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English

PROFILE

The Department of English was established in 1954 with 2 lecturers. It is now a full-fledged Department with a faculty of ten. The conferment of Autonomy to the college in 1988-1989 provided the academic freedom to the Department to frame its own syllabi for General English that is taught through four semesters of B.A, B.Sc., B.com and BBM, BBA Courses; and for the English Language and Literature Optional through three years of the B.A, course. The review of the syllabi for the under graduate courses is a continuous process and the Board of Studies constituted by the Department is the supervising and ratifying body that meets annually for the purpose. Changes in the syllabus are made to suit the requirements of the students and society. It is reviewed at least once a year and redesigned whenever required, keeping in view the latest trends and development in language and literature.
The College follows semester system and has adopted Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) from the academic year 2012.

COURSES OFFERED

CC-1A  &  CC-1B (Compulsory Course)  English  for B.A/B.Com/B.Sc/BBM/BBA I year Semester I & II

 

General English for B.A/B.Com/B.Sc/BBM/BBA II year Semester III & IV.

 

DSC-1A & DSC- 1B English Language and Literature (ELL) for B.A I year      Semester I & II.

 

English Language and Literature (ELL) for B.A

II year Semester III & IV, III year Semester V Paper V & VI and Semester VI Paper VII & VIII

 

Inter Disciplinary Elective (IDE) – Business Communication Skills B.A/B.Com/B.Sc/BBM/BBA II year Semester IV

AECC – Gender Sensitization

for B.A/B.Com/B.Sc/BBM/BBA   I year Semester II

 

Computer Based Teaching and Testing (CBTT) for B.A/B.Com/B.Sc/BBM/BBA

I & II year Semester II & IV

 

Add –On Course for P.G. Chemistry – Communication Skills in English  I & II

for P.G Chemistry I Year Semester I,   II year Semester III

 

The Syllabus for General English is different from the Common Core.
Successful learning is all about motivation and the Department is involved in preparing a curriculum wherein the students can be certain that the language they are learning is modern, used in everyday situations, targeted to situations that they are likely to find themselves in and corresponds to what they hear in conversations and see in movies, books, TV shows, newspapers, internet and magazines.

  • The syllabus for General English is designed by the department so as to initiate students to the different genre in literature with a focus on language skills. The main thrust of the syllabus is on Communication and Personality Development through activity based skills testing their creative abilities. Changes were made in the syllabus of General English and English Language and Literature keeping in view the employability prospects of the students. Spoken English / Communication Skills is incorporated in the General English syllabus of both I and II years
  • The syllabus for English Language and Literature has been revamped with a focus on Language through Literature. Students of English literature have a unique syllabus with a perfect blend of language and literature. Semester I introduces students to English Literature, theory of Poetry, Appreciation of Prose with a focus on Communication and language skills. Semester II deals with the various Literary Movements in addition to understanding the study of Drama.
  • The syllabus and testing pattern is designed by the Department keeping in view the changing needs and demands of the students. The students are tested twice within a semester by way of internal assessment exams. Viva-Voce as second internal assessment test is conducted for all the degree I and II year students.
  • Students are given study material for better performance in examinations.

 

MISSION

To carry forward the vision and mission of the College and prepare the students to face the competitive world with excellent English Communication Skills.

 

LEARNING RESOURCES OF THE DEPARTMENT

English Language Lab: The English Language Lab was established in 2004 with 20 Audio systems to impart training in communication skills in English to students particularly from Telugu medium background. The audio systems were replaced with 20 computers that were uploaded with three software- Tense Busters, Study Skills and Connected Speech in 2009 to provide students with self-study exercises in listening, speaking, writing, and reading and articulation skills. They help the learners to recognize, understand and imitate the characteristic patterns of natural, informal, spoken English. The main idea is to provide activity based practice sessions that are relevant, lively, and stimulating. In 2014, 6 new computers were added to the lab and headsets and internet connection provided for all 26 systems to meet the needs of increasing number of students. In 2017, to facilitate CBTTT seven new computers with internet connection have been added to the existing 27 systems. Presently, the lab has a total of 34 systems. The Lab now caters to both Computer based Teaching and Learning as well as Testing with the implementation of CBTT in 2015-2016. It caters to a total of approximately 1700 students.

