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Department of English
Department of English
  • Introduction
  • Staff Members
  • Activities
  • Student Achievements
  • Staff Achievements
  • Career Options
  • Striking Features
The Department of English was established in 1961. The famous Indian English poet Nissim Ezekiel had been the Head of the Department of English in the past. Dr. Suresh Wakchaure, the present Head, has kept the literary spirit and legacy alive in the department.
The famous alumni of the English department are 
  • Chaitanya Tamhane (Winner of National Award as Best Film Director for the film ‘Court’ which was nominated for Oscars) 
  • Parvathy Omanakuttan (4th Runner up in Miss World)
  • Kinjal Damani (Assistant Professor in French, University de Poitiers)
  • Wrisha Dutta and Shiyana Kataria (singers)
The department consists of one Associate Professor and five Assistant Professors. English Literature, Communication Skills in English, French, Mass Communication and Business Communication are the subjects taught in the department. Over the years there has been a strength of approximately 1800 students studying different subjects in the department. The department boasts of quality centre for M.A. in English with a sanction capacity 120 students spanning over the two years of the course and PhD. in English which has a sanction capacity of 8 students so far. The unique feature of the P.G. department of English is that the subject of Research Methodology is taught in M.A. which prepares the student for quality research in future.

Class

Subject

Maximum Students Admitted (approx)

F.Y.B.A.

Communication Skills in English

360

F.Y.B.A.

English Ancillary

150

F.Y.B.A.

French Compulsory

60

F.Y.B.Com.

Business Communication

960

S.Y.B.A.

Mass Communication

50

S.Y.B.A.

English Ancillary

75

T.Y.B.A.

English Literature

60

M.A. I

English

60

M.A. II

English

60

Ph.D.

English

08

Approximate number of students studying under the department

1800

Degree offered (affiliated to University of Mumbai):

  • B.A. (Bachelor of Arts in English)

  • M.A. (Master of Arts in English)

  • Ph.D.  (English)

  • Dr. Suresh WakchaureDr. Suresh WakchaureHead , Associate Professor
  • Dr. Vidya PremkumarDr. Vidya PremkumarAssistant Professor
  • Shripad SamantShripad SamantAssistant Professor
  • Priya JosephPriya JosephAssistant Professor
  • Ms. ShwetaShweta SalianAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Sanobar HussainiDr. Sanobar HussainiAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Suresh WakchaureDr. Suresh WakchaureHead , Associate Professor
  • Dr. Vidya PremkumarDr. Vidya PremkumarAssistant Professor
  • Shripad SamantShripad SamantAssistant Professor
  • Priya JosephPriya JosephAssistant Professor
  • Ms. ShwetaShweta SalianAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Sanobar HussainiDr. Sanobar HussainiAssistant Professor
  • Students of TYBA English published six volumes of the class magazine Gender Ink.
  • All the students of TYBA were taken for the screening of the movie Lipstick Under my Burkha as an interdisciplinary activity related to gender, media and representation on 25 July 2017 at PVR Juhu. 
  • Students of TYBA and SYBA English were taken for the movie screening of Hidden Figures on 06 February 2018 at American Center as part of the Black History Month celebration. 
  • Vidya Premkumar and Priya Joseph with five students from TYBA English attended a national conference organised by K. J. Somaiya college on 6 and 7 July 2018.
  • TYBA students were asked to explore women, workspace and safety within the college premises by taking picture of various parts of the campus and then discussing their pictures in the class on 24 August 2018.
  • An activity “The Forgiveness Project” was conducted with the students of SYBA where they wrote letters to their close friends in class asking or giving forgiveness for incidents that had occurred between them as a healing of relationships to correspond with the healing of friendship between two characters in the novel Sula.
  • An activity “The Magic Box” was conducted with the students of English 

