Department of English

The Department of English has been functioning in this college since it was established in 1975 .

At the UG level, general English is taught as a compulsory subject in all the faculties. English literature is taught as one of the elective subjects in B.A.

PG course in English literature was started in 1996. The curriculum includes both American literature and Indian Writings in English besides English Literature

Special Features:-

  • To inculcate interest for in-depth study, students are given theme based projects which involves wide reading.
  • PG students are encouraged and guided for dissertation as per University rules.
  • Besides the college library which has a grand collection of more than two thousand books on the subject, the department also has an inbuilt library to facilitate the students.
  • To orient the students for research, the department organizes a theme based exhibition annually.
  • The department organizes group discussions and paper reading sessions from time to time, to orient the students for seminars.
  • The department also runs classes for communication skills in English, which is open to all faculties.
  • The department releases monthly departmental Newsletter ' Interface'.
  • Capacity building programme for students is conducted periodically.
  • The students are guided for job-oriented projects in the subject.
  • The department uses various audio-visual aids to facilitate effective teaching and learning.

Staff Members:-

Name Designation Qualification Specialization
Dr. Shampa Malhotra HOD (Asst. Prof.) M.A. Ph.D

The Novels of Amitav Ghosh- Themes and techniques
Dr.(Smt.) Megha Thakur Asst. Prof. M.A. Ph.D Thematic study of the novels of R.K. Narayan
Mrs. Debopriya Dey Asst. Prof. M.A. -
Ms. Poonam Matkar Asst. Prof.  M.A. -
Departmental Activities

To be Indian in thought and feeling, emotions and experience, yet also to court the graces and submit to the discipline of English for expression is a novel experiment in creative mutation.”
With the above observation as a guiding light, the Department of English is constantly striving to motivate students to master Communicative Skills in English and also develop a taste for good literature. . The Department makes use of various-audio-visual aids to facilitate teaching and learning. The students are motivated to prepare chart and posters based on various topics related to language and literature.


Research Activities and Publications
With the efforts of the Department of English Bi-annual Multi-disciplinary Research Journal ‘Highbrow’ is being released in the month of April and October every year. Five issues in three different volumes have been released since October 2014. The Journal has given a platform for publication of Research Papers and Review articles to the Professors, Research Scholars and the students of various other colleges also.

  • The staff members of the department also contributed and presented their Research Papers in the UGC Sponsored National Seminar organized by the Department of Political Science in the college.
  • Dr Shampa Malhotra participated in two National Workshops organized in the College and  at BSSS Bhopal  in March 2017.
  • Dr Megha Singh participated in a National Workshop at SSSCW  in March 2017 and presented paper in an International Conference organized at Career College Bhopal in February 2017
  • Two  Research papers of Dr. Shampa Malhotra were published in a Peer Reviewed    Research Journal with ISSN and one paper in a book with ISBN.
  • Two  Research papers of Dr. Megha Singh were published in a Peer Reviewed Research Journal with ISSN , one paper in a book with ISBN and one paper in an International Journal indexed.
  • Dr. Shampa Malhotra and Dr. Megha Singh attended a Literary Fest ‘Athena’ organised by Govt. Sarojini Naidu PG College in the month of September 2016.
  • The department has been releasing Monthly Newsletter ‘Interface’ since July 2012.

Members of Editorial Boards/Board of Studies/Other Responsibilities

  • Dr. Shampa Malhotra was the member of the Organising Committee and also Co-ordinator of the First technical session of the seminar.
  • Dr. Shampa Malhotra is the Member Board of Studies for English in Govt. Sarojini Naidu P.G. Autonomous college ,Bhopal
  • Dr. Megha Singh was the member of the Printing and Publishing Committee responsible for the publication of the Souvenir and book with ISBN during the Seminar. She was responsible for the management of compering and sessions.
  • Ms. Debopriya Dey compered one session and reported one technical session. Ms. Poonam Matkar was an active member of the Discipline Committee during the Seminar. Dr. Shampa Malhotra also participated in a seminar on “Women Empowerment” at Administrative Academy, Bhopal.
  • Three days residential camp on ‘Indian Culture and Spirituality’ is regular annual feature of our institution. This time the camp was of four days. The Department of English participates actively in organizing and preparing  the exhaustive report of the Camp.  Dr. Shampa Malhotra, HOD English coordinated the management of the camp as Co-Convener . Dr. Megha Singh compered one of the session during the camp, prepared Press Report of daily lectures and exhaustive report of all the session and camp activities.
  • The department also holds the responsibility of the Personality Development Cell of the College, as per the instructions of the Higher Education. The lectures during the camp were so organized so as to emphasize on the overall personality development of the campers. In this regard, Dr. Mamta Mahanty delivered lecture on “Goal Setting” and  “Enhancing Communicative Skills in English.”
  • The Department of English is responsible for the preparation of the report of the Monthly activities and achievements of the students and the staff of the various departments of the College. The report is forwarded every month to the IT Cell, IQAC In-charge, Chairman, College Governing Body and two other members of the Governing Body. The report is also used for Website updation .

Participation in Departmental and  other Collegiate Activities

  • In this session the students of UG and PG English prepared charts on ‘Shakespeare: Life and Works’. These charts are displayed in the department.
  • The students of P.G. English presented an English play Never Never Nest during the Annual function  2016-17 of the College .The play was staged under the guidance and supervision of  Dr. Shampa Malhotra and Dr.Megha Singh.
  • Three PG English students – Apoorva Dwivedi, Rajul Dubey and Sana Khan bagged Second Prize in the Inter-Collegiate literary quiz organized during the Literary Fest Athena organised by Govt. Sarojini Naidu PG College in the month of September 2016.
  • The staff members of the department and the students also participated in the Campus cleaning Programme and Tree plantation in the campus.
  • The Department of English in association with the Department of Hindi organized a Speech Competition on the topic,  ‘From Cleanliness to Divinity’ in the month of October 2016.
  • Ms. Apoorva Dwivedi, M.A. Sem. I English, Ms. Suman Tripathi, B.A. Sem.III, Ms. Sanskruti Tiwari, M.A. Sem.I English bagged first, second and third Prize respectively. Ms. Apoorva Dwivedi M.A. English Sem.I received Special prize her performance in the Youth Parliament organised by the Department of Political Science and Pt. Kunjilal Sansadiya Vidyapeeth. In November 2016.
  • Ms. Apoorva Dwivedi bagged first prize in extempore competition organised by Bank of Baroda celebrating Vigilance Week.
  • Dr. Shampa Malhotra and Dr. Megha Singh also participated in International Yoga Day organised in Lal Parade Ground.
  • Apart from this, remedial classes for weak students are conducted by the department as per the time-table allocated .

With the advent of the new millennium, trends have changed and consequently new challenges have to be addressed with new techniques of learning. English, when viewed from global perspective has acquired elephantine proportions. It is the window that opens up for everyone the clearest vista for excellence. The department of English is committed to facilitate the learners with all the possible means so as to improve their linguistic competence and develop a taste for good literature.
As  Norton Juster puts it, “………its not just learning that’s important. Its learning what to do with what you learn and learning, why you learn things that matters. Language matters, it shapes thoughts.”