  • ICT is utilized to the maximum for the benefit of the students, particularly students from regional background.
  • Power Point Presentation is a regular teaching method used both for teaching of English Language (Grammar and vocabulary) and English Literature.
  • Internet, Library, Audio-visual aids and the English Language Lab are extensively used in the teaching of English apart from the lecture method.
  • Subject relevant CDs and DVDs are shown regularly to the students for better understanding and better performance.
  • Viva-Voce is one of the evaluation methods adopted by the Department to enhance the speaking and presentation skills of the students.
  • CBTT is an innovative Teaching and Testing method implemented by the Department from the Academic year 2015-2016. It is a pilot project in the College and is custom made by the Department keeping in mind the needs of the students.

LABORATORY DETAILS

  1. Six New Computers have been added in 2015 to the existing 20 Computers in the English Language Lab and Internet connection is provided to all the systems for implementation of CBT.
  2. Software for Spoken English that is available in the Lab:
    • Connected Speech
    • Tense Buster
    • Study Skills Success
  3. A new LCD Projector in the Lab enables PPT and Documentaries to be screened.
  4. Seven new computers with internet connection have been added to the existing 27 systems in the academic year 2017-2018.

PROGRESSION

The syllabus for General English, English Language and Literature, Add-On, IDE and CBTT is designed by the Department in consultation with the Board of Studies. Syllabus is reviewed at least once a year and redesigned whenever required keeping in view the latest trends and developments in Language and Literature. General English is taught as a compulsory subject to B.A, B.Com, B.Sc and BBM, BBA programmes for I & II year students. The syllabus includes Poetry, Prose, Short story, Novel and Grammar. “English Language and Literature (ELL)” is taught as an optional subject to B.A students. Earlier it was called Modern Language (ML) English.

The Department of English in consultation with the members of the Board of Studies has made a few changes in the Nomenclature and syllabus of General English of 1st year Semester I and II. This is done in order to maintain parity with UGC CBCS guidelines as implemented by Osmania University, Hyderabad. As for the Nomenclature, General English will hence forth be (Compulsory Course) CC-1 A English for Semester I and (Compulsory Course) CC-1B English for Semester II from the academic year 2017-2018. Similarly, the nomenclature for the optional subject for English Language and Literature will be DSC-1A ELL and DSC-1B ELL for Semester 1 and II.

 

INNOVATIONS

  • Our College is one of the first Colleges affiliated to Osmania University to set up an English Language Lab in 2004 with 20 Audio Systems and 10 Computers to facilitate students to learn Spoken English. A Certificate Course in Spoken English for I & II year students was conducted from 2005-2011.
  • General English Course Books were prepared by the Department and implemented from 2012-2013 for Semester I, II, III and IV for B.A, B.Com, B.Sc and B.B.M, BBA students. It is an In-house production and a pioneering work done in the College.
  • Computer Based Teaching and Testing in English Language (CBTT) has been designed by the department of English and is a pure Online Examination which gives students a unique chance to practice and take a test which is similar to GRE, TOEFL and IELTS. It enables students to keep pace with modern testing methods and face the competitive world with greater confidence and better Communication Skills. It is a pilot project in the College and custom made for the students. CBTT is being implemented from the Academic year 2015 – 2016 as part of continuous evaluation under Choice Based Credit System.
  • The Department of English inaugurated the Quills Literary Club on 15 December 2015. The club aims to promote academic, critical and creative thinking among students through debates, presentations, flash drama, dramatic performances conducted in its monthly meetings. Members of the club have participated in literary and cultural events, competitions held in Osmania University and other colleges. It has also initiated an online writing platform for students by creating the blog, “Quills: The World of Words”. Thequillsclub.blogspot.com.

