GUJARATI-HINDI

GUJARATI-HINDI

The department facilitates and enthuses every student, who is interested in Gujarati / Hindi language, culture and literature. The focus, the efforts, the faculty, the activities and culture of the department are oriented towards their students’ growth and well-being.

Our vision

With the objective of overall growth of our students, our focus will be on creating an interest and passion in our students for the language, literature and culture.

 

Our Mission

To enthuse the students in Gujarati / Hindi , we will take them through the writings of eminent authors; take them to institutions that preserve and promote Gujarati / Hindi literature, Gujarati / Hindi theatre and culture; encourage them to take part in seminars, workshops, literature fests, research projects, and book readings.

Under-Graduate Programme In Gujarati-Hindi

The programme includes works of eminent writers of different eras, giving a glimpse of the societal conditions, the ethos and culture during medieval times, the practices and policies of earlier times, making a comparative with the current society and understanding the changes that have enabled the cultures and language to evolve. The programme aims at enabling students to be conversant with the subject as they could grow to become content writers, journalists, authors, poets and facilitators.

Key areas of Research

  • Biographies
  • Creative Writing

Mr. Puranbhai Makwana

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Associate Professor

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Dr (Fr.) Vinayak Jadav SJ

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Associate Professor
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Mr. Anilkumar Parmar

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Associate Professor
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The Gujarati Department in collaboration with English Department of St.Xavier’ College organised an innovative session of interaction with a Slovenia-born Gujarati Writer Marija Sres Mitskaben and a Slovenian researcher Dr. Ana Jalniker on 22-1-2020,Wednesday in XICA hall.. Jalniker who is doing a research on the Slovenian Women who worked in India was visiting Gujarat to interact with those who were connected with these Slovene women. The Guarati Department incidentally has introduced from June 2019 GIRASMA EK DUNGARI written by Maria Sres Mitskaben as a text for a paper on Feminist writing (GU 5504) in the syllabus for students of Semester 5 of Gujarati Literature.

The author Mitskaben lived in India from 1976 to 2008 mostly in Sabarkantha district of North-east Gujarat. After graduating with Gujarati Major from the very St. Xavier’s College, Mitskaben lived and worked with women of Dungri Garasia tribal community. She penned her experiences of being a witness to the struggles of Tribal women for their dignity and identity which were later published under the title ‘Girasma ek Dungari’ and was even awarded by Gujarati Sahitya Academy in 2005. She now residing permanently  in Slovenia addressed the students of Gujarati and English Literature on SKYPE in her fluent Gujarati and took questions from the Students while Jalniker listened and recorded the responses of the students and staff. The special presence of adivasi women of Lusaiya (where Mitskaben once lived) added to the flair of the function as they narrated their experience of having lived with Mitskaben. The interaction was unique as it brought together all connected with the text; the students of the text, the researcher of the author and the women who are the subject of the text and  those who lived with Mitskaben. Students interacted with the tribal women, the subjects of the text. Principal Fr. Lancy D’cruz, SJ addressed the students and challenged them to extend this personalised method of education to a field visit of the Sabarkantha- the area of the tribal women and interact with the subjects directly. English Literature students studied the chapters and compared it with other feminist literary texts, bringing yet another pedagogical approach of comparative literature to their learning.
All felt the excitement of approaching a feminist text with a unique pedagogy that led them to a personalised and experiential knowledge of Literature. St. Xavier’s College thanks Dr. Ana Jalniker for the effort in visiting the institute and sharing the wealth of Slovene culture and education.