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Department of English


The Postgraduate Department of English is one of the largest departments of the College and was founded with the College itself in 1966. It was upgraded to the Postgraduate level in 2005.

At the Undergraduate level, the Department offers an interdisciplinary approach to students of all streams of Commerce, Sciences and Arts. The courses at Undergraduate level include English Compulsory; English Elective; English Honours and English and Business Communication.  At the Postgraduate level, Masters in English is offered on merit basis. The number of students enrolled in these subjects and the number of teachers for the same has witnessed an enormous growth.

The faculty of the Department is well qualified with areas of expertise as wide and diverse as  Indian Writings in English , Comparative Literature, American Literature, Linguistics, Shakespearean Studies, British Poetry and European Drama.  Presently the Department consists of 7 members in the regular faculty.

In addition to teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, some of the faculty members of the Department have been providing training to NET Exam aspirants. Students have benefitted immensely from the same. The classes were conducted by the faculty after regular teaching hours.

The Department has been actively hosting National level Seminars, Workshops and Lectures by inviting the likes of the noted author Shobhaa De and luminous academicians like Prof Shyamala A Narayan, Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi; Prof Bhargavi Rao, Osmania University, Hyderabad; Prof Simi Malhotra, Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi; Prof Sonjoy-Dutta Roy, Prof Sunita Parmar, Prof Smita Agarwal,  University of Allahabad; Prof Goutom Ghoshal, Vishwa-Bharti University, Santiniketan; Dr BS Korde, University of Pune; Dr Niladri Chattterjee, Kalyani University, West Bengal; Prof Aneel Raina, Prof Manju Jaidka, Prof Shelley Walia, Prof Rumina Sethi, Prof Pushpinder Syal, Prof Rana Nayar , Prof Deepti Gupta from Panjab University, Chandigarh and many more. Over the years, dignitaries of distinguished literary merit have been invited to various Workshops and Seminars organised by the Department. Some of them include eminent Punjabi poet Surjit Patar, Navtej Johar, urban activist and choreographer, Mr Ravi Singh, Editor-in-Chief, Penguin Books India (P) Ltd, Dr AJ Thomas, poet, writer, translator and Editor, Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi,  Mr Sridhar Balan, Senior Consultant, Ratna Sagar (P) Ltd, New Delhi,  writer and academician Neel Kamal Puri, noted writer Khushwant Singh, Mrs Raji P Shrivastava, DPI (Colleges) Chandigarh and Jt Secretary Finance and several others.

The Department undertakes numerous activities to promote and improve the literary skills of the students. Young Speaker’s Club functions with an objective to enhance the oratory skills of the students. The literary club Mosaic focuses on the writing skills and literary creativity of young learners to encourage appreciation for literature and literary forms. Several students trained by the faculty have won laurels for the College in literary activities in Inter- College competitions and Zonal Youth Festivals.  

The Department of English is fortunate that several teachers from the Department have served the College as principals. S Ajit Singh (1985-87), Major PS Sangha (1994-2004), Mrs Harpreet Kaur Sangha (2008-2009), Dr Jyoti Lamba (2016-present) dedicated years of service as heads of the premier institute.

The progression and growth of the Department is reflected in the success achieved by its  faculty members. Prof Harpreet Pruthi who taught from 1981-94, joined Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Dr Charanjeet Sohi who taught from 1982-2009, served as Principal of GGSCW, Chandigarh from 2009 to 2017. Mr Sandeep Singh Gill, IPS, who taught in the college  from 2011-16 has joined the prestigious Civil Services.

Various student alumni of the Department who passed out with Masters and Honours Degree are suitably placed. Among them, Dr Chanchal Narang, an alumnus of our College is teaching in the UILS, Panjab University. Ashia, who completed her Masters with top Honours in the College has been appointed as Assistant Professor ( ad hoc) in the Department faculty of the College. Abhinav Sharma, who did his Masters from the Department is working as Sub-Editor, English in The Tribune while Parminder Kaur is teaching in a school in Rupnagar under the Department of Education, Punjab.  Upasna Sharma is Senior Verbal Faculty at IMS, Mumbai.  Kshitij Mohan, who did Honours in English, is working as Emergency Medical Responder at Wet and Wild, Toronto and Abhijeet Shahid is employed as Event Supervisor, Water View Venue, Sydney, besides others who are working at various important positions.

In the coming years the Department intends to heighten the process of learning and ensure well rounded development of the students who pass through the portals of this College.

