Country: India
City: Kolkata

Kolkata, a heavily populated city, is the capital of the state of West Bengal. The city is well-connected with public transportation services, but due to heavy traffic, getting from one place to another can take some time. It is easier and less time-consuming to get around by cycle and auto rickshaws for short distances, but be aware that drivers mostly speak only Bengali and may not always know the way, so the driver may ask the passenger for directions. Communicating with local people, especially vendors at small stores, grocery shops, local taxis, and auto rickshaw drivers can, at times, be a challenge. Summers are typically hot and humid, while winters are mild by North American or European standards. Summer monsoons occur between June and September.

Host Institution: The Heritage Group of Institutions

The Heritage Group of Institutions is affiliated with the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology – one of the top-ranking group of institutions in West Bengal that is made up of a variety of educational colleges. The Heritage Group offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in electronic media, journalism, public relations and advertising, media management, content writing, and social media. The school has a strong employment counseling unit for graduating students, and the alumni of this school obtain good job placements in local media houses. Unlike other universities and colleges in India, this media school encourages diverse forms of learning, with English being a core skill that the students need to develop. To meet global challenges and make young students more employable, this school offers a variety of specialized programs that offer practical skills to the students.

Primary Duties

  • The Fellow will teach the 4 skills to students pursuing an undergraduate degree in journalism to improve their proficiency in English so that they find better job placements with media houses. Since some of the students come from vernacular-medium schools, speaking and writing skills remains the biggest challenge for them. The Fellow will teach students enrolled in different courses like electronic media, journalism, public relations and advertising, media management, content writing, and social media.

Secondary Duties

The Fellow may be asked to:

  • Conduct a variety of U.S. Embassy-related programs at the American Center.
  • Mentor Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs).
  • Visit English Access Scholarship Programs in West Bengal and Bihar.

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