Assistant Professor

Dr. R. Vennela

Department of English


  1. Bilingual education and planning in India
  2. History of language teaching in India
  3. Own-language assessment & evaluation policy



Ethiraj College for Women


University of Hyderabad


University of Hyderabad


University of Warwick
Split-Site Ph.D.


University of Hyderabad


  • Apr 2016 – Nov 2017, Mentor, English & Soft Skills | IIIT (MSIT), Hyderabad
  • Aug 2011 – Jun 2012 , Instructional Designer  | Infosys Ltd, Pune

Research Interest

  • Critical Reflexive analysis of colonial historical pedagogic contexts, with special focus on textbook design and language policy
  • Bilingual education and language planning in India, in relation to SDG-IV

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2017 – CAL, PhD Competitive Funding - Centre for Applied Linguistics – University of Warwick.
  • 2016-2017 – Commonwealth Split-Site PhD Scholarship – Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, United Kingdom.
  • 2016 – Salmon-Verburg Bursary – by the Henry Sweet Colloquium – Pembroke College University of Cambridge.
  • 2012-16 – UGC BBL Fellowship – Centre for English Language Studies – University of Hyderabad


  • British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)



  • “Own-language use in colonial India”, HoLLTnet international meeting: 'Bi-/Multilingualism and the History of Language Learning and Teaching', presented in absentia with Prof. Richard Smith at the University of Reading, United Kingdom, 5-7, July 2018.
  • “The role of Christian Vernacular Education Society (CVES) in colonial Indian English language pedagogy (1855-1875)” PhD Research Colloquium, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 24th May, 2017.
  • Co-presented “English as an Indian language: A study of tertiary level students’ attitudes towards English in India”, ICMME 2017 Braga University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, Organized by MultiLingNet, 11-13 May, 2017.
  • Co-presented “Revisiting the Three-Language Formula in India: Towards sustainable multilingual educational manoeuvres in the 21st century”, Sustainable Multilingualism Conference, Vytautus Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania, May 26-27, 2017.
  • “Grammatical Aspects of Anglo-Telugu grammars in 19th century India”, Onomastics Conference by Henry Sweet Society, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, September 13-15, 2016.
  • “Using Methodology: Ethnohistory and its relevance in studying English Language Education (ELE) in 19th century British India”, Historical Sociolinguistics and Socio-Cultural Change conference (HiSoN), Helsinki, Finland, March 10-11, 2016.
  • “Empire in Grammar Books: A Study of English Language Textbooks in 19th century India”, MetaGramma conference, Forli, University of Bologna, March 9-10, 2016.
  • “Olive skins, Yellow hands and blackened eyes: Crafty ‘Orient’ in Agatha Christie’s novels”, Orient in Literature – Literature of the Orient: Sources & Inspirations (OLLO 2016), Collegium Maius, NicolasCopernicus University, Toruń, Poland, March 17-18, 2016.
  • Chaired a panel session titled - 'Indian Inspirations in Central-East European Literature, OLLO 17-18 March, 2016, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland.


  • R. Vennela & Richard Smith (2019): "Bilingual English teaching in colonial India: the case of John Murdoch’s work in Madras Presidency", 1855–1875, Language & History, DOI:10.1080/17597536.2019.1641942.
  • “The Critical Reflexive Approach (CRA): A Theoretical Model Towards Bilingual Education Policy and Practice.” FORTELL, January 2018 Issue.
  • "What Makes a Man or Woman on Campus? Reviewing the Stakes of Desirability, Agency, and Power in Campus-Movies." Anveshi: Broadsheet on Contemporary Politics 2.2 & 3 (2013): 37-38. ISSN 2278-3423.
  • “Parameters and Politics of Anthologizing 20th Century Women Writers in Telugu." Indian Journal of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies 1.1 (2013): 112-21. Web. ISSN 2321-8274.


  • Principal Investigator: Ongoing, ELTRMS (2019-20), British Council.
  • Research Assistant to Dr. Sunita Mishra [Professor, CELS, University of Hyderabad] for MOOC Course ‘Life Skills for Engineers’, Level-II, Feb 2018 – Dec 2018, Commissioned by CEMCA and IIT Kanpur.
  • Errata Work, Andhra Series Grade 8 SCERT Social Science Textbooks, Nov 2015, Under Supervision of Murali Mallepaku and Jayashree Subramanian, School of Education, TISS Hyderabad.


  • One Day Workshop on Research Methodology, Centre for English Language Studies, University of Hyderabad, 15thMarch, 2019.

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