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Academic Writing

UGC , H.N.B Garhwal University (A Central University) Srinagar Garhwal and CEC via Swayam


Number of Credits :-4
Myself, Dr Ajay Semalty, from HNB Garhwal University (A Central university) Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand welcome you on behalf of our entire teamin the fourth run of our course.After the three successful run of the course in last three cycles, we are proud to present India's most popular SWAYAM MOOC which gotmaximum number of exam registration (among all the SWAYAM MOOCs) and has been listed in top 30 MOOCs worldwide ( So far, more than 28000 learners across more than 85 countries have taken the advantage of the course.
In academic and research, who does not want the publications? In spite of being the vital requirement in academic & research career there is no comprehensive set up of learning academic writing in the knowledge domain. This course aims to fill this gap by providing the fundamental knowledge required for effective and result oriented academic writing. It is a foundation course and the application of this knowledge completely depends on an individual learner and his or her area of research.
Objectives of Course

Upon completing the course, one would be able

1. To differentiate between various kind of academic writings.
2. To identify and avoid the plagiarism.
3. To practice the basic skills of performing quality literature review.
4. To practice the basic skills of research paper, review paper and thesis writing.
5. To target the research work to suitable journal and communicate for publication
6. To practice the Time and team management.
7. To practice digital writing or develop Open Educational Resources (OER).
8. To write research proposals, conference abstract and book chapters/ book proposals.

Target Group

Any student or learner who wants to learn the academic writing. The course shall be helpful for PG students, research scholars, young scientists and faculty members (of any discipline or subject) for their career growth.

Testimonials from learners
"....I was looking for such type of course for many years and finally, you fulfilled my wish to know more about research, guidelines about research, plagiarism, open educational resources, paper writing, thesis writing and many such significant topics for a researcher to know and understand about the various aspects of research." - Dr Anil Patil

It is a great experience. Just like it is a face to face classroom learning. The course providers actually from science faculty even though any one can access in such a way they provided all the information. Their tagged notes to the video is very useful for those who may not interact in web classes. -G. Satyanarayana,Asst. Professor, English.

"The course is interesting, creating curiosity, enthusiasm, educative, stimulating for a professional career. It is useful for practicing teaching faculty, researcher, and professionals. The presentation and transcript are useful and interesting. The presentation is clear, complete and effective. The quiz questions are interesting and challenging." -V.Chandra Sekhara Rao

Team AW
Dr Ajay Semalty
(Course Coordinator & Subject Matter Expert)

Dr Mona Semalty
(Co-Course Coordinator & Subject Matter Expert)

Prof Rajat Agrawal
(Subject Matter Expert)

Mr Lokesh Adhikari
(Instructional Designer)

Pandavaas Creations Pvt. Ltd.



Course Duration 15 week
Credits : 04
Week 1
Academic & research writing: Introduction; Importance of academic writing; Basic rules of academic writingWeek 2English in academic writing I & II; Styles of research writingWeek 3Plagiarism: Introduction; Tools for the detection of plagiarism; Avoiding plagiarismWeek 4Journal MetricsWeek 5Author MetricsWeek 6Literature review: Introduction, Source of literature; Process of literature reviewWeek 7Online literature databases; Literature management toolsWeek 8Review Paper Writing, I & IIWeek 9Research paper writing I, II, IIIWeek 10Referencing and citation; Submission and; Post submissionWeek 11Thesis Writing I, II & IIIWeek 12Empirical Study I, II & IIIWeek 13Challenges in Indian research & writing; Team management (mentor and collaborators); Time ManagementWeek 14Research proposal writing; Abstract/ Conference Paper/ Book/ Book Chapter writing; OERs: basic concept and licensesWeek 15Open Educational Resources (OERs) for learning & Research; OERs development I & II

