English

Department of English

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

Department of English came into existence with the inception of GGDSD College i.e. 1973. The Masters in English and English Honours programs have been a preferred platforms for a variety of career options, besides higher pursuits in the domain of English Literature.

Courses offered
UG Course/s Classes
General English B.A. I, II and III, B.Com. I, B.B.A. II, B.Sc. II, B.C.A. I, B.Voc. I, B.Sc. (H) Bio-Info. I, B.Sc. (H) Bio-Tech. I
Elective English B.A. I, II and III
B.A. Functional English 3 Years
English Honours B.A. II and III
Functional English B.A. I, II and III 
PG Course/s Classes
M.A. English M.A. I
ABOUT Faculty

Being one of the core departments of the college, the department of English is privileged to have a dynamic, experienced and dedicated faculty. With advanced degrees from prestigious universities, the faculty members teach classes with innovative pedagogical approaches, so as to enable the students enjoy and master the prescribed texts. There is a total number of 16 faculty members in the department.

Name of Degree Number of Faculty Members
Ph.D. 7
M.Phil. 7
Ph.D. Completed during service 3
Pursuing Ph.D. 3
Ph.D. Supervisor 1

Dr. Manisha Gangahar is an approved Ph.D. research supervisor for Panjab University, Chandigarh and is a supervisor to 2 Ph.D. Research Scholars at Panjab University.

Faculty as Members of
Board of Studies
Dr. Balraj Thapar Member, Board of Studies, Panjab University (from 1995 to 2014)
Member, Faculty of Languages, Panjab University (from 2005 to 2017)
Mrs. Ashima Dhir Member, Board of Studies, Panjab University, from 2011-13
Mrs. Pooja Sarin Member, Board of Studies, University Media School, Chandigarh University (from 2015-17)
Awards Received by Faculty
Name of Faculty Award Received
Mrs. Ashima Dhir Kulapati’s Award for standing First in Group C-3: Mass Communication Post-Graduate Diploma Examaniation, 2004
Dr Archna Sahni Toronto Doctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto 1994-1995
Toronto Doctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto 1995-1996
Simcoe Special Fellowship, University of Toronto 1992-1993
Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize Honourable Menion for E.J. Pratt Medal and Prize for Poetry
Dr Manisha Gangahar Fellowship (through MHRD) at Indian Institute of Advanced Study for 2 years (2011-13
Dr Liza Nanda Best Paper Award for paper ‘‘The Dilemma of Identity: A Study of Hindustani Culture’ published in International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities (Indexed, Peer Reviewed & Refereed Journal) Volume IV Issue V, May 2016, ISSN: 2321-7065
Mrs. Ritika Sinha Prof. S.M. Katre Memorial Award for securing highest marks in paper entitled ‘Languages of South Asia’ at MA degree examination in Linguistics
Recognition Received by Faculty
Name of Faculty Recognition Received
Dr. Balraj Thapar Gesture of Appreciation from Oxford University Press of India for receiving the sample chapter of Business Communication
Life Member MELUS-India/MELOW. The society for the study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the world
Mrs. Meera Sharma Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding contribution in the field of Education, June 15, 2010
Honored for social work at Teacher’ day by Lioness Club of Panchkula Central on September 04, 2009
Dr Manisha Gangahar Ph.D. Research Supervisor (Approved) for Panjab University, Chandigarh. (Research scholars: 2)
Ms. Poorva Trikha Gold Medal in M.Phil.(English) in 2015 from Panjab University
Mrs. Ritika Sinha NPTEL certificate by IIT Madras in collaboration with HRD Ministry for securing Rank 1 with a score of 90% in an online course (Jan-March, 2016)
Faculty Profile
Name & Email Teach
ing Exper
ience
Total No. of
Research Paper/ Chapters
in books Published
Total No. of
Books Published
Total No. of
Papers Presented
No. of Seminars
Conferences Attended
No. of Workshops
Attended
Refresher/
Orientation
Courses attended
Area of Specialization
Dr. Balraj Thapar
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D
balraj.thapar@gmail.com
32 13 6 3+1

American Literature  (Drama)

Mrs. Meera Sharma
M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed.
mks7274@yahoo.co.in
35 11 3 3+2

