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Department of English

The Department of English was established in 1923. Fr.A.Lebeau S.J., Principal of the college, was the Head of the Department. Fr.Jerome de Souza S.J. joined the Department as Lecturer and also served as Library Director. Great educationists like Fr.A.Bonhoure S.J., Fr.T.N.Siqueria S.J., Fr.I.Arulsamy S.J., Fr.Edmund Faber S.J., Fr.S.M.Antonysamy S.J., Fr. George Thottungal S.J., Fr.Louis Xavier S.J. and Fr.G.Packiaraj S.J. served as Heads of the Department. Great teachers like Fr.F.Gilmore S.J., Fr.C.M.Cherian S.J., Fr. Lawrence Sundaram S.J., Fr.A.Savarimuthu S.J., Fr.Leo Correya S.J., Fr.Leo Antony Tagore S.J., Fr.Francis M. Peter S.J., Fr. V. Gilburt Camillus S.J. inspired the students by their teaching and were held in high esteem by the student community. Mr.P.L.Stephen was the first layman lecturer who served for 28 years. Others who lent their service were Mr.Sajeevi, Mr.A.Srinivasaragavan, Mr.Blais Diaz, Mr.M.Gnanamani, Mr.Caesar Antony, Mr.Rengachary, Mr.G.S.Natarajan, and Mr.R.P.Pillai.


Mr.Selvanayagam was the first layman promoted as Head of the Department. Efficient teachers like Mr.S.Ramakrishnan, Mr.Paripuranam, Mr.I.Devadasan, Mr.Alex Fernando, Mr.D.Albert, Mr.C.Ganesa Pillai, Mr.A.M.George, Mr.M.John, Mr.Maria Joseph, Dr.A.Achariyam, Dr.S.John Peter Joseph and Mr.Balu Rayan contributed to the growth of the Department with dedication and sincerity.


B.A.English Literature was started in 1968. When Mr.Selvanayagam retired, Mr.P.R.Srinivasan was promoted Head of the Department. After the retirement of Mr.P.R.Srinivasan, Mr.A.Cleophas became Head of the Department. Two years later, Mr.S.A.Thiaga Rajan was appointed Head of the Department. A reunion of the former staff and students of the Department was organized in February 1998. Mr.P.Jeganathan was promoted Head of the Department in 2004.


Dr.V.S.Joseph Albert was promoted Head of the Department in June 2006. M.A.English was started. Organizing national seminars became an important academic activity of the Department. Research activity was promoted with the publication of 7 edited anthologies, 74 research papers and 12 CDs from 2006 to 2011. The Department won the overall first prize in the inter-departmental competitions (INDECO) in 2009 and 2012 and the overall second prize in September 2011. The Department was recognized as a Research Centre by the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in March 2011.

Dr.A.Calisthus became Head of the Department in June 2011. Language Lab was strengthened with audio-visual aids. After his retirement, Dr.V.S.Joseph Albert was appointed Head of the Department for the second time in June 2013. After his retirement, Dr. V. John was promoted Head of the Department in June 2014. The Department won the overall first prize in the inter-departmental competitions (INDECO) and in Sports & Games. An International Conference on "Contours of Postcolonial Studies" was organized in January 2016.


Dr. Lizie Williams was promoted Head of the Department in June 2016. M. Phil. English was started in June 2017. In the Sports Meet conducted by the College on 26th August 2016, the Overall Championship and the Trophy for the Best March-Past were won by Shift II and Shift I students respectively. The individual championship prizes for Men and Women were won by our students. In the Inter Departmental Competitions (INDECO) conducted by the college in September 2016, Shift II won the Overall Second Prize and Shift I won the Overall Third. In the Sports Meet conducted by the College on 1st September 2017, the Overall Second Prize was won by Shift II students. In the Inter Departmental Competitions (INDECO) conducted by the college in September 2017, Shift I won the Overall Second Prize and Shift II won the Overall Third Prize. Emil Robin Singh, a student of English Literature, brought laurels to SXC by setting a meet record in the 71st State Aquatic Championship in 2017 and won the Individual Championship, bagging five gold medals.


At present, the Department consists of 21 teachers. The thrust areas of research are Postcolonial Literature, English Language Teaching and Indian English Literature. The following programmes are offered:


Courses Offered


  1. M. Phil. (1 year) – Self-Financing Stream

  2. M. A. (2 years) -- Self-Financing Stream

  3. B. A. (3 years) – Aided Stream


The Department organized the following Seminars/Conferences:


  • * UGC sponsored National Seminar on "Indian English Literature" in 2006.

  • * UGC sponsored National Conference on "Postcolonial Novel" in March 2009.

