Our Creative Team

Meet Our Creative team, from various domains.

Dr. Vandana Shinde
ECSSOP Program In-charge
Associate Professor, Tolani Maritime Institute, Pune
  • PhD Savitribai Phule University, Pune
    Topic: Linguistic Analysis of Language Used by the Indian Seafarers
  • M.Phil (Linguistics and Phonetics), CIEFL, Hyderabad
  • M.B.A (HR) IGNOU
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching of English (PGDTE), CIEFL, Hyderabad
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching of English (PGCTE), CIEFL, Hyderabad
  • M.A. in English, University of Pune
  • B.Sc in Chemistry, University of Pune
  • Training for Trainers and Assessors (TOTA)
  • NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Consultant

25 + years of teaching experience in teaching English language to international and Indian students. She has conducted several teacher training workshops in online mode for the Pune Chapter of the English Language Teachers Association of India (ELTAI), e-MELTA, etc. She has also successfully conducted a pilot project of the English Workshop for DG Shipping. In addition to this she has been conducting professional communication training sessions for the non-teaching staff and faculty at her college on a regular basis. She has also been actively involved in the syllabus design for Maritime English under the scope of ESP (English for Specific Purposes). She has developed the Technical English courses at her institute to satisfy the needs of the maritime industry. Her Ph.D. research includes “Linguistic Analysis of Language Used by the Indian Seafarers” wherein she has analyzed samples from different sources of professional communication and designed and proposed a theory of language teaching to be applied in Maritime Training Institutes in India. It can further be extended and customized for other technical and non-technical professions as well. She has also published and presented papers on the topics like Error Analysis, Material Selection and Innovative Teaching Methodologies. She has worked with the British Council and Cambridge University Press as a freelancer and conducted teacher training programmes at colleges and schools. She worked as a Co-ordinator of GESE (Graded Examination in Spoken English) conducted by Trinity College, London. She has worked as an Asst. Coordinator for the HND (Higher National Diploma) course conducted at Tolani Maritime Institute in affiliation with Glasgow College of Nautical Studies, UK. She has been working as Chairperson of “Students’ Publication Committee” at Tolani Maritime Institute for 15+ years, which publishes quarterly news bulletin “Maritimes” and yearly magazine “Reflections”. She has keen interest in guiding students for their job interviews, teaching and testing language skills, developing innovative ideas in teaching, making classes interactive and enjoyable experience for the students.

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Mr. Rahul R. Kale
ECSSOP Program Co-ordinator
Assistant Professor, Tolani Maritime Institute, Pune
  • PhD (Pursuing), MIT-ADT University, Pune
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching of English (PGDTE), EFLU, Hyderabad
  • M.A. in English, Department of English, University of Pune
  • Business English Certificate (BEC)
  • Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)
  • Training for Trainers and Assessors (TOTA)

12 + years of teaching experience in teaching English language to international and Indian students. He has conducted several teacher training workshops in online and offline mode for the Pune Chapter of the English Language Teachers Association of India (ELTAI), English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis, e-MELTA, BITS Pilani at Mahindra & Mahindra, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), etc. He has also successfully conducted a pilot project of the English Workshop for DG Shipping. He is interested in guiding students for their placements, organizing online and face to face events, workshops, training programmes for teacher and students, online teaching and testing, bringing innovative ideas to classes, making classes interactive and enjoyable experience for the students.

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Ms. Sushama Kapur
Content Developer/ Vetter
ESL/ EFL Trainer and Teacher in ELT
Visiting Faculty and Faculty Mentor at English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis (ELTIS), Pune
  • SET (State Eligibility Test,Maharashtra) in English
  • M.A in English from the Department of English, University of Pune (with specialization in English Language and Literature Teaching)
  • BA in English (Entire) from Fergusson College, Pune
  • BEC Higher Certification, Cambridge ESOL
  • Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT), Cambridge ESOL
  • NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) (basic level) certification from National Federation for Neuro Linguistic Programming (NFNLP, USA)

10 years of experience in teaching English literature and language at the graduate level, in a few colleges in Pune. 22 years of experience at the English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis in teaching English language skills to Indian and International students at basic, intermediate and advanced levels. Apart from this teaching, conceptualised and formulated syllabi, designed courses as well as the assessment criteria involved therein, conducted teacher training programmes for in-house faculty, corporate employees, and in various schools in Pune, and mentored in-house faculty.

