The Department of English began with the Bachelor of English (BA) programme in June 2015. Two years later, in the year 2017, Master of English (MA) programme was added. The PhD programme began in the year 2021. The department has three permanent faculty members and three visiting faculty members. In the short span of time, the department has been able to scale up from undergraduate to research level.
The undergraduate programme has seen a steady growth in the number of students enrolled over the years. From a modest strength of 10 students in 2015, the undergraduate programme saw more than 50 students taking admission in the year 2021 in the first semester. The postgraduate programme is going steady, and efforts are being made to attract more students. The department is proud of the fact that right from its inception in 2017, every year at least one student has passed NET or NET-JRF. The department is confident that with the beginning of its research programme, the academic environment will become more vibrant.
The BA programme spans four years and is spread over eight semesters with the facility of students exiting after each year. The programme covers the traditional aspects of literary studies as well as exposes students to newer fields where English studies are making inroads. The programme seeks to develop the passion for language and literature among its undergraduate students.
The MA programme is unique as it is firmly rooted in the ethos of Gujarat Vidyapith. Being a programme in a Gandhian education institute, it uses Gandhi’s thoughts as a pivot to look at the larger socio-political and cultural crisis of the contemporary world. The effort is to initiate a dialogue among different points of view rather than affirming any one truth in all matters. The department makes an effort to move out from the confines of classrooms and ingrained canonical thinking to look at the things from the margins and tries to unsettle the received canons of the literary studies.
The PhD programme at the department aims to promote research in interrogating Gandhian thoughts in literary and culture studies. The programme also wishes to encourage research in margin studies.
The department aims to become a place of vibrant academic and cultural activities. It seeks to become a place which brings rural society into the mainstream academic discourse and action. The hope is to make the students and research scholars get in touch with the grassroots again and thus bridge the gap between theory in the classroom and diversity of the real world.
To strive for academic excellence in English Studies by way of incorporating Gandhian thought in order to promote research in literature and culture in service of the grassroots and the margins.
- Help students to acquire academic understanding of English Studies.
- Help students to develop skill and competency in the use of the English language.
- Integrate critical engagement with Gandhian thought at undergraduate, postgraduate, and research levels.
- Promote interdisciplinary studies at the postgraduate and research level.
- Expand the scope of English Studies to accommodate literature and culture from around the world.
Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad
Student Teacher Ratio