 

Courses Offered

Courses Offered

Duration

Seats

Academic Qualification

Mode of admission

BA I/II/III

(General English)

03 years

1300 each

A student who has passed with a minimum of 33% marks in the aggregate in the +2 examination or equivalent of the recognized Board/ University or its equivalent with English as one of the subject

Merit fixed by the College

BA I/ II/ III

(Elective English)

03 years

Open seats

A student who has passed with a minimum of 33% marks in the aggregate in the +2 examination or equivalent of the recognized Board/ University or its equivalent with English as one of the subject

Merit fixed by the College

BA II/ III

(Honours in English)

02 years

Open seats

Students having secured 50% marks in the concerned Elective Subject (Semester 1 and Semester 2 of BA I)

Merit fixed by the College/ written test

BSc II Medical

(General English)

01 year

160

A student who has passed BSc I from PU Chandigarh or from any other University with the same subjects/ scheme of the prescribed course or shall have to pass the deficient subjects, subject to the availability of seats

On fulfilling the PU criteria

BSc II Non Medical

(General English)

01 year

240

A student who has passed BSc I from PU Chandigarh or from any other University with the same subjects/ scheme of the prescribed course or shall have to pass the deficient subjects, subject to the availability of seats

On fulfilling the PU criteria

BSc II Computer Science

(General English)

01 year

80

A student who has passed BSc I from PU Chandigarh or from any other University with the same subjects/ scheme of the prescribed course or shall have to pass the deficient subjects, subject to the availability of seats

On fulfilling the PU criteria

BSc I Biotechnology

(General English)

01 year

30

A candidate must have passed +2 examinations with a minimum of 50% marks (PCM/ PCB) in Science group from any recognized board by PU Chandigarh

Online Centralised admission on the basis of merit

BCA I

(General English)

01 year

120

Students should have passed +2 examination in any discipline/ stream (even without Mathematics/ Statistics) with at least 50% marks. Students should have passed Mathematics at the Matriculation level.

10% weightage will be given for each subject of Mathematics/ Statistics and Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology or equivalent studied at +2 Level or equivalent with 20% total weightage

Online Centralised admission on the basis of merit

BCom I

(General English)

01 year

280

Students who have passed on eof the following examinations conducted byarecognised Board/ Council/ University:

  • 10+2 examination or BCom I (old scheme) of PU with at least 3 of the listed subjects securing at least 45% marks in the aggregate
  • 10+2 examination or BCom I (old scheme) of PU with at least 2 of the listed subjects securing at least 50% marks in the aggregate
  • 10+2 examination or BA I/ BSc I/ Pre Engg/ Pre Med Examination (old scheme) of PU securing at least 50% marks in the aggregate

Online Centralised admission on the basis of merit

MA I/ II

02 years

60

  • Students with Elective English should have scored at least 45% aggregate in BA.
  • Students od BA should have scored at least 50%
  • BCom/ BCA/ BSc students with aggregate 50% and students with a degree in MA (any other subject)

Merit fixed by the College/ written test

 

Inter Disciplinary Courses

BCom I - Short Stories, Plays, English and Business Communication

BSc II Medical/ Non Medical/ Computer Science - Short Stories, Plays, Business Communication and Writing Skills

BCA I - Short Stories, Prose, Poetry, Business Communication and Writing/ Correspondence Skills

BSc Biotechnology I – Prose, Drama, Business Communication and Writing/ Correspondence Skills

 

Faculty

Teaching Staff -

Name and Email

No of Publications

No of Books

Paper Presentation/Expert Lecture/ Resource Person

Workshops/FDP/ STTP

Area of Specialisation

Research Guidance

Membership Academic Bodies/ Literary Associations

1.Prof Rita Singh

Associate Professor

rita.singh1243@gmail.com

-

-

-

-

British Drama

-

-

2. Dr Ginny Kang

Associate Professor

ginnykng@gmail.com

01

-

-

-

American Literature

-

-

3. Dr Navjot Kaur

Associate Professor

navjot1809@hotmail.com

 17

 

  01

 

 31 Paper presentations

07 Resource Person

06 Expert Lectures

04 Workshops

02 FDPs

01 STTP

Contemporary Political Theatre, Comparative Literature, Indian Writings In English

04

1.Elected Member PG Board of Studies, PU, Chd

2.Member Advisory Board Consonance:  DAV Int. Journal of English Language and Literature

3. Life member of MELUS-India and MELOW

4. Life Member –International Shakespeare Association

5. Member Panjab Development Association

 4. Prof Gursheek Kaur

Assistant Professor

gursheek@gmail.com

2

 

