• Department of English
  • Department profile

    Literature is the reflection of society, its culture, values and traditions through the medium of language. While Literature embodies the cognitive aspects, language translates these into expressions and actions. A course in language is basic to the understanding of life and its meaning

    Vision

    Working in accordance with the vision of the university, the Department of English facilitates development and empowerment of women through literature and communication skills in English

    Mission

    To make women candidates as scholars of literature through need-based competent curriculum offering scope for enormous job opportunities in research, media and other sectors where language skills are required.

    Genesis of the Department

    The Department of English has been active since its inception in 1957. Initially offering Part II General English for the undergraduates, the department introduced English Literature as an undergraduate major in 1966 with a thrust on Social, Historical and Cultural contexts of English Literature. Since then the Department of English grew at a steady pace widening the horizon from MA. (DLL) in 1988 to M.A. English in 2004, offering research degrees like M.Phil (1992) and Ph.D. (1993), which bolstered the research quest of the students.

    Fulfilling the evolving needs of the English graduates in the contemporary world, the Department of English structured its curriculum to meet the demands of both academia and industry.

    Objectives

    • To enhance both oral and written communication skills
    • To develop the capacity to critically examine Literature and Language
    • To prepare the students to be career-ready for a variety of jobs
    • To develop appreciation of English Language and Literature
    • To impart research skills and application of literary theories in research

    Thrust areas

    • Indian Writing in English
    • Indian English Drama
    • Gender Studies
    • Culture Studies
    • Subaltern Studies
    • American Literature
    • Drama
    • Diasporic Literature
    • New Literature
    • African American Literature
    • Children's Literature
    • Eco Literature
    • British Literature
    • Canadian Literature
    • Theoretical and Cultural Studies
    • English Language Teaching
    • Literary Theory and Criticism
    • Common Wealth Literature
    • Translation
  • Programmes Offered

    Programmes Offered
    • B.A. : English
    • M.A. : English
    • M.Phil & Ph.D : English

    Eligibility

    • B.A. : Any group in 12th Std.
    • M.A : B.A. English
  • Syllabus, PSO & CO
  • Staff Profile
    Name of the Faculty Designation Specialization Year of Joining Mail id
    Dr.(Mrs.) S.Kalamani
    M.A.,M.Phil., Ph.D.,
    Professor American Literature, Indian Writing in English 1987 hod_english@avinuty.ac.in
    kalamani_eng@avinuty.ac.in
    Mrs.A.Vijayarani
    M.A., M.Phil.
    Associate Professor Indian Writing in English & Drama 1990 vijayarani_eng@avinuty.ac.in,
    vijayaranivarshini@gmail.com
    Dr.(Mrs) S.Christina Rebecca
    M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,NET
    Professor & HOD Indian Writing in English, Subaltern Studies, Gender Studies, Culture Studies 2002

    christinaengdept@gmail.com
    hodengdept@gmail.com

    Dr.(Mrs.) Chitra Sivasubramaniam
    M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,.
    Associate Professor Indian Writing in English, New Literature & African Literature 2003 chitra_eng@avinuty.ac.in,
    drchitrasivasubramaniam@gmail.com
    Dr(Mrs.) Raichel M.Sylus
    M.A.,M.Phil.,Ph.D., SLET
    Assistant Professor - SG

    Ecocriticism, American Literature, Children's Literature

    2004 raichel_eng@avinuty.ac.in,
    raichelmsylus@yahoo.co.in
    Mrs.A.Jayasree
    M.A.,M.Phil., NET
    Assistant Professor -SS

    Ecoliterature & Indian Writing in English

     

