Department of English
WHERE LITERARY CREATIVITY AND COMMUNICATIVE ACTIVITY MEET
COURSES OFFERED: B.A., M.A., and M.Phil
The English Department offers undergraduate, post-graduate and pre-doctoral research courses to students, both men and women, who have an aptitude for eastern and western literatures and who wish to hone their skills in English Communication.
B.A. (ENGLISH): (Aided Course)
Started in 1972, this three-year undergraduate course comprising six semesters has fulfilled the literary and linguistic needs of students who have completed their Higher Secondary Course.
M.A. (ENGLISH ): (Aided Course)
Started in 1982, this two-year post-graduate course comprising four semesters trains graduates in English Literature to specialize in advanced literary and linguistic studies.
HIGHLIGHTS OF B.A. AND M.A.
A Survey of English Classic from the Renaissance to the present.
A survey of American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries.
A survey of Post-Colonial Literature, Indian writing in English and the latest critical approaches to literary studies.
A comprehensive study of the English language with focus on the salient elements of grammar, correct usage and phonetics.
An exclusive paper on “English for Career Development” which purports to fulfill the communicative needs of graduates looking for jobs.
The two-year post-graduate course, which also features all the above, enables the students to gain further critical insights into all these literatures.
M.Phil. : (Self-financed Course)
This self-financed course, spanning one year (two semesters), trains postgraduates in English to do research with options in recent Indian, Post-Colonial And Western Literatures. Research Methodology and Literary Theories are its highlights.
Qualified teachers with vast teaching and research experience encourage the student community to enrich their literary sensibility and communicative proficiency. The Department has 15 faculty members guiding the scholars in all academic activities.
Besides celebrating the annual intercollegiate literary fiesta “PARNASSUS” since 1999, the Tagore English Association and the Post-Graduate English Association conduct competitions and quiz to its own students and award prizes to the winners.
Apart from the vast store of books on literature and language available in the general library, the English department maintains an annually enriched library with hundreds of books for students use. The Gift Books Library, containing books donated by our faculty members and alumni, also caters to the students’ intellectual needs.
The English Department, in short, is the right academe for those students who have been striving to communicate, to emulate and to celebrate.
Name of the Staff
|1.||Dr. M.R.RASHILA||Head & Associate Professor|
|2.||Dr. G. SIVABALAN||Assistant Professor|
|3.||Thiru M.G. RAMPRASATH||Assistant Professor|
|4.||Thiru T.K. SIVAKUMAR||Assistant Professor|
|5.||Tmt. K.M. KAVITHA||Assistant Professor|
|6.||Tmt. T.N.K. KAVITHA||Assistant Professor|
|7.||Tmt. G. KALAIVANI||Assistant Professor|
|8.||Thiru K.V. Kannan||Assistant Professor|
|9.||Tmt. S. Bhuvaneswari||Assistant Professor|
|10.||Dr. M.P. Ganesan||Assistant Professor|
|11.||Dr. S.M. Nandhini||Assistant Professor|
|12.||Thiru R.S. Vignesh||Assistant Professor|
Dr. M.R. Rashila is the Head of the Department which has thirteen faculties (2+12). Among them five vacancies are yet to be filled. One member is doctorate holder. Eleven members are M.Phil. qualified. This department is offering B.A., M.A., and M.Phil. courses.
Five members are appointed on temporary basis and management pays salary for them.
Almost all the students hail from economically poor strata of the society. Most of them come from tamil medium. 65% of male students and 35% of female students get enrolled in this course. Students from local and neighbouring areas (in and around Madurai) join in our course.
This department has separate UG Library, PG Library, M.Phil Library and Gift book Library, which are useful for lending purpose. The Department has one computer with internet facility along with a printer.
Books are periodically added to the general and department libraries and a language lab has been setup.
This department staff members still rely upon chalk and talk method. They conduct quiz programmes to elicit answers and to assess the grasping capacity of the students. In case of need, LCD projector is used for taking classes and guest lectures.
Every teacher is engaged in counselling of students. According to the college system, every teacher has to look after 20 students in each class. Student’s records are maintained and the internal marks and external marks are entered. The students who are irregular in attendance are asked to bring their parents and meet the teachers.
All the teachers participated in State Level and National level conferences and presented papers. The Department is regularly conducting guest lecturers through the Tagore English Association and “Parnassus”, a cultural event, every year.
RELT, Indian Writing in English and American Literature are the priority areas of Research.
Four staff members have published their articles.
Two members are acting as NSS Programme Officers.
Students are assessed through internal tests, assignments, seminars, quiz programmes and the class tests are also conducted periodically for the students.
Placement Cell of the college gives all the notices and brochures to the department for circulation among the students. Guest lectures and Seminars conducted by the Department motivate the students to prepare for competitive examinations and face the interview.
Two of the faculty members have been awarded Ph.D. degree and eight students have got University ranks during the past five years.
Department is offering Spoken English Course for the past five years and has started taking Spoken French Course. A language lab is set up now.
One of our staff members organizes the music band of our college.