The Department of English offers UG program B.A. English and the PG program M.A. English. B.A was introduced in the year 2010 and M.A. in 2015.
With well-experienced faculty, the Department functions with 15 staff members. The Department seeks to provide hands-on learning to its students at the Foundation Level, teaching General English and Soft Skills. It also offers a Non-major Elective Journalism for other students.
As part of its activity, the Department offers many workshops, seminars on various facets of acquiring English for employability. Other activities like problem-solving exercises, project work and skills workshops for career prospects are conducted to help comprehend the myriad exposures that a student can experience while pursuing his/her education in English.
Some areas are
- Theatre arts
- Media studies
- Technical Writing
- Copy Editing
Achievements in the form of University Ranks have given the impetus for higher ideals and pursuits. Placement is a key area where students have ample opportunities for easier placement because of the nature of the course.
Vision & Mission
To provide a learning environment that promotes love for the English language and to create opportunities that empowers students through education.
During the Faculty Council Meet held on 5 July, 2016 it was decided to conduct a Remedial Program in English for the students who have a challenge in comprehending the English Language. A week-long remedial program from 18 to 25 July 2016 was organized in the department of English. The course content was decided to span over a period of 6 days. 9 members of the Faculty of English headed by the Principal Dr. Ravichandran coordinated the program. With the help of the Heads of the Departments, a total of 194 students were identified as needing the Remedial Program. A total of 18 to 20 students were allotted for one faculty. With this ratio, the classes were conducted between 1.45 p.m. and 3.15 p.m. on the above mentioned dates.
Seminar on Re-reading Shakespeare.
On 23 August, 2016 the department organized a seminar on “Re-reading Shakespeare,” the resource person was Dr, Ramana Devika, Head, Dept of English, Vidya Sagar College For Women, Chengalpattu.
Guest Lecture on English in Media
The Department of English in association with the Department of Visual communication organized a guest lecture on the topic ‘English in Media’ on 23rd August 2016 at the conference hall on the campus. The chief guest of the programme was Shri D. Suresh Kumar the Deputy Resident Editor (Tamil Nadu), The Hindu. The programme started with a prayer and prayer song by the students of Department of English followed by the welcome address by the Principal Dr. M. Ravi Chandran., The programme was compeered by Surekha of III BA English.
Wordcraft English Literary Association
The Department has conducted interdepartmental events as a part of Wordcraft Literary Association. Various events were conducted from 29.08.2016 to 31.08.2016. The events included Block and Tackle, Comic Sketch, Creative Writing, Connexions, Monologue, Dumb Charades, Wit of a Salesman, Strange Meeting, and Mystery Maskatoon. Enthusiastic students across the departments participated in the events and made it successful.
Inter-Departmental Essay Competition
An interdepartmental Essay Competition was held on 15th October 2016 in commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The topic for the essay competition was “India of my Dreams”. The winners were Vinitha - I MA – I position, Shekinah Glory – I BA - II position, Bennisha – I MA – III position.
Standardized Test for English Proficiency (STEP) Test
The students were given the details about STEP Test and some of the students from I and II MA English registered and took the STEP Test.
Alison’s online Diploma Courses
The Department of English has encouraged the postgraduate students of the department to register free online courses to improve their employability skills. The students of II MA English registered free Diploma course in Journalism in August 2016.
Guest Lecture on Basic Linguistics
The Department had arranged for a lecture on ‘Introduction to Basic Linguistics’ on 06 September 2016. The resource person was Ms. Alice, an Alumnus of the department. The lecture detailed on the branches and fields of General Linguistics.
Industrial visits prove to be the shortest route to education with the vivid experience that it tenders to the adventurous souls. Students of I M.A. were taken to the famous Dhakshina Chitra as part of socio-cultural exploration into our immediate and colonial past. Students of III B.A and II M.A. went on 3-day tour to Cochin and Munnar as part of the Academic Initiative for a carefree and non-academic mode of learning direct;y from experiences, adventure and enjoyment that any tour would entail.
Northeast and Southern Writers ‘Meet’
Seven students of the Department participated in the seminar titled “Devotional Literature of Northeast and South India” on 20th July 2016. The chairperson for the seminar was B. D. Lahoti. The participants were II M.A. Students – Mr. Prudhvi, Ms. Jaisree, Ms. Viveta, Ms. Nusaifa, III B.A. Students – Ms. Catherine, Ms. Surekha, II B.A. – Eeshica.
Six students of the Department participated in two-day workshop on “Sustainable Development for Self Reliance” hosted by Loyola College on 30th and 31st July 2016.
On 16th August 2016, the students of I year M.A English were taken to the 'Attakalari Diploma Graduation Show 2016' held at the Music Academy, Chennai.
The American Library organized a quiz contest titled 'Road to the White House: US Elections 2016' in MOP Vaishnav College for Women on 21st September 2016. About 25 colleges participated in this contest.
Youth Speaks Forum
The following students participated in the Youth Speaks Forum conducted by the U.S. Consulate on 25th November 2016.
