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English हिंदी

About Department

Established in 1988-89, the Department of English is one of the oldest departments of the College. Over the years, the Department has evolved as an example of excellence and perseverance, closely engaging with students on issues of race, gender, caste, class, religion, identity and the politics of language, amongst others. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the Department focuses on helping students develop critical and analytical abilities, while initiating them into the academic reading-writing space through the prescribed syllabi which incorporates literature in English from around the world. The Department mentors students in creative writing, translation praxis, academic paper presentations and encourages them to co-relate theory, critical application and social responsibility. The interactive and collaborative nature of the classes is meant to encourage self-expression, a spirit of inquiry, while assisting students in developing a voice of their own. Taking classroom learning a step ahead through students’ involvement in a myriad of events regularly organised by the English Literary Association, the Department helps its students gain exposure to experts and build teamwork skills.

The Department offers various Discipline Specific Elective (DSE), Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC), AECC and General Elective courses to undergraduate students. The faculties associated with the Department engage with academic research and effective teaching methodology, participating regularly in nationally and internationally organised conferences, seminars and workshops. More than 80% of the faculty members are PhD holders and have published books and papers in various academic fields. Additionally, since many of them are members of the University’s Curriculum Planning Committee, they remain actively involved in syllabus designing and its implementation.

The Department regularly organizes, seminars, workshops and conferences at national & international level. In an effort to foster inter-disciplinarity and engagement with international scholars across the world, the department also hosts Special Lectures Series. Some highlights of the department in the last couple of years have been as follows:

2021: 'Forms of Telling: Narrativity, Myths and Literature’ an International Webinar.'
2020: ‘Marginalities: A Symposium’
2019: UGC Sponsored National Conference on ‘Nostalgia in Twentieth Century Literature,Cinema and Art’
:1 st Savitribai Phule Memorial Lecture at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi.
:Special Lecture on Toni Morrison by Prof. Bonnie Zare, (Virginia Tech, USA) the Inaugural Speaker for the Special Lecture Series.
2018: ‘Poetry: Context & Craft’, a Seminar
2017: Interventions from the Margins: Readings and Performances’, Seminar.
2016: Narratives of the Stereotypes in Text and Performance' , UGC Sponsored National Conference.