Dr. Nitin Sankar Pillai
Assistant Professor, Communication
Institute of Management, Nirma University
Nitin Sankar Pillai is an Assistant Professor at Institute of Management, Nirma Univeristy. With more than 12 years of teaching experience in the domain of communication his professional focus is in assisting students develop their communicative competence for strategic personal and professional interactions. In addition to his Masters in English he also earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching English (PGDTE) from EFL University, Hyderabad and followed it with a Master of Philosophy in English Language Teaching and Higher Order Thinking Skills. He was awarded a PhD for this work in Alternative Language Assessment Strategies that investigated the need for better assessment practices in order to develop communicative abilities. He is trained in Language Assessment and Critical Thinking Strategies in EFL Context by University of Maryland (Baltimore, USA) & SIT Graduate Institute (USA) through RELO (Regional English Language Office). He has been awarded for his Outstanding Contribution to Education by the Indian Council of Literary, Social, Education and Cultural Research and is also the recipient of Justice Ibrahim Shaikh Award and Smt. Shardaben Kharawala Gold Medal for Excellence in Education. He has been invited as a resource person for various Faculty Development Programs (Gurudakshata) for English Language Teachers organized by UGC-HRDC, Gujarat University and for E-content development in the form of MOOCs and has conducted various training programs for teachers of Language. He writes on topics of communication on his blogs and about movies in the university newsletter along with being a passionate quiz enthusiast.