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     English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca. It is an official language of almost 60 sovereign states and the most commonly spoken language in sovereign states including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and a number of Caribbean nations. It is the third-most-common native language in the world, after Mandarin and Spanish. It is widely learned as a second language and is an official language of the European Union and of the United Nations, as well as of many world organisations.

The Department of English

English in India

Officially English has a status of assistant language, but in fact it is the most important language of India. After Hindi it is the most commonly spoken language in India and probably the most read and written language in India. Indians who know English will always try to show that they know English. English symbolizes in Indians minds, better education, better culture and higher intellect. Indians who know English often mingle it with Indian languages in their conversations. It is also usual among Indians to abruptly move to speak fluent English in the middle of their conversations. English also serves as the communicator among Indians who speak different language. English is very important in some systems – legal, financial, educational, business – in India. Until the beginning of 1990s, foreign movies in India weren’t translated or dubbed in Indian languages, but were broadcast in English and were meant for English speakers only. The reason Indians give such importance to English is related to the fact that India was a British colony.

When the British started ruling India, they searched for Indian mediators who could help them to administer India. The British turned to high caste Indians to work for them. Many high caste Indians, especially the Brahmans worked for them. The British policy was to create an Indian class who should think like the British, or as it was said then in Britain “Indians in blood and color but English in taste, in opinions and morals and intellect”. The British also established in India universities based on British models with emphasis on English. These Indians also got their education in British universities. The English Christian missionaries came to India from 1813 and they also built schools at primary level for Indians in which the language of instruction was local language. Later on the missionaries built high schools with English as the language of instruction which obliged the Indians who wanted to study to have a good knowledge of English. The British rulers began building their universities in India from 1857. English became the first language in Indian education. The ‘modern’ leaders of that era in India also supported English language and claimed it to be the main key towards success. Indians who knew good English were seen as the new elite of India. Many new schools were established in which the language of instruction was English. According to the British laws the language of instruction at university level was English and therefore schools that emphasized English were preferred by ambitious Indians. Even after India’s independence, English remained the main language of India. Officially it was given a status of an assistant language and was supposed to terminate officially after 15 years of India’s independence, but it still remains the important language of India.

Even today schools in India that emphasis English are considered better schools and the same is the case at university levels, even though there is a trend towards Indianization. In the 1970s and 1980s about one third of the Indian schools had English as their first language. For most of these students, English is their first language and it is easier for them to communicate, read and write in English than in Indian languages, including their mother tongues.

Just like the Americans, Australians or even the British who have their unique English words and phrases, the Indians also have their own unique English. The Indians and the Indian English language press uses many words derived from Indian languages, especially from Hindi. Other than that, the Indian accent is sometimes difficult for non-Indians to understand. There are some Indian pronunciations that don’t exist in non Indian languages. The British also had problems with that and they caused some changes in Indian words so that they could pronounce them. Even the Indians started using these changed words and made them part of their English. Two examples of such changed words are currey and sari.

Programmes offered

Programmes Offered
B.A. English
M.A. English
M.Phil. English (Full-Time / Part – Time)
Ph.D. English (Full-Time / Part – Time)
Certificate in Journalism and Editing

Facilities

The Department has a Language laboratory with 15 terminals. The Department offers a certificate course on “Journalism and Editing” under the Career orientated Programme of the UGC. The programme is offered jointly with the “Dinamalar” – A leading Tamil daily.


The following journals are subscribed

  • Indian Book Chronicle
  • Journal of Indian Writing in English
  • Literary Criterion
  • Journal of English Language Teaching
  • Triveni
  • Forum
  • Focus
  • T L S
  • Quarterly Review
  • The Department has a Language laboratory with 15 terminals.

    The Department offers a certificate Programme on “Journalism and Editing” under the Career orientated Programme of the UGC. The programme is offered jointly with the “Dinamalar” – A leading Tamil daily.


    NET / SET Coaching for English Aspirants

    Dr. Benet, Associate Professor regularly conducts Coaching Classes on all weekends for the students of English to qualify NET / SET in English discipline. The Classes are being attended by many around the state of Tamil Nadu and most popular among them.