The TYBA English students attended the program on 28th February, 2017 to commemorate Black History Month at Dosti House. The program was titled Building Bridges: Articulating Indian and Black Feminism, followed by a panel discussion on “Black Feminism” – a skit on  Gloria Naylor’s “The Woman of Brewster place” by English literature students of Maharashtra College, Mumbai.
  • A poster making competition was organized for T.Y.B.A. English on “Subversion of Gender Roles: Characters from Dance Like a Man” on 09 January 2017. Students explored what it meant to be a “man” or “woman” and how society defined these roles through discussions, followed by portrayal of what they understood about it in a visual form. 
  • A poster presentation competition was held for students of SYBA on Robert Frost’s poetry. They visually interpreted Frost’s poems and presented it to the judge Priya Joseph. The winners of the competition are:
  •  First Prize: Saumya Kaulgud, Jinal Baxi, Nidhi Shah, Dhruvi Mehta and Komal Hinduja
  • Second Prize: Saloni Punatar, Ashni Chheda, Ruchi Shukla, Tanisha Mehta and Krishna Mehta
  • Third Prize: Manali Jain, Yesha Mehta and Akansha Jaiswal
  • The English Department in collaboration with the Mithibai Alumni Association (MAA) hosted an alumni Dr. Swati Save Raut on 22 February 2017 in Juhi Jagruti Hall for a talk on “Written Words, Natya and “Half of Me”’. She spoke about the interpretation of the written word, historically and in contemporary context. She placed this in context of the current interdisciplinary performative piece she is currently working on.
  • We invite our ex-students to orient the current students of TYBA English Literature as regards study pattern and preparation for their examination.
  • We celebrate different festivals throughout the year; the events are organised by our students.
  • The department of English uses various tools techniques to substitute oral lectures, by means of charts (body biographies), presentations, discussions, quiz and so on.These activities are carried out by respective teachers throughout the year.
  • Invited Deesh Mariwala to conduct weekend workshops on Shakespeare and his Plays from July to September 2012 for TYBA and SYBA students to familiarise them with theatrical aspects of Shakespeare’s plays.
  • Students of SYBA and TYBA, English Literature were taken for a visit to the American Library and they also attended a panel discussion on Adrienne Rich’s poetry in August 2012.
  • Prof. T. Sridhar inaugurated Mithibai Book Club in September 2012 and read excerpts of his latest novel ‘Twice Written’ and discussed the creative process of writing.
  • Priya Joseph and Vidya Premkumar participated in the “Beach Clean-Up Drive” organised by the Indian Coast Guard at Juhu Beach in September 2013.
  • Tanisha Mehta and Jinal Baxi of TYBA English and Sakshi Mehta and Ritu Vasani of TYBA English presented papers in State level Symposium on Speak up: Communication - a Way Forward organised by Premila Vithaldas Polytechnic.
  • Prajkta Dinesh Vibute, M. A.  (PART I), won the first prize at a national level essay writing competition organised by  St. Andrew's College of Arts, Science and Commerce and UNESCO & Cardinal Paul Poupard Foundation Chair of Inter-religious & Inter-cultural Dialogue in 2016 on 'The Role of Education in the Age of Religious Conflicts'. 