 

-

09 Paper Presentations

02 Resource Persons

01 Expert Lecture

02 FDPs

 

American Literature and Anglo -Indian Litertaure

-

1. Life Member of MELUS-India and MELOW

5. Prof Gurpreet Singh Pandher

Assistant Professor

pandhergs@gmail.com

12

-

04

-

Indian Literary Philosophy

-

-

6. Dr Shelly Narang

Assistant Professor

narang.shelly@gmail.com

09

-

14 Paper Presentations

02 Expert Lectures

02 workshops

01 FDP

Gender and Feminism, South Asian Literature, Linguistics

-

1. Life Member, Forum on Contemporary Theory, India

7. Dr Harpreet Bali

Assistant Professor

harpreetbali12@gmail.com

06

-

11 Paper Presentations

03 Workshops

Indian English Writing

-

1. Member, Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi

2. Member, Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies

 

Infrastructure

  • English Departmental Room – cum – Staff Room equipped with a Library and a Wi-fi enabled Computer (Room no 117)
  • Two exclusive classrooms for the postgraduate section, one of which is a Smart Classroom (Room M1 and M2)
  • Classrooms for the undergraduate classes allotted as per the timetable in the main building, and smart classrooms available on-demand.

 

Department Activities Year Wise

2017-18

1.

Seven students of MA English participated in an Inter-College Annual Literary Festival, ‘Literary Spaces’ organised by the ‘The Nine Muses Literary Society’, PGGC Sector 11, Chandigarh.

Mar 22,2018

2.

Two students represented the college at ‘AC Bali Memorial Declamation Contest’ and ‘KK Grover Goodwill Contest’ organised by Deptt of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University.

Feb 26, 2018

 

3.

Two students of MA English participated in a RUSA sponsored Capacity Building Seminar cum Workshop on ‘Contemporary Trends in Research Theory after Theory: Mapping the New, Re-charting the Old’ held at PGGCG, Sector 11,Chandigarh.

Feb 20,2018

4.

Two students from the Department participated in Inter-College Literary Quiz Competition held at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh.

Jan 20,2018

5.

Students of MA English participated in the National Seminar on ‘Celebrating 220 years of MirzaGhalib’ held at MCM DAV College.

Jan 17,2018

6.

Students of BA I watched an audio-visual of the speech by Martin Luther King Jr ‘I Have  a Dream’.

Nov 16,2017

7.

Students of MA English attended the events- ‘Poetrification’ and ‘Qissebaazi’, part of the Chandigarh Literature Festival  held at Balwant Gargi Open Air Theatre, Panjab University.

Nov 10-11, 2017

8.

Students of Elective English ( BA- I,II,III) and BA (Hons) were shown a movie ‘The Merchant of Venice’, based on the play of William Shakespeare.

Nov 10, 2017

2016-17

1.

Story Telling Session was organised to commemorate the 136th birth anniversary of Munshi Premchand in collaboration with the Deptt of Hindi.

Aug 24,2016

2.

Guest lecture on ‘Postcolonial Theory’ was delivered by Prof Maninder Sidhu, PGGCG, Sector 11, Chandigarh.The event was organised in collaboration with GGSCW,Chandigarh.

Mar 7, 2017

3.

A Guest lecture on ‘World Drama’ was delivered by Prof RanaNayar, Deptt of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University. The event was organised in collaboration with GGSCW,Chandigarh.

Mar 10, 2017

4.

Inter-College Poetry Recitation and Declamation competition was organised. Eminent personalities Khuswant Singh, a renowned writer and columnist and Sarabjit Pander, renowned analyst and commentator on Punjab Affairs were the judges of the event.

Jan 25,2017

5.

Mosaic, the literary club of PG Deptt of English was formed. The club organises Creatve Writing competitions, Poetry Recitation and other literary activities.

Feb 12, 2016

6.

An educational cum-cultural trip for the postgraduate students of the department to Virasat-e- Khalsa, Sri Anandpur Sahib was organised.

Feb 23,2017

2015-16

1.

Guest lecture on ‘Early Nineteenth Century Poetry’ was delivered by Prof Aneel Raina from Deptt of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University.

Sep 9,2015

2.

Guest lecture on ‘Surya Kant Tripathi Nirala’ was delivered by Dr Sarita Chauhan’, Deptt of Hindi, MCMDAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh.

Feb 13,2016

3.

