English

History of the Department

The Department of English, Bangalore University was established in 1965. Bangalore University was one of the earliest Universities in India which introduced and taught an English Language component in the M.A English Course and this was done by Prof W.W.S.Bhasker. Luminary teachers like Prof. L.S.Seshagiri Rao , Prof.S.Ramaswamy, Prof Lankesh, Prof. Vimala Rama Rao , Prof.M.A. Yadugiri, Prof Hasan Mansur and Prof. T.G.Vaidyanathan along with several batches of committed students set a tradition of devotion to work from which the Department has steadily drawn inspiration. During the five decades of its growth , through constant rethinking, it has oriented itself towards a broader vision of English Studies and has opened the doors to interdisciplinarity. At present, the Department has a team of seven teachers comprising three Professors and four Assistant Professors who stand committed to the cause of quality teaching and research. There are 147 PG students and 34 PhD students in the Department in the year 2015.

OBJECTIVES:

  1. To become a meaningful Research Centre for the study of Language, Literature and
  2. To redefine the frontiers of Studies in English to include not only New Literatures in English in the postcolonial context but also Studies of Culture and Society and thus access the realm of culture through the realm of
  3. To equip students with conceptual and theoretical tools which would help them analyze complex
  4. To focus on English Language Studies with Papers in Linguistics , English Language Teaching and Communicative English to enable students to become good teachers of
  5. To sensitize students to the local and the particular even as they meet the challenges of  globalization and    rapid
  6. English being the link language of the world as well as the language of opportunities, the Department hopes to play a pivotal role in the dissemination of the language to all sections of society and devise mechanisms to help its realization.

Chairperson Dr. Geetha Bhasker

Tenure:  28.01.2015  To 27.01.2017

Contact Us

Department of English
Ashoka Bhavana
Jnanabharathi Campus
Bangalore University
Bengaluru-560056

Tel: 080 22961631

E-Mail : [email protected]

A. Courses Offered - M.A. in English.

B. Nature of Course - Semester Scheme.

C. Duration - 4 Semesters (2 years)

D. Intake - 50 + Payment Seats - 10

E. Eligibility : Graduates who have secured 40% in the aggregate of all subjects and 50% marks in the cognate subject in the qualifying University examinations are eligible to apply. Candidates with B.A., B.Sc., or B.Com Degree are eligible to apply provided they have scored 55% in the Language concerned in the degree course.

SL. NoNameQualificationsDesignationSpecializationView Profile
1Dr.Geetha BhaskerM.A, PG DTE, Ph.D, Dip in French, Certificate in GermanProfessorEnglish language and Linguistics, General SemanticsProfile
2Dr.Chitra PanikkarM.A, M.Phil, Ph.DProfessorCritical Theory, Translation and cultural studiesProfile
3Dr. K. S. VaishaliM.A, M.Phil, Ph.DProfessorGender Studies / Critical theory, Post-colonial studiesProfile
4Dr. R. GeethaM.A, M.Phil, Ph.D C.T.E.Assistant ProfessorLanguage studies, English language Teaching and developing language skills in particular oral competenceProfile
      
5Dr. M. ShobhaM.A, Ph.DAssistant ProfessorCanadian Studies, Critical theory & Indian Literature in TranslationProfile
6Dr. Sindhu J.M.A, M.Phil, Ph.DAssistant ProfessorCentral Asian Studies, Russian literature, European literatureProfile
7Dr.ShreeKeerthy.B.NM.A, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorModern English Poetry, Post- colonial literature, Critical theoryProfile

PUBLICATIONS BY THE FACULTY FROM 2008 TO 2015

Books with ISBN and details of publishers:

  1. A.Yadugiri and Geetha Bhasker - English for Law, Foundation Books – an imprint of Cambridge University Press India Private Limited, Delhi. First published in 2005. Reprinted in 2014.  ISBN 978-81-7596-258-3
  2. Chitra Panikkar and Mamta Sagar, Hide and Seek, Translation into English of Mamta Sagar's Poems in Kannada , Bangalore , Kadalu, 2014. ISBN:9781907219641
  3. S.Vaishali- Metamorphic Journeys-Baraha Publishers Muddappa Smaraka Trust, Bangalore 2011. ISBN-81-921755-1-0

Research Papers published in national /international journals – 17 Chapters in books -22.

