Department of English
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.