Excellence in Action
The Department of English and Foreign Languages was established in May 2005 .Within a very short period of its establishment, it has been serving the five-fold objectives of Higher Education "PEARL"(Pedagogy, Extension, Application, Research and Learning).
The Department offers Post-Graduate, Post-Master's and Doctoral Research Programmes so as to cater to the needs of the students belonging to Sivagangai, Ramanathapuram Districts and other places all over India. It also offers Certificate course in French. Further, the Department has opened fresh avenues for developing command over language skills through a well equipped Language Laboratory. This Department has attracted students from China, which is a matter of pride indeed.
The Department functions with highly qualified, competent and well- trained faculty members who have expertise in their respective fields who employ modern pedagogical techniques to promote the students' skills. The Department has a well equipped library. A modern Computerized Lab has also been established at a cost of rupees fifteen lakhs. Workshops, seminars, visits and training programmes are integral part of learning experience for students and scholars.
The Department provides inclusive Higher Education opportunities by reaching the unreached through quality academic programmes in order to produce competent professionals in English and Foreign Languages irrespective of gender, location and social category.
Twelve Scholars are currently pursuing their Doctoral Research in English, of which eight are full-time Scholars and four Scholars are part-timers. There are 28 M.Phil Scholars who carry out research as a part of curricular requirement.
M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. holders from this Department get placement in schools, colleges and companies through career opportunity fares organized by the Department. Besides, they are competent to serve in Executive positions and other functional areas of management.
Opportunities to acquire fellowships from different funding agencies such as the MHRD, the UGC, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund and IGNOU have been provided to Research Scholars. Five scholars are pursuing Doctoral Research under Rajiv Gandhi National Research Fellowship (RGNRF) and one scholar is a recipient of Alagappa University Research Fellowship (AURF).
Organization of Conferences / Workshops / Symposia/ Seminars
The department promotes interaction among research scholars, experts and language specialists which is vital for sharing of experience and dissemination of innovations. Hence it organizes Conferences, Workshops, Symposia and seminars at national and international levels. Conferences on themes of significance and relevance like 'Changing Paradigms in the Teaching of English', 'Communication Skills', 'Classical Literature: East and West', 'Emerging Trends in Teaching Language and Literature', 'Trends in Modern Literature: East and West' were organized where delegates and Key Resource Persons from Canada, Bangladesh, Greece, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Oman and professors from various Universities of India shared their expertise and gave a rich literary feast to the participants.
Guest Lecture Programmes
The Department organizes Guest Lecture Programmes periodically. Experts from the universities of this country and from abroad deliver lectures on various topics. Resource persons from State Universities, California and San-Diego State University, (U.S.A), Dhofar University, (Oman), Ghana (West Africa), Singapore and Mauritius have delivered lectures on topics such as Research Methodology for English Studies, Importance of English Literature, Creativity in English and Interview Techniques, Importance of African Culture, Importance of Language Laboratory, Effectiveness of Soft Skills, Similarities between Chinese and English Languages, Importance of Learning French, Introduction to English Literature.
Dr. P. Madhan ,
Professor & Head
Department of English & Foreign Languages,
Karaikudi – 630 003,
Tamil Nadu, India.
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone No : 9442282517
The Department has a modern Computerized Language Lab with 25 computers. English laboratory works on the client server application running in LAN. It has the following modules useful for enhancing Language skills among students to make them successful in their careers.
Our Department library has a good collection of books, abridged and original literary works, reference books and periodicals related to British Literature, American Literature, Indian English Literature, Indian Commonwealth Literature, English Language Teaching and Teaching of French.
