About the Department
The Department of English, one of the oldest departments of the University, was established in 1986, and since its inception, the Department has been the hub of teaching and research activity, attracting a cross-section of students and research scholars from all over the country. It has established itself as a stronghold of Comparative Literature, fostering Comparative Literary Studies between English and other literatures. In recent years, Translation Studies, Gender and Feminist Studies, Cultural Studies, Ecocritical Studies, Subaltern Studies and Disability Studies too have emerged as thrust areas, inspiring inter-disciplinary and intra-disciplinary insights among faculty and students alike. At the Postgraduate level, the Department of English offers courses in poetry, drama, prose and fiction of canonical British Literature, American Literature, and other National literatures thus offering a good training for UGC-NET aspirants, and all those who are keen in furthering their research and academic output. A high point of our M.A. Programme is the research project that encourages individual initiative and independant study on the part of the students. Emerging areas of study such as Media Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Gender Studies, along with an array of specialized electives, make the M.A. programme: a perfect blend of the traditional and the modern. A PG Diploma course on Professional Communication in English (PGDPCE) has been offered as an Add-on Evening programme to cater to the demands of the other Department Students and job-goers on and off the campus. The faculty members of the Department of English also engage Functional English classes for the fast-mushrooming integrated courses in various other allied disciplines. As the Department celebrated its Silver Jubilee, it has set a distinct path to get even better in its academic standards and commitment to the community and nation at large by its focus on varied academic programmes such as seminars, conferences, short courses and symposia as well as national and international collaborations through various sponsored research projects. The Department takes pride in being one of the best Departments for high quality degree programs, affordability and career prospects.
Dr H Kalpana completed her post-graduation at Bangalore University and her MPhil and PhD from Pondicherry University. As a recipient of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute’s (SICI) Graduate Research Award in 1994, she was affiliated to the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada where she was mentored by Prof Stephen Slemon, an eminent postcolonial critic. She received her doctorate in 1996 for the thesis, “Re-Shaping the Self: Feminine Identity in the Short Stories of Alice Munro and Shashi Deshpande”.Besides receiving several awards, she has a number of publications to her credit including a book, Quilting Relationships: A Cruise through Comparative Literary Studies. In addition to reading, she likes music, nature and all things great and small
The Department has well-ventilated classrooms and seminar halls having suitable seating capacity. Besides the faculty’s personal computers, the office too is equipped with computers having internet facilities.
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Placement & Internships
The department has an active alumni programme by which students and the scholars are linked to their alma mater. Alumni are encouraged to develop develop healthy active bonds with the department and efforts to organize alumni meets are a part of the department agenda. The Placement cell of the Department makes an effective coordination between the outgoing students and prospective employers thereby leading to placement of more than 90 percent of our students in various academic and corporate bodies.
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