 

DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES

  • The Department of English & IQAC organized a Workshop on “Communication for Professionalism”. On 5/11/2014 at 2.00 p.m.in the Seminar hall, R.B.V.R.R. Women’s College. Resource Person – Prof. S. Mohanraj, Dept. of Training and Development, EFLU Hyderabad.

 

  • The Department organized an Extension Lecture on “The Craft of Poetry” on 27/01/2015   at 2.00 p.m. in the College Auditorium, R.B.V.R.R. Women’s College. Resource person: Ms. Mani Rao, Author, Poet and Translator.

 

  • The Department organized a Workshop for Staff on Computer Based Testing (CBT) on 30/03/2015 at 10.00 a.m. in the P.G. Computer Centre, R.B.V.R.R. Women’s College.  Resource person: Ms. Gopika U.K., Director, Ostrya Labs, Hyderabad

 

  • The Department organized the Inauguration and Orientation Program for Computer Based Teaching and Testing in English Language on 26/08/2015 at 10.00 a.m. in the Auditorium,  Chief Guest: Prof. T. Vijay Kumar, Professor of English, Osmania     University, Guest of Honour: Prof. C. Muralikrishna, Head and Professor, Dept. of English, Nizam College.

 

  • The Department of English Inaugurated the Quills Literary Club on 15/12/15.

 

  • The Department of English conducted a Workshop on Flash fiction. 15.12.15.

 

  • Department of English launched their blog, “Quills: the World of Words”, Official Blog of the Quills Literary Club on 15.12.15.

 

  • Members of the Quills Literary Club, G.R Srinidhi B.Com III A, Juveria Tabassum B.com II C and N.Sai Hari Priya BBMT II and their mentor, Dr Jhilam Chattaraj won the first prize in the competition, ‘Performing Texts: A Two Day Innovative Programme’ organized by the Department of English, Osmania University and UGC XII Plan General Development Assistance Scheme, 28-29th September, 2016 and won the II prize at St. Francis Degree College, January 2017.

 

  • The Department of English conducted a Three Day Workshop on “Performing Arts” in the College from 13 to 15 December 2016 to celebrate the first anniversary of the establishment of the Quills Literary club. Eminent actor and Co-founder of “Samahaara”, a Hyderabad based Theater Group, Mr. Rathna Shekhar Reddy was the Resource person for the workshop that was attended by 30 students from the Quills Club. The final day function was witnessed by all the students of B.A, B. Sc & BBM, BBA. A Short play on William Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 116 was presented by students.

 

  • Students of Quills Literary Club, G.R. Srinidhi B.Com IIIA, Jhanvi B.Sc IIIF, Haripriya BBMT II and Juveria Tabassum B.Com IIC won the first, second and third prize at ‘Potter Mania’, a Quiz competition organised by Hyderabad Literary Festival, 2017.

 

  • Students of Quills Literary club, Supriya Kiran, Vijaya Lakshmi, Ruhina    Banu, Kavya, P. Navya and K. Navya were selected as volunteers for Hyderabad Literary Festival, 2017.

 

  • Ms Grace Sudhir, was awarded the Mother Teresa Memorial Award by Telengana Citizen’s Council on 26 August 2017 for her contribution to Women’s Education.

 

  • Ms Hoor Banu, BA II year won special prize in “Paper Reading Contest” at Osmania University, 19 August 2017 for her paper entitled, “ Of Studies: Reading the Contemporary Relevance of Francis Bacon”. Ms Sameera Banu III year was awarded the participation certificate for her paper on “The Poet’s Muse: Reading Andrew Marvell’s The Garden”.

