The Department of English and Foreign
Languages became functional from June 2007. Started with the objective
of enhancing English/Communication Skills, the Department offers
M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes.
The programmes aim at enabling students to gain
subject knowledge, generate their own knowledge and the emphasis
is especially on devising enabling processes to carry that knowledge
into the real world in a meaningful manner - in other words converting
knowledge into productive action.
The Department has implemented a teaching-learning
process that involves more participation by students. The classroom
transaction is interactive, significantly departing from the teacher
-tell-it-all modes. The students, instead, will do the course, learning
how they learn. And by this exercise, the students are expected
to become effective monitors of their learning. The pedagogy comprises
training the students in capturing, storing, accessing, sharing,
creating and applying knowledge.
The Department is also going to play an important
role in conducting special classes for Remedial English and Communication
Skills for students drawn from the various disciplines in the campus.
The special paper on Thinking and Cognition offers
the most up to-date knowledge on perception, memory, imagery and
problem solving to enhance one’s approach to problem solving.
The paper “Soft Skills through Literature”
is designed with the purpose of first sensitizing students to soft
skill capacities by having for examples famous characters from classics
and then prompting them to identify those concepts and traits in
the areas of movies, comics, commericials etc.
As a next step, they are asked to select a personal experience that
can give scope for a case study. This methodology enables them relate
and carry knowledge in real life situations.
In addition the syllabus contains skill-based
courses – “Literature: Analysis, Approaches and Applications,”
“Copy Editing,” and “Public Speaking, Journalistic
and Creative Writing.”
The Department’s future plans include design
of customized short-term courses for students from other disciplines
to improve their communication skills.
The Department at present has a Professor and
a Reader and four lecturers and the faculty strength is augmented
by guest lecturers.
M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE
The programme is designed to impart employable
skills at the same time concentrating on the perceptual and conceptual
The literature sections are taught so as to enable
students to acquire cognitive skills. The pedagogical interface
will involve creating awareness of cognitive processes required
to make sense of the various texts.
The role of emotions in literature and their management by characters
will be highlighted and treated as case studies in order to facilitate
an empathic understanding of the same in real-life situations.
Concepts, ideas and theories are introduced based on real world
objects and phenomena to enable students to recognize and reflect
Students are led to make their own thoughts and
from this point onwards they will be trained in speaking and writing.
The progress in these areas of communication is supported by reading
of texts and listening to lectures.
Teaching of literature will be done from the perspective of treating
texts as instances of language/culture making, as sites where thoughts
are made, captured and represented in language.
Students’ progress in the four domains of
communication is consistently monitored by the faculty.
The well-balanced syllabus is intended to make students strong in
forming holistic perspectives at the macro level and also in applying
cognitive, analytical, problem-solving skills at the micro level.
The programme aims at providing competencies for
the cutting edge and making the Post Graduates Industry/Academia
In addition to Indian students, the department
has students from China doing the Postgraduate programme and a one-year
UG programme in English.
M.PHIL AND PH.D
Both full time and part time
Areas of Specialization in Literature studies,
English Language Teaching, Linguistics and Communication / Cognitive
/ Soft Skills.
FACILITIES/EQUIPMENT IN THE DEPARTMENT
The Department has a State-of-the-art Language
Lab to train students in Communication.
Keeping in view the learners with varying competencies
the necessary shift from the traditional teacher-centric methodology
to learner-centric approach has been made. Students are trained
in methods of teaching English including Computer Assisted Language
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