The Department of English, co-eval with the college, was established in 1972, initially ministering to the academic needs of the ongoing undergraduate programmes. Precisely forty years later, the department beganto offer the English Language and Literature postgraduate programme in 2012.Thenceforth, the department is bent onnursing the diverse academic requirements of the students at the postgraduate level in varied ways – lectures, seminars, workshops, debates, guest talks, study tours, literary forum activities, assignment tasks, quizzes, etc. In 2018, within six years of the inception of its master’s programme, the department was elevated to the status of a research centre offering Ph.D.
The vibrant Department of English, with highly qualified and experienced nine permanent and two ad-hoc faculty members, constantly strives to create a learning environment that fosters critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and creativity. In consonance with the contemporary call for upgradation, all of the faculty are Ph. D.s and/or active researchers.
We are the singular department that reaches all undergraduate students, as English is mandatory at this level. The undergraduate curriculum is measuredly designed to provide students a direct exposure to English literature and language from the Elizabethan period to the present. The courses accommodate a wide range of topics, including cultural studies, gender studies, postcolonialism, and modernism, with a focus on developing critical thinking skills, analytical ability, and communication skills among students. The vibrant classroom activities, in sync with the syllabi, finetune the student’s confidence, public speaking skills, and overall personality.
The postgraduate program offers a deeper understanding of literary texts, literary theory, critical thinking, and research methodology and attempts to produce scholars who can analyze and interpret literary texts with sensitivity and nuance. The application of functional teaching methodologies, such as interactive lectures, group discussions, and seminars in postgraduate classrooms, creates a dynamic learning environment. In addition, the department also organizes workshops, guest lectures, and conferences to expose students to the latest English language and literature developments.The highlight of the M.A. syllabus is the research project in the IV semester, aimed at initiating students into academic research.
The department has a solid commitment to research and scholarship. Currently, the department shelters six research supervisors (three of whom are external), 13 active scholars, and 9 awaiting registration.
The department also has an ELF library that houses books and journals stacked up via the collective effort of its altruistic alums.
Despite being thick in their departmental duties, the best side of the story is that the department members have always played vital roles in the overall growth and performance of the college by serving in central bodies such as the IQAC and NAAC committees.