 

 

FACULTY DETAILS

S. No Faculty Name Qualifications Experience Specialization
1. Ms. Grace Sudhir M.A. 31 years Indian Writing in English
2. Ms. M.Suchitra M.A 25 years Commonwealth Literature
3. Dr.Sumitra Jaiswal M.A. M.Phil, PhD 15 years American Literature
4. Ms.M.Pushpa Reddy M.A 23 years Indian Writing in English
5. Dr.Jhilam Chattaraj M.A, M.Phil, PhD, NET 3 year Indian Diaspora Literature, Popular Culture, Popular Indian Fiction
6. Ms. D. Pankaja M.A,PGDTE 21 years Indian Writing in English
7. Ms Parnitha Martand MA English, SET, B.Ed 3 years Indian English Literature, Women’s Writing
8. Ms Anupama.K MA English 2 year Indian English Writing
9. Ms Syeda AmrozMehdi MA English, M.ED 16 months Feminist Literature
10. Ms Ashwini. K Msc Computers 3 Years Computer Science

 

 

STAFF ACHIEVEMENTS:

 

  • Ms Grace Sudhir, Head, Vice-Principal

Ms Grace Sudhir, was awarded the Mother Teresa Memorial Award by Telengana Citizen’s Council on 26 August 2017 for her contribution to Women’s Education.

Convener:  Committee for Add-on and IDE Courses, Feedback Committee

Chairperson, Quills Literary Club

 

Publications:

  1. “On the Wings of his Dreams: Re-Viewing the Legend and History of Tipu Sultan in Girish Karnad’s Plays.” Performance and Critical Perspectives. Pencraft International. ISBN: 9788185753713 .
  1. “Motherhood in Tara”. The Plays of Mahesh Dattani: An Anthology of Recent Critics.Edited by Prof. Tutun Mukherjee. Pencraft International. ISBN: 978-93-82178-03-3
  1. “Girish Karnard’s Tughlaq: The Permanent Thinker Behind Passing Thoughts”. Osmania Journal of Arts. Volume 1 Number 2 July-December 2008.
  1. “Participatory Liberation for Self-hood in The Samaritan Woman from the Bible and Baby Kamble’s The Prisons We Broke.Contemporary Discourse: A Peer Reviewed  International Journal. ISSN Number: 0976-3686. 2016.
  1. Prepared Study Material on “Arthur Miller’s Play, Death of a Salesman

for Ram Reddy Centre for  Distance Education B.A III Year. 2012.

 

Papers presented in National and International Conferences: 1

 Ms Suchitra: Controller of Examinations

Publication : 
 “Choice Based Credit System Issues and Challenges: A case Study”. Globalisation and Changing Landscape of Business. ISBN: 978-93-84935-36-8. 2015

 

Dr Sumitra Jaiswal:

Research Associateship, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Member of Feedback Committee

Recording Secretary, Quills Literary Club.

 Publications:

1 . Erotic Mysticism: Homoerotic Predilections in Robert Frost’s Poetry. Research and Criticism  New Series, Volume 5. ISSN 2229-3639 49227.

  1. “A Queer Tale of Two Friends: Robert Frost and Edward Thomas”. Multiculturalism: America and Beyond. October 2016.
  2. “Dr B R Ambedkar on the Annihilation of Caste”. Dr B R Ambedkar’s Philosophy of Social Justice and its Relevance, Kakatiya University. 2008.
  3. “Dr B R Ambedkar and Buddhism”. Dr B R Ambedkar’s Philosophy of Social Justice and its Relevance, Kakatiya University. 2009.

Papers presented in National and International Conferences: 7

Ms Pushpa Reddy:

Editor, Magazine Committee, Feedback Committee

Coordinator, Quills Literary Club

Publications:

  1. “The Power Dynamics in Sashi Deshpande’s The Dark Holds No T Terror”. The Perspectives of  Phallocentrism in Indian Fiction in English, Edited by Prof. M. Dharamraj. ISBN number: 978-93-83193-99-8. 2016.