Articles in Journals : 80
Books : 09
Monographs : 03
Articles in Books : 95
Paper Presented in Seminar/ Conferences: 316
Dr. Chen Desheng,
Associate Profesor of Englsish,
Wuhan polytechnic University, Dongxihu, China
Dr. V. Nagarajan,
the first Ph. D holder form Dept. of English and Foreign Languages,
Alagappa University is working as Associate Professor and Head ,
Govt. Arts College, Karaikudi
Dr. V. Ramakrishnan,
Associate Professor and Head,
Arumugam Pillai Seethai Ammal College,
Dr. M. Venila,
Associate Profesor and Head ,
Seethalakshmi Achi College for Women,
Dr. P. Madhan,
Associate Professor and Head i/c,
Dept. of English and Foreign Languages,
The Department of English & Foreign Languages organizes English Literary Progammes regularly. The ELA conducts various competitions on Lyric Writing, Essay Writing, Debates, Interaction Meets and Elocution. The winners of the competitions are awarded prizes. The major objective of the ELA is to promote aural-oral competencies of rural learners.
This is a unique occasion regularly celebrated by Alagappa University on 21st March of every year. Eminent poets from Sahitya Academy and experts from various universities inspire the students through their enlightening lectures. Competitions are conducted on Poetry writing both in English and Tamil which help the students express their hidden poetic talents.
This year "World Poetry Day" was celebrated on March 21, 2011. Dr.S. Sudalaimuthu, Vice-Chancellor, Alagappa University presides over the function. Dr.G. Balakrishnan, former Vice-Principal, St. Joseph's College, Trichy, and Mr. Thangam Moorthy, Member, Sahitya Academy were the key resource persons who spoke on the importance of creating interest on poetry among the students.
The Department organizes Alumni Association meeting every year. The students of the department of English and Foreign Languages hail from all walks of life and always carry bright memories of the Department, as its aim is to promote a healthy, congenial and academically interactive atmosphere. The Alumni Association of the department takes initiatives in collecting data about the past students, keeping track of their academic records and achievements. The Alumni of the department are invited to offer suggestions for more effective functioning of the department based on their experiences; this interaction benefits both the staff and students in promoting better planning. Most of the Alumni are placed in Universities, Arts & Science Colleges, Engineering Colleges and Schools.
The Department conducts Parents Meeting annually. Parents are invited to express their impressions at the meeting. The faculty members strive to communicate regularly with the parents not only to keep them aware of the progress of their wards in academic subjects, but also to keep them involved in their overall performance.
Placement activity is an integral part of the Department fulfilling the manpower requirement for English Teachers by several institutions. The Department of English and Foreign Languages and the Placement Cell of Alagappa University have been jointly organizing placement programmes since the inception of the Department. Students are employed in Engineering, Arts & Science, Polytechnic Colleges and Matriculation Schools fulfilling the need for specialists in ELT.
For the first time placement initiative for language students was undertaken by Alagappa University under the aegis of its Placement Cell as per the guidelines of the then Vice-Chancellor Prof. P. Ramasamy. The Department of English and Foreign languages, Alagappa University organized a Placement Programme for the appointment of faculty members in English on 25th March 2010 at the Department of English in the University Campus. Perhaps this is first of its kind in the State as generally placement activity is confined to Management and Technology Programmes only.
Twenty three institutions including Arts & Science Colleges, Polytechnic & Engineering Colleges, Teacher Education Institutions and Matriculation Schools from Sivanganga, Trichy, Pudukkottai and Thanjavur Districts turned up to pick up faculty members required for their institutions. The large scale paucity in the availability of quality teachers of English has lead to this kind of efforts by educational institutions visiting universities for picking up qualified language faculty from the outgoing batch of PG students/M.Phil/Ph.D scholars.
The Department of English and Foreign Languages and placement cell of Alagappa University jointly organized a placement programme on 29th April, 2011 in the university campus. 12 Arts and Science and Engineering colleges and Matriculation Schools from Sivaganga, Trichy, Pudukottai and Thanjavur Districts turned out to pick faculty members for their institutions. Out of 22 students from the Department of English & Foreign Languages participated in the placement programme, 20 students got selected.
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