Third Annual Conference for the Association for Reading and Writing in Asia (ARWA 2019)

About ARWA conference 2019

We are thrilled to invite you to the Third Annual ARWA conference on the campus of BITS, Pilani, Goa, India (Please see in the Cognitive Neuroscience lab ( of Dr. Veeky Baths, who is the chief local organizer.


Feb 28 - March 1, 2019 (Thurs. & Fri.)


Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus


Registration deadline: October 30, 2018

Registration link:

Enjoy free registration by joining/renewing ARWA membership:

  • Faculty: USD 160
  • Student: USD 80

* On-site payment will cost USD 10 extra

*50% off special pricing is available for lower-middle-income and low-income economies (Defined by World Bank Atlas method, for more details:

Eligible countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep, Congo, Rep., Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, The, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Dem. People's Rep., Kosovo , Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Micronesia Fed., Sts., Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria , Pakistan , Papua New Guinea , Philippines, Rwanda, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Rep., Zambia, Zimbabwe.


We have reserved rooms at the beautiful Bogmallo Beach Resort – a 5-star resort (it costs less than 100 US dollars per night, includes breakfast). For more information, please refer to this website:

All rooms have sea views; reservations should be made via email. To make room reservations, please mention that the reservation is being made via the ARWA conference when you contact Mr. Virendar Singh directly at The rooms are reserved from Feb. 27-March 2nd 2019 at this price. If you want to stay after (or before) those dates, please mention this to Mr. Virendar when you are making the booking. The hotel also has a pick up from the airport, so once you know the date of arrival, please inform Mr. Virendar of your flight information. Most probably, you will coming to Goa from Mumbai (or Bombay, as it used to be called before). The booking form is available here: ARWA Booking Form

We have arranged for bus transportation from the hotel to the conference center and back during the conference days. Lunch will be served in the campus during the conference days as well.

Reading and Writing will be celebrating our 30 year anniversary on Feb. 28th in the evening, so, there might be some wining and dining (Feni is an alcoholic beverage from Cashew nuts found only in Goa!!) that evening. Please check out more about Goa from Wikipedia.

Visa Information

You do require a visa to visit India and please apply for a tourist visa and not business or attending conference visa. Please do this early!


ARWA President: Cammie McBride
Local Organizing Chair: Dr. Veeky Baths, BITS - Pilani
Conference organizing committee: R. Malatesha Joshi, USA; Jason Lo, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Kay Dulay, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Kate Currawalla, Divya Balgi and the Maharashtra Dyslexia Association; Cammie McBride, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Naganandini, V, BITS – Pilani; Mayur Jay, BITS – Pilani; Seema Gautham, University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Mimisha Nesan, University of Canterbury, New Zealand; John Everatt, University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Surendranath Nishanimut; Samveda Research Center, India