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Ms. Tusharika Limaye Bapat
Content Developer (Reading Skills)
  • M.A – English ( Pune University)
  • B.Ed. – Methods – English, Geography
  • M.Ed. – Pune University
  • DSM – YCMOU
  • Certified School assessor – Muttha Foundation

30+ years teaching experience Primary level to PG. Tusharika Limaye retired as the principal of D.Ed. College. She is the author of D.T.Ed. English text books used in the state of Maharshtra. Some other books are: 1. Indian Society and Primary Education 2. Value Education 3. Grammar for Technical Writers 4. 6 books for the course on Creative Writing, SCDL 5. 3 major translations from Marathi to English She has worked as an expert in preparation of handbooks for teachers on behalf of Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and as a resource person for DIET, Loni Kalbhor and as a member of the English curriculum development team for Bal Bharati. Currently she is engaged in conducting training sessions for in-service teachers and school assessment all over India.

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Dr. Vaishali J. Shinde
Content Developer (Writing Skills)
Trainer in Soft Skills & Personality Development
  • Doctoral Degree: Linguistic Analysis of Advertisements in Print and Audio-Visual Media: A Comparative Study by University of Pune (2011)
  • Bachelor in Education: Methods- English & History, Adarsh College, University of Pune, Pune (2004)
  • Masters Degree in English (Specialisation- Linguistics), Shivaji University, Kolhapur (1998)
  • Post-Graduation Diploma in Instructional Designing from Symbiosis Centre for Distance Education, Pune (2015)
  • Post-Graduation Certificate in Teaching English (PGCTE) from Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL), Hyderabad (2001)

Being in education field since 1998, Dr. Vaishali Jayaprakash Shinde carries substantial experience in teaching and administration. She authored a book entitled- Advertisement Communiqué: A Language Guide for Researchers and Designers published by Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany in 2015; a book chapter and various research papers. She presented the papers and chaired the sessions at different National and International Conferences. As she is fascinated with the new ideas in Linguistics, Pragmatics and Communication Skills, she endorses the innovative ways of research and pedagogy.

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Ms. Mala Hinduja
Content Developer (Speaking Skills)
ESL/EFL Trainer
Visiting Faculty, English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis, (ELTIS) Pune
  • CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) Cambridge (International House, Budapest, Hungary)
  • M.A. with specialization in English Language and Literature Teaching (Fergusson College, Pune University)
  • BEC Higher Certification and Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) - Cambridge ESOL
  • Qualified Google Certified Educator- Level-1
  • Diplome Superieure D’Etudes (French) - Alliance Francaise de Poona

26 years of experience at English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis in teaching English Language Skills to Indian and international students from all walks of life at the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Besides teaching, formulated syllabus, designed courses and conducted teacher training programmes in-house & for employees in the corporate arena.

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Dr. Leena Jadhav
Content Developer (Writing Skills)
Full Time Adjunct Faculty of Communication Skills, College of Engineering Pune
  • PhD (Applied Linguistics), Shivaji University, Kolhapur
    Topic-The Verb Phrase in English and Marathi: A Comparative Study
  • M.Phil, MA (English), SPPU
  • Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT), Cambridge University
  • Cambridge Certified BEC trainer - BEC Higher
  • Certifications in Computational Linguistics and Python Programming for NLP
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner

Dr. Leena Jadhav has been imparting training in English communication skills and other soft skills to undergraduate, post-graduate students and working professionals since 2004. Her research-oriented approach has always helped her in all her teaching endeavours. She has attended many national and international conferences and presented papers. Her articles on English language teaching have been published in ELT journals.

