The Department of English has been in existence ever since the inception of the college in 1971. The study of Englishwas made mandatory for all degree programmes.
The Department of English seeks to make students proficient in all the four basic skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Towards this end it offers a Foundation Course in English, the textbooks being prepared by the faculty members of the Department. The Department also conducts Soft Skills classes for both the Undergraduate and Post Graduate students. Personality Enrichment Programme forms an integral part of these classes.
Successive Heads of the Department:
|1||Prof. A. Gopala Krishnan||1971-1976|
|2||Prof. B. Arthanareeswaran||1976-1991|
|4||Dr. T. G. Joseph||1997-2008|
|6||Dr. C.N. Eswari||2010-2016|
|7||Prof. B. Kumaran||2016 to date|
THE ENGLISH ASSOCIATION
The English Association regularly conducts Guest Lectures, Workshops for the students. A variety of competitions such as Poster Making Competition, Spell Bee, Quiz, Caption Writing, Essay Writing, Short Story Writing and Poetry Writing Competitions are conducted every year.The activities for the year 2017-18 of the English Association were initiated with the nomination of M.N. Vishnu Priya of II Economics ‘A’ and K.Guru Viswanath of II B.A Defence&Strategic Studies as Student Secretaries and T. Akshey of I B.Com ‘B’ and Vignesh of I Chemistry as the student Joint- Secretaries.
The English Association was inaugurated by Dr. R. REVATHY, Principal, Shri Krishnaswamy College for women, Anna Nagar on 20th July 2017. Dr. M. Aneez, Vice President of The English Association welcomed the gathering. Prof. B. Kumaran, Head, Department of English introduced the Chief Guest. The Chief Guest delivered a speech on the importance of Communication skills and the ways to improve them. Dr. M. Selvaraj, Principal, gave the inaugural address. He emphasized the importance of English Language in communication today.
Independence Day Competitions
As a tribute to our Nation, on the 71st Independence Day, the English Association conducted Quiz, Oratorical and Debate for the students of Guru Nanak College on 10th and 11th August 2017. The topic given for Quiz was “India’s Freedom Struggle” and for Oratorical “Relevance of patriotism in today’s scenario” and for Debate “India as a super power – Dream or Reality”. More than 75 students participated in the competitions and won prizes.
LECTURE CUM DEMONSTRATION ON SCRABBLE
The English Association organized a “Lecture cum Demonstration on SCRABBLE” on 24th August 2017. Mr. Venkataraman, Founder, Madras Scrabble Foundation and alumnus of Guru Nanak College gave a lecture and demonstration on word game scrabble to enrich the vocabulary. More than 50 students took active participation in the demonstration.
GUEST LECTURE ON SOFTSKILLS IN LEVERAGING EMPLOYABILITY
The English Association organized a Guest Lecture on “Soft Skills in Leveraging Employability” on 31st August 2017 at the Pavilion Hall of the Guru Nanak College campus. Prof. N. Pakkir Mohamed, Associate professor and Head (Retd.) PG and Research Department of English, New College, Chennai gave an interesting lecture on soft skills in leveraging employability. More than 100 students attended the lecture. He also talked about how to enhance various aspects of the personality. The lecture was an enlightening experience for the students as it helped them to build a positive attitude. There was also a question answer session at the end of the lecture.
WORKSHOP ON CREATIVE WRITING IN POETRY
The English Association conducted a workshop on “Creative Writing in Poetry” on 12th September 2017 at the Pavilion Hall of Guru Nanak College. The Resource Person was Mr. Tenzin Tsundue, a Tibetan poet. The students were taught how to write poems creatively. They had a very interesting exposure as they awed at the nuances emphasized to bring out the simplicity in reading, to transform their thoughts into poetry.
The English Department encourages the students to exhibit their talents under the banner called “Talent Hut”. This is organized every Thursday during Tea Break for about 20 minutes in the Assembly Square.
Two-Day International Conference on Emerging Trends in English Language Teaching”
On 13th & 14th December 2017, the Departments of English of Guru Nanak College organized a Two-Day International Conference “On Emerging Trends In English Language Teaching”. Dr. Mustafizur Rahman, Pro- Vice-chancellor, City University Dhaka, Bangladesh was the chief guest for the inauguration and Dr. Naga Selvanathan, Visiting Fellow, Dept. of English Language and Literature National University of Singapore was the chief Guests for Valedictory Function. Dr. Geetha Durairajan, Professor, Dept. of Material Development, Testing & Evaluation, EFL University, Hyderabad was the Guest of Honour for Inauguration.
Dr. Kirti Kapur, Prof. of English, Dept. of Curriculum Studies, NCERT, New Delhi, Dr. S.P. Dhanavel, Prof. of English, Dept. of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Madras, Dr. Ramesh Sharma, Associate Prof. of Educational Technology & Learning Resources, Wawasan Open University, Penang, Malaysia, Dr. K. Shriganeshan, Senior Lecturer, English Language Teaching Centre, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka were the resource persons for the panel discussions and technical sessions. Mr. B. Kumaran, Convener &Head, Dept. of English Shift I welcomed the gathering and Dr. L.R.S. Kalanithi, the Organizing Secretary, Asso. Prof. & Research Supervisor, Dept. of English shift I highlighted on the theme of the conference. Ms. B. Pramila, Co- convener & Head, Dept. of English Shift II , Dr. Vimala Chandrasekaran, Co convener & Head, Dept. of B.A. English Literature and Dr. S. Savithri, Asst. Prof. of English & Deputy Dean Shift I introduced the Chief Guests and Guest of Honour respectively. Dr. M. Selvaraj, Principal & Patron, delivered the Presidential Address and Dr. Gunita Arun Chandhok, Director & Chief Advisor, felicitated the organizers.
On 6th February, 2018, Inter-Departmental competitions on Quiz, Poetry writing, Poster making, caption writing and crossword puzzle were conducted to discover the budding talents of our students.
On 3rd of March, 2018, the English Association conducted its Valedictory Function. The Chief Guest of Valedictory function was Prof. J. Aruna, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Madras Christian College, Chennai. The Chief Guest distributed the Prizes and Certificates to the winners and the participants.
THE ENGLISH ASSOCIATION
The English Association for the year 2018-2019 was inaugurated on 31st July 2018. Dr. V. Vijayalayan, Assistant Professor, RamaKrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Mylapore, Chennai was the Chief Guest. Mr. B. Kumaran, Head, Department of English welcomed the gathering. Prof. B. Kumaran, Head, Department of English introduced the Chief Guest. Dr. M. Aneez, Vice President of The English Association introduced the Chief Guest. He delivered a lecture on Relevance of English Today. Dr. L.R.S. Kalanithi, Associate Professor of English introduced the student office bearers N. Koushik Srinivas of II B.Sc. Plant Biology and S. Aiswarya of II B.Sc. Zoology are nominated as Student Secretaries. K. Balamanikandan of I B.A.Economics ‘B’ and S. Thatchaini of I B.Com.‘B’ are nominated as Student Joint Secretaries.