  • Misha Parnami, Student of MA English Part II, cleared the PET exam by Mumbai University) on 16th November 2016
  • She was also awarded 3rd Prize in Teacher's Day Essay Competition organized by Viva Education in September 2016. 
  • She presented a paper on "An exploratory study on the bold feminine language used by Kamala Das in her work"in the One Day Multi Disciplinary National Level Conference on "Contemporary Trends in Language, Literature, Feminism & Culture" at DSPM's K.V. Pendharkar College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Dombivli.
  • Sonali Jindal attained 79.16% at the TYBA English (2015-16) Semester VI examination.        
  • Dias Jeanona Agnelo attained 79.00% at the MA English Part-I (2015-16) Semester II examination.
  • Shaikh Asna attained 76.75% at the MA English Part-II  (2015-16)     Semester IV examination. She is the University gold nedalist for the year 2015-16.
  • Prajakta Vibhute of TYBA English participated in short story competition conducted by Law College, Churchgate and awaiting results.
  • Mitali Madhyani and Prajakta Vibhute of TYBA English participated in the Essay Writing Competition organised by St. Andrew’s College in collaboration with UNESCO on “The Role of Education in Context of Religious Conflict” and is awaiting results.
  • Radhika Rajwani topped the University of Mumbai and bagged ten awards including a gold medal for securing the highest position in the subject of English Literature at the TYBA University Examination. 
  • Radhika Rajwani of M.A. Part I (English) won the first prize for her paper “William Wordsworth’s 'Tintern Abbey’and Pantheism”in the category: Environment and Literature in the festival on Environment organised by Wilson College on 16 February 2016.
  • Dilshad Hilloona of M.A. Part I (English) won the third prize for her paper, “Robert Frost as a Nature Poet” in the category: Enviornment and Literatre in the festival on Enviornment organised by Wilson College on 16 February 2016.
  • Nishna Mehta and Sofia Udaipuri of T.Y.B.A. (English) presented papers in the category: Enviornment and Literatre in the festival on Enviornment organised by Wilson College on 16 February 2016.
  • Harsh Ghaghada, Nishna Mehta, Sofia Udaipuri, Sweta Thakkar, Tanvi Patel, Unnati Bhardwaj, Foram Atul Chhadva, Hema Sanghvi and Ruchit Oza participated in the poetry competition organised by the American Centre as part of the Black History month on 23 February 2016.Their poems were published in an anthology.
  • The LITCON, a Literary Festival, held on the 22nd and 23rd of September, 2015, had monologues from the plays of William Shakespeare and speeches from the works of other famous writers, from Sylvia Plath, to Rowling and Tolkien, recited by Rachit Singh, a SYBCom student. 

Dr. Suresh Wakchaure

  • Dr. Suresh Wakchaure has been appointed as an external referee for M.Phil. Dissertation by the University of Pune, 2017
  • Dr. Suresh Wakchaure was invited as the Subject Expert for the Selection Committee panel for CAS promotion of Anasaheb Vartak College, 2017
  • Dr. Suresh Wakchaure and Dr. Vidya Premkumar were invited as resource persons for the papers ‘Research Methodology’, ‘New Literatures in English’ and ‘Shakespeare’ respectively at the workshop on "Revised Syllabus of M. A. Part II English" organised by English Department, C. H. M.  College, 2017
  • Dr.  Suresh Wakchaure published a research article 'Theory of Postmodernism'  in the UGC approved journal Research Chronicler,  Volume V,  Issue IX,  December – 2017.
  • Was invited as a chief guest to inaugurate acitivities of English Literary Association by Arts, Commerce and Science college, Shahpur on 12th September,2016.
  • Was invited as chief guest at Muktangan.
  • Dr. Suresh Wakchaure was invited as the Chief Guest at the 49th Annual Sports Day, St. George School, Malad West.
  • Dr. Suresh Wakchaure was the moderator at Kirti College, Dadar for F.Y.B.Com Business Communication and F.Y.B.A. Communication Skills, Semester I 
  • Dr. Suresh Wakchaure chaired a technical session in an interdisciplinary international conference at Mandangad District Ratnagiri on 30 January 2017.
  • Dr. Suresh Wakchaure was felicitated for his contribution to J.J.T. University at the annual function on 30 January 2017.
  • Dr. Suresh Wakchaure was awarded the title of “BEST EDUCATIONIST” by International Human Rights Council on 5 September 2015.
  • Published a book, Anglo-Indian Identity in the Totternama and The Everest Hotel, 2015 withISBN no. 9789-382-301-71442
  • Published a book, All About H. Hatter: A Study, 2015 with ISBN no. 978-9382-301-684
  • Published a book, Postmodernism: Theory and Practice, 2015 with ISBN no.978-93-82301-70-7
  • Published a book, Indian English Literature, 2015 with ISBN no. 978-93-82301-691
  • Published an article, “FITI in ELLT” in the journal Futuristic Innovative Trends in Teaching English Language and LiteratureVol I, 2015 with ISSN no. 978-93-85026-148
  • Published a paper, “Folk Literature: Global Perspective” as a part of the Conference Proceedings of conference on Folk Literature: Global Perspectives, 2016 with ISSN no. 978-81923487-35
  • Key note speaker at one day National level seminar on “Film and Literature” held at Vivekanand Arts, Commerce and Science college, Aurangabad on 27 February 2016.
  • Chief Guest for Marathi Bhasha Divas at NMIMS University’s Pharmacy College on 29 February 2016

