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About Department

Over the years, the Department of English has developed from what used to be traditional, purely text-based criticism, to wider outlooks, taking into account various standpoints as well as various literatures. Alongside changes in the syllabi, there have been marked changes in teaching methodology, going in the direction of more and more open understandings of knowledge generation and transmission. Classroom processes encourage student participation in the reading and interpretation of prescribed texts, subscribing to the belief that readings cannot be singular unilateral. What literature and criticism teach is an emphasis on the capacity to argue logically one’s point of view, as well as the value of a multiplicity of perspectives. The pedagogy strengthens effective communication skills, both verbal and non -verbal. Informal discussions and interactions between students and teachers as a good practice has been an invigorating experience for developing leadership qualities and healthy competitive spirit.

VISION

The department envisions the creation of an environment that fosters critical thinking and articulate expression. Through expertise in language and knowledge of literature, we hope to nurture students who will not only become excellent professionals but also balanced and sensitive individuals. We hope to facilitate professional and personal skill building with a strong focus on precise communication and creative expression in language.

MISSION

The department strives to make students excel in literature, criticism, communication and research and bring out the hidden potential in the student. The mission of the department is to create better human beings.

VISION

The department envisions the creation of an environment that fosters critical thinking and articulate expression. Through expertise in language and knowledge of literature, we hope to nurture students who will not only become excellent professionals but also balanced and sensitive individuals. We hope to facilitate professional and personal skill building with a strong focus on precise communication and creative expression in language.

MISSION

The department strives to make students excel in literature, criticism, communication and research and bring out the hidden potential in the student. The mission of the department is to create better human beings.

Programmes

The BA (English) is a three-year programme designed to provide students with an overview of British literature, as well as literary criticism, ranging from Greek, to Latin, British and Sanskrit. The course also offers papers in English Language and Communication Skills as well as Media. For students interested in learning English Language at a more advanced level, in order to pursue careers in media and mass communication as well as linguistics, the department has been offering a First Elective course in Functional English. This provides closer acquaintance with phonetics, writing skills, as well as Radio and TV studies.
Studying English at St. Xavier’s College, at the Postgraduate (MA) level, combines a focus on linguistic proficiency with an attempt to nurture critical thinking and engagement with creative literary works. While language skills are a recognized necessity given the competitiveness of the national and international job market, the development of the ability to read critically and empathetically, to critique cultural artefacts and to establish rigorous and current theoretical frameworks for social and textual analysis form an integral part of humane living. The humanities in general, and literature in particular, have the ability, through this focus, to further what has been a long term aim as far as the College is concerned: equitable and just processes of learning, taking into account a multiplicity of positions from which this knowledge is produced.

Faculty Members

Dr. Saurabh Vaishnav

Assistant Professor

Ms. Annaashirvadita Sacha

Assistant Professor