Poetry of Robert Browning

Dr.Arun Gaur
M.A., Ph.D
stafsarfid@gmail.com
32 2+1

Poetry of W.B. Yeats

Mrs.Madhu Sharma
M.A., M.Phil., Adv. Dip in Chinese
madhu_communications
@hotmail.com
30 10 22 2 3+1

Linguistics and Stylistics

Mrs. Pooja Sarin
M.A., PG Dip in Journalism
poojasareen@gmail.com
14 1 4 4 3+1 Linguistics
Dr. Nidhi
M.A., Ph.D.
nidhimittalfzr@gmail.com
14 3 4 4 12 3 3+1 Post Colonial & Cultural Studies
Mr. Harender Kumar
M.A., M.Phil.

(pursuing Ph.D.) harryviraat@gmail.com

8 1 3 2 0+1

Post Colonial &
Cultural Studies

Dr. Archna Sahni
M.A., M.Ed. M.Phil, Ph.D
archnasahni@gmail.com
14 19 1 6 8 5 Post Colonial &
Cultural Studies
Dr.Manisha Gangahar
M.A., Ph.D.
mgangahar@gmail.com
6 13 1 15 15 1 1+1 Post Colonial &
Cultural Studies
Ms. Poorva Trikha
M.A., M.Phil.
UGC-NET
poorva.trikha@gmail.com
3 3 2 3 4 4 Visual Studies
Dr. Richa Gaind
M.A.. M.Phil., Ph.D.
richa_gaind1@yahoo.co.in
9 6 3 1 3 3 Indian Literature
Dr. Liza Nanda
M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D
lizanandas@gmail.com
6 4 4 2 2 Post Colonial studies,
Cultural studies and
Indian Literature in English
Dr. Archana Verma Singh
M.A.,M.Ed , UGC-NET
archana.verma@ggdsd.ac.in

6 8 1 1 Indian Literature in English
Ms Gaganpreet Walia
MA, UGC-NET
Gagan.walia@ggdsd.ac.in

5 15 20 26 2 Cultural Studies/Literary Theory
Mrs Poonam Sahni
   (Guest)

INFRASTRUCTURE
  • a) Library: The library is a host to hundreds of books related to English language and literature for the development of literary thought in the students and faculty members. It is constantly updated as per the needs and the list of books provided by the department.
    Number of Books – 4155
    Number of Journals/Periodicals Subscribed to – 108
  • b) Internet facilities for Staff & Students: The campus is Wi-fi enabled. There are adequate internet facilities and a digital library. ICT enabled teaching is used supplement the lecture method. Sufficient supplementary e-resources and reading material such as books, research journals and magazines of all kinds are provided in the library to enhance teaching and learning.
    Computers with internet in digital lab – 48
  • c) Class rooms with ICT Facility: The college provides an excellent infrastructure with sufficient number of classrooms, ultra-modern auditorium, seminar halls, conference room and laboratories.
    Class rooms with ICT facility – 21
  • d) Laboratories: 01 The department of English has its own lab for Functional English course. The lab is well equipped with projector screens and audio visual aids.
  • e) EBSCO e-Book Academic Collection – 1431
    f) INFLIBNET N-LIST e-Books related to all Subjects
    g) INFLIBNET N-LIST Journal related to all Subjects

 

Department Activities / Events

The English Literary Society remains active throughout the year. Guest Lectures,debates, declamations, quiz competitions, creative writing on interdisciplinary themes make up the calendar. The department’s annual inter-college fest remains the most awaited event.

Activities of 2013-14
  • Interative session with British Novelist Sanjeev Sahota
  • Inter-college Literary Fest (2013-14).

    • Declamation contest
    • Quiz Contest
    • Creative writing contest
  • Guest Lecture by Prof. Rumina Sethi, Panjab University on “Gender Politics” (2013-14).
  • A play Refund staged by English Literarcy Club. (2013-14).
Activities of 2014-15
  • The play ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ by Oliver Goldsmith was staged on February 21, 2015
  • National Seminar Organised on ‘Representation of the Marginalized in Contemporary Literature’
Activities of 2015-16
  • National Seminar Organised on ‘Violence, Memory and Identity’
  • Noises Off by Michael Frayn was presented.