The Department started functioning on June 16, 1965, with five Pre Degree batches along with the founding of the College. It was conferred the official status of The Department of English when the degree course in English started on July 28, 1970 with a sanctioned strength of 24 students. Rev. Dr. C. A Abraham was the first Head of the Department. On October 17, 2013 the department was upgraded to the status of Post Graduate Department of English with the commencement of M.A. Programme in English. The course is intended to introduce the students to the interrelationship between paradigms of social formation, to know and appreciate literature and establish connections across frontiers of disciplines. The students become competent to critically engage with culture, gender and marginality and become acquainted with narration and representation. They are also put on track to become potent and effective teachers and pass on their linguistic and cultural skills onto the coming generations with the firm foundation they receive from the department.
STRENGTHS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
The effervescent faculty of the English Department is renowned for their unfeigned love for students and literature. The commitment and dedicated faculty has been successfully moulding generations of sensitive and humane citizens who are socially inclined. Two teachers arePh.D holders, One teacher has submittedthe Ph.D thesis, two teachers are currently pursuing research and three teachers have M.Phil degrees. Five teachers have completed Minor Research Projects funded by UGC. All teachers attend seminars,workshops, present papers and has published around 25research papers in authorized academic journals in the last four years. The department co-ordinates the activities of various clubs like Literary Club, Debate Club and Dance Club. The PG students also attend seminars, present papers in National and Regional Seminars and publish them.AnupaReji secured 9th Rank in the University for U G examinations. Lakshmi Anil of II MA received the ‘EloquenzaSignificato Ever Rolling Trophy’ for the Paper Reading competition held at Bishop Moore College, Mavelikkara in February 2017. NeethuRajendran won the Best Project Award 2016 conducted by DevaMatha College, Kuravilangad. Students are encouraged to participate in collegiate and intercollegiate competitions and regularly win prizes. Our students bagged the Overall Championship Award ‘Espirito 14’ in an intercollegiate competition conducted by St.Xavier’s College for Women in 2014. Some of our students got admission in universities of national and Internatinational repute like EFLU and many are successfully placed in different firms across the country and abroad
METHODOLOGY OF TEACHING LEARNING
Classrooms with LCD projectors, Language Lab,Department Library and Staff room on the top floor of the main block of the college. The department has 2 Desktop computers, a laptop, CD players, microphone and speakers.
An offshoot of the main library functions in the staff room of the department with 2125 books. Out of these, 360 are under UGC Remedial category. The library also has a collection of 130 educational CDs.
Well equipped language lab which has 32 desktop computers with inbuilt language learning software’s to enable students to acquire exposure to listening, speaking and reading in the correct manner of pronunciation.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?
The English Association is a vibrant forum of the students to promote leadership, entrepreneurial,creative and team building skills of the students. The Association conducts and takes part in various inter- departmental and intercollegiate events as well as engages in activities which enable them to inculcate social commitment and charity.The students are moulded to be more sensitive to the needs of the society through various association activities like ‘Read and Recuperate’wherein the students go for hospital visits and anganvadi visits on a regular basis.’Reading Week’ is conducted with much aplomb every year to enlighten the students about the therapeutic effects of reading. The teachers of the English Department are the co-ordinators of the Literary Club, Dramatics Club, College Union Arts Advisory duties, Debate Club, Reader’s Forum of the College.
WORKSHOPS/SEP(STUDENT ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME)
Student Enrichment Programmes are conducted regularly for PG and UG by renowned subject experts in the field.