    2004 jayasree_eng@avinuty.ac.in,
    aj_anando6@yahoo.com
    Dr.(Mrs.) M.Anjum khan
    M.A.,Ph.D., NET, SET
    Assistant Professor British Literature, Canadian studies, Cultural and Theoretical studies 2013 anjumkhanrs@gmail.com
    anjumkhan_eng@avinuty.ac.in
    Dr.(Mrs.) S.Jeyalakshmi
    M.A.,M.Phil.,SLET., Ph.D
    Assistant Professor English language teaching 2013 jeyalakshmi_eng@avinuty.ac.in
    Dr.(Mrs.) Sreeja Balakrishnan
    M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., NET
    Assistant Professor Common Wealth Literature, Translation & Children’s Literature 2015 sreejabalakrishnan005@gmail.com sreeja_eng@avinuty.ac.in
      Self Supporting Staff              
    Mrs.S.Chitra
    M.A., M.Phil.,SET
    Assistant Professor(Temporary) Indian writing in English 2004 chitrasampathadu@gmail.com
    Dr.(Mrs.) Grace Priyadarsini Appadurai
    M.A., B.Ed., Ph.D
    Assistant Professor(Temporary) Indian writing in English 2014 itspriyasing2011@gmail.com
    Mrs. M.Bhuvaneswari
    M.A., B.Ed., M.Phil
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) Common Wealth Literature, British Literature, Science Fiction 2015 m.bhuvanasen89@gmail.com
    Dr. (Mrs.) Aananthi Ballamurugan
    M.A., M.Phil.,Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor (Temporary) Native American Literature 2016 aananthipearl6@gmail.com
    Ms. T. Logambica
    M.A., M.Phil.,
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) Indian English Drama 2017 logambica@gmail.com
    Ms. B.Sharmila
    M.A., M.Phil.,
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) Indian English Drama 2017 sharmi123.84@gmail.com
    Ms. B. Sindhu
    M.A.,
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) Literature in Translation 2018 sindhub1660@gmail.com
    Mrs.S.Nagalakshmi
    M.A., M.Phil.,
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) African Literature, Indian English Literature 2018 sivalakshmimurali@gmail.com
    Ms.J.Banumathi
    M.A., M.Phil.,
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) Indo-Canadian Literature, Diasporic Literature 2018 j.banumathi11.5@gmail.com
    Parkavi Devi V.B
    M.A.,
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) Young Adult Literature 2018 parkavidevi.v.b@gmail.com
    Karthika M
    M.A.,M.Phil
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) English Language Teaching 2018 ramyaelt21@gmail.com
    K.Kayal Vizhi
    M.A.,B.Ed.
    Assistant Professor (Temporary) Indian Writing in English 2017 kayalvizhi.kanagarathinam@gmail.com
    R.Rubella
    M.A ,B.Ed,MSW
    Assistant Professor (Temporary) Fiction (American) 2017 katherinang94@gmail.com
    R.Prema
    M.A,B.Ed,M.phil,
    PGDCA,MLIB.SC
    Assistant Professor (Temporary) Fiction 2017 rpremacbe1@gmail.com
    Dr.R.Vanitha
    M.A.Ph.D
    Assistant Professor (Temporary) English Language Teaching 2018 vanithabuddha76@gmail.com
    T.Thilagavathi
    M.A,B.Ed
    Assistant Professor (Temporary) Indian Writing in English 2018 mailthothilaga05@gmail.com
  • Sponsored Projects
    Name of the faculty Title of the project Funding Agency Period and Amount Sanctioned Completed / ongoing
    Dr. M. Anjum Khan and J. Banumathi A Disability Scrutiny of Tamil Nadu Board English Text Books, Class VI, VII& VIII UGC Sponsored In- house Research Project

    January 2019 to April 2019

    Ongoing
    Dr. Raichel M. Sylus Social Emotional Learning in Undergraduate English Classrooms through Select Short Stories of Ruskin Bond. UGC (In-House Research Project)

    December 01, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

    25,000/-
    Completed

    Dr.Sreeja  Balakrishnan

    Gender Stereotyping in Visual Cultural Media and its Impact on Indian Women and Young Children UGC (In-House Research Project)

    December 01, 2016 to March 31, 2017
    Rs. 35,000/-

    Completed

    Dr. S. Baghya Lakshmi and Dr. S. Christina Rebecca

    A Comprehensive Study on Bama’s Works In Collaboration with  Dept. of  Women’s Studies, Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore

    2010-2011
    Rs. 10,000/-

    Completed
  • Seminar/Conferences/worshops organised

    S.No

    Name of the program

    Speakers

    Date

    To view Reports

    1

    Workshop on English Language and Literature Teaching Skills (ELLTS)

    1. Dr Subramaniam, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Government Arts College, Coimbatore
    2. Dr Vanitha, Assistant Professor, Department of English, PSG CAS, Coimbatore

    3rd January 2019

    click here

    2

    One day National Seminar on "Shifting Grounds: Gender, Community, Culture and Development"

    Smt. Andal Priyadarshini, Head, Programme Officer,Podhigai, Doordharsan Kendra, Chennai.

    8 th December 2017

    click here

    3

    Students' Workshop on "The Art of Teaching Communication and Literature"

    Dr. Nagaraj and Dr. Ashitha Vargese, Department of English, Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore.

    31 st October 2017

    click here

    4

    Special Lecture on her writings 

    Ms. Qaisra Shahraz, Internationally renowned Novelist, Scriptwriter   & Education Consultant

    30 th January 2017

    click here

    5

    Two day National Conference on English Language, Literature and Cultural Studies, in collaboration with the ELTIF (English Language Teachers Interaction Forum) on "Culture, Language and Literature in ENGLISH Classroom"

    Prof. Jacob Tharu, Formerly of the EL University Prof. K. Elango, Formerly of Anna University Dr. Jayanthasri Balakrishnan, PSGCAS Prof. N. Rajasekharan Nair, Hindustan University, Chennai Mrs. Vasantha Kalbagal, Corporate Consultant, Salem Dr. J. John Sekar, The American College, Madurai Mrs. Prema Rengachari, Educationalist, Anakatti, Coimbatore Prof. P. Bhaskaran Nair, Hindustan University Dr. Richa Tripathi, Hindustan University Dr. Srividya Sivakumar, Poet & Columnist, Coimbatore Mrs. A. Vijayarani, Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore 6 th and 7 th January 2017 Click here
    6 Workshop on "Emerging Trends in New Literatures in English" Dr. Lingaraja Gandhi, University of Mysore. Dr. W. S. Kottiswari, Mercy College, Palakkad. Dr. Sujatha Vijayaraghavan, Pondicherry University. 4 th March 2011 click here
  • MoU Signed
    with Whom International/National Duration In Action
    Arima Exim Private Limited National 2 years yes
  • Research Programmes
  • Awards and achievements