Dr.Vidya Premkumar

  • Dr.  Vidya Premkumar was invited as resource person for the paper "Women Studies" at the workshop on "Revised Syllabus of SYBA English Ancillary and Applied Component" organised by Rizvi college and the Board of Studies (English) 2017
  • Dr.  Vidya Premkumar has been appointed as an Editorial Board member for the research journal Criterion: An International Journal in English, 2017
  • Dr. Vidya Premkumar's poem "Beyond the Words" is one of the 37 poems selected from 250 poems submitted for publication in Criterion, June 2017 issue. 
  • Dr. Vidya Premkumar published a chapter on “Mediational Spaces in Indigenous Literatures: Kochareti: The Araya Woman and Four Souls” in Contemporary Adivasi Writings in India: shifting paradigms ISBN 978-16-4324-515-7 in May 2018.
  • Dr. Vidya Premkumar was invited to conduct an expert session on Listening skill and presentation skills in a two day workshop organised by Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University on 11 and 12 July 2018 for their faculty.
  • Dr. Vidya Premkumar’s book review, “Shikari: The Hunt: Modern Existential Saga” was published in Sparrow Newsletter, August 2018, SNL number 37, pp 12-13.
  • Dr. Vidya Premkumar was invited as a judge for creative writing competition organized by Chavan Law College in September 2018.
  • Recognised as Post Graduate teacher by the University of Mumbai in July 2016.
  • Dr. Vidya Premkumar was invited to judge the prestigious Sam Berkeley Hill Memorial Elocution Contest scheduled on Saturday, 10 December 2016 at YMCA International House, Mumbai Central. 
  •  Dr.Vidya Premkumar has been invited as Visiting Faculty for the course of Written Analysis and Communication at NMIMS for third trimester of MBA- Core Full Time.
  • Dr. Vidya Premkumar was invited as moderator in the subject of Business Communication at Bhavan’s College, Andheri. 
  • Dr.Vidya Premkumar was in the organizing committee of the A.D. Shroff Memorial Elocution Competition held on 14 December 2016 in Mithibai College.
  • Presented a paper ‘Myriad Women's Engagement with Patriarchal Society and their Survival Strategies in the The Inner Courtyard ’ at the UGC sponsored National seminar on ‘ Gender Issues in India : Challenges and Perspectives’ on 9th -10th January, 2017 at SKC College, Alipurduar, West Bengal. The same paper was published as a collection of seminar papers in Gender Issues in India: Challenges and Strategies, compiled by Sonal Som, Published in 2017 with ISBN no. 978-93-81669-69-3
  • Presented a paper on “Chak de! India, Mary Kom and Dangal: a case study of transformational female representation and demarginalisation of women’s sports in ‘Bollywood’ cinema” at the one day multidisciplinary national conference on "Contemporary Trends in Language, Literature, Feminism and Culture" on 25 February 2017 hosted by DSPM's K.V.Pendharkar College, Dombivli (E).
  • Invited as the Guest of Honour and to present a Keynote Speech in the Student-led Seminar on 'Popular Culture in the 21st Century' which is being organized by the Department of English, Maniben Nanavati College, on the 27 of February, 2017.
  • Presented a paper on “Ecofeminism in Louise Erdrich’s Four Souls”at the National seminar on
  • Women’s Voices: Silences, Dialogues and Mediations organised by RCWS, SNDT Women’s University on 14 and 15 March 2016

