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Guwahati: Professor Nani Gopal Mahanta, Education Advisor to the Government of Assam, emphasized the unifying role of English in India’s diverse linguistic landscape during the inaugural ceremony of the 7th AINET International ELT Conference at Gauhati University. The event, organized in collaboration with the Department of English Language Teaching, brought together around 150 English language teachers, educators, and trainers from India and Bangladesh.
Ms. Sarah Rogerson, Director of English Programmes South and East Asia, British Council, and Mr. Micah Risher, Regional English Language Officer, American Embassy, New Delhi, were prominent guests at the conference. Professor Padmini Boruah, Head of the Department of ELT at Gauhati University and President of AINET, along with Mr. Nadeem Khan, Secretary of AINET Association of English teachers, were also present.
During the plenary session, Sarah Rogerson noted the positive impact of conferences on teachers, referencing David Graddol’s predictions on the role of English in India. She highlighted India’s emergence as a hub of South Asian English and the National Education Policy’s focus on multilingualism.
The conference, attended by notable figures in English language education, aims to enhance the quality of English Language Teaching within India’s multilingual reality. Professor Padmini Boruah and Mr. Nadeem Khan closed the inaugural session with gratitude, emphasizing the conference’s commitment to promoting effective language education in India.