Celebrating Golden Jubilee Year


About the subject:
English, the colonizer’s language has been very well adopted, adored and used in India. This process of adoption of the language started during colonial times when western education was heralded into our country. Since then it has always been the language of higher education and knowledge. Today it is pretty well entrenched in the day-to-day lives of at least the urban India. English, at universities in our country, is studied both in its literary as well as language aspects.

Department of English Picnic to Lonavala
English student's enacting a play
Department of English Picnic to Lonavala Enactment of Play which was the result of Drama Workshop

About the department:
Our college offers English language as a compulsory subject to all the students in the B.A., B.Com., B.M.S., and B.C.A degree courses, practically making each and every student of the college, a student of the department. The compulsory component English at all the degree courses is aimed at imparting and enhancing the basic language skills of the students. Keeping in mind our university’s mandate of women’s education, the texts used in the compulsory component English subject deal with women’s issues.

Keeping in mind the need of the students and the ever-growing demand of human resources, specially trained in English, the department started the B.A. in English special. As per the University curriculum a student of B.A. in English has to study 20 papers in different areas of English Literature and language, over a six semester period.

Dr. Mitalee Shome is the Head of the Department and Vice-Principal. She has more than 28 years of teaching experience. She has completed her Ph. D. on William Golding and Joseph Conrad - A comparative study. She is the Chairperson of the Board of Studies in English and a member of the Academic Council and the Library Committee of the SNDT Women’s University. She is responsible for the restructuring of the syllabus in English.

Smt. Shubha Acharya is an Associate Professor with 20 years of teaching experience in Degree College. She has done a minor research on “The Role of Amar Chitra Katha in enhancing comprehension abilities in young children”. She is actively involved in several committees of the college and is focused towards bringing out creativity in students and colleagues. She is the IQAC coordinator. She has presented several papers with English literature and language as the base in addition to papers on quality management.

Dr. Vijayalaxmi Koppikar is Associate Professor in the Department of English. She received a M.A. in English Literature in 1993, and a Ph.D. in Applied Indian Aesthetics at University of Mumbai in 2006. She has cleared SET in 1995 and completed a Minor Research Project sanctioned by the University Grant Commission in 2005. Her areas of interest include Phonetics, Stylistics, and Critical Approaches to Poetry, Theatre, Film appreciation and innovative teaching methodology. She has presented papers at various national and international seminars and conferences.

Ms. Prabha Krishnan works as an Assistant Professor. She is an M.A in English from Delhi University and has passed the SET Exam. Her area of interest is Comparative study in world mythology.

Tamasha Acharya works as an Assistant Professor. She has recently submitted her thesis on the South Asian Diaspora in Britain in the Mumbai University and is awaiting her viva. A deep interest in getting across the barriers of language and making English more accessible to students from the vernacular medium is one of her key interest areas.She is also interested in Creative Writing, Language issues and different methods of teaching the language.

Ms. Sheena M Soman works as an Assistant Professor. She is an M.A in English from Mumbai University and has passed the SET Exam. Her area of interest is Partition Literature and innovative ways of teaching English language and literature. She is currently pursuing an UGC sponsored Minor Research project on Partition Literature.

Shri. Sujit R Chandak works as an Assistant Professor. An M.A. in English from Nagpur University, he passed the SET Exam in 1998. His area of interest is literary and cultural theory. He blogs at: http://sujitchandak.wordpress.com/

Ms Silica Shetty works as a lecturer. She is an M.A in English and M.A in Education from Mumbai University.

Ms. Navnit Kaur works as a lecturer. She is an M.A in English from Punjab University and has passed the NET Exam. Her area of interest is Indian English Literature.

Careers for English Literature Graduates
A degree in English Literature can provide a sound base for specialization in the following careers:

Media Careers:
(a) Print media: Journalism (Newspapers and Periodicals), Advertising (Copy-writing)
(b) Audio-visual media: Television (Reporter, newsreader, anchor, script-writing), Film (Script-writing), Radio (RJ, newsreader)
(c) Publishing: Books, magazines (Writer, editor, journalist)
(d) Writing for websites: Content writing, Technical writing

Academic Careers: Teaching, research
Creative Writing: Fiction, drama, poetry and non-fiction
Translation: Excellent knowledge of a second language is a pre-requisite

The Common Admission Test (CAT) for management studies is open to graduates of English Literature
The field of all the competitive examinations is also open for the students.

USP of the Department
Innovative techniques to enhance language skills in students with average language capability