Conferences/Seminars attended by the Faculty from 2008 to 2015.

International- 50          National – 96                 Workshops/Refresher Courses-28

 

EventThemeDate and VenueFunding Agency
National Workshop jointly organized by the Department of English, B .U. and Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics, Baroda“General Semantics: Reflections on an  -- Living”15.2.2010 to 17.2.2010 at Bangalore UniversiyBalvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics, Baroda

 

AWARDS / RECOGNITIONS RECEIVED AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL BY FACULTY:

  1. Geetha Bhasker was awarded the Dr. Radhakrishna Shikshana Ratna National Award for excellence in Teaching and Administration in Education by the International Institute for Social and Economic Reforms, Bangalore and Krist Foundation, Bangalore in July 2012.
  2. K.S.Vaishali was awarded the Karnataka Rajyotsava award in November 2011 in the field of Hindustani Classical music.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

  1. Chitra Panikkar – “Articulation of Marginalised Identities” - UGC –2008-11. Rs.6,49,800/-
  2. R.Geetha- “Developing Communicative Competence among PG Students” Bangalore University- 2011- Rs.1,00,000/-
  3. Sindhu.J- 'Siberia in the Literary Imagination: Frozen Waste to Land of the Future” Bangalore University- 2011 -Rs.70,000/-
  4. B.N.Shreekeerthy- “A Bilingual Dictionary of English homonyms and Homophones”, Bangalore University-2011- Rs.1,00,000/-

 PHD AWARDED

Twenty one PhD Degrees were awarded from 2008 to 2015.

 STUDENTS FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES

Seven students from Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan and Vietnam pursued the M.A. and PhD programmes in English offered by the Department from 2008 to2015

 STUDENTS WHO HAVE CLEARED NET, SLET AND OTHER COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS

Six students have cleared NET, SLET and received JRF and Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship from 2014 to 2015.

 Activities of students

  1. Students brought out two issues of a Departmental magazine 'Excelsior' published by Bangalore University Press in December 2014 and July 2015.
  2. Students organized a tree planting programme in the Department in
  3. The Department arranges campus interviews for PG

 DETAILS OF DEPARTMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURAL FACILITIES

  1. There is a Departmental Library for SC/ST students and a general Departmental
  2. Internet facilities are available for the staff &
  3. Total number of class rooms - 3
  4. Class rooms with ICT facility – 1

 STUDENT ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMES (SPECIAL LECTURES / WORKSHOPS /SEMINARS) INVOLVING EXTERNAL EXPERTS. 2015

Film Festival - A Film Festival was organized from 12th to 14th March 2015 in the Department of English, Bangalore University. Resource Persons: Mr B.S.Lingadevaru, Film Director, Prof.Vimala Rama Rao - Former Professor & Chairperson, Department of English, Bangalore University, Prof.Nalini Pai and Prof.Etienne Rassendren from St.Joseph's College of Arts & Science, Bangalore.

SPECIAL LECTURES DELIVERED - 2013 to 2014

  1. Namitha Kumar- “A Study of Self and Subjectivity in People with Disabilities”
  2. V.Shantha-“Remembering Achebe”.
  3. V.S.Elizabeth-“Rape:Ethical and Legal Dimensions”
  4. Mahadeva-“Holocaust Literature”
  5. Iris Devadasan- “Academic Writing”
  6. Venkateswaran- “Teaching English Literature”
  7. Geetha Nagaraj- “English at the Workplace”
  8. S.V.Srinivas-“Reading Film-texts”