Guest lecture on ‘Munshi Premchand’ was delivered by  Dr Aradhna, Deptt of Hindi, GGSCW, Sector 26, Chandigarh.

Feb 17,2016

4.

Guest lecture on ‘Faiz Ahmad Faiz’,was delivered by Col(retd) JS Bala, Secretary Sikh Educational Society.

Feb 29,2016

5.

An audio-visual of the speech by Martin Luther King ‘I have a Dream’ was shown in the Multi Purpose Hall.

Nov 6,2015

6.

Students were accompanied by faculty members

to watch :

a)Girish Karnad’s play ‘ Fire and Rain’ on  Jul 19,2015.

b)The enactment of Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’   on Feb 23, 2016.

c)The Birth Centenary Celebration of Ismat Chugtai
organised by Adab Foundation on Sep 17, 2015.

2014-15

1.

Guest Lecture on ‘Aristotle’s Poetics’ was delivered by Prof Aneel Raina from Deptt of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University.

Aug 22,2014

2.

 Guest Lecture on ‘Understanding Poetry: From Chaucer to Browning’ was delivered by Prof Manju Jaidka from Deptt of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University.

Sep 3,2014

3.

A Guest lecture on ‘Robert Browning and his poems : A Critical Review’ was delivered by Prof Deepti Gupta from Deptt of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University.

Nov 11,2014

 

Seminar and Workshops Organised By Department

2017-18

DATE SEMINAR/WORKSHOP SPEAKER (S) TOPIC

Feb 21,2018

A Colloquium on Faiz Ahmad Faiz and a Workshop on Translation- FAIZNAMA, sponsored by RUSA

Col (Retd) JS Bala

Secretary, Sikh Educational Society, Chandigarh

‘Faiz: Zindagi aur pyar ka Shaayar’

Prof Rana Nayar,renowned litterateur, academician, theatre personality, winner of Sahitya Akademi Indian Literature Golden Jubilee Literary Translation Prize.

‘Translation; Theory and Practice’

And

‘Workshop on Translation’

Feb 5,2018

1 Day Workshop on the Art of Creating Possibilities

S Gurwinder Singh, Senior Associate Director, Indian School of Business, Mohali.

Art of Creating Possibilities and making right career choices.

2016-17

DATE

SEMINAR/WORKSHOP

SPEAKER (S)

TOPIC

Feb 17, 2017

National Seminar on 'Multiculturalism in Literature : Re- Inventing Identities'

1.Prof Simi Malhotra of Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi.

2. Prof Shelley Walia, Deptt of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University and Fellow Panjab University Senate.

Multiculturalism in Literature : Re- Inventing Identities

 

Extension / Outreach Activities

Faculty of the Postgraduate Department of English are involved in various extension /outreach activities:

  • In order to share and extend knowledge, information and resources, books pertaining to Functional English and Communication Skills were donated by the Department of English to the Functional Lab of GGSCW Chandigarh.
  • Efforts are also made to create an enabling environment for social upliftment and growth. Dr Navjot Kaur and Dr Shelly Narang have been involved in supporting Gurasara, an Orphanage for girls by providing academic support, food and similar provisions.
  • Some of the members of the faculty are actively involved in strengthening the ethical and religious foundation of the institution by contributing to the activities of Gurmat Vichaar Sabha. Prof Gurpreet Singh Pandher has been making prolific contributions as the Convenor while Dr Navjot Kaur has also been constantly involved in its activities.
  • Literacy and Awareness Drives have been organised by the Electoral Literacy Club set up under the aegis of Election Commission of India. Dr Navjot Kaur, as Nodal Officer has been facilitating the same and has been enrolling eligible students to apply for the Voter Card to exercise their suffrage right.  
  • Initiatives are also taken to conserve cultural heritage and strengthen cultural exchange between student  communities. Prof Gursheek Kaur, arranged a cultural extension and exhibition of Afghani Dance at the South Asian University Fest at Punjabi University Patiala; an audition for the students was organised for a ‘singing show’ for the Divya Channel hosting the show DivyaDil Se under the capacity of Dean Cultural Activities.
  • Teachers are also engaged in disseminating awareness about health and related issues. Dr Shelly Narang carried out activities of the Red Ribbon Club set up under the aegis of NACO. This included holding lectures and organising drives to raise awareness regarding AIDS and related health issues.
  • The Department faculty participates whole heartedly in various NSS activities undertaken to generate a sense of social responsibility among students. Dr Navjot Kaur and Dr Harpreet Bali have been participating in NSS camps organised in the College from time to time.