Shripad Samant

  • Recognised as Post Graduate teacher by the University of Mumbai in July 2016.
  • Shripad Samant presented a paper on “The Complex Web of Relationships between Real Life,
  • Fiction and Reel Life as seen in Eric Seagal’s Love Story” at the one day National level seminar on Film and Literature held at Vivekanad Arts, Sardar Dalip Singh Commerce and Science college, Aurangabad on 27 February 2016.

Priya Joseph

  • Priya Joseph present a paper on ‘Quality Enhancing in Higher Education with Reference to NAAC Guidelines, 2017’ in One Day National Interdisciplinary conference on Sustaining Quality: NAAC – New Guidelines, 2017  on 17 February 2017 and published the same paper in Management Guru: Journal of Management Research, ISSN 2319-2429 and International peer reviewed journal in 2018.
  • Recognised as Post Graduate teacher by the University of Mumbai in July 2016.
  • Priya Joseph was invited as a judge for Kevalramani Elocution Competiton at Jai Hind College, Churchgate.
  • Presented a paper titled ‘ Plurality and Multiculturalism in Neo-Colonial Trinidad and Tobago in Earl Lovelace’s Salt ’ on 25th February 2017 at a National conference on Contemporary Trends in Language, Literature, Feminism and Culture at K.V. Pendharkar College.
  • Presented a paper on “Kanchanasita: Rereading the prototypical epic myth” at the National seminar on Women’s Voices: Silences, Dialogues and Mediations organised by RCWS, SNDT Women’s University on 14 and 15 March 2016

Shweta Salian

  • Shweta Salian presented a paper on 'Poverty, Desolation and an Indomitable Spirit for Survival: A Postcolonial Reading of Nectar in a Sieve' at the National Seminar on 'Contemporary Social Issues of Indian Society' at Smt. Parmeshwari Durgadutt Tibrewala College, 2017. Research paper also published. 
  • Shweta Salian gave a Guest Lecture on "Victorian Capitalism in The Mill on the Floss" at The M. G. Bhatr and S. S. Hoskot Memorial lectures at Kirti College of Arts Science and Commerce on 13 February 2017.
  • Shewta Salian presente a paper on “The Representation Of The Politics Of Protest In Bama’s Vanmam” at an International Conference on Literature and Protest  organized by Dept of English University of Mumbai on 3 February 2018 and paper published in Research Chronicler, an International peer reviewed journal,  ISSN- 2347-5021 May 2018
  • Presented a paper on “Repressive Sexuality in The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr. Hoffman” in International Seminar on Literature and Globalization organised by Dept of English University of Mumbai on 16-17 March 2018 and Research paper published of the same in International Journal of Innovative Knowledge Concept, an International peer reviewed journals ISSN: 2454-2415, March 2018
  • Recognised as Post Graduate teacher by the University of Mumbai in July 2016.
  • Attended a One day workshop on the Revised syllabus of FYBA Optional English, Communication skills in English and FYBCOM Business Communication at Changu Kana Thakur College of Arts Science and Commerce and Science College, New Panvel on 29th August 2016.
  • Received an invitation to give a Guest Lecture on the topic "The Tragedy of Othello: A study in the Devastating role of Jealousy and Distrust in Human Relations during the Elizabethan Age" organised by the Department of English, at Kirti College of Arts Science and Commerce on 3rd September 2016.
  • Ms. Shweta Salian completed the Refresher Course conducted by/at UGC Academic Staff College, University of Mumbai in January 2017.
  • Received an invitation to give a Guest Speaker for the M.G. Bhate and S.S. Hoskot Memorial lecture on the topic "Victorian Capitalism in The Mill on the Floss" organised by the Department of English, at Kirti College of Arts Science and Commerce on Saturday 11th February 2017.
  • Shweta Salian was invited as a judge for Round 2 of the Cascade National Debate, held by Jamnabai Narsee Alumni Association on Saturday, 31st July, 2016.
  • Published a paper on “The Revolutionary Spirit of the Subaltern Woman as Depicted in Mahasweta Devi’s “Statue”, “Draupadi” and “Choli ke Peeche”” in the conference proceedings on Perspectives on Contemporary Common Wealth Writings on 4 and 5September 2015 with ISSN no. 9384-59390-7
  • Presented a paper on “Revisiting the Influence of Nature on Poets of the Romantic Age” at an Inter-disciplinary National conference on Green Technolog and Sustainable Development: Indigenous Practices held on 26 and 27 February 2016 at Amity University Bhatan.

