The Department of English was established in 1955. Over the years, it 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. 

Various members of the department employ different teaching methods, in accordance with the papers they teach, ranging from discussions and presentations—which are encouraged in all papers—to creative reinterpretations and adaptations of classics and to the use of multimedia materials to enable linguistic development. 

Students are also encouraged to have informal discussions with their seniors and their teachers outside of class hours, whether for clarification or to provide a platform to talk about literature beyond the syllabus.

Under-Graduate Programme In English

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.

Post-Graduate Programme In English

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 longterm 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.

Career Oriented Programme

A career oriented course in English Language and Communication Skills has been run from 2007. This course is open to students from all departments especially those coming from vernacular medium schools. It is tailored to develop in students the confidence and capacity to communicate fluently in English. What makes the programme even more valuable is the fact that not only teachers with experience in language teaching, but also postgraduate students who use English proficiently are given an opportunity to interact with the students who opt for this course. This is in keeping with the pedagogy of the College, which encourages the development of both students and staff in the process of class interaction.

Vocational English Programme

The Vocational English Program (VEP) is a five-month intensive training programme in English. Four classes per week are conducted. VEP involved multiple modes of delivery such as face to face interaction, online tasks, and resource building activities. It combined several teaching learning techniques to meet the two-fold purpose of facilitating English language proficiency skills, while also imparting techniques of teaching English at an elementary level. The objectives of VEP are to improve general interactional skills in English (spoken English), to provide integrated skill-focused training through information-gap activities, group interaction, and decision-making activities, to facilitate a hands-on experience in teaching English through communicative activities, to enable students to become autonomous and reflective learners, to equip students with English-teaching techniques.

Key areas of Research

    1. British Literature

    2. Indian Writing in English & Aesthetics

    3. American Literature

    4. Fiction

    5. Postcolonial Literature

    6. Women’s Writing

    7. Second Language Methods

    8. Academic Writing

    9. Corpus Studies

    10. Modernism & Postmodernism


Dr Saurabh Vaishnav

Assistant Professor




Dr (Fr.) Sunil Macwan

Adhyapak Sahayak



Dr Annaashirvadita Sacha

Adhyapak Sahayak



Dr Jui Upadhyay

Adhyapak Sahayak



Mr Hardik Thakkar

Adhyapak Sahayak