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.

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

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

Abstract submission

Late submission link:


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.

Tentative program

Download here: 2019 ARWA Timetable_20190226

Poster dimension & Oral presentation format

  • Poster dimension should be less than 116cm (Width) x 106 cm (Height).
  • Talks for the meeting will be 20 minutes, with 15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for Q & A.

Visa Information

You do require a visa to visit India and please apply for a tourist visa early!


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.

Local Currency and Payment Methods

Indian Rupee (₹) is used in India, 1USD = ~72.68 Indian Rupee. Credit cards are only accepted in high-end stores, hotels, restaurants and travel agencies. MasterCard and Visa are most widely accepted.

Dialing Code, Emergency, and Internet Access

The country code is 91, when you dial from outside India, first enter the international access code (00), followed by the country code (91) and the phone number without the initial “0”. Landlines use STD code 0832 (all numbers with 7 digits are landlines). For emergency, please call 1091 (women’s police in Goa), 100 (police), 101/191 (fire), 102 (ambulance), and 108 (general emergencies/ambulance). As for internet access, the reserved hotel provides free wifi. Electricity: 220 volts AC. Adaptors could be purchased at local stores.


There is no doubt that one has to use common sense in moving around in India, the same as you would while visiting any new place. Here are a few things to keep in mind: Always be mindful of your purses, computers, etc., and don’t leave them out of your sight even for a second. Men participants, don’t put your wallet in your back pocket; put it in your front pockets and be aware of it all the time. You could also put it in your shirt pocket and wear a sweater over it. Goa has lots of international visitors, but if you are traveling to other parts, it is best to dress modestly. Please just be careful and watchful. Malt has been organizing meetings in Bombay for about 10 years and have had international visitors without a single unpleasant incidence. However, we cannot overemphasize being cautious and watchful and staying in a group in well-lit places. If it makes you feel better, among the applicants, Cammie McBride, Dorit Aram, and Esther Geva have all visited India and you can contact them. In fact, India is the favorite place to visit by 20-21 year old Israelis after they get out of the army and they travel by themselves and most of them have done fine. The weather this time of year should be quite good.


For those of you who have not tried, Indian food is very delicious, full of enticing aromas, and there are lots of vegetarian food. However, no matter how good the food looks and how nicely it smells, do not, we really mean it, do not eat street foods (even though Heinz Wimmer ate only street foods and never got sick), fresh vegetable salads, yogurt, basically anything not boiled or not completely cooked. However, we shall give you the names of some travel agents later on and they mainly suggest high-end inexpensive hotels where there should not be much of a problem; yet you have to be very careful. Drink only bottled water; some people even use it while brushing teeth (Malt doesn’t). Carry some diarrhea pills, pain relievers, hand sanitizer, and wet wipes. In big cities, credit cards, 4 visa and master card, are accepted, and there should be ATM facilities; however, they are not as common as in many other parts of the world and you may wish to bring some cash. Do not exchange money (or exhibit the money) in unreliable places but only in government and reliable agencies. Try not to make eye contact or talk to strangers. Try to travel light.

Travel and Transportation

India has lot to offer, from the Ajanta & Ellora temples (over 1,000 years old), to Kerala (also known as God’s country), to the Udaipur Palace hotel (where you can stay in a palace for less than $150 a night). But one of my favorites is the Golden Triangle – visiting, New Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located. I have used the help of Mr. Manish at &, who can arrange for picking you up from the airport, transferring to hotels, and showing the places. I have also used them for about 10 years and have not heard any complaints. You can visit national parks, where you may see tigers, cheetahs, .. Just have fun and enjoy while being careful. Apart from this, bus, autorickshaw, motorcycle taxi and taxi are available as transportations. You might be interested in the link about traveling in India.

We shall be providing additional information as we go along.

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