Papers presented in National and International Conferences: 2

 Dr Jhilam Chattaraj:

Member of Attendance Committee, Feedback Committee

Organising Secretary, Chief Editor, Quills Literary Club, Quills Blog

Publications:

  1. Pop Goes a Woman: Damayanthi and popular culture in Nirupama Subramanian’s Keep the Change”. Published. Gnosis Literary Journal. ISSN No: 2394-0131.
  2. “The Bride has Arrived: Reading the Rise of the Indian bride in popular culture”. Under Consideration. Langlit Journal. ISSN 2349 5189
  3. “A Housewife’s Desperation: Reading the Character of April Wheeler in Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road”. Published. The Criterion. ISSN- 0976-8165
  4. Reviving Identity with Travel: A Conversation with UshaAkella. World Literature Today. University of Oklahoma. Published. ISSN-0196-3570
  5. The ‘Unbollywood’ Route to Roots: Reading Anjan Dutta’s The Bong Connection. Published in Galaxy: International Multidisciplinary Research Journal. ISSN: 2278-9529. July Issue 2015.
  6. To Kashmir and Back: Reading the Diasporic “Fundamental Ambivalence” in Agha Shahid Ali’s The Country Without a Post Office.”LangLit: International Peer-reviewed Open Access Journal. Volume 1. Issue IV. ISSN 2349 5189. June 2015.
  7. Remembering Kashmir: Analysing the Diasporic Imagination of Agha Shahid Ali and SubhashKak. International Journal of English Language, Literature and Translation Studies. Volume 2. Issue 1. 2015. ISSN No: 2349-9451.
  8. Biriyanising English: Flavours of Cultural Memories in the Poetry of Agha Shahid Ali. Gnosis: International Journal of English Language and Literature. ISSN No: 2394-0131. April Issue 2015.
  9. “A Conversation with Charles Taylor”: An Interview by SachidanandaMohanty. Transcribed by JhilamChattaraj. Journal of the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies. Spring 2012.
  10. Notes on Major Indian Theatre Personalities. A Handbook of Indian Theatre, Ed. Sachidananda Mohanty, Sunita Mishra. Cinnamon Teal Publishing. 2011. ISBN: 978-93-81542-07-1.
  11. Chick Lit and the Lad Lit: The Gender-Genres of Popular English Fiction in India. Indian Book Chronicle, March 2010. ISSN: 0970-468X
  12. Two Indian DiasporicWriters: From Transnational to Intranational Identities. Muse    India, Issue 30. Mar- April 2010. ISSN: 0975- 1815

 Papers presented in National and International Conferences: 9

Ms D Pankaja:

Convener Medical Examination Committee, Member of Feedback Committee

Treasurer, Quills Literary Club

Publications:

  1. “Literature and Social Media”. Journal of Higher Education and Research society. ISSN- 23490209
  2. Diaspora Identities. Asian Journal of English Studies. April 2017. ISSN Number: 2277-3606
  3. “Gender Studies”. Journal of Higher Education and Research society. ISSN- 23490209. 2017.

