Research Methodology and Academic Writing came in very handy to me. I am teaching Composition to undergrad-level students and the things I learned in this class were quite helpful in my teaching. Also, Dr. Tara Prasad Adhikari made efficient use of google classroom to share resources with us. It was also convenient for us to post our assignments in google classroom. He presented his ideas and lead the discussions which were quite insightful. I particularly remember a class on the neo-liberal agenda in higher education which was quite interesting. All the groups presented their ideas on a theory they choose at the end of the class.
Lastly, Nature and Spirituality was a course that aimed to study the interconnectedness between environment and religion. Prof. Jawahar lectured us on world religions and have impact on the environment and vice versa. Exploring ecofeminism and the chipko movement in India as well as understanding how our traditions are linked to the environment was enlightening.
Overall, I would say the first semester exposed me to different ideas which I would not have pondered upon if I had not joined Mphil. The experience so far has been great and I hope to gain more in the upcoming semester. The only thing I felt could have been better this semester was time management. We had only about two months of classes which were not enough to cover the depths that these courses offered.
Lastly, I joined this course because I see myself working in academia. I enjoy teaching, writing, and researching. Therefore, doing Mphil provides me with the resources and skills to prepare for P.h.D and a career in academia.