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The Department of Postgraduate Studies and Research in English, St Aloysius College (Autonomous) was established in the academic year 2008 -09. The department has NET qualified, experienced and competent staff and the key thrust area of the department is research and NET. Keeping in mind the changing trends, the department offers papers on the Literatures of Britain, America, Asia, Africa and America, Cultural Studies, Language, Literary Theory and Criticism. It trains its students for teaching, NET, research and the industry and strives to provide them with an all-round development. As the focus area of the department is on research, it organises seminars, encourages research projects, paper presentations, and paper publications by students and faculty.

To impart comprehensive knowledge of the various aspects of English Literature through a competent and cutting-edge curriculum and to prepare the students for various professions.
 make the students competent in the linguistic performance by focusing on skill acquisition through peer teaching-learning, tutorials, practical sessions and soft skills in the regular curriculum.
To train the students in the methods and skills of independent academic and research work through projects, class reports, assignments, seminars, research papers and projects.
To organize intellectually stimulating programmes, workshops and seminars every year on various topics in English literature.
To encourage students to take projects, and to research and document the work and present research papers at research seminars.
To expose the students to the imperatives of careers by training them in various fields including preparing them for the NET exam.

Career Opportunities
Opportunities available for the students of English are numerous. 

To take up competitive examinations like IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS and State and Central Government jobs. Records show that many of those who have proved successful had taken English Literature as one of the Optional. KAS class I and class II officers can choose English as one of the optional which is a scoring subject.
Reserve Bank, State Bank, Nationalised Banks, Cooperative Banks and Private Banks recruit their officers through competitive examinations where General English (objective and essay type) is a compulsory paper and M.A. English students are at a vantage.
Airlines, Railways, LIC, GIC and P&T select their officers through examinations with English as a compulsory paper and students of English language and literature have a definite edge over others.
Public Relations and HRD officers need to have effective communication skills and mastery in Spoken English and students of English Literature and Communication will be preferred over other candidates for their mastery over the language.
Advertising and Journalism fields extensively employ M.A. English students.
Publishing Houses need candidates proficient in English.
Teaching at various levels (Universities, Colleges, Pre-university Colleges) requires candidates with English at Post-Graduate level.
Medical colleges, Engineering colleges and Para-medical colleges need English teachers with post-graduation in English.
Various IT companies require Postgraduates in English to work as instructional designers, content writers, language editors and so on.

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The entire course shall consist of FOUR semesters with 18 weeks per semester which will include teaching, seminars, tutorials, assignments, open tests and examinations. The total credits for the entire course is 92 credits. All the hard core papers are for 5 credits each, with exception of the Project which is 4 credits. All soft core papers are for 4 credits while the open electives are for 3 credits. All the hard core papers are mandatory while the students will have an option for their soft core papers and open electives as per the regulations of Mangalore University and the college.
Evaluation system
Continuous Internal Assessment : 30 marks
End semester exams: 70 marks

I Semester (Hard core 3 papers and Soft core 2 papers)
PH 121.1- Paper I: Chaucer to Cromwell
PH 122.1 – Paper II: The Restoration to the Neoclassic
PH 123.1 – Paper III: Literary Criticism
PS 124.1 – Paper IV: Linguistics
PS 125.1 – Paper V: Children’s Literature
PS 126.1 – Paper VI: Ecocriticism
Total Credits: 23

II Semester (Hard core 3 papers and Soft core 1 paper and open elective 1 paper)
PH 121.2 – Paper VII: The Romantics and the Victorians
PH 122.2 – Paper VIII: Literary Theories
PH 123.2 – Paper IX: Research Methodology
PS 124.2 – Paper X: Indian Writing in English
PS 125.2 – Paper XI: Popular Culture
PO 126.2 – Paper XII: Language Competency and Communication Development
PO 127.2 – Paper XIII: Literature and Cinema
Total Credits: 22

