CHRIST Online Writing Lab is India’s first Online Writing Lab which came into existence at CHRIST (Deemed to be University), through the Centre for Academic and Professional Support (CAPS). It was launched on 24th February 2020 at CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore Central Campus, as a part of the CHRIST Literature Festival ‘20. The objective of CHRIST Online Writing Lab is to make the process of self-paced learning easier by providing a web platform to access e-modules related to academic and professional topics. During the period of 2018-20 Fr Lijo Thomas - Director of the Centre for Academic and Professional Support (CAPS), Fr Jiby Jose - Assistant Director of the Centre for Academic and Professional Support (CAPS) and Mr Joseph Wincent- Mentor of the CHRIST Online Writing Lab, developed the complete indigenous online platform during this tenure. They have introduced more E-learning modules to promote and build writing skills among the students.
Project PURE platform was developed recently for the students to showcase their talents and skills online. CREATE PURE and PURE Podcast are the major initiatives under The Project PURE. They have also developed the CHRIST Community Forum where members of the CHRIST community come together at a central location to share their ideas, opinions and concerns. With more than 3000 beneficiaries it provides students with the opportunity for expert consultation and peer interaction. There are a wide range of interactive E-learning modules available on the CHRIST Online Writing Lab (CHRIST Online Writing Lab) portal which could be accessed by the University audience at their disposal. Being an extension of the University’s writing support centre and in collaboration with each other to maintain uniformity in guidance and skills, it has students at the centre of learning and teaching experience. The production of the e-learning courses is done by the peer trainers themselves under the guidance of qualified and well-trained experts of the field.
Taking inspiration from the Online Writing Lab launched by Purdue University in 1994, in 2020, CHRIST Online Writing Lab was established. It has a well-defined Volunteer Body and informative modules that support students. Over the years, the CHRIST Online Writing Lab has witnessed significant growth. Former Vice-Chancellor of CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Fr Thomas C Mathew in the year 2015 ideated the need for having a professional writing centre under the University. This marked the beginning of the Centre for Academic and Professional Support and a writing centre through different modalities for supporting the students. From 2016-17, the Writing Lab soon started taking shape with the active contribution of the Dean of School of Social Sciences, Dr Tony Sam George, Mr Sabu A John, Ms Anamika Vishwanathan, Ms Rashmi Ramachandran, Ms Sharon Sunny, Mr Mitul Joseph. All of them contributed actively to the ideation and structuring of the Online Writing Lab during this period.
The launch took place on the 24th February 2020 at CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore (Central Campus). This event was a part of the inaugural ceremony of CHRIST Literature Festival '20. The launch officially made this platform available to the CHRIST student body with all of its services ready to use. The logo of the CHRIST Online Writing Lab was launched on the same day by distinguished dignitaries namely, Ravinder Singh (writer), Usha KR (writer) and Nidhi Chaphekar (writer and survivor of a terrorist attack) and Registrar of the University, Dr Anil Joseph Pinto. The logo launch was done with the help of waste materials like CDs, which held their own significance. During the year 1990, in order to overcome a literary crisis, Purdue University empowered literary enthusiasts by using the electronic medium of CDs, them being an important part of communication. The symbolism was thus held and along with it, spreading awareness regarding the environment was one of the major agendas that the unique logo launch carried forward. An environment-friendly procedure was thus a highlight and that is precisely why it is justified preferring e-certificates, digital quizzes and other online mediums to do their little part in saving the environment.