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Dr Ajay Semalty

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    पुस्तक परिक्षण ज्येष्ठ कवी, लेखक डॉ. सा.द. सोनसळे यांच्या 'मूल्यवेधी सम्यक समीक्षा' या आठव्या पुस्तकाचे आगमन. डॉ.सा.द.सोनसळे हे सोनपेठ येथील कै. रमेश वरपूडकर महाविद्यालय येथे सहयोगी प्राध्यापक, संशोधक मार्गदर्शक तसेच स्वारातीम विद्यापीठाच्या...
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    First of all, let me thank both the hard-working and fully-devoted people, Dr. Ajay Semalty and Dr. Mona Semalty. I am extremely overwhelmed with the way both of you have conducted the course and engaged the audience with your webinars as well. I was...
  • My course is on Academic writing. Thanks to Dr. Shetty and his team, the course was indeed a new and explored one. I have enjoyed the sessions and the lectures. The teachings were done so perfectly with the visualised presentation of contents. The course had covered lots of topics which is very useful for PG students who were interested in becoming junior research fellow and authors.
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    The content covered weekly is quite relevant to the topic. The topics are covered in parts (broken down from each module) that are easy to follow. There is written material of the topic covered which is easy to look at when you do not have the time to...
  • Anonymous
    The coursework on Academic Writing is very essential for academic as well as research fraternity. This course covers many aspects which is essential for a scientific academic writing. While pursuing research, it enriches quality of research work by avoiding plagiarism and tools for detection of plagiarism also. Bibliometrics are important part for disseminate research work into the society. The course deals with a review of literature and guides us how to organized existing literature into research work. The course helps learning outcomes through conducting self-assessment and weekly-graded quiz. Discussion forum is useful to minimize difficulties while learning.
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    This course was the best platform for the PG students to learn about the journal searching, selection and also helpful learn about to check the various factors to select the journal to publish the article and dissertation.

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    First of all I would like to thank and congratulate this Academic Writing team for providing an insightful course. How publication is to be done with all kinds of merits for a paper, how to avoid plagiarism, basic skills of a research paper, review paper and thesis writing are explained elaborately. The learners are given a clear picture about how to write research proposals, conference abstract and book chapters and book proposals. It is an informative and interesting learning experience.


    Dear Sir/ Madam, I extend my heartfelt gratitude and sincere thanks to the team. Hearty congratulations for coming up with such a brilliant course design. I joined the course "Academic Writing" on SWAYAM-NPTEL for enhancing my skills in academic writing...
  • Anonymous
    The course covers the basic aspects of research is a very simple way . As academicians and practitioners we are not exposed to the research methodologies, journal matrices, authorship criteria, literature search etc...but are expected to do research and get articles published in high indexed journals for yearly appraisal and promotions.

    I am happy I enrolled to this course. Will recommend it to my peers.

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    Dr. Milan P. Patel
    It is an excellent course, I had completed my Ph.D. in 2009 in the field of Physical Education, at that time I was not able to use such tools and did not have much idea, if I would have met Dr. Ajay Semalty earlier I think it would have been easy and smooth for me to complete my research work.
    Thank you sir for sharing such a nice informative and knowledge course with us.
  • This course is a Must for all researchers irrespective MPhil or PhD in First year itself. I t provides confidence and all the stuff to write a review paper or research ap0er or to guide others.
  • Anonymous
    I have been learning a lot from Dr. Semalty and his team. He is an exceptional orator and a good presenter, who is imparting knowledge in such a way that a novice can gain wisdom and can represent the same.

    Dr. Semalty is an intellectual who has got plethora of knowledge and good command on academic writing.

    Thanks alot sir

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    It has a been a wonderful journey over the last 7 weeks. A sincere effort by the esteemed resource person sir and his team. Thank you sir for this gift of of knowledge. What I am learning in this course will remain with me throughout my career.
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    It was a great learning for me, Nearly all topics under Academic writing were covered. Quiz, that to graded as well as non-graded encourages learners. Assignments were very effective. I appreciate and becomes fan of Dr. Ajay Semalty sir, out of his various...
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    I have taken Academic Writing as a part of my PhD course work and am very pleased with the amount of information I have learnt. I sincerely thank all the team members for their efforts for putting up such an informative course.
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    Thank you so much sir....all the videos are very good and it will be helpful for us in our future in research. You have explained everything very easily and lightly. I have no confusion for any module. I like to understand and hear carefully all videos
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    this training program on academic writing is very good for each and ever one who is doing research and want to publish research article in good impact journals . this training gives very deep knowledge about how to write a very good article

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