About the Department: History and Mission

Established in 1946, the Department of English at Indraprastha College is one of the oldest in the College. Given its history, the Department has been closely involved in the growth of the College and the University, and has contributed consistently to their academic and cultural life. Home to pioneering intellectuals and path-breaking scholarship and activism in the past, the Department strives to consolidate and maintain this legacy, and holds itself to high standards in academic performance and social responsibility.

We pride ourselves in having continually engaged with questions of socially inclusive teaching and with the disparities marking access to higher education in India, which ultimately reflect larger social inequalities. Our approach to teaching is therefore strongly learner-centric to accommodate her special needs. At the same time, the Department has a history of academic excellence which is in evidence in the consistently good results of our students and in the high number of our alumnae who pursue higher studies in core and allied disciplines. It is at the intersection of these different pedagogical imperatives that we find our unique calling as an English department of the University of Delhi. 

                                                            Academic Profile, Pedagogical Aims and Learning Outcomes

The department hosts a wide range of specialisms and a diversity of research interests which are based on core disciplinary as well as cross-, trans-, and inter-disciplinary knowledge. These interests range across Translation Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Disability Studies, Postcolonial Studies and South Asian Literatures, Popular and Visual Cultures, and Film Studies, among others. Feeding into the department’s curricular and co-curricular engagement with our students, faculty research interests find a tangible expression in the practice of mentoring student papers which are presented at the annual department seminars and published in the department student journal.

As a department, we are equally engaged with concerns of pedagogy and effective teaching-learning. We work with the objective of making our students informed and skilled readers of texts – whether written or performed or visual or filmic – which reflect the complexity of the world we live in. We aim to give our students exposure to a wide array of critical perspectives and methodologies available in the discipline today, through classroom teaching, student seminars, and other academic society events. An Honours student in the department will:

§  Identify and place, in the appropriate historical contexts and frameworks of literary and intellectual history, the works of literature in English comprising the University curriculum for an undergraduate degree in the discipline.

§  Analyse prescribed literary texts for their response to social and political organisation, literary and cultural traditions, influences, and readerships or audiences.

§  Apply these categories of analysis to texts outside the curriculum, for student research papers and other academic projects.


                                                                           Our Recent Achievements


In recent years, the Department has organised two conferences which have been significant interventions in their respective research fields – a UGC funded national conference titled ‘The game’s afoot …’ Sport, Literature and Culture in 2011, and an international conference titled Revisiting Shakespeare in Indian Literature and Culture in collaboration with the Shakespeare Society of India, in 2013. Several department faculty members have also been involved in the formulation of syllabi for undergraduate courses in English at the University of Delhi.


In the last two years, giving a fillip to student research work, research papers of several of our students have been published in the department journal Inkspill, the annual edition of which is posted on our web portal.


                                                                                   Courses Taught

LOCF, CBCS B.A.(H) English [Core, DCE, AECC, SEC]; CBCS B.A.(Programme) [Language, Discipline, AECC, GE, SEC]; CBCS Other Honours Courses[AECC, GE]; M.A. (Tutorials)