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  • Shyam Lal College (Evening)

    Department Of English

    English has been taught in Shyam Lal College Evening since its inception in 1969. The Department of English is one of the oldest and most reputed departments of the College. Its reputation has steadily enhanced over the years through the hard work of its faculty, which has traditionally combined excellence in research with a dedication to pedagogy. Though, an Under Graduate Department, the diverse specialisation of the faculty provides much-needed guidance and support to enrolled students as well as to its Alumni. Each of the faculty has, besides teaching, numerous research papers to their credit.

    ince the college caters to students from diverse backgrounds, the main strength of the department is the bilingual (in some cases multi-lingual) competence of the members of the faculty. The department organises extra-curricular activities, in addition to lectures and interactive sessions with eminent national and international scholars and writers and has been able to nurture the talents of a large number of students. 

    One of the major responsibilities of the department is to enhance the General English of the students and to make them fairly confident of using the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing which restricts their ability to be recruited to suitable jobs. The importance of the English language as a subject has increased over the years as it is a global language and students from all the Departments get to study English subjects in their undergraduate classes. Our Department plays a major role in shaping up young minds by engaging them in various activities in online as well as offline mode. Department’s dedicated staff through their hard work and commitment hone the critical skills of the students through the texts prescribed and also try to make it relevant for them to relate it with their day to day life. Apart from textual knowledge various academic activities are also undertaken to make classroom teaching engaging as well as interesting. These efforts are the reason why students from all over the country while taking admission in the college especially ask for English subject as one of their options.

    The year 2020 brought challenges in our lives due to pandemics and our department quickly adapted itself from in-room class teaching to online mode. Department, under the guidance of the University and the college, is continuously evolving innovative teaching practices so that students can be more comfortable with the transition from offline teaching to the online one. Providing e-resources, organising online presentations, screenings, webinars, online talks, various written exercises in online mode etc has become an everyday affair so that students can accommodate this sudden change as new normal. We have given a lot of importance to increasing the interest of students by encouraging and counseling them to continue their participation in online education.

    Courses taught: B.A. The programme, B.Com Program & Hons, Compulsory English to various Hons. Courses.

    Core English Language — B.A. & B.Com. Programme As 98% of the B.A. & B.Com Programme students have done English in class 12th, streaming will be now based on their class 12th marks in English. There will be three streams:

    English Language through Literature (English A– 80% and above) English Fluency (English B—60% and above up to 80%) English Proficiency (English C—less than 60%)


    English Discipline to B.A.Program students
    Generic Elective Course (GE) to Honours and Program students
    Skill Enhancement course (SEC)
    Ability Enhancement Course Compulsory (AECC) English
    These papers help the students to have an understanding of a variety of topics like Film studies, creative writing, communication skills, media literacy, gender issues, translation studies, academic writing, cross-cultural perspective etc. Not only this but the literature-based syllabus also positively impact young minds and helps them in becoming a better version of themselves.

    Email—ENGDEPT21@Shyamlale.du.ac.in

    DEPARTMENTAL ACTIVITIES

    Events in the session 2020-21
    The Department of English, in collaboration with IQAC, organised a one-day webinar “Relevance of Buddhism in India Today” on 31st December 2020 on Google meet.

    Events in the session 2019-20
    The academic session of 2019-20 began under the in-charge ship of Dr. Kusum Devi. The most important activity was giving a name to departments English Association “ELLA” – English Language and Literary Association.
    The Department of English in Collaboration with IQAC organized a one-day seminar on ‘Deconstructing Narrative Identities in Indian English Literature’ on 23 August 2019. Chief Guest of the seminar was Professor Rajkumar, Head of the Department of English, University of Delhi.

    ELLA English Language and Literary Association

    he Department of English, Shyam Lal College (E), has a very vibrant English Association that organises functions and activities on regular basis for helping students gain better understanding of not just the subjects of perusal but also of the challenges in contemporary society and times. The Association seeks to give the youth a forum to voice their opinion on issues of not just academic interest but also on those that have under social resonance.

    English Association has been organising events since its inception in 1969 but if we talk about the name ‘ELLA’, it has been given only recently. Dr. Kusum Devi, Associate Professor, initiated this name in the academic session 2019-20 when she was Teacher-in-charge of the Department. Ella stands for ‘English Language and Literary Association’ and it focusses on doing such events where student’s creativity, spontaneity and analytical thought process can be enhanced through various programmes for example creative writing competition, extempore, debates, essay writing competition, talks etc.

