Department of English

About The Department

Dept. data last updated on :24/02/2021

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

Since its establishment in the year 1877, the Department of English has been fostering critical thinking and motivating students to edify their disposition, with adherence to the vision of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. In pursuit of providing academic and scholastic ambiance, the Department has always motivated debates, discussions, writings and research gathered from the margins and have sheltered voices responding to the literary canons of the empire. Its academic achievement lies in nurturing the creativity and scholarly abilities of its students and preparing them to study overseas and find new and fruitful prospects.

The Department of English, one of the prestigious and historical departments of Aligarh Muslim University, was earlier affiliated to Calcutta University and for some time was associated with Allahabad University. Later, after the formal establishment of the University Grants Commission in 1956, the department started coordinating with the statutory body. As Article 30 of the Indian Constitution secures the right of minorities to establish and maintain educational institutions, the department has catered to the need of providing a better academic environment to students belonging to different walks of life, regions, nationalities and communities. It serves to more than a dozen departments of Arts and Social Sciences for subsidiary English paper and has a pan-university presence for its faculty members teaching compulsory English to not less than nine thousand students, ranging from Humanities and Commerce to Engineering.

The curricula are updated and implemented through systemic syllabus revision and induction of new-age discourses like critical thinking, collaborative and participatory learning, project-based instruction, MOOCs, Bloom's Taxonomy, competency-based practices, life-skills, OERs, outcome-based pedagogy, training in problem-solving, outreach activities, action-based research, employability, internships, community-interaction and all other latest paradigms.

With new vistas of development in the 21st century, the Department of English has reinvigorated itself with courses and thrust areas to serve the developmental needs given asunder:

1.   Latest education technology, cutting–edge research culture, state-of-art facilities, interdisciplinary teaching-learning-research exposure through inter-institutional collaborations are rigorously followed at all levels in all the programmes.

2.   Thrust areas in all Ph.D. programs embody immensely relevant intersections with the development needs. For example Digital Humanities, Artificial Intelligence, National and regional issues.

3.   Courses are specially designed to meet the local/national/global needs like communication skills, informational technology, Strategic Studies, English Language Teaching, Innovation to incubate the professional, creative, inventorial, humanistic and all other aspirations of personal growth among the students.

4. ABOUT THE PRESENT SYLLABI IN THE DEPARTMENT:

  • With extensive syllabi comprising all possible discourses and representation of all literary cultures and theoretical paradigms of the world (From Beowulf to the 21st-century texts), the Department of English shapes scholars, critical thinkers, creative writers, free-lancers through a framework of inclusive criticality and pedagogical autonomy.
  • The syllabi are disseminated through participatory learning, collaborative teaching, project-based learning, internship-outreach activities and others.
  • As one of the earliest centres of English Language Teaching, the Department has come a long way in producing ELT scholars, researchers and teachers.
  • The placement of our careerist graduates has been almost 100 percent in the last few decades.
  • The Syllabus revised in recent years has now become the hallmark of the Department's commitment to fructifying teaching of the classic and the modern texts and approaches.

5. The Department has completed UGC SAP DRS Phase I and is currently running UGC SAP DRS Phase II on Translation Studies. The project has undertaken extensive research on Translation of Rare Texts of Historical, Literary and Cultural related to Aligarh and U.P.

6. CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

Under the aegis of Raleigh Literary Society and the Discussion Group, the teachers and students of the department has successfully enacted more than fifty plays and dozens of discussion forums. The literary society, named after Sir Walter Raleigh, the first English Professor at MAO College and the one who played a significant role in the development of English Studies at Oxford University, off and on organizes different literary activities like poetry recitation, performance poetry, essay writing and short story writing competition.

7. Faculty members have made notable contributions by guiding and contributing major and minor UGC research projects. During the last year the Department has been sanctioned four GIAN projects and one UGC project.

The Department fulfills the regional development needs as a centre of cost-effective quality education for socially and economically underprivileged and backward regions of various provinces of the country. Many students are first-generation English learners and many among them do not have any grounding in English studies. But the Department trains them and transforms them into competent graduates who succeed professionally and serve locally, regionally and globally. We are proud followers of the footsteps of our beloved founder and will continue to surge ahead with lasting commitment and strengthened fervor.