The Writing and Communication Centre plays a unique part in Vedica’s re-imagination of a management programme. Since communication skilling is a prominent facet of preparing for today’s workplace, all Vedica Scholars are trained to excel in it. The Writing and Communication Centre helps each Scholar gain enough communicative competence to confidently navigate the professional space. The Centre’s methods are derived from the newest principles of language-teaching and the interdisciplinary humanities. The facilities of the Centre are open to current Scholars as well as alumnae.
The Writing and Communication Centre equips Scholars with a checklist of basics directly required by recruiters today. Courses and workshops cover topics on organisational communication, journalistic communication, personal communication as well as the ‘creative’ and ‘literary’. The Centre does not offer to do the work for Scholars, but partners with them to build on their spoken and written aptitude.
The Writing and Communication Centre functions along the academic track Thinking and Communicating for Impact, and works in two ways:
Foundation courses are offered by instructors on different aspects of language/communication: Spoken language, writing quality, critical thinking, comprehension, synthesising data for responsible research, structured argumentation, effective story-telling and presentation skills. Small groups and tutorials are designed to follow up on these.
The Writing Lab is a system of office hours with the writing faculty, and is the main spine of the Centre. It is a collaborative and encouraging space for Scholars and works by appointment. Scholars are welcome to discuss all kinds of writing—assignments, reports, essays, articles, etc. Through one-on-one sessions of 30-45 minutes, the instructor trains each Scholar in editing and structuring techniques, so that her writing improves over time.
The Writing Lab also helps Scholars with their verbal skills and elocution through customised diagnostic tests, coaching, tailored advice and regular follow-ups.
Shreyasi Singh is currently the Director of Careers and Programme Development at the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women. She was the Managing Editor for Inc. India, the Indian edition of the American magazine Inc. Her first book ‘The Wealth Wallahs’ was released in September 2016. She was the Managing Editor for Inc. India, the Indian edition of the American magazine Inc. She is now working on her first book on a successful start-up’s journey. She is a co-founder of The Foundation for Working Women, a not-for-profit which works in the areas of policy, infrastructure and advocacy to enable women to “live their choice to work”.
Saurav Goswami is a linguist and a grammarian. He’s had editorial experience with SAGE and Routledge. He acquired on-field perspectives of language teaching while working with Pratham Foundation. He integrates principles of ESL teaching and linguistics to customise ‘live’ offerings at the Centre. Saurav believes in celebrating words but likes the crisp style of business language. He has a Bachelors and a Masters in English. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preeti Singh is an Editorial & Communications Consultant. She was Executive Editor – Special Projects & BW Smart Cities at BW | Businessworld. She has over a decade of experience in media and research. Before making the switch to mainstream media, she worked as a researcher at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) for four years, focusing on nuclear issues in South Asia and security in the European Union. Preeti is a Chevening Gurukul scholar from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) – the British government’s flagship leadership programme for young Indian achievers.
Preeti Singh is a leadership development specialist based in Gurgaon, India. She loves writing poetry in Urdu and prose in English. She is deeply interested in psychology and spirituality and enjoys reading both thrillers and non fiction, watching murder mysteries, splashing paints on canvas, and travelling. After completing her Masters in English Literature, Preeti has been working in the corporate world for the last 19 years in the areas of communications and people development.
Trisha Gupta is a writer and critic based in New Delhi. She writes for various newspapers and runs a blog where she deconstructs cinema and popular culture.