Semester system with internal assessment is followed. Distinction, I class, II class and Pass class are awarded on the basis of percentage of marks. Efforts are on to introduce Choice-based credit system.
A BRIEF PROFILE OF THE DEPARTMENT Introduction
The Department of English is one of the first four departments started in 1967 by Osmania University at its P G Centre in Warangal. It has got a strong foundation laid by the scholars from the parent department. Since its inception, the Department has made significant strides as a centre of academic excellence. The Department organized its Silver Jubilee Celebrations in January 1993.
The Department has eight
Professors (Prof V. Gopal Reddy, Prof M. Rajagopalachary, Prof G. Damodar, Prof P. Shailaja, Prof M. Rajeswar, Prof V. Srinivas, Prof K. Purushotham, Prof S. Latha), two
Associate Professors (Ms. E. Renuka, Mr. K. Damodar Rao), and four
Assistant Professors (Dr B. Krishnaiah, Ms. Nirmala, Dr M. Prabhakar, Ms. B. Deepajyothi) as on today. Though eight Professors (Prof S. Laxmana Murthy, Prof A. Jaganmohana Chari, Prof C. Varada Chary, Prof D. Ramakrishna, Prof P. Shiv Kumar, Prof K. Indrasena Reddy, Prof T. Vinoda, Prof J. Yellaiah and Prof P. Mallikarjuna Rao) have retired from the Department, their services have been still made available for the department. Three
teachers have been working on contractual basis
(Dr V. Rajasekhar and Mr G. Mallesh at the University Arts and Science College, Subedari, Warangal, and Ms. N. Veena at University Engineering College, KU).
In recognition of the valuable services rendered by the teachers of the Department, Prof S. Laxamana Murthy, Prof P. Mallikarjuna Rao, Prof. M. Rajagopalachary and Prof. G. Damodar were honoured by the Government of Andhra Pradesh with the Best Teacher Award in 1987, 2000 and 2009 respectively. Prof. M. Rajagopalachary received the Best Teacher-Researcher Award in 2006 on the occasion of the Formation Day of Kakatiya University. He won a UGC Career Award to work on a Major Research Project entitled “Modern Schools of Criticism: An Indian Perspective” during 1986 - 89. He won several awards including the Man of the Year Award from the American Biographical Institute. Mr. K. Damodar Rao won a prize from the Central Sahitya Akademi for his literary translation of N. Gopi’s poems on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Akademi’s bi-monthly, Indian Literature.
Prof. S. Laxmana Murthy visited the Duke University, and the University of Missouri, USA on Fullbright fellowship in 1984. Prof P. Shiv Kumar went to study at the Hebrew Union College, USA on Scheuer Fellowship in 1976-77. Prof. D. Ramakrishna received a Fullbright Fellowship in 1992 to visit the University of Texas and the City University of New York, USA. Dr M. Rajeshwar was awarded a Junior Fellowship by the Department of Culture, MHRD, Govt. of India, in 1998 to work on a project entitled “The Discovery of Regional Language Fiction: A Study of Ten Major Telugu Novels.”
Visits to the Department by Eminent Scholars
: Prof. Esthor Dubin (UK), Prof. Lynn Innes (UK), Prof. Abdul Rajak Gurnah (UK), Prof. Louis James (UK), Prof. Claudio Gorlier (Italy), Prof. Joel Kuortti (Finland), Prof. Alessandro Monti (Italy), Mr. Ngugi wa Thiong’o (Kenya), and Dr. Christopher Rollanson (UK).
Indian: Prof C.D. Narasimhaiah (Mysore), Dr. Mulk Raj Anand (Bombay), Dr. DVK Raghavacharya (Guntur), Prof Sisir Kumar Ghose (Calcutta), Prof K. Krishna Moorthy (Dharwar), Prof. U.R. Anantha Murthy (New Delhi), Mrs. Mahasweta Devi (Bengal), Prof. Meenakshi Mukherjee (Hyderabad), Prof. P.C. Kar (Baroda), Prof. Shiv K. Kumar (Hyderabad), Prof. Nissim Ezekiel (Bombay), Prof Bh. Krishna Murthy (Hyderabad), Prof. S. Nagarajan (Madras), Prof Mohan Ramanan (Hyderabad), Prof. K.R. Prema Nandakumar (Srirangam), Jasbir Jain (Jaipur), Somadatta Mandal (Shantiniketan), RK Dhawan (New Delhi), Manju Jaidka (Punjab).
