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English Studies

About the Department

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 develop a well-focused research program. The main emphasis is to inculcate in the students a sense of professionalism, as part of a discipline, with skills and abilities valuable in teaching, research, publishing and management studies. 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 and Linguistics, M.A. in English and B.A. (Honors) in English. These programs have also come to the limelight for their unique design and relevance in the contemporary Indian as well as the international literary scenario.

The 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 language and literary expression.
  • prepare them for careers and higher education.

The duration of M.A. program is four semesters. It enables students to develop a holistic understanding of language and 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”.


B. A. (Honours) English

Course B.A. (Honours) English
Duration 3 years (Semester System)
Seats 60
Fees Rs. 20,000/- per semester
  • 10+2 with 60% marks (55% in case of SC/ST and persons with disability category)
  • Merit based plus admissible weightages
  • For more information

M. A. (Honours) English

Course M. A. (Honours) English
Duration 2 years (Semester System)
Seats 30
Fees Rs. 17,000/- per semester
  • B.A. with 60% marks (55% in case of SC/ST and persons with disability category)
  • Merit based plus admissible weightages
  • For more information

Ph.D. (English)

Course Ph.D.
Duration 3-5 years
Seats Subject to availability
Fees Rs. 30,000/- per semester
  • Any candidate who has passed the Master’s examination in English with a score of not less than 60% or CGPA of 6.0 on a 10 point scale or equivalent (55% or 5.5 CGPA for SC/ST/BC Category) marks 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 Akal University), shall be eligible to appear for the Ph.D. entrance test.
  • The students who have qualified CSIR-NET/GATE/JEST 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.


Thrust Areas

• Psychoacoustics
• Neuroscience of language
• Indian English literature
• Cultural Studies
• Cognitive Linguistics and Psycholinguistics
• Language Testing and Evaluation
• Literary and Cultural Studies
• Diaspora Studies
• Phonetics and Phonology

Student Research Projects

S.No Student Name and Class Title of Project/Dissertation Supervisor
1. Ms. Amanjeet Brar
(M.A.) English
UID: 154606002
Gender Fluidity and the Spaces of Negotiation: A study of select Autobiographies of Transgenders Dr. Manika Arora
2. Ms. Binderpal Kaur
(M.A.) English
UID: 154606004
Gendered Identities and Disciplining of Women: A reading of A Life Less Ordinary by Baby Halder Dr. Farhan Ahmad
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