The Post Graduate Department of English welcomes its alumni, current and prospective students, and visitors from around the world to learn about its facilities and programmes, and to discover its range of courses, activities and events.
The Department of English was established in the year 1976 in Berhampur University. It offers a two-year Master's degree programme, Ph.D Programmes and an M. Phil programme, which were introduced in 1977. The intake is 50 students at the M.A. and 8 at the M.Phil level, respectively. The Ph.D students are enrolled each year as per the seats available with expert faculty after qualifying in the URET of Berhampur University.
The Master's degree programme is an advanced level course in English literature and Language. This is one of the few Departments in the country offering Master's level courses in English Language Teaching, Environmental Humanities, Translation and Creative Writing apart from courses in British, American and Indian Literature. Berhampur University is the only university in the state which offers comprehensive, interdisciplinary approaches in M.A and M.Phil./ Ph. D courses with Linguistics and ELT as Core components and American Literature, Ecocriticism, Ecolinguistics, Translation and Creative Writing as electives. The Course offers Professional and Academic Writing in the CBCT (Allied Elective) paper (designed for inter departmental Elective). The M. Phil programme is a research level course comprising Research Methodology, Literary theory, and offers students choice in the between Comparative Literature, Popular Literature and Ecocriticism in the Elective section of the course.
In a nutshell, courses for postgraduates and research students range from Pre-Modern to Modern British literature, Modern Indian Literature, American and World Literatures in English, Critical Theory and cultural studies focused on Dalit and Tribal texts and contexts and Environmental Humanities. Courses link students with interdisciplinary opportunities on and off campus. A distinguished series of speakers, symposia and conferences provide a context for sustained learning and debate within the humanities. The Ecolinguistics paper has been designed under the mentorship of Prof Arran Stibbe, Gloucester University, UK.
The Department has organised a number of state level, national and international seminars, conferences, Extra mural Lectures, workshops and Refresher Courses. Many distinguished national and international literary figures and noted academicians, including Nobel laureate William Golding, scholars and critics like, Leslie Fiedler, Christopher Norris (introduced Deconstruction to the Department), Al Young (noted African-American Poet), Raman Seldon, Peter Wolfe, Howard Wolfe, Valentine Cunningham, John Worthen, Valerie Miner, Dorothy Deering, Ed O'Shea, Kirsten Shands, Sissy Helf, Carole Barret, Sukhbir Singh, Padmashree Jayanta Mahapatra, Daya Dissanayake, Sunil Govinnage, Alan Johnson, Marzenna Jacubzuk, Iwona Milweska, Brenda Mehta, Arturo Davila, Patrycja Austen, Sooshilla Gopaul, Kamila Junik, Shiela Teffts, A Karunakar, Sushil Sharma, Colin O'Brien et al have visited and lectured in the Department. The Department has a distinct research culture and the faculty and Scholars are actively engaged in research and have several achievements to their credit. The Department has produced many scholars, poets and administrators of repute.
The prime objective of this Department is to prepare quality researchers and teachers in the field of English Literature and Language, both through teaching and research, to meet the demand of the state as well as the country. The objective of the Department is also to enhance the skills of the students so that they can avail myriad job opportunities in the fields of study and in related fields as well. Apart from studies the students and alumni of the department have distinguished themselves in journalism, sports, music and other co-curricular activities at both national and international levels.
The thrust area of the Department is Contemporary Literature and Green literary Studies.
List of External Mentors
Master Degree ( M.A.)
Course Tenure: Two years (Four semesters)
The two-year Master of Arts (English) course shall comprise FOUR Semesters. Semester I and Semester II shall be taught in the first year, while Semester III and Semester IV shall be taught in the second year of the M. A. Programme. Each semester shall consist of FIVE papers.
Ecocriticism and American Literature special paper programmes are being taught at the M.A. level at present.
i.The course is meant for advanced readers in the field of English Literature in particular and World Literature in general with an interdisciplinary approach and a view to helping them acquire the following:
a)Greater flexibility in understanding the cultures of different parts of the world through their literature
b)Ability to develop a diachronic understanding of how the English language has been differently handled in different generations as well as different continents and cultures.
c)Greater ability to use the English language both professionally and personally at different phases of human experience.
d)Greater ability to understand and develop competence in English Linguistics and technicalities of ELT.
e)Ability to understand ecology, sustainability and empathize with the world around
Visualized outcome of the Course
a)With an enhanced worldview through literatures in English, the students can shape into great ambassadors of literary as well as cultural exchange on a global scale.
b)The course will help promote humanistic ideals while emphasizing the need for sustainabilty, global peace and ecological well-being.
c)The course will help the students find employment in different sectors with expertise in English language and enlarged worldview.
How to Enter into the Course Programme:
Berhampur University issues an advertisement in the University website and Newspapers seeking application for admission to M.A. programmes every year before the academic session. The process of selection into the programme involves an Entrance test and other criteria fixed by the Berhampur University.
Curriculum / Syllabi
Objective: The curriculum and syllabus follow the National agenda of making Universities Centres of Excellence in research. It is meant for advanced readers in the field of English Literature in particular and World Literature in general with a view to helping them acquire:
About Course Programme
The M. Phil. Programme: The programme consists of Two Semesters namely Semester I and Semester II, each consisting of 16 credits and 400 marks. Semester I of the M.Phil programme is the coursework consisting of FOUR Papers namely Paper I, Paper II, Paper III & Paper IV each carrying 100 marks. Under Semester II of the M. Phil. Programme, a student will (i) make a Review of Research Progress through PPT carrying 100 marks against 04 credits under Paper V and (ii) submit a dissertation towards Paper VI carrying 300 marks. However, the nomenclature of the papers shall stand as noted under the Papers below
Pre-Ph. D. Coursework: The Pre-Ph.D. Coursework [one semester] shall consist of the same Four Papers namely Paper I, Paper II, Paper III & Paper IV as in the M. Phil programme, each carrying 100 marks and 16 credits in total [Same as Semester I of M. Phil.]. Note:
Core Elective: Students will have a choice of three Electives, namely, Comparative Literature, Popular Literature and Ecology and Literature. They have to choose one out of these three in Paper IV.
How to Enter into the Course Programme:
Berhampur University issues an advertisement in the University website and Newspapers seeking application for admission to M.Phil/Ph.D. programmes every year before the academic session
The process of selection involves the following phases:
Programme as per Guidelines in Berhampur University Regulations
P.G. Department of English has the following facilities for students and research scholars:
Smart Classrooms: 02
Seminar and Library:
Department has an independent Seminar library (Biyotkesh Tripathy Library) and a Seminar Hall (Toni Morrison Hall) with audio-visual system where weekly students seminar are conducted under the supervision of a Teacher-In-Charge. Department has its own library with about 4000 books and several recorded lectures, journals / newsletters.
E-Resources like ProQuest, Inflibnet from R.P.Padhi Library, of the University and access to the e-resources of IIT Kharagpur Library are available through LAN and Wifi connections in the Department and the Library.
Extra Mural Lectures by Distingushed Scholars from India and abroad enrich the students and expand their scholarly boundaries.
The department has a E-Resource laboratory equipped with internet facility. Expert teachers help the students use the facilities to learn LSRW Language skills.
The Department of English, Berhampur University, has a YouTube Channel as a repository of lectures for the use of the students of the Department and as a global outreach.
The Department institutes five Awards to encourage students and scholars,
Research Thrust Area
Research Publications 2010-2020
Seminars/Conferences/ Distinguished Lectures
Academic Training for English Teachers at Degree level from affiliated colleges under Berhampur University. 7-14 Feb. 2020