Papers presented in National and International Conferences: 5

 ACADEMIC CLUB ACTIVITIES: QUILLS LITERARY CLUB

Blog Publications: Hundred and Ten Entries

Highlights

  1. Experiments in Flash Fiction, 29/12/15
  2. Beyond the Syllabus: A Confessional Response to Sylvia Plath’s Poem, “Mirror”, 17/02/16
  3. Poetry by Students, 5/1/2016
  4. Far from Fear: Shabnam Shares the Ways in which she Overcame her fear of Speaking in English, 1/3/2016
  5. March 8: Celebrating the Spirit of Womanhood, 7/3/2016
  6. Remembering Tagore, 18/05/2016
  7. In Memoriam: The Children of Niece, 30/7/2016
  8. Book Reviews: Waves and The House of Cards, 19/9/2016
  9. Performing Texts: Bringing Words to Life. 6/10/2016
  10. Cactus Miles: Hurt Bodies and Pained Minds. 29/10/2016
  11. Reimaging Love: A Creative Response to William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116. 5/11/2016
  12. Our Beating Heart is the Only Timekeeper: A Poem. 11/11/2016
  13. Euphoria: Supriya Kiran Shares her Experiences at Hyderabad Literary Festival, 16/2/17.
  14. The Liberation of Sita: A Book Review by Srinidhi Gavraj. 4/5/2017
  15. Against all Odds: Deeksha Reddy narrates her inspiring life story. 17/2/17
  16. The Importance of Smiling by Faiza Afreen. 5/8/2017
  17. Blog writings selected in top eight entries from all over India, in Blogathon contest by Women’s Web and Juggernaut books. June 2017.

 II    Monthly Meetings/ Activities

  1. The Meeting that Was: QLC Meet-Up, 29 December, 2015. Discussion on Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wall Paper.
  2. A Voyage of Verses: Final Meeting of QLC, 6/02/2016. Discussion on Travel Poetry.
  3. Remembering James Joyce: Celebrating Bloomsday, 30/6/2016. Discussion on James Joyce’s Epiphanies.
  4. To War or not to War: QLC Meeting, 30 July 2016. Discussion on War Poetry followed by screening of the film, The Immigrant.
  5. Talking Devi: QLC Meet, 30.8.16. Discussion on Mahashweta Devi’s works followed by screening of the film Rudali.
  6. Quills Literary Club and Department of English conducted a Three Day workshop on “Performing Arts” in college, 13.12.16-15.12.16. Eminent actor, Co-founder of Samahaara, A Hyderabad based Theatre Group, Mr Rathna Shekar Reddy was the Resource Person for the Workshop.
  7. The Valedictory of the Workshop on “performing Arts” was held on 16.12.16. Eminent actor, Co-founder of Samahaara, A Hyderabad based Theatre Group, Mr Rathna Shekar Reddy was the Chief Guest.
  8. Six Members of the Club selected as Volunteers at HLF,2 017.
  9. Monthly Meeting on Fan Fiction. Discussion on various popular cultural fan bases in fiction, serials, films. 30/1/17
  10. Monthly Meeting on The Poet’s Muse. Presentation by Dr Sumitra Jaiswal. Students respond to poetry and drama. 14/2/17
  11. Monthly Meeting on The Everyday Omelas: Reading Ursula Le Guin’s short story “Those who walk away from Omelas”, June 2017.
  12. Monthly Meeting on “Homosexuality and Literature”: Academic presentations, PPTs, skits, spoken word poetry by students on writers like Vikram Seth, Alice Walker, Hoshang Merchant. 3/8/2017
  13. Monthly meeting on “Corporate fiction, Gothic fiction, Science fiction”. Students made PPTs on selected novels.16/09/2017.

III      Attended Prominent Literary and Cultural Activities

  1. Inauguration of the Club. 15/12/2015
  2. Hyderabad Book Fair.  December  2015
  3. Hyderabad Literary Festival. 7-8 January 2016
  4. Attended talk by Prof. Sukhbir Singh on “The Future of the Novel” at Arts College, Osmania University. March 2016
  5. Taylor and Francis Journals Editorial Roundtable, 9 March 2016 Hyderabad.
  6. An Evening with actor Rahul Bose, Lamaakan, Hyderabad, 2016
  7. Meeting and Interview with Dr. Tim Cadman, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. April 2016
  8. Book Release of The Gardener and The Crescent Moon by Gulzar 8 July 2016 Hyderabad.
  9. Art Exhibition, 22 July 2016, Ailamma Art Gallery, Hyderabad.
  10. Attended the Book release of Aishwarya Dhanush, “Standing on an Apple Box”, 19 th December, 2016.
  11. All Faculty members visited and attended different sessions at Hyderabad Literary Festival, 2017.

 

 

 

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