Department of English

The Department of English was established in 1923. Fr.A.Lebeau S.J., Principal of the college, was the Head of the Department. Fr.Jerome de Souza S.J. joined the Department as lecturer and also served as Library Director. Great educationists like Fr.A.Bonhoure S.J., Fr.T.N.Siqueria S.J., and Fr.Louis Xavier S.J. served as Heads of the Department. B.A.English Literature was started in 1968. When Mr.Selvanayagam retired, Mr.P.R.Srinivasan was promoted Head of the Department. After the retirement of Mr.P.R. Srinivasan, Mr.A.Cleophas became Head of the Department. Two years later, Mr.S.A.Thiaga Rajan was appointed Head of the Department. A reunion of the former staff and students of the Department was organized in February 1998. Mr.P.Jeganathan was promoted Head of the Department in 2004.

Dr.V.S.Joseph Albert was promoted Head of the Department in June 2006. M.A.English was started. Organizing national seminars became an important academic activity of the Department. Research activity was promoted with the publication of 7 edited anthologies, 64 research papers and 12 CDs from 2006 to 2011. The Department won the overall first prize in the inter-departmental competitions (INDECO) in 2009 and 2012, and the overall second prize in September 2011. The Department was recognized as a Research Centre in March 2011.

Dr.A.Calisthus became Head of the Department in June 2011. Language Lab was strengthened with audio-visual aids. After his retirement, Dr.V.S.Joseph Albert was appointed Head of the Department for the second time in June 2013. At present, the Department consists of 19 teachers, of whom 4 teachers have doctoral degree and 15 teachers have M.Phil. degree. 4 teachers have been recognized as research guides by the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University. The thrust areas of research are Postcolonial Literature, English Language Teaching and Indian English Literature.

Courses Offered Category Duration
B. A. English Literature Degree 3 years
M. A. English Degree 2 years

Faculty Profile

Seminars/Conferences Organized

S.No. Month & Year Title Sponsor National / State-Level
1 10th & 11th August 2006 Learner-Centred Language Teaching: A Paradigm Shift towards Quality Enhancement Department State-Level
2 11th & 12th December 2007 Recent Trends in Literary Theory and Criticism Department State-Level
3 9th & 10th February 2007 Indian English Literature: Themes and Techniques UGC National
4 28th July 2009 Contemporary Diasporic Literature TANSCHE State-Level
5 2nd & 3rd March 2009 The Postcolonial Novel: Themes and Techniques UGC National
6 9th & 10th December 2009 New Literatures in English UGC National
7 10th & 11th February 2011 Beyond Borders: Paradigm-Shifts in Postcolonial Theory and Literature Department National
8 13th & 14th December 2012 Pedagogic Strategies towards Triggering Language Acquisition Devices Department National
9 2nd & 3rd September 2013 Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis: The Scope of Postcolonial Theory and Literature Department National


S.No. Name of the Staff Title Sponsor Period and Status Amount
1 Dr.V.S.Joseph Albert Arthur Miller And Indira Parthasarathy: A Comparative Study UGC Completed 20,000
2 Dr.V.S.Joseph Albert John Steinbeck and Ponneelan: A Comparative Study UGC Completed 40,000
3 Dr.V.S.Joseph Albert The Significance of Postcolonial Studies with Special Reference to Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh and Rohinton Mistry UGC Aug. 2011 to Mar. 2012 -- Completed 70,000
4 Mrs.Lizie Williams Reconstruction of History through Quest for Identity in Amitav Ghosh's Novels UGC Aug. 2011 to Mar. 2012 -- Completed 70,000

Infrastructural Facilities

  • No. of books = 15810
  • No. of journals = 07
  • No. of back volumes = 112
  • No. of CDs = 88
  • No. of computers in the Dept. Room = 02
  • No. of computers in the Language Lab = 65
  • No. of LCDs in the Dept. Room = 02
  • No. of LCDs in the Language Lab = 01
  • No. of tape recorders = 02
  • No. of CD players = 03
  • Podium with in-built amplifier and mike = 01

Future Plans

  • To start M. Phil. English in June 2014
  • To organize national / international conferences
  • To apply for major and minor research projects
  • To promote research guidance to full-time and part-time research scholars
  • To offer a Diploma / Certificate Course in Spoken English (1 year)
  • To bring out a refereed journal every year

Faculty Members Holding Administrative Positions:

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Consultancy Provided:

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Outstanding Alumni of the Department

Best Practices

The Department conducts Bridge Course for all I UG students. Skill-based courses such as English for Competitive Examinations, Spoken English, Reading Skills, Business English, Word Power, Interview Skills, The Art of Public Speaking and Writing Skills are made inter-disciplinary through provision for horizontal movement, motivating the students of other departments to join these courses.

The streaming system in General English as per the recommendation of the UGC Curriculum Development Centre caters to the needs of both advanced learners and slow learners. Materials with special focus on communication skills have been developed for the training of slow learners. Remedial programmes are regularly conducted after identifying the difficulty level of the students.

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