    Learning to speak in English Language

    Students can improve their spoken English by following the Tutorials from the BBC website given below.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish


    Seminars/Workshops/Conference Conducted 2012 -2014

    • A Three Day UGC Sponsored Symposium on New Vistas of Research in English Studies at National College, Tiruchirappalli, 6th through 8th of March 2014. Amount spent – Rs. 211,000. Dr.D.E.Benet was the coordinator.
    • A two-day National Seminar on Canada: A Multitude of Spaces on 01.02.2013 & 02.02.2013. 78 papers were presented. Amount spent – Rs. 114,000. Dr.D.E.Benet was the coordinator.
    • A two-day UGC sponsored National Seminar on Writing on Rights is not a Rite but Realistic – A Study on the Relationship between Literature and Human Rights September 16 & 17, 2010. 176 papers were presented. Amount received from UGC – Rs. 100,000. K.Srinivasan was the coordinator.
    • A two-day IV International Conference of Organization for Studies in Literature and Environment – India on Ecology: Texts and Contexts – September 25 & 26, 2009. 189 papers were presented. Amount spent – Rs. 2,09,000. D.E.Benet was the coordinator.
    • A two-day UGC sponsored National Seminar on Protest as a Way of Life: An Analytical Study of Literatures in English in the Modern Socio-Cultural Contexts – September 3 & 4, 2009. 135 papers were presented. Amount received from UGC – Rs. 85,000. M.Shankaran was the coordinator.
    • A one-day Management sponsored Workshop on Speech Sounds and Spoken English for Higher Secondary Teachers in Tiruchirapalli Educational District – 27.02.2007. 60 teachers participated. S.Pushpavanam was the coordinator.
    • A three-day UGC sponsored National Seminar on Translation as a Tool to promote National Integration and Social Awareness – September 27, 28 & 29, 2006. Nearly 85 papers were presented. Amount received from UGC – Rs. 75,000. M.Shankaran was the coordinator.

    Research Activities

    The following members of the staff have their doctoral degrees and are actively engaged in supervising advanced level research.

    • Dr. V. Sekhar - Associate Professor
    • Dr..D. E.Benet – Associate Professor
    • Dr. T. S.Ramesh – Associate Professor
    • Dr. K. Srinivasan - Associate Professor
    • Dr. R. Soundararajan – Assistant Professor.
    • Dr. (Mrs.) Srividya – Assistant Professor.

    Dr.T.S.Ramesh, Associate Professor, has been guiding Ph.D. scholars – Six students from Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli and ten students from Dravidian University, Kuppam. Three of his candidates have submitted their theses and are awaiting their viva voce examination.

    National/State Level Eligibility Test Cleared

    S.No Name of the Staff Member Name of the Exam Year of Passing
    1 Dr. R. Elavarasu SLST 1990
    2 Dr. D.E.Benet UGC JRF/ Lectureship 1989 - 1990
    3 M.S.Balamurugan SLET 2000
    4 Dr. V. Srividya SLET 1999
    5 M. Asha SLET 2012

    FACULTIES


    Dr. ELAVARASU R M.A., M.Ed., M.Phil., Ph.D., P.G.C.T.E., D.C.H.I., SLST., PGDJMC

    Associate Professor & Head

    Number of Research publications :  National: 8 Books / 6 Articles International: 1 Article

    Area of Specialization :  Indian Writing in English / Linguistics

    Contact : 9965348994

    E-Mail    : samyarasu10@gmail.com

    Dr. BENET D E M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed., Ph.D.,

    Associate Professor

    Number of Research publications :  National: 12 Books International: 3 Books

    Area of Specialization :  Literary Criticism, British Literature, Canadian Literature, Australian Literature.

    Contact : 9443248012

    E-Mail    : peaceeben@gmail.com

    Dr. RAMESH T S M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,

    Associate Professor

    Number of Research publications :  National: 12 Books International: 1 Book

    Area of Specialization :  Indian Writing in English

    Mr. BALAMURUGAN M SM.A., M.Phil.,

    Associate Professor

    Area of Specialization :  Indian Writing in English

    Contact : 9443325242

    E-Mail    : bala-meks@yahoo.com

    Dr. SOUNDARARAJAN RM.A., M.Phi., B.Ed., Ph.D.,

    Associate Professor

    Number of Research publications :  National: 8 Books International: 4 Books

    Area of Specialization : Canadian Fiction

    Contact : 7708024724

    E-Mail    : vidhyarthy1@gmail.com

    Mr. SRI RAMACHANDRAN V M.A., M.Phil.,

    Assistant Professor(SS)

    Area of Specialization : Comparative Literature

    Contact : 9944568204

    E-Mail    : sriramachandraneng@gmail.com

    Dr. SRIVIDHYA V M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,

    Assistant Professor(SS)

    Number of Research publications :  17

    Contact : 8903703954

    E-Mail    : srisekar2005@gmail.com

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    Dr. AKILA T G M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 9443999962

    E-Mail    : akila.anandan@yahoo.com

    Dr. PREYA M N V M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 9442947711

    E-Mail    : preyamnv@gmail.com

    Dr. SURESH KUMAR R M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 9842920737

    E-Mail    : rsuresh.r.d@gmail.com

    Dr. NAINAR SUMATHI PM.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 8973062689