At present, the M. A. English course is offered at the University College besides three Constituent Colleges and four Affiliated Colleges of the University. The Department offers courses with specialization in Linguistics, ELT, American Literature, Commonwealth Literature, Stylistics, Indian Writing in English, Literary Criticism, Women’s Studies, Classics in Translation and Post-colonial and Afro-American Literature among the electives. It provides a fairly good audio-visual back-up to teaching with the help of software from its own collection as well as from the British Council and CIEFL. Audio and video sessions are regularly conducted synchronizing with the topics covered in the regular classes.
The faculty members are actively involved in serious research and all of them have research degrees of M. Phil. and Ph. D. The teachers have been guiding the students for M. Phil and Ph. D degrees in contemporary literature on thrust areas like Post-Colonial Literatures, Indian Writing in English, English Language Teaching, British Literature, Translation Studies, Women Studies, Literary Criticism, Comparative Literature and American Literature. As on today, as many as 103 candidates have obtained Ph. D degrees from the Department and 131 candidates have got M. Phil degrees under the supervision of the staff. The Silver Jubilee Celebrations of the department were held on a grand scale in January 1993. To commemorate the occasion a Souvenir and Abstracts of Kakatiya Dissertations in English Studies (KDES) were published. KDES has referential value as a compendium of research work done at the department during 1976-1992. The work is being updated at regular intervals.
The teachers have also translated noted works of this region from Telugu into English and vice versa. The students are also encouraged to take up translation of Telugu literature into English.
Translation and Editorial Work
Apart from regular teaching and research, the faculty of the department has been active in the areas of translation and editing journals and anthologies. Prof S. Laxmana Murthy, a polyglot, rendered some English poems into Telugu and some Sanskrit writings into English. Prof A. Jaganmohana Chary captured the soul of vernacular masterpieces including Sri Sri’s Mahaprasthanam into English. Prof M. Rajagopalachary translated Prof. K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar’s book on Mother into Telugu. He has translated Ravoori Bharadwaja’s story, “Naakoo Devuni Choodalani undi” into English. He is a regular contributor of translations of extracts from the writings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother to Akhila, a journal brought out by Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry in Telugu. He was Associate Editor of Kakatiya Journal of English Studies for three years. He served as the editor and course-writer for the study material for M.A. students of Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University, Kakatiya University, Nagarjuna University and SV University. He edited with Mr. K. Damodar Rao the Kakatiya Dissertations of English Studies. Prof G. Damodar, Ms E. Renuka, Dr M. Rajeshwar, Dr V. Srinivas, Mr. K. Damodar Rao, Dr K. Purushotham, and Dr K. Kumar have published poetical and fictional Telugu works in English translation. Prof G. Damodar translated Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona into Telugu and a few Telugu poems into English. About 110 of Mr. Damodar Rao’s poetry translations and 10 short story translations have appeared in prestigious journals as Pratibha India, New Quest, Indian Literature, Haritham, The Literary Half-Yearly, Revaluations, Kavya Bharati and Replica. Besides, he was the Associate Editor of Kakatiya Journal of English Studies for seven volumes. He was the Resident Editor of Revaluations for three volumes. Dr K. Purushotham has published his translations of about 100 Telugu poems and 3 short stories. Prof P. Mallikarjuna Rao, Prof J. Yellaiah, Dr M. Rajeshwar, Dr V. Srinivas have edited KJES during their Headship. Dr M. Rajeshwar edited the prestigious literary quarterly The Atlantic Literary Review published from New Delhi.
Centre for English Language Training (CELT)
In December 2005, the University established Centre for English Language Training (CELT) with 40 multimedia PCs. The CELT offers courses in Spoken English and Soft Skills to not only UG & PG students but also the employees, housewives, and others. So far the CELT has organized 24 short term programmes in Spoken English and Communication skills, of two months’ duration each with an intake of 40 students in each batch. Five batches of classes were conducted for DSC examination in English. The centre has plans to start remedial courses for the disadvantaged sections of the society with the funds from the UGC.
Courses for the Socially Disadvantaged
From time to time, the Department has also been offering courses and programmes to serve the needs of select sections of students and scholars. Some of them include: a) English for the Socially Disadvantaged b) Remedial Teaching c) Workshop on Situational English for the outgoing undergraduate students, d) Workshop on Creative Writing and Translation for the gifted students and seminars on different themes.