DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH,DR. B. R. AMBEDKAR UNIVERSITY-SRIKAKULAM

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of English was established in the year 2006 conforming itself to the promotion of academic potential and excellence to the students of English Language and Literature. In addition to offering the academic excellence to its students, it has also committed itself to involve the students for the purpose of community development. The Department of English has the credit of relieving hundreds of successful students who are occupying key roles both government and corporate sectors at present.

Our Vision:

We seek to foster knowledge and a love of literature and of language in our students. To this end, we will provide students in all emphasis areas with a coherent curricular framework and relevant, well-structured course choices. We will teach a variety of literary, analytical, pedagogical and theoretical skills. We will teach students to speak, read and write effectively. We will encourage students to think deeply and to reflect on what they have learned. We will encourage a love of learning and an appreciation for a liberal education.

Course Objectives:

Studying English literature opens up a world of inspiration and creativity, while also developing skills that are essential for today's global environment. It is a chance to discover how literature makes sense of the world through stories, plays, poems and novels. 1. Develop their intellectual, personal and professional abilities. 2. Acquire basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in order to communication with speakers of English language. 3. Enrich the linguistic competence necessarily required in various life situations and plays. Students should be able to identify, analyze, interpret and describe the critical ideas, values, and themes that appear in literary and cultural texts and understand the way these ideas, values, and themes inform and impact culture and society, both now and in the past.

Our Mission:

The mission is not simply to ensure that each student gains adequate employment but to prepare post-graduates to assume responsible positions as excellent teachers, translators, researchers and so on. The overall mission of the Department of English is to engage in writing, research, teaching and public service that advance our understanding of the field English through Creative Writing, Literature, Medieval Studies and Rhetoric and Professional Writing. Faculty is expected through their instructional, research and service activities to contribute tangibly to the development of the knowledge base that makes English Language and Literature a discipline as well as a profession. Our mission is in line with the mission of the university and aim at making it a better place for teaching and learning.

S.W.O.C.

(Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Challenges)

Strength:

The study of English language and literature has an important influence on improving students' skills. Proficient and skilled use of the English language can enhance career. English Literature is the study of language and culture. One can learn nuance, tone, body language, facial expression and intent by having an idea of how it works. When studying Literature, students can learn not only language aspects but also that language can be used for specific and aesthetic purposes.

Knowing English increases your chances of getting a good job in multinational companies within your home country or at abroad. It is also the language of international communication, the media and the internet. So, learning English is important for socialising and entertainment as well as work.

Weakness:

The department is not getting any financial assistance from the Government. There are some constraints with regard to the conduct of M.Phil and Ph.D research programmes by the Department.

Opportunities:

The programme has become a career guide. The demand for English teachers is high in India and many other countries. Teaching English is a good career choice for people with strong language and communications skills. People with a broad knowledge of literature, a passion for reading, a knack for essay writing and a devotion to education are well-suited for careers as English teachers. English is a global business language and hence it is not surprising how the demand for learning English is growing exponentially. While English is a requirement for many to migrate to or survive in an English-speaking country, there are many more who take up English for higher education or to advance their careers or business. Just as the demand for English students is increasing, there is an English teacher shortage as well in the job market. Those who qualify UGC-NET or SLET examination can enter academics as an Assistant Professor of a University. Those who qualify UGC-JRF can pursue research in the field of English Language and Literature with UGC fellowship.

Challenges:

There is a big gap between the objectives of the courses the students study in the institution and the need of the society due to lack of resources. Most of the students studying this programme are poverty-stricken and unable to afford to use fancy projectors, whiteboards, laptops and programmes through the internet. Teaching English Literature to non-literature students with mother tongue as their medium of instruction at schools and colleges lies as a herculean task. The Department takes it as challenge to bridge gap between the two. And also needs to develop a kind of awareness among the teachers’ perspective towards the improvement of their professional qualifications, growth and development.

Programme Educational Objectives(PEO's)

The Department offers English Language and Literature. The course is designed to enrich the students with the skills of teaching of English Language, Literature and Linguistics. The students acquire academic potential and excellence in English Literature in the broad areas of Poetry, Drama, Prose and Fiction related to British Literature, American Literature, Commonwealth Literature, Indian Writing in English, Black Literature, Translation Theory and Practice, Women Studies, Literary Theory and Practical Criticism and English Language Teaching. This programme equips the student with readiness to face any challenge in the professional field of his/her choice at global level. It will also enhance the global outlook, sympathy and understanding towards the fellow beings. It certainly instils the need of social responsibility in the mind of every student and the need of their involvement for the community development besides their personal advancement.

Learning Outcomes(LO's)

The curriculum of the P.G Programme in English is designed and goes in line with the curriculum of Dr. B.R Ambedkar University, Srikakulam reflecting the aims, goals and objective in a word, conforming to the motto and the spirit of the university.

  • Dissemination of knowledge to the students through enhancement of their learning abilities in the areas of English language and literature and see that every students has attained the essential academic potential and excellence on a par with global standards in order to prepare himself of herself or herself to fit in to the needs and requirement of public or private or corporate sectors or industry by the end of the programme.
  • Finding out the natural strengths and the inbuilt capacitates of the students and encourage them positively towards the enhancement of those abilities to meet the requirements of profession and research of their choice.
  • Besides developing the academic excellence and ensuring every student as an individual of higher learning and free thinking.
  • The programme also interests them in understanding various culture of the national and the international in way making them individuals of higher human understanding and higher tolerance and also interesting them in social responsibility and commitment to community development.
  • Educate students to read critically, write clearly and imaginatively, think logically and speak articulately about literature and language.
  • Promote critical literacy that is, the capacity to interpret, evaluate and contextualize literary and social text.
  • Acquire and disseminate knowledge of our expanding literary and cultural heritages.
  • Teach a historical sense of language and literatures in English in all their diversity to the multicultural student body from the state.
  • Lead students to realize how the expressive and analytical skills they acquire and exercise in their study of English prepares them for a wide variety of meaningful professional employment opportunities upon post-graduation.
  • Board of Study Chairman/Chair-person:

    S.No Name of the Chairman Period
    1 Prof. D. J. P. N. Reddy 2013-17
    2 Prof. A. Nageswar Rao 2014-16
    3 Prof. L. Manjula Davidson 2017- Till Date

    Successive Head of the Department:

    S.No Name of the Chairman Period
    1 Dr. K. Hari Kishan 2013-15
    2 Dr. B. V. Ramana Murthy 2016-17
    3 Mr. B. Cotton Raju 2018-19
    4 Dr. P. Ravi Kumar 2020- Till Date

    Course Coordinator

    P.RAVI KUMAR PYLA

    FACULTY NAME DESIGNATION VIEW PROFILE
    Dr. Ramana Murthy, B.V Asst. Professor on Contract View
    Dr. Harikishan, K Asst. Professor on Contract View
    Mr. Cotton Raju, B Teaching Associate on Contract View
    M Parvathi Devi Teaching Associate on Contract View
    Dr. Ravi Kumar, P Teaching Associate on Contract View