Department of English
Department of English of the college came into existence since its inception in 1994 as it is one of the compulsory subjects in undergraduate BA Programme under Dibrugarh University. However, its formal operation began with the 1st appointment (Governing Body) of regular teaching faculty in the year 1999. The department received permission to run major/honours programme in English from the affiliating university in 2009-2010. Since then, the department offers both undergraduate course in major/honours and as pass course subject. Apart from transaction of formal curriculum, the department conducts training/workshop/Symposium for students in soft skills development, spoken English and creative writing etc. where students of other departments are also allowed to participate free of cost. The students of English department annually publish wall magazine for the department entitled ‘Mosaic’. The department also encourages the students to participate in co-curricular activities such as Games & Sports, cultural events & community outreach programmes. The alumni of English department are engaged in both public and private sectors and entrepreneurship services. At present, the department has four nos. of faculty members in teaching with 3 nos. of Ph.D./M.Phil degree holders. The faculty members participate in various academic activities, research and publications apart from curricular and co-curricular activities of the college.
Vision of the department
• Lead the students to the English language and literature in adequate manner.
Mission of the department:
• To set a high standard of teaching English for better opportunities
• To attract the students towards the department making them realize the scope of the subject
• To eradicate the sense of phobia of the rural students especially of vernacular medium school background
• To establish conducive atmosphere for better learning opportunities, action research,
The landmark conversion of curriculum frame work from traditional annual courses to semesterization in 2011 had segmented the entire course of English literature and language. It offered the learners an opportunity to grasp the courses in better form and texture. Again, the curriculum framework had been redesigned by the affiliating university in 2019 with the implementation of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in undergraduate program as well. The CBCS framework is constructed more divergent, finely balanced and contentious of contemporary substances of English language and literature. It basically comprises of five major components- Core Courses (CC), Discipline Specific Electives (DSE), Generic Electives (GE), Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC), and Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC).
Since the English department of the college observes two-fold responsibilities in respect of Honours and Pass Course category, it attempts to re-orient the learners to become cognizant to four skills of learning – i.e. LSWR (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing). The department has to consider the poor foundational basis of the newcomers of vernacular medium schools in majority with markedly inadequate knowledge and skills about the English language, posing challenges for induction into an undergraduate program.
Despite the aforesaid challenges, the English department of the college has been relentlessly attempting to obtain best possible learning outcomes in respect to English language and literature by encouraging, motivating, problem-solving and follow-up and constructed practice patterns.
The Core Course or the Honours package in CBCS mandates understanding of Indian Classical Literature, European Classical Literature, Indian Writing in English, American Literature, Popular Literature and mostly from 14th Century British Literature to Contemporary period i.e. Postcolonial Literature. Hence, the department tries to ensure the proper understanding of introductory literature of different scales and canons in compliance to the tightly structured curriculum framework. As the students pass out with honours in English, they know the divergent landscapes of English language, culture, society, history, major texts, authors, inherent debates, criticism, theories and praxis of particular genre or literary trends.
On the other hand, pass course students are introduced with English communication wherein they are expected to learn theory, fundamentals and tools of communication. Hence, they are trained to develop vital communication skills in accordance to their personal, social and professional interactions. As the students complete their undergraduate courses, they are ensured inculcation of communication skills, ability to differentiate between their personal and professional interactions so that they are at least capable to read, understand and converse in English with Indian accent and standard speed or flow.