzerland for making presentations in conferences and for giving invited lectures and speeches

Administrative Experience

Seventeen years’ experience as Principal of reputed colleges in Pune (successfully completed the procedure for assessment and accreditation and secured substantial UGC grants)

Established Institute of Advanced Studies in English (affiliated to and recognized by the University of Pune) that has come to be known as a reputed center for advanced studies in English attracting students from different parts of India and abroad)

Worked as the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Fine Arts and Performing Arts in Pune University for eleven years Worked on almost all the statutory bodies and committees in Pune University either as a member or Chairman (Drafted the present Ph D Rules and Perspective Plan of Pune University for 2002-07)

Extension Activities

Organized or co-organized five International, four National and several state/university level conferences (earned the reputation of being the only Indian organizer of conferences on Pragmatics)

Gave more than 250 lectures/workshops across the country in UGC Refresher and Orientation Programs

Made over forty presentations on different aspects of higher education on prestigious occasions (like memorial lecture series, centenary, diamond or silver jubilee celebrations of academic institutions)

Have been playing the central role in syllabus revision and restructuring in Pune University for fifteen years.

Designed and executed Teacher Enrichment Program for schoolteachers teaching English in Marathi medium schools. (By now, about 3000 teachers participated from all over Maharashtra)

Arranged in Pune more than 25 speeches of internationally known, distinguished educationist and linguists from India and abroad

Membership of Learned Bodies

  • Member, International Pragmatics Association, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Life Member, Linguistic Society of India, Pune
  • Life Member, Forum on Contemporary Theory, Baroda
  • Founder Member, Forum for Culture Studies, Pune
  • Founder Member, Forum for Innovation and Transformation, Pune

Recognition

International level

  • Nominated on the editorial board of Journal of Multicultural Discourses published by Rutledge, UK
  • Nominated as a member of the advisory Board of the Journal of Pragmatics and Society published by John Benjamin from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • The only Indian invited to contribute a paper in the Jacob Mey Festschrift Volume (Professor Mey is the senior most and leading pragmaticist from the US)
  • Working as a reviewer for the Journal of Indian Studies published by Korean Society for Indian Studies
  • Founder-Editor of two International Journals, namely, Asian Journal of English Studies and Asian Quarterly, that has completed ten years.
  • Delivered nine speeches as invited guest in different universities in South Korea and Thailand
  • Maintained an excellent rapport with leading pragmaticists all over the world

National level

  • Nominated as UGC expert member on the committee for assessing XI Plan College Development Proposals for Gujarat University
  • Nominated by the UGC as an expert member (for South Regional Office and Western Regional Office) for evaluating the proposals, for research projects and conferences in English
  • Participated as an invitee in the interactive session with the Yash Pal Committee, appointed by the MHRD, Government of India
  • Nominated as a member of the selection committees (for selecting professors and assistant professors) for Central Agricultural Universities in the North Eastern States and by the Governor of UP
  • Nominated as an expert member on various bodies in the universities like, Pune, Mumbai, Shivaji, North Maharashtra, Swami Ramananda Teerth, Solapur, Bharati and Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University
  • Regularly invited as an expert in Pragmatics as a Resource Person for national and international conferences and for the UGC Sponsored Refresher Courses in different parts of India
  • Recipient of some prestigious awards at the state and national level, mainly Pune Municipal Corporation Best Teacher Award, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar National Fellowship and NSUI Ideal teacher Award
  • Short listed and interviewed by the Scrutiny Committee appointed for recommending the suitable names for the appointment as the Vice-Chancellor of BAMU, Aurangabad

 

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