DEPARTMENT OF English

History

The Department of English has grown inch by inch tall to compete with the growth of the institution over the past fifty two eventful years. It is a vibrant hub of knowledge dissemination, aesthetic and reflective tastes, a concoction of figments of the imagination to convey artistic expression through performing arts, and a moving spirit behind the ‘J Theatre’. A go-getter of new and innovative practices in the process of teaching–learning and strives to keep it alive. The Department was established in the year 1969 and upgraded into a P.G.Research department in the year 1976 with a staff strength of 20 members. The Department was also recognised and upgraded into a Research Department for Ph.D. Programme in 2021.

             The Department envisages setting high academic standards, develop applied skills, shape the moral compass with high levels of ethics and values and promote the core tenets of diversity and inclusion.

Vision

        To empower women students from all strata of society with the requisite skills in the English language to facilitate learning and strive towards an intellectual endeavour that focuses on critical thinking with the aim of social transformation. 

 

Mission

         To maintain a holistic programme that will develop women of substance with academic, social, linguistic, professional competencies, coupled with critical thinking to face a globalized world, sensitive to the issues of gender, marginalization, and environmental abuse committed to serving the society and the nation.

 

Highlights

 

          The J Theatre is home to all theatre lovers and art enthusiasts to work in collaboration on artistic ensembles with a broad appreciation for theatre arts – in theory, performance, and production. A plethora of talented individuals join every year to take forward the ‘J Theatre’. It deals with stage plays, writing scripts, directing, and performing. This enables the students to critically and aesthetically analyze works in dramatic literature and performing arts.

             The textbooks for the Foundation Course in English I B.A./B.Sc./B.Com. and II B.A./B.Sc. is compiled and published by the Department.

             The Department has a well established Language Lab. Under the UGC CPE Grant and the Management Grants, the Department has procured Computers, Softwares and  books. The Lab is equipped with 25 computers with Hi-class Software which has a number of exercises pertaining to communication. A number of books are also available with CD’s which are broadcast with the help of the software. The classes are conducted for the students of the  Foundation Course in English (Forenoon and Afternoon Sessions) to enhance their LSRW skills and empower them with proficiency in the global language.

 

 

 

 

MoU’s

 

The Department of English has also strengthened its ties with the industry and signed MoU’s in the interest of the students for academic development, internships, workshops and training programmes. The Child Awareness Project (CAP) was initiated in 2019 to give the students hands on experience in teaching Soft Skills to learners from lesser privileged backgrounds. The student volunteers from various streams had taken the initiative and prepared the lesson plan on Soft Skills and conducted classes for grades VI to VIII at Fathima Basheer Matriculation Higher Secondary School for Girls, Chennai. The student volunteers of CAP had taken a pre-test and a post-test of the school students and the analysis of their tests had shown an improvement in the proficiency level of the students.

 

Networking with Libraries

The Department of English has maintained good ties with the libraries in Chennai. The Department encourages the students to enroll in the libraries such as The American Library, British Council, Connemara Library to enhance extensive reading skills and enrich themselves for research purposes

 

 

Ms. Kathleen Hosie, Information officer, US Consul General, Chennai Students winning prizes at the British Council

The American Library offers Orientation programmes to the students of both Forenoon and Afternoon sessions and also organises film screenings of the text books prescribed in the syllabi. The students have also participated in the events organised by the libraries and have won prizes.

 

Distinguished Alumnae of the Department

Batch

Name

Designation

 1979

Dr. Hemalatha

Professor, Dept. of Linguistics and Contemporary English at EFLU University, Hyderabad

 

1979

Dr. D. Purandeswari

Former Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry & HRD, Former MP

 

 1991

Dr. P. S. Lakshmi

Head, Department of English & IQAC Coordinator, Dr. M.G.R. Janaki College, Chennai

 

1992

 Dr. S. Chitra

Associate Professor, Dept. of English, Bharathi Women’s College, Chennai                    

 

1994

 Mrs. Parveen Sikkandar

Entrepreneur  and Freelance Writer, Hosts Live Shows in Podhigai pertaining to Women’s Issues and Founder  of Damini Artisans

 

2002

Mrs. Nikhila Kesavan

PRO 20:20 MSL Firm, Committee Member of The Madras Players

 

 

2003

Ms. Farrah Ahmed

Senior Lecturer, Melbourne Law School, Australia

 

2015

Mrs. Varalakshmi

Teacher, Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Chennai

 

 

Achievements of the Alumnae:

Alumna Publication:

 

 

Ms. Farrah Ahmed

Professor, Melbourne Law School, an Alumna of B.A. English has published a book titled Religious Freedom Under the Personal Law System in the year 2017.

Alumna Publication:

Ms. Nikila Kesavan, Actor, Director and Theatre Artist in Chennai.


 


Nikhila Kesavan’s stage adaptations:

Adaptation and Direction of Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller, Five Point Someone was produced by The Madras Players in 2007 Stage adaptations of Shandana Minhas’ Tunnel Vision and Jhumpa Lahiri’s A Temporary Matter.

Adaptations of Manu Joseph’s Serious Men and Laila and Jamal

 

Distinguished Alumnae Awardees

 

 

 

 

Ms. S. Noorjahan Begum, (2005-2008) was awarded the Nation Builder Award in 2017.

Ms. Shaza Akthar

 

 

Ms. Shaza Akhtar, (2009 -2012). Currently employed as English language teacher for GEMS United Indian School, Abu Dhabi. Recipient of Amazing Teacher Award- 2018 by Big Idea Awards, UAE and has also delivered a Ted Talk on Facing Turmoil

 

Links:

https//youtu.be/2aabX2N_sqk
https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=shaza+ak
thar+ted+talk#id=1&vid=cd70c9aca22d07bc4bb5d9f2c0457407&action=click

Alumnae Support

Alumna of the Department of English contributed in sharing their knowledge and guiding the second and final year undergraduate students of B.A. English by conducting webinars during the lockdown period and helped the students engage with interactive sessions. Dr. Kavita Singh, Guest faculty Anna University, Chennai conducted a webinar on Writing applications and Curriculum Vitae and Dr. Sandhya Venkat, Assistant Professor, Anna University, Chennai focused on the topic The Role of Grammar in Communication.