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Department of ENGLISH

Established in 1968, the Department of English at Jesus and Mary College offers both graduate and postgraduate degrees. One of the best-ranked departments of Delhi University, it currently has 183 students and 15 faculty members.

The faculty is well-known for its rigorous approach and uncompromising attitude, belying the common belief that English is an easy course. Regular internal assessments, class presentations, intense tutorial sessions and a packed timetable mark an average Literature student’s college life.  Luckily enough for the students, success does not come with a price. Rather, the faculty’s strict approach entitles them to a prize almost every year – The department has won the best March-Past squad innumerable times and consecutively for the past three years.

The distinguishing feature of the Department is its English Literary Association (ELA) which provides a wonderful platform to the students for exploring and experiencing canonical literatures in English as well as the emerging accents of contemporary literature. The ELA organizes and manages all the department events and seminars which include panel discussions, talks in collaboration with the DSC Prize nominees (awarded at the Jaipur Literature Fest), seminars, film screenings, academic writing workshops and non-scholastic events like Creative Writing and Short Story Writing. The Department’s annual literature festival, Literati, witnesses an ever-increasing footfall making the fest and its events a huge success. 

Students in English Department are eligible for the  following award opportunities :

Perry Banerjee Memorial Scholarship

Given to a 1st Year Student who shows academic potential and a keenness to learn, and is interested in activities like Dramatics, Elocution and Debating.

Anupama Nair Memorial Award

Given to a final year student for academic excellence combined with extra-curricular activities, especially creative writing.

Swapna Dev Memorial Award

For academic proficiency and contribution to literary activities for a III year student.

Seetha and Gopalarama Avadhani Award

Given to a III year student who has secured a first division in both I and II year, has demonstrated competence in writing skills and leadership in co-curricular/extra curricular activities of the college.

Dr. (Mrs.) Shalini Sikka Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to the best student of English Hons./ B.A.Prog. English.

The undergraduate program offers students a diverse perspective on literature, while also developing writing and analytic skills. Students have the opportunity to engage a wide variety of critical and scholarly approaches to English literatures and cultures