Surakha Marak III BA
Catherine Micheal III BA
Eeshica Moitra II BA
Shaun Micheal David
Mark Huggie Angelo III BBA
Viveta Vincent I MA
Sam, Gladstone, Vimal and Hephzibah Veronica secured third place in Carol Singing competition held on 22 December 2016 as part of Christmas Celebration for students.
Seminar Attended by the Management and Faculty
Rev. Bro Sebastian.T, Director and Secretary, Mrs. Lakshmi Kumari, Head, Dept of English department and S. Habeeb Ur Rahaman, Head, Dept of Visual Communication attended a One-day seminar on Higher Education at Image Auditorium on 23rd August 2016.
K. Prudhvi Kumar and Mahesh Kumar, the students of II MA secured second place in the quiz conducted by M.G.R. Janaki College English Department Culturals on 9th January 2017.
Chennai Literary Fest and Hindu Lit for Life
Literary festivals are the platform that exposes students to real-time literature and literary personalities. It gives them a glimpse into the various aspects that evolved the writer and the writing. The University of Madras hosts the Chennai Literary Festival every January. Apart from workshops on topics, competitions are held to motivate the students. Mr. K. Prudhvi Kumar, a student of II MA won the First place in the debate held at JBAS college as part of the Chennai Literary Fest on 10th January 2017. Postgraduate students of English Department attended the Inauguration of Chennai Literary Fest (CLF) on 10th January 2017 as well as the workshop titled “Film and Literature” on 10th January 2017 at IIT Madras. On 11th January 2017, I M.A. students attended a workshop on Commonwealth Literature chaired by Dr, Hariharan, Kerala Universtity and Jikum buzzo , University of Johannesburg.
Vinitha Vincent, I MA, Monika S, I B.A. and Sangeetha, I B.A., attended a conference on “Imaging and Imagining Literatures and Cultures: India, Canada and Latvia” 29th November 2016 at Justise Basheer Ahmed Sayeed College for Women in collaboration with the University of Madras and Centre for Canadian Studies.
During the Hindu Lit for Life, Literary Festival – another prominent festival after the Jaipur Literary Festival, saw many young authors. Prudhvi Kumar Choudhry II MA, Vinitha Vincent I MA, Surekha Marak III B.A. attended workshops of upcoming Bengali author Durjoy Dutta. He is a motivational speaker and spoke on writing, publishing, entrepreneurship for young students. They participated in several other interviews, conversations and interactive sessions like
- Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks in conversation with Gauri Viswanathan
- The Book Thief – Markus Zusak in conversation with Tishani Doshi
- Is India Ripe for a Revolution? – Kanhaiya Kumar in conversation with Sadanand Menon
- Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored – Rishi Kapoor in conversation with Shantanu Ray Chaudhur
- This Love That Feels Right – Ravinder Singh in conversation with Rosella Stephen
Conferences and Paper Presentations:
Kristen Jude Srinivasan of II BA participated in UGC Sponsored National Conference on Material Science and Technology: Recent Trends and Future Prospects – 2016” held on 29th and 30th of December 2016. He presented the paper titled “Essential and Efficient Scientific Interpretational Skills and Best Presenter Award. Kristen Jude Srinivasan presented a paper on “The Identity of the Black Woman – Lorraine Hansbury’s A Raisin in the Sun” as part of the National Conference conducted by Joseph’s College of Arts and science, Kanchipuram district.
On 25th February, Diana Josephine J, I B.A. won the Third Place in the Dramatic Monologue at Loyola College as part of its Inter-collegiate event Tabard Inn – Masquerade
To commemorate the 400th Death Anniversary of the famous bard William Shakespeare, the event Eternal Shakespeare was held on 8th March 2017. Eminent professors with a rich experience of over 30 years were invited to share the richness and the vivid color of language of Shakespeare that makes us give the moniker Eternal Shakespeare. The chief guests were Shri. Indira Parthasarathy, Tamil author and Retired Professor, JNU, Shri Pitambarlal Rajani, and Smt. Eugenie Pinto.
Shri Pitambarlal enunciated on the nuances of writing for stage and the various aspects involved in it. Shri Indira Parthasarathy traced on the impact of the bard even in our troubled times. Smt. Eugenie Pinto enumerated on Shakespeare being the first ever feminist the world has even seen.
As part of the Golden Triangle Dramatics Club, the students of I B.A. performed the immortal soliloquies of Shakespeare to an enthralled audience. Dramatic monologues by II B.A. students created awe and drew the admiration of the chief guests. Senior students presented Power Point Presentations on Life and Works of Shakespeare.
As part of the Event, Inter- collegiate Essay writing competitions were also conducted. Mrs. Srilakshmi Priya, Asst Professor, Dr. Ambedkar Government Arts College, adjusdged the following students as winners.
- First Prize – R Gowri (III BA) – Meenakshi College for Women, Chennai
- Second prize – T. Jemima Joshwin – Lady Doak College, Madurai
- Third Prize – K Mangala Sakthi – Lady Doak College, Madurai
.Cash prizes were given to the students.