Department of English


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.

UG Courses 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
M.A. EnglishM.A. I
PG Courses Classes

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)
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
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)
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 33 13 6 3+1 American Literature  (Drama)
Mrs.Madhu Sharma M.A., M.Phil., Adv. Dip in Chinese 31 10 22 2 3+1 Linguistics and Stylistics
Mrs. Pooja Sarin M.A., PG Dip in Journalism 15 1 4 4 3+1 Phonetics and Linguistics
Dr. Nidhi M.A., Ph.D. 16 3 4 4 12 3 3+1 Post Colonial & Cultural Studies
Mr. Harender Kumar M.A., 8 1 3 2 0+1 Post Colonial & Cultural Studies
Dr. Archna Sahni M.A., M.Ed. M.Phil, Ph.D 15 19 1 6 8 5 0+1 Post Colonial & Cultural Studies
Dr.Manisha Gangahar M.A., Ph.D. 7 13 1 15 15 1 1+1 Post Colonial & Cultural Studies
Ms. Poorva Trikha M.A., M.Phil. UGC-NET 4 4 2 3 4 0+1 Visual Culture
Dr. Richa Gaind M.A.. M.Phil., Ph.D. 10 6 3 1 3 3 0+1 Indian Literature
Dr. Archana Verma Singh M.A., Ph.D. 6 8 1 1 Indian Literature
Dr. Liza Nanda M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D 7 4 4 3 7 03 Post Colonial studies, Cultural studies and Indian Literature in English
Ms Gaganpreet Walia M.A., 5 15 20 26 2 Cultural Studies/Literary Theory
Ms.Divya Parmar M.A., 4 2 2
Ms.Nitika Garg M.A., M.Phil, 2 4 2 2 Indian Literature
Ms.Ritika Sinha M.A. English, M.A.Linguistics, 3 4 2 2 Linguistics & ELT
Ms. Bhavneet Kaur Kang M.A., M.Phil 3 Linguistics, Cultural Studies
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
  • 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.
  • EBSCO e-Book Academic Collection – 1431
  • INFLIBNET N-LIST e-Books related to all Subjects
  • 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.

  • Speak Your Mind’
  • Nursery of Thoughts
  • English Play ‘Rumours’ penned by Neil Simon was staged by students.
  • National Seminar Organised on ‘Violence, Memory and Identity’
  • Noises Off by Michael Frayn was presented
  • 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’
  • 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).
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