    Staff- Awards and achievements

    Name of the Staff

    Award

    Awarded By

    Year

    Mrs. A. Vijayarani

    Service in Education

     

    A.P.J Abdul Kalam Award for Manitha Neyam (State Level) Govt. Reg. No. 116/2016

    2016

    Best Educationist

     

    Human Care Human Rights Protection (HCHRP) (National Level) Govt. Reg. No. 221

    2016

    Best Citizen of India Gold Medal Award

    GEPRA

    2017

    Dr. M. Anjum Khan

    Women Exemplar Award 2014

    ACC Pvt. Ltd

    2014

    Shakthi Sadhana

    Sudheshi Magazine

    2015

    Awarded Excellent Achievement in Education

    Rotary Club

    2018

    Student - Awards and achievements

    Name of the Student

    Award

    Awarded by

    Year

    T. Sasikala

    I Prize in Debate

    YI Club – Covai Vizha

    5.2.2015

    A. Mahavidhya

    Best NSS Volunteer

    National Service Scheme

    Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women

    2015-2016

    Women Achiever

    Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women

     

    2016

    A. Mahavidhya

    IV prize in State level Mallakhamb Championship (Individual Championship)

    Tamil Nadu Mallakhamb Association

    February 2016

    II prize in State level Mallakhamb Championship (Team Championship)

    Tamil Nadu Mallakhamb Association

    February 2016

    K.R. Kirthica Subhashini

    III prize in Drain your Brain - Quiz

    World Tourism Day- Government Arts College, Coimbatore.

    26.9.2016-27.9.2016

    T. Sasikala

    III prize in Drain your Brain - Quiz

    World Tourism Day- Government Arts College, Coimbatore.

    26.9.2016-27.9.2016

    K.R. Kirthica Subhashini

    III prize in Quiz

    Nehru Arts and Science College, Coimbatore

    30.9.2016

    T. Sasikala

    III prize in Quiz

    Nehru Arts and Science College, Coimbatore

    30.9.2016

    Pradeepa. S

    Best NSS Volunteer

    Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women

     

    6.10.2017

    Keerthika. S

    Bronze Medal

    South Zone Pre-RD Camp Organizing Team

     

    2018

    K. Ramya Kalaivani

    I prize in Tamil Poetry

    Codessia Book Fair

    2017

    Working as an RJ (Part Time)

    All India Radio, Coimbatore

    2018

    G.Soumya Priyadarshini

    II prize in Translation

    (Tamil - English)

    PSGR Krishnammal College, Coimbatore.

     

    2018

    R.Keerthana

    Yoga Performer- Eighth Place

    Sri Maha Sanketha 11th Interstate Yoga Competition

     

    2017

    R.Keerthana

    Mini India (Performance and participation) International Congress on Renaissance in sports

    Rotary Club of Diamond City

     

    2019

    A. Mahavidhya

    Participant- NSS Republic Day Parade Camp, New Delhi

    Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

     

    2016

    Pradeepa . S

    Participant- NSS Republic Day Parade Camp, New Delhi

    Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

     

    2017

    R. Keerthana

    Participant- NSS Republic Day Parade Camp, New Delhi

    Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

     

    2018

    P. Shivani

    Participant- NSS Republic Day Parade Camp, New Delhi

    Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

     

    2019

  • Activities & Special contributions
    • The English Association organizes workshops, seminars, guest lectures and competitions from time to time to help the students to tune themselves to the latest developments in the field of English Literature.
    • The staff members of the department contribute their expertise to other colleges and universities as members of Board of Studies, Staff Selection Committee, Question Paper Setters and Examiners.
    • In-charge of the University Newsletter and "New Horizons" the University Magazine
    • Under NSS and CSS which are curriculum-integrated programmes, several need based programmes on sensitizing the community regarding social evils,welfare of women and children, social and legal rights, voters rights and responsibilities,coaching classes for school children and drop-outs, free medical check-ups, and health and nutrition education are conducted with the help of a programme officer and an assistant programme officer.

    Remedial Teaching

    The Department is actively involved in providing special coaching for the slow-learners. A comprehensive practice module comprising of drilling sessions, tests and assignments is given to the students with adequate guidance, advice and encouragement.

    Bridge Course

    Bridge course is designed especially for students who enter their first year of any under graduate course in the institution. This offers more attention to grammar and basics of English than do other advanced courses. Each year the department tries to offer one bridge course in English.

    Highlights:

    • Interesting and relevant texts
    • Based on the learner's level of proficiency of English
    • Play way method

    Topics covered:

    • Parts of Speech
    • Tenses
    • Pronunciation
  • Publications