III Semester (Hard core 2 papers and Soft core 2 papers and open elective 1 paper)
PH 121.3 – Paper XIV: Twentieth Century British Literature
PH 122.3 – Paper XV: English Language Teaching
PS 123.3 – Paper XVI: Cultural Studies
PS 124.3 – Paper XVII: American Literature
PS 125.3 – Paper XVIII: Indian Literary Criticism
PO 126.3 – Paper XIX: Reading and Interpretation of Literature
PO 127.3 – Paper XX: Indian Diasporic Fiction
Total Credits: 21

IV Semester (Hard core 2 papers and one Project and Soft core 3 papers)
PH 121.4 – Paper XXI: Postcolonial Studies
PH 122.4 – Paper XXII: Twentieth Century World Literatures
PH 123.4 – Paper XXIII: Project
PS 124.4 – Paper XXIV: Gender Studies
PS 125.4 – Paper XXV: Literature from the Margins
PS 126.4 – Paper XXVI: Indian Literatures in Translation
PS 127.4 – Paper XXVII: European Fiction and Drama
Total Credits: 26 Grand Total: 92

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Academic and Research
One of the special skills that the department offers lies is in the tie-up with St Aloysius High School. The second year students undergo a mandatory teaching practice with these students.
The department has MoU with other colleges for faculty and student exchange programme and both staff and students have regular interaction on academics.
The students have to mandatorily present or publish at least one research paper at conferences by the time is course is over. The department helps the students in this initiative.
The department also organises an annual study tour.
It conducts an annual national seminar/workshop.
It has a departmental Library with more than 500 books.
Guest Lectures on areas other than English Literature are organised.

Activities of the Department
2015 -16
Lithosphere inauguration – 7/8/15 was done by the novelist, Mr MadhavWarrier, his guest lecture on “Creative Writing”.
Toastmasters demo meeting – 26/8/15 was conducted for the students by the members of Milagres Toastmaster’s Club
Guest lecture – “The Book of Job: The Philosophy of Suffering” – Rev Sandeep Theophil was held for the first years on 7/9/15
Scribblings – An Anthology of Poems composed by the first and second years was released on February 24th 2016
The department had signed a MoU with St Agnes College (Autonomous), PG Department of English for staff and student exchange program. In September 2015, this was initiated.
The Annual Educational tour to Hyderabad was held from November 21 -28 with a visit to EFLU and interaction with faculty

2016 -17
Lithosphere association was inaugurated by Ms Sonya Karkerra on August 23rd. A guest lecture on “The Importance of ‘Reading’ in Literature” was held that day
Dr Vishanz Pinto held a guest lecture on “Migration of the Catholic community in DK” was held on September 23rd
Fr Cedric Prakash SJ held a guest lecture on “Human Rights and Literature” on October 14th
Annual study tour to Ahmedabad and visit to IIM –A
The students recorded 3 programs for AIR ,The students recorded a variety entertainment program on the theme, “Education”, a debate on “Does Technology destroy Imagination?” and a talk on “Hardwork vs Smart work”

Students bagged the first and second prize in the paper presentation competition conducted by PG Department, St Agnes College (Autonomous) Mangaluru, at the seminar, “Ireland and the Indian Colony: An Intercollegiate Seminar” on February 4th 2016
Three students presented papers at the national seminar on “English Literature in the Digital Era” held on 12/02/2016 Pondicherry Central University, Pondicherry.
28 students presented papers during the department seminar on “Dislocation, Identities, Multiculturism and the Diaspora” held on February 24, 2016
10 students participated in the Two day UGC sponsored national seminar on Social
Sciences and Social Development at St Aloysius College on 12 & 13 February 2016
Lithosphere conducted programs for AIR on five different occasions- The first was a debate was aired on 3/10, A radio play was aired on 26/9, A Konkani variety entertainment programme, Individual programs by 02 students.