  • * TANSCHE sponsored State-Level Seminar on "Contemporary Diaspora Literature" in 2009.

  • * UGC sponsored National Seminar on "New Literatures in English" in December 2009.

  • * National Conference on "Beyond Borders: Paradigm-Shifts in Postcolonial Theory and Literature" in February 2011.

  • * National Seminar on "Pedagogic Strategies towards Triggering Language Acquisition Devices" in December 2012.

  • * National Seminar on "Postcolonial Theory and Literature" in Sep. 2013.

  • * UGC sponsored National Conference on "Plurality of Cultures and Contexts" in 2015.

  • * International Conference on "Contours of Postcolonial Studies" in 2016.

  • * National Conference on "Texts as Con-Texts: The Hermeneutic Circle Today" in 2017.


Projects

S.No. Name of the Staff Title Sponsor Period and Status Amount
1 Dr.V.S.Joseph Albert Arthur Miller And Indira Parthasarathy: A Comparative Study UGC Completed 20,000
2 Dr.V.S.Joseph Albert John Steinbeck and Ponneelan: A Comparative Study UGC Completed 40,000
3 Dr.V.S.Joseph Albert The Significance of Postcolonial Studies with Special Reference to Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh and Rohinton Mistry UGC Aug. 2011 to Mar. 2012 -- Completed 70,000
4 Mrs.Lizie Williams Reconstruction of History through Quest for Identity in Amitav Ghosh's Novels UGC Aug. 2011 to Mar. 2012 -- Completed 70,000
5 Mrs.Lizie Williams Historiographic Metafiction: A Comparative Study of Salman Rushdie and Orhan Pamuk UGC Jan. 2015 to Jan. 2017 -- Completed 1,50,000

Books/Proceedings edited & published:


  • 1. Proceedings of UGC-sponsored National Seminar on Indian English Literature (2006)-- Edited by V. S. Joseph Albert and S. John Peter Joseph.

  • 2. Proceedings of UGC-sponsored National Conference on Postcolonial Novel (2009)-- Edited by V. S. Joseph Albert and S. John Peter Joseph.

  • 3. Studies in Postcolonial Literature--ISBN 978-81-7966-250-2 (2009)--Edited by V.S. Joseph Albert—Emerald Publishers.

  • 4. Proceedings of UGC-sponsored National Seminar on New Literatures in English (2009)-- Edited by V. S. Joseph Albert and S. John Peter Joseph.

  • 5. Proceedings of the National Seminar on Postcolonial Theory and Literature (2013)-- ISSN 2249-250 X—Vol. 4. No.1-- Edited by V. S. Joseph Albert and V. John.

  • 6. Proceedings of UGC-sponsored National Conference on Plurality of Cultures and Contexts (2015) -- ISSN 2249-250 X – Vol. 6. No.1. -- Edited by V. S. Joseph Albert, V. John and Lizie Williams.

  • 7. Contours of Postcolonial Studies–ISBN 81-87905-09-3 (2016)--Edited by V. S. Joseph Albert, V. John and Lizie Williams.

  • 8. Text as Con-Texts—ISBN 81-87905-10-7 (2017)-- Edited by V. S. Joseph Albert and Lizie Williams.


Every year the Dept. organizes the following Endowment Lectures


  • 1. Dr. V. S. Joseph Albert Endowment Lecture

  • 2. Dr. V. Gilburt Camillus, S.J. Endowment Lecture

  • 3. Dr. V. John Endowment Lecture.


One of the Best Practices in Curricular Aspects followed by the Dept. of English is an innovative teaching-learning process, which caters to the needs of both advanced learners and slow learners. As per recommendations of UGC Curriculum Development Centre and the NAAC, Streaming System is followed in Part II General English. The Department conducts Bridge Course for all I UG students. Skill-based courses such as English for Competitive Examinations, Spoken English, Reading Skills, Business English, Word Power, Interview Skills, The Art of Public Speaking and Writing Skills are made inter-disciplinary through provision for horizontal movement, motivating the students of other departments to join these courses. The Department has an excellent mechanism for assessing the speaking skill of the students. Assessment of communicative ability through Viva Voce on a large scale for all the I & II UG students in General English is performed as part of the external examination. Remedial programmes are regularly conducted after identifying the difficulty level of the students.


Distinguished Alumni of the Department


  •  Justice S. M. Subramaniam, Madras High Court

  •  Mr. D. Prakash, IPS, Uttar Pradesh.

  •  Rev. Bro. Victor, SHJ, Superior General, Brothers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

  •  Mr. S. Chellappa, IAS, Former Principal Secretary, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh


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