On the 15th of November 2014, a packed KV Auditorium was witness to the Advanced Scientific Writing Skills workshop organized by the Bombay Technologist and conducted by Achievers League USA.
Eeshani Godbole & Tarun Bhatia report…
The Bombay Technologist, as a part of the Technological Association of ICT had arranged a workshop on Advanced Scientific Writing skills on 15th of November 2014. As prospective researchers, we are all well aware of how important it is to have the skill sets required to make a good scientist. Scientific writing is one of the many such skills.
Dr. Vandana Patravale, the journal editor spoke of the founding days of the ‘BT’, as most students like to address it and mentioned how even though earlier the journal existed as a hardbound volume that was distributed to faculty members and known industry persons, currently the journal is completely online (www.bombaytechnologist.org) and there is a concentrated effort to reach the masses via this portal. The journal that has published 64 volumes to date had earlier this year, collaborated with ‘Vortex’, the technical festival of the institute in an attempt to publish the winning entries of the paper presentation event at the festival. She also introduced the student secretaries of the Bombay Technologist, Mihir Bhagat and Preshita Desai who had organized and put together the seminar for the day.
Dr. R R Deshmukh, Vice President of the Technological Association introduced the activities of the student council and also briefly introduced the speaker for the day – Dr. Vijay Walia and the ‘Achievers’ League USA’ organization.
Prof. Bhate also graced the occasion with his presence.
As a part of this workshop, Dr Vijay Walia, Director and Co-founder of Achievers’ League USA spoke about the various aspects of scientific writing. He gave deep insights into what it takes to write a good scientific paper, a good statement of purpose and even a professional CV. As a part of his interactive session, he expounded on the different parts of any research paper and how to write the same. He carefully explained the details of every segment of a research paper. In fact, he commenced his seminar with a thought-provoking question that he posed to the audience – whether scientific writing skills are even essential or not.
In the course of the workshop, he interacted a great deal with the audience that consisted of UG students, PG students and even faculty members. He handed sheets of abstracts to help understand the different aspects to be covered in abstract writing. A part of this workshop also focused on the grammatic aspect of scientific writing.
Furthermore, the students were also given an insight into the details involved in the writing of a professional CV and a statement of purpose. Throughout the course of the session, students were encouraged to answer questions and their participation was rewarded with souvenirs. Toward the end of the seminar, the team at Achievers’ League enlightened the audience regarding the activities running at their organization and encouraged active enrollment by the ICT students for writing courses that span the basic scientific writing course, advanced scientific writing course, research article writing and review article writing. For all those interested in reading more into the organization, follow the link: http://www.achieversleague.com/
Mihir Bhagat, one of the two student secretaries of the Bombay Technologist was kind enough to share his views regarding this seminar. He said, “ICT is more synonymous with research than any other institute. All our researchers are extremely talented but many are unable to express their discoveries and inventions. Our final year undergrads and Masters’ students are also beginning work on their theses. That’s why the idea of keeping a seminar came up. The seminar was phenomenal – Dr. Walia is an experienced speaker who taught us scientific writing in a lucid and jovial manner. The enthusiasm and interest was depicted by over 200 registrations and a jam packed auditorium. This has motivated us to hold a special seminar for prospective MS and PhD applicants in June.”
All in all, it was a time well spent and well learned. Congratulations to the team of the Bombay Technologist for conducting the seminar with such gusto!