2016 -17
02 Students presented papers at RENGCONF2017, a two day international conference on “(His)tory, Her-Story and Other Narratives: Revisions and Re-Interpretations in Story Telling” held at Reva University by the School of Arts and Humanities, Bangalore
03 participated in the “National Workshop on Script Writing – Shooting Stars” held at St Aloysoius College , Chief Guest – Anjali Menon
04 students participated at the Regional fest “Psychwrite” held at St Agnes College (Autonomous) Mangalore
02 students participated in “The Hindu Debate Competition” held at Alva’s College, Moodbidri
07 presented papers at the International Seminar on “New Feminist Writings: Emancipation to Representation” held at Pondicherry Central University
27 students presented papers during the department seminar on “Approaches and Systems: Understanding the Child and Children’s Literature”
03 students were the Student Resource Persons at the workshop on “Quality of Higher Education: A Student’s Perspective held at Nirmalagiri College, Calicut
Students had their tiny tales published on “Terribly Tiny Tales” and “Unarmored Knight” and short stories published on Pradhilipi Blog.

On January 8 and 9, 2010, the department in association with Under Graduate Department of English, St. Aloysius College, conducted a national level workshop “Nationality , Language and Culture, “Contestations in Contemporary Writing”.
The department also conducted aliterary-cum-cultural fest, “EngQuest Twenty10” on February 19, 2010.

On January 8 and 9, 2011, the department in association with Under Graduate Department of English, St. Aloysius College, conducted a national level workshop on “Contemporary Indian Drama”. Mr. Mahesh Dattani, the internationally renowned playwright was the resource person. There were 78 out station participants for the workshop. The workshop concluded with a 45 minute interaction between Mr. Dattani and the students of the department.
The department also conducted its annual literary-cum-cultural fest, “EngQuest Twenty11” on February 26, 2011. This program which included a university level cultural fest had 07 teams from in and around Mangalore participating in it.
In the evening a ballet on the works of Rabindranath Tagore was organized in association with the local Bengali community. The participants of this program included members of the local Bengali community and the students of the college. This two hour long program was opened to the public and was witnessed by around 500 people.

A One day National level seminar on Indian Women Writers in English was held on February 18th 2012. The key speakers included the famous author, Ms. Giselle Mehtaand the noted academician, Dr Meena T Pillai from the University of Kerala. Over 150 participants took place in the seminar from Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur and Kerala.

A one day National Seminar on “Contemporary ‘Feminisms’ in India” held on January 23rd 2013 – 150 participants
A one day National Seminar on EOFL was conducted on February 16th in association with Cambridge University Press – 75 participants
The first SC Frank Centenary Endowment Lecture under the ageies of the college and the department was held on March 13th 2012 – 175 participants.

A one day National Seminar on Translation: A Transcreation was conducted on February 17th – 125 participants
The second SC Frank Centenary Endowment Lecture under the ageies of the college and the department was held on February 17th – 125 participants.

One Day National Seminar on “Revisiting Shakespeare: 450 Years” on February 19, 2015.
The seminar also witnessed The Third Annual Late Shri S.C Frank Memorial Endowment Lecture.

One day National level seminar on “Dislocation, Identities, Multiculturism and the Diaspora” was held on 24/02/16 in collaboration with Pan Macmillian India, Dr Kunal Basu, Reader at Oxford University and noted author was the Keynote speaker
The Fourth Annual Shri Late SC Frank Endowment Lecture was also held that day .

One day National level seminar on “Approaches and Systems: Understanding the Child and Children’s Literature” was held on 03/03/17
The Fifth Annual Shri Late SC Frank Endowment Lecture was also held that day.

Dr Melisa M Goveas
HOD and Asst Prof
MA, MPhil, PhD, NET
Area of Specialisation: Literary Criticism and Theory, Postmodern Fiction

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Girish N
Assistant Professor
Film Studies, Literary theory and Cultural Studies

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Catherine Shilpa X
Assistant Professor
MA , MPhil, NET

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Diana Jose
Assistant Professor