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Dr. Yogita Bhamare
Content Developer (Speaking Skills)
ESL and EFL Trainer, ELTIS, Pune
  • PhD from Symbiosis International University, Pune
    Topic - The Teaching of Language Skills and Materials Production through Songs, Film Segments and Video Clips
  • MA English: Ferguson College Pune
  • BA North Maharashtra University Jalgaon
  • D.Ed SNDT Mumbai
  • Certificate Course In Women's Studies from SPPU, Pune
  • Certificate course in Teacher Training for Faculty Development from Arizona University, USA

19 years of teaching experience as a Language Trainer to Indian and International Students form more than 36 different countries. I teach Language Skills, Soft-skills, and Business English. I emphasize activity-based teaching using real-life materials (aka Authentic Materials) by which students are able to carry over the language learned to real life. I am techno-savvy and use educational technologies in my classroom. I easily get connected to my students as I believe- 'teaching them is actually learning it their way'. I am sure that I do make a difference in my students' life imparting my language and life skills. I have been leading and been a decision-making part of many academic initiatives at the institute. At present, my major responsibilities are designing curriculums, developing teaching-learning materials, preparing modules for corporate clients, conducting corporate training, designing and executing curricular and co-curricular initiatives and extension programs, and so on. I am a certified Teacher Trainer by RELO in collaboration with the US embassy, America. I have been a part of the Train the Trainer Programme under the CLIL@India project where I conducted teacher training in 4 states in India. This training also included induction, training, assessment, and evaluation. I teach Business Communication, Soft Skills, and Communication Skills as core courses at the sister institutes of Symbiosis in Pune and across India. I have conducted workshops on various topics like job interviews, promotional interviews, email etiquette, Resume/CV, and cover letter writing. I have conducted webinars on the Importance of Listening Skills in Language Development. I have been associated with ELTIS as a language trainer since 2004 till date. During this time I also played the role of a Co-ordinator Corporate Training Assignments (CTA) at ELTIS from December 2016 to August 2018.

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Dr. Nisha Navare
Content Developer (Listening Skills)
ELT expert and Content Developer
Parent coach and Child Development Consultant
  • PhD in Second Language Acquisition: Strategies in Child Language Development
  • MPhil – ELT- Vocabulary Development
  • MA-English Language
  • BA – English

Have 10 years + teaching experience and field experience of conducting English language trainings, with teachers and children. I have worked with children, teachers, parents, IT professionals, to enable them to enhance their English, communication, presentation and other soft skills. Played an active part for the content development, for the Educational Television series TILLI MILLI.

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Dr. Sachin Gadekar
Content Developer (Listening Skills)
Assistant Professor, Dr. Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University, Pune
  • PhD in English (Savitribai Phule Pune University)
    Topic: A STUDY OF OBSERVATION AND VIOLATION OF CONVERSATIONAL PRINCIPLES IN CHETAN BHAGAT’S SELECTED NOVELS
  • M.Phil.in English (Savitribai Phule Pune University)
  • Masters in English literature (Savitribai Phule Pune University)

10 + years of teaching experience in the field of language training to the Indian as well as international students from the middle east, south Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

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Ms. Apurva Deshpande
Content Developer (Listening Skills)
English Language Trainer
Freelance Communication Skills and Soft-Skills Trainer
  • PhD (Pursuing)
  • M. A. English (Fergusson College, Pune)
  • Certificate in Teaching English to Adults (CELTA)
  • B.A. English (Shivaji University, Kolhapur)
  • Business English Certificate (BEC Higher), Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT Module 1,2 &3)

A CELTA certified English language trainer with a comprehensive experience of about 10 years in teaching Communication Skills, Corporate Training, Verbal Ability for competitive examinations, Business Communication, Soft-Skills, and English as a second and foreign language (ESL and EFL)

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