The 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 Latha Nair R, 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.


1925: Year of Establishment

1957: Undergraduate Programme in English Language and Literature

1995: UGC Sponsored Vocational UG Programme in Communicative English

1998: Post Graduate Programme in English

2007: Recognized as Research Centre

2012: Centre for Research Course Work

2016: M.Phil Programme in English


PhD in English

MPhil Programme in English

MA Programme in English

BA Programme in English Language and Literature

Common Courses in English for BA. BSc & BCom

Value added course   (Writing for the Media)

Certificate Course (Graphic Design & Animation, Enhancing Communication Skills in English, Certificate course in Spoken Sanskrit)

Summer School Programme ( Communicative English Trainer – ASAP-Additional Skills Acquisition Programme)

Collaborative Learning Programme ( NET Coaching 2016-18)

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 the HOD

Established in 1925, St. Teresa’s has one of the one of the most illustrious departments of English in India. The Department has created a unique identity for itself  in the global landscape  and  its extraordinary alumni are a glowing testament to this . Over the years it has become a Centre of Excellence for the study, the teaching of English Literature and Criticism, as well as Interdisciplinary research. The Department has been home to some of the most eminent teachers, scholars, and critics of English language and literature and each one of them have left an indelible mark on students across generations. The Department is committed to facilitate excellence in interdisciplinary research so that scholars would develop a literary temperament to make new sense of the world around them.
This generation of students are the first to live through a pandemic that has left them in digital bubbles. From this absence of physicality emerges a drive to define their own spaces of learning and to adapt to rapid changes. Now more than ever, language and literature ameliorate the human condition – it has become a life skill, teaching them to build mental fortitude and to embrace a positive attitude in the face of terrible despair. They will have the  strength to reimagine  a better world and not to succumb to the uncertainty created by the question “ What lies ahead  for us ?”
The study of literature opens up a world of inspiration and creativity, and teaches them to wrestle with the bigger questions of gender, identity, social equity and justice. The department has always been  proud  of  molding young women who are powerful communicators, and creative thinkers who can live a meaningful life and facilitate transformative pathways for  community at large.

As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”

Dr. Latha Nair R, Associate Professor & Head, Department of English

Messages from the Retired Faculty


Teresian Journal of English Studies