Dr. Sanobar Hussaini

  • Dr. Sanobar Hussaini published a research article “Reading Iconoclasm in Ismat Chugtai’s Writings” in  the journal Asian Women’s Writing, 2017.
  • Dr. Sanobar Hussaini has authored a number of University of Mumbai syllabus textbooks: Business Communicaiton for B.Com Semester I, Business Communication for Self-Finance Courses Semester I, Creative Writing for Sem III, B.M.M. and Mass Communication
  • Recognised as Post Graduate teacher by the University of Mumbai in July 2016
Publications
  • Co-authored Business Communication for Unaided Semester I. ISBN 978-93-5149-571-0. Sheth Publishers Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, 2016
  • Co-authored Business Communication F.Y.B.Com Semester I. ISBN 978-93-5149-48–8. Sheth Publishers Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, 2016
  • Co-authored Business Communication for B.Sc IT. Semester I. ISBN 978-93-5149-617-5. Sheth Publishers Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, 2016
  • Co-authored Communication Skills for F.Y.B.A. ISBN 978-93-5149-621–2. Sheth Publishers Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, 2016
  • Marsiya: Elegy to Epic. ISBN 978-93-5207-403-7. Authorspress, New Delhi, 2016
  • Feminist Consciousness and Contemporary Indian Women’s Writing. ISBN 978-93-5207-033-6. Authorspress, New Delhi, 2016
  • Published Chapters in textbook of Business Communication (I) in June 2015 with ISBN no.978-93-5149-209-2
  • Published Chapters in Workbook on Business Communication in June 2015 with ISBN no. 978-93
  • Published Chapters in Business Communication for BFM Semester I in June 2015 with ISBN no 978-93-5149-279-5
  • Published Chapters in Business Communication for FY B.Com SemesterII in October 2015 with ISBN no. 978-93-5149-373-0
  • Published Chapters in Business Communication for BFM Semester II in October 2015 with ISBN no. 978-93-5149-415-743

The most obvious career choices for English Majors are writing, publishing, journalism, and teaching. However, other less intuitive job options include positions in advertising, public relations, acting, law, business, marketing, and directing.
Our Department offers one of the most challenging majors on campus.  Our discipline lies at the heart of the University’s Core curriculum, so, every undergraduate student of Arts or Commerce has taken or will take classes with our faculty.  Our faculty teaches subjects like English Literature, Communication Skills, Mass Communication and Business Communication. We are passionate about our teaching, scholarship, and creative endeavors.

As a department our aim is that any student, who chooses to become an English major through Mithibai College, should become an active and sophisticated reader – of texts, history, and culture. From such critical reading should come engaged, incisive, and graceful writing that is capable of contributing to both traditional and contemporary discourses – from poetics to politics.

The English major concentrates on Literature. We emphasise critical thinking and composition skills, close-reading and textual analysis, methodological awareness and theoretical sophistication, historical breadth, and social awareness. Our endeavor is that the   English majors should share and exchange their critical and creative ideas with others in the hope of becoming and remaining thoughtful and active citizens – of the university, nation and the world.