Welcome To Our Department


Vision


To envision the Department as a centre for academic excellence, professional expertise, and contextual research in English Studies and balance the needs of general education – communication, diversity, global perspectives, interdisciplinary studies – with those of the major.

Mission


To enable students, from diverse educational backgrounds, to develop an in-depth knowledge of language, literature and culture so as to achieve their academic and professional goals and also introduce students to the tools of research and broaden their critical sensibilities.

Milestones


History:

‘Historians’ of St. Albert’s College, such as Professor Premus Perinchery, tells us that the college started in the twin Gothic style buildings of St. Albert’s School on 16 July 1946, a year before Indian independence (Perinchery 157). It is not clear if an English Department existed in those hazy days. However, the college was shifted to the present campus in 1951, even though the work of the new building was incomplete as yet. Let me present before you the faculty who have worked in the English Department right from its inception to the present. The Late Prof. K.J.S. Cleetus, father of our former Principal Prof. Harry Cleetus and one of the students of the first batch of St. Albert’s College, mentions Rev. Fr. Bonaventure and Prof. Velayudhan Nair, popularly known as ‘Shakespeare Velayudhan,’ as the English faculty of St. Albert’s College in its infancy (Cleetus 161).

Programme Offered


The Department offers a 3 year Undergraduate Degree programme in English Language and Literature in accordance with the restructured curriculum of M G University, Kottayam, Kerala.
One of the main objectives of the programme is to encourage students to approach English Literature in a multidimensional manner.
Along with the core papers, the Programme also includes common papers, complementary papers, an open course paper and elective papers which aim to familiarize students with reflections on various contemporary social issues.

 

Syllabus


  • The department offers undergraduate course in English Language and Literature. The curriculum is designed in such a manner that it provides an incisive insight into various literatures, literary theory and linguistics.
  • The students are also supposed to submit a project at the end of the course that initiates them into academic research. The course meets its end with a viva of the project which is held by a panel of external experts.
  • The department also offers Common Course English which is common to all the degree students during the first and second years of under graduation.
  • The syllabus covers an in depth study of grammar and various literatures. The students are taught grammar in such a manner that they get equipped to use English language without grammatical errors.
  • The literature part provides the students a taste of world classics. Apart from this the syllabus also incorporates literatures that discuss burning social issues such issues of gender, caste, race, censorship, refugee and so on.

Department at a glance


‘Historians’ of St. Albert’s College such as Prof Premus Perinchery, Former Head, Department of Oriental Languages, tells us that the College started in the twin Gothic style buildings of St. Albert’s School on 16 July 1946, a year before Indian independence. It is not clear if an English Department existed in those hazy days. However, the College was shifted to the present campus in 1951, even though the work of the new building was incomplete as yet. The Department of English has always been blessed with resourceful faculty members right from its inception to the present.

The Department offers Undergraduate and Post-graduate Programmes in English Language and Literature. The curriculum is designed in such a manner that it provides an incisive insight into various literatures, literary theory and linguistics. The students are also supposed to submit a project at the end of the course that initiates them into academic research. The Programmes end with a viva of the project which is held by a panel of external experts. The Department also offers Common Course English which is common to all the degree students during the first and second years of under graduation. The syllabus covers an in-depth study of grammar and various literatures.

The English Association, innovatively called TEA @albert’s, is an initiative of the students of the English Department. Although such a frame work for student activities existed in the past, it was felt that there was a need to streamline its functioning. The result was TEA @ albert’s which came into being on 3rd February, 2015. All literary and related activities of the Department are co-ordinated by the office-bearers of TEA. MELA is the student magazine brought out annually under the auspices of TEA.

 

Message from Hod


Greetings and Welcome to the Department of English…

In the words of Oscar Wilde, “Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose.” We, at the Department of English, take great joy in this anticipation and in initiating our students to the same. As stated in our Mission, it has always been our effort to enable and equip our students from diverse backgrounds to develop into better human beings. This holistic development is possible through an in-depth knowledge of language, literature and culture.

More than ever before, the world needs people who are sensitive and sensible. We need critical thinkers, original thinkers and change-agents. The stake is quite high and we consider both the students and the teachers of literature spokespersons with great social responsibility.

The Department is an extension of the institution’s commitment towards “Knowledge for All in Society” and commit ourselves to igniting the flame of truth and knowledge.

Best Wishes

Dr. Mary Sapna Peter Miranda

HoD