Department of English

Department of English 2018-01-03T11:50:22+00:00

Department of English

The history of the English Department is inextricably linked with that of the College. It has been one of the prominent departments of the College before and since its inception as an independent department in 1957, beginning with an Undergraduate programme in English Language and Literature. Innovation has always been the hallmark of the Department and it now hosts Postgraduate, MPhil and PhD programmes in an ideal matrix for young scholars. With a team of dedicated faculty members headed by Dr Beena Job, the Department continues to explore new avenues in its pursuit of excellence.

The learning environment is enhanced by the use of smart classrooms and efforts are taken to ensure that the learning process is innovative and progressive, giving due importance to problem-based learning. Assignments and other learning activities are set in line with this approach. Peer learning, remedial classes, mentoring and value education, student-centric participatory learning and proper grievance redressal further ensure the holistic development of students. In addition extension and literary activities are regularly conducted – internships, gender sensitization programmes, Alumni Lecture Series, faculty exchange programmes, visits to libraries of national repute, publication of manuscript magazines, the publication of an international peer reviewed journal, the observance of student-author day, a Shakespeare Theatre Club and “Panache”, a literary fest. Being a research centre, the Department engages in research work, and ensures that workshops, conferences and seminars are conducted at regular intervals across the academic year. Minor projects and frequent visits of literary luminaries and experts ensure the students’ engagement in academics. The Department also provides a Certificate Course in Functional English for career enhancement. Coaching for the NET ( National Eligibility Test) is a recent initiative of the department. The involvement of the PTA has always been commendable, and their initiative in instituting prizes for the best undergraduate and postgraduate projects deserves special mention. The Department has produced stalwarts in numerous fields – Writers, Editors, Heads of Departments, Chancellors, IFS officers and CEOs to mention a few. Distinguished alumnae who have made their mark in diverse places such as the New York Times, NUALS, Mahatma Gandhi University, the Government of Maharashtra, Harper Collins Publications, Scotland Bank, Google, and IBM among others, testify to the generations the Department has impacted.

To be a premium centre for learning that nurtures graduate and postgraduate students into accomplished and competent young women who can contribute effectively and responsibly to society.
Provide suitable curricular support to the students through remedial programmes, mentoring, tutoring, focus on research and academics and innovative teaching methods to facilitate employability

Message from HOD

Volcanoes be in Sicily / And South America / I judge from my Geography
Volcanoes nearer here / A Lava step at any time / Am I inclined to climb
A Crater I may contemplate / Vesuvius at Home – Emily Dickinson

There’s a key phrase in this poem, a phrase that opens up countless doors of possibility – ‘my geography’. Dickinson never travelled to Sicily, or to South America, and perhaps never actually visited an active volcano, for she spent most of her adult years within the confines of her home in Amherst, and much of that time in her room. But in her mind she travelled without any limits, visiting Etna and Vesuvius. On the outside she appeared to be quiet and withdrawn. But inside, a simmering volcano bubbled, threatening to erupt at any moment, her passion barely held in check. She travelled a landscape of the mind, examining and explaining the world through her imagination. And her vehicle for this exploration was poetry: I dwell in Possibility – / A fairer House than Prose – She believed that the imagination was a world to be explored in itself: The brain is wider than the sky. The Department of English has always understood that like Dickinson, one need not travel to broaden one’s mind; that the key is not so much whether one travels or does not, but what one does with one’s mind. It is therefore our endeavour to welcome our students, to open up countless doors of possibility and set them off on a journey across the landscape of the mind.

HOD, Department of English

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