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The Department of English Studies reflects the expansion, diversification and confluences at both  the institutional level as well as in the dynamic disciplinary fields of literary and cultural studies and linguistics. The objective of the Department is to teach focused courses in these core areas at undergraduate and masters levels, and also a well-focused research program and post-doctoral levels. The main emphasis is to inculcate students professionalism, as part of a discipline with skills and abilities valuable in teaching, research, publishing and business. Further, the Department aims to give students a sense of themselves as citizens of a larger community by encouraging participation in service of learning. Currently, the Department offers Ph.D. in English Studies, M.A. in English and B.A. (Honors) in English. These programmes have also come to limelight for their unique design and relevance in the contemporary Indian as well as the International literary scenario.

Duration of the B.A. English (Hons) program is six semesters (three years). The program intends to

  • train students in communication skills in English.
  • introduce students to the tools of literary scholarship.
  • strengthen their ability to analyze all forms of literary expression.
  • prepare them for careers and higher education.

Duration of M.A. program is four semesters. It enables students to develop a holistic understanding of literatures in English. It also introduces the students to the tools of research and broadens their critical sensibilities. Further, it equips them for career opportunities as well as for further research.

The department also offers Ph.D. program in various research areas of language sciences, literary and cultural studies, and also interdisciplinary areas that influence language and scoiety.

The Department has highly competent and efficient faculty members with diversity of research interests. The faculty of English Studies has various national and international research collaborations. To enhance the competency of the students, in addition to the classroom lectures, the department also utilizes seminars, workshops and invited lectures as integral part of academic programme.

The department also provides acute mentoring of the students both in and beyond the classroom in a wide variety of forums. These activities promote a healthy holistic development of the student. Moreover, the department has a club “AN EXTENDED HAND” for helping the weak students in improving their English language skills. As an extension of this initiative, to provide a platform to students for mutual exchange of ideas, knowledge and skills, the department has also started the programme “WE WILL”.

Sr. No. Name of the Teacher Designation  Academic Achievements
1 Dr. Shantanu Ghosh Associate Professor M.A.(JNU), M.Phil, Ph.D. (JNU), Visiting Scientist ICTP
2 Mr. Gaurav Kalra Assistant Professor M.A., UGC-NET, M.Phil., Ph.D.(pursuing)
3 Mrs. Manika Arora Assistant Professor M.A., UGC-NET,  Ph.D.(pursuing)
4 Dr. Shreesha Udupa Assistant Professor M.A., UGC-JRF, Ph.D. (EFLU), DAAD Fellow (Germany)
5 Dr. Barjinder Singh Assistant Professor M.A., UGC-JRF, M.Phil. Ph.D.
Course B.A. (Hons. School) English
Duration 3 years (Semester system)
Seats 30
Fees Rs. 18,150/- per semester
  • 10+2 with 60% marks (55% in case of SC/ST and persons with disability category)
  • Merit-based plus admissible weightages
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Course M.A. English
Duration 2 years (Semester system)
Seats 30
Fees Rs. 15,125/- per semester
  • B.A. with 60% marks (55% in case of SC/ST and persons with disability category)
  • Merit-based plus admissible weightages
  • More details:
Course Ph.D.
Duration 3-5 years
Seats Subject to availability
Fees Rs. 25,000/- per semester
  1. Any candidate who has passed the Masters examination in the concerned subject with a score of not less than 55% or CGPA of 5.5 on a 10 point scale or equivalent (50% or 5.0 CGPA for SC/ST/BC Category) in aggregate, or have appeared in the final year examination of Master’s degree in the subject concerned from Akal University, Talwandi Sabo or from any other University (approved by the appropriate Academic Bodies of A.U.), shall be eligible to appear for the Ph.D. Entrance Test.
  2. The students who have qualified UGC NET, or any similar examination/test conducted by a notified authority of the Government of India for the purpose, will be exempted from Ph.D. entrance test, subject to approval of the Vice-Chancellor.
i) Thrust Areas
The major research areas of the department are:
  • English Language Teaching
  • Teaching Materials and Syllabus Design
  • Language Testing and Evaluation
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Gender Studies
  • Science Fiction
  • Visual Studies
  • Diaspora Studies

ii) Collaborations
The individual faculty collaborations are:
International Collaborations
  • Transcend Research Group, Harvard-MIT, Boston, MA, USA.
  • Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics and F.C., Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy.
  • International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Maryland, USA
  • Dresden Technical University, Dresden, Germany.
  • Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany.

National Collaborations
  • Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi.
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Panjab University, Chandigarh
  • Central University of Punjab, Bathinda
The Department-in-charge,
Department of English Studies
D 201, Akal University, Talwandi Sabo
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