    E-Mail    : l.ganesan2008@yahoo.com

    Dr. MAHA S M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 6381181650

    E-Mail    : mahasenguttuvan@nct.ac.in

    Dr. SEKAR V M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,

    Associate Professor

    Contact : 9865530080

    E-Mail    : ashoktenny@gmail.com

    Mr. CHARLES A M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed.,

    Assistant Professor

    Area of Specialization :  British Literature

    Contact : 9865275246

    E-Mail    : ajc_charles@yahoo.com

    Mr. KUMAR A M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed.,

    Assistant Professor

    Area of Specialization : Indian Literature

    Contact : 8098131203

    E-Mail    : a.kumar120688@gmail.com

    Ms. ANUSOOYA PM.A., M.Phil., B.Ed.,SET.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 8973148479

    E-Mail    : anusooya87@gmail.com, anusooyaeng@nct.ac.in

    Ms. SUMATHY K M.A., M.Phil.,

    Assistant Professor

    Area of Specialization : Drama

    Contact : 9080954178

    E-Mail    : sumathylit@gmail.com

    Mr. GOPI G M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 9585021806

    E-Mail    : rajgopisellai@gmail.com

    Mr. DEEPAN S M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 9788068216

    E-Mail    : deepankarthik26@gmail.com

    Ms. ANGELIN CHRISTY JM.A., M.Phil.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 8807166551

    E-Mail    : angelinchristy94@gmail.com

    Ms. USHA D M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 8754632963

    E-Mail    : ushinila26@gmail.com

    Ms. SELVARANI A M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed.,,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 9585882710

    E-Mail    : selvaranijesus01@gmail.com

    Dr. VASANTHAN R M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,

    Associate Professor

    Contact : 9994311113

    E-Mail    : vasanthleut@gmail.com

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    Ms. NARMADHAA MM.A., M.Phil.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 9952569405

    E-Mail    : narma1810@gmail.com

    Mr. GOPINATH D M.A., M.Phil.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 9894401232

    E-Mail    : gopinathd@nct.ac.in

    Mr. ASHOKA CHAKKARAVARTHI M.A., M.Phil.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 8248231276

    E-Mail    : ashokachakra85@gmail.com

    Mr. ARAVINTHAN T M.A., M.Phil., PGDJMC., SET., NET.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 8870099596

    E-Mail    : aravindhan.tte@gmail.com

    Ms. PRABHA K M.A., B.Lit., D.T.ed.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 8883710234

    E-Mail    : kprabhaenglish@gmail.com

    Dr. GOVINDARAJAN M M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 9944856719

    E-Mail    : -

    Ms. SUDHA D M.A., B.Ed., M.Phil., SET.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 9698948010

    E-Mail    : sudhaiyanar@gmail.com

    Ms. GEETHA PRIYA V M.A., M.Phil.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 8903203328

    E-Mail    : geethipriya@gmail.com

    Mr. SATHYA SEELAN M.A., M.Phil.,

    Assistant Professor

    Contact : 9566499938

    E-Mail    : ishan1993jamal@gmail.com


    Events / Conferences / Seminars / Workshops

    The Department has conducted the following Seminars / Workshops in the last five years.

    • Principal Saranathan Endowment Lecture was delivered by Dr.C.T.Indra, Formerly Professor and Head of the Department of English Madras University, Chennai, on Comparative Literature: Towards Cultural Studies on 20.3.2014.
    • The Department of English organized a Seminar on New Vistas of Research in English Studies during 6th - 8th March 2014.
    • Two Day National Seminar on Canada : A Multitude of Spaces was organized by the Department of English on 01-02-2013 and 02-02-2013.
    • One Day Workshop on Communicational Dynamics for personality Development was organized by the Department of English (UAP) on 08-10-2012.
    • U.G.C. sponsored Seminar on Writing on Rights is not rite but realistic – a study on the relationship between Human Rights and Literature was organized by the Department of English from 16-09-2010 to 17-09-2010.
    • A UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Protest as a way of Life – An Analytical Study in English Literatures in the Modern Socio - Cultural contexts was conducted by the Department of English during 3rd & 4th September 2009.
    • The IV International Conference of Organization for Studies in Literature and Environment on the theme Ecology: Texts and Contexts was conducted by the Department of English during 25th & 26th September 2009.
    • The U.G.C. sponsored National Seminar on Translation as a Tool to promote National Integration and Social Awareness was conducted by the Dept. of English for 3 days from 27-09-06 to 29-09-06.
    • The IV International Conference of Organization for Studies in Literature and Environment on the theme Ecology: Texts and Contexts was conducted by the Department of English during 25th & 26th September 2009.
    • A UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Protest as a way of Life – An Analytical Study in English Literatures in the Modern Socio - Cultural contexts was conducted by the Department of English during 3rd & 4th September 2009.

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