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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
  • 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.
  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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.