Aims And Objectives, Department of English
In most of the Universities in India teaching of M.A. in English begins in vacuum. Students begin to learn English literature without having prior idea of any literature. Naturally no comparative idea emerges in their minds and much of their courses in English appear to them as mere abstractions. Keeping this problem in view, the Department begins to teach Indian Literature in English as well as Indian literature in Translation before it takes up the teaching of English core.
Moreover, the Department very appropriately connects itself with Buddhism, the central ethos of the university. For example, this Department teaches new Buddhism and literature which is neither accommodated by the Departments of Buddhist studies nor by the Departments of English elsewhere. The Buddhist world is unaware or at least not serious enough to pay any heed to the phenomenal growth in Buddhist writings in English. The Department of English is trying hard to fill this gap. Consequently, the Department teaches novels, plays and poems written originally in English on Buddhist themes.
Surprisingly what may appear to be bizarre as a course has emerged as the most popular course for the most of our students. It is notable, in this regard, that we Indians are by and large, unaware of our own rich intellectual and moral tradition of Buddhism. Buddhism is not only the most ethical system but is also post-modernist in features and approach. Besides, like many literary theories, Buddhist theories, too throw an altogether new world view.
The Department realizes that in the fast globalizing world there is an urgent need to reorient the new system of education with a view to break free from all sorts of fixities such as fixed courses, fixed background and fixed number and place of learners. As an initiative to break free from these fixities and to ensure interdisciplinary mobility of learners, the Department has opened its Post-Graduation Programme for any graduate.
The Department organizes lectures on select areas of study to benefit the students. Visiting faculties are invited from across the globe to enlighten the students and the faculties.
The Department follows a learner-centered approach because students from different backgrounds are allowed to join the course.
The process of study is not one-way traffic, it is interactive and participative. There is less of teaching and more of learning. Like the teaching methodology of the Ancient University of Nalanda, this department uses Seminar, Group Discussion and Debate as compulsory tools to approach the course with a view to ensure clarity of thought, group behavior and ability to reach harmonious decisions.
Our focus area of research is Interface between Buddhism and Literature and Indian English Literature besides others.
Objective of the Course:
The purpose of the M.A. Course in English is to offer the Post Graduate students of English Literature both basic and specialized training at an advance level. It assumes that the student has already made a commitment to higher learning and is preparing either for an academic career or for one that will utilize expertise in area studies. One important feature of the course is its cross-disciplinary character.
Students will be required to take eight compulsory or core courses and eight optional courses. The compulsory requirement will equip the student to carry out teaching, research and allied academic activities in the general fields of English studies in India and abroad. The optional courses are intended to develop specific research or professional interests. The optional courses have been designed also with a view to serve the cause of decolonization of English Studies in India in order to retain our roots in Indian ethos and yet to attain cosmopolitan outlook.
Mission: The Department deems it necessary to equip students in the art of communication skills to meet their professional requirements in the globalized world scenario.