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Dr. S.Ramaratnam is the Vice Chancellor of Jagadguru Kripalu University (JKU), Odisha. He has more than 50 years of experience in the field of academics and has worked as Director and Principal of various Colleges and Institutions. Prior to joining Jagadguru Kripalu University he was the Vice Chancellor for Sri Sri University. He was also a visiting Professor to Oxford University and the University of Mauritius.

Dr. Lesley Ljungdahl was a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Technology, Sydney. She was the Coordinator of the Bachelor of Education(Primary Education) program. Her latest publication with Winch et al. is Literacy: Reading,Writing and Children’s Literature, 3rd edition(Oxford University Press). She has a keen interest in ESL education,language, literacy and literature education.

Dr.Kristian Van Haesendonck is an Associate Professor at the University of Sanya, specialising in comparative Latin American, Caribbean and Lusophone African literatures. He graduated in Romance Languages from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and obtained his PhD in Latin American Literature from Leiden University (The Netherlands). He taught Spanish language and Latin-American Literature and Culture in the United States (Princeton, Villanova) and was a researcher at the Universities of Lisbon (Portugal), Linnaeus (Sweden) and Antwerp (Belgium). He is the author of Postcolonial Archipelagos: essays on Hispanic Caribbean and Lusophone African Literatures (Peter Lang) and ¿Encanto o espanto? Identidad y nación en la novela puertorriqueña actual (Frankfurt-Madrid: Vervuert-Iberoamericana), and editor of Going Caribbean! New Perspectives on Caribbean Literature and Art (Lisbon: Humus), and Caribbeing: Comparing Caribbean Literatures and Cultures (Amsterdam-Atlanta: Rodopi). He recently edited Worlds of Mia Couto (Peter Lang), a collection of essays about the Mozambican writer.

Prof. (Dr.) Jagdish Batra, Professor & Director, English Literary Society joined JGU in 2012 as the Founding Head of English Language Centre. Prior to it, he worked as Head of P.G. Dept. of English, Hindu College, Sonepat. He has more than 30 years of teaching experience and has guided 33 M.Phil. and 10 Ph.D. scholars. Indian English fiction is his area of special interest on which he has presented papers at international conferences in UK, Ireland, Romania, Singapore,  Thailand, etc. He is the Convener of the six annual international literary conferences organized at JGU. A Rotary Study Exchange scholar to USA, Dr Batra has published eight books besides several research papersHe is on the editorial boards of six journals and research panels of many universities.

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