    Dr. Kusum Devi, the student advisor for ELLA is working towards identifying the talent, encouraging students to work with dedication and honing their leadership skills.

    Students participate in these events very enthusiastically and in large numbers and every time bar is raised in terms of talent in today’s youth. ELLA’s objective is to provide the platform to such talents and hone it in the best possible ways.

    Email—ELLA@Shyamlale.du.ac.in

    ELLA student office bearers:
    1. 1. Head, Creative Team—Megha Sharma Members— Priyanka Verma, Jaya Kathuria, Sachin Kumar Kushwaha
    2. 2. Head, Editing Team—Divya Tyagi Members— Yukti Gaba, S.Rajiv
    3. 3. Head, Technical Team—Akshat Mittal Members—Shwetank Yadav
    4. 4. Head, Promotion Team—Rinso Leisan Members—Garima, Priyanka, Rahul Yadav
    5. 5. Reporting Team— Keshav Soni Members— Muskan Jha, Raushan

    Events in the session 2019-20

    LLA– English Language and Literary Association of the Department of English under the convenorship of Dr. Kusum Devi, Teacher-in-Charge, successfully organized a program on ” Integrity: A Way of Life” in the wake of Vigilence Week (observed from 28 October 2019- 2 November 2019) on 11 November 2019.In this program students were invited to Express their views on various constituents related to Integrity like ethics, virtue, morals, trust, honesty etc. Event was judged by Dr. Preeti Shukla, Associate Professor, Department of English and Dr. Kamlesh Attri, Assistant Professor, Department of Commerce. It was acknowledged by the judges and the faculty members that the performance of the students was beyond expectation. Prizes were given to the best speakers on the basis of their language command, oratory power, analytical skills and understanding level about the term ‘Integrity’. All the faculty members of the Department were present in the program.

    Program on ” Integrity: A Way of Life” in the wake of Vigilence Week (observed from 28 October 2019- 2 November 2019) on 11 November 2019.

    Interview is such topic which is beneficial for the students of all streams be it program or honours courses and that’s why Department of English organized a lecture on ‘How to face Interview’ on 28 January 2020 for the benefit of the students.. Lecture was delivered by Dr.J.K.Bareja , Associate Professor, Department of Commerce, Shyam Lal College (Eve), who has got his expertise on career counselling and public speaking. Through power point presentation and display of various images on dressing, gesture, posture, he explained the nitty gritty of interview in such a way that not only students but teachers also enjoyed the session thoroughly. There was a huge participation from students and seeing their response, it can be rightly said that they benefitted immensely from this lecture.
    Lecture delivered on ‘How to face Interview’ on 28 January 2020 by Dr.J.K.Bareja , Associate Professor, Department of Commerce, Shyam Lal College (Eve)

    Events in the session 2018-19

    The Department of English, Shyam Lal College (E), has a very vibrant English Association that organizes functions and activities on regular basis for helping students gain better understanding of not just the subjects of perusal but also of the challenges in contemporary society and times. The Association seeks to give the youth a forum to voice their opinion on issues of not just academic interest but also on those that have under social resonance.

    As the Teacher-in-charge of the Department of English for the Academic Year 2018-19, Ms. Gauri Saxena tried to keep up the tradition and accordingly a Debate Competition on the topic “Women Are Truly Empowered In Contemporary India” was organized on 24th October 2018 by the English Association. Students of B.A. (Programme) and B.Com (Hons.) participated in the event with much enthusiasm. The event was presided over by the Principal of the College and Sh. J. K. Bareja – a very senior faculty member from the Department of Commerce and colleagues Dr. Megha Jain, Dr. Sarika Tyagi and Dr. Vatsal Singh from the Department of English judged the participants’ oratory and interjectory skills. Prizes were given to best speakers and interjectors in the debate.

    Subsequently, a ‘Poetry Reading Competition’ was organized by the English Association on 13th March 2019 of W.H. Audens’ Poetry. ‘Muse’e des Beaux Arts’ was the chosen poem for the occasion and students were judged on their expressive abilities. The judges Dr. Preeti Shukla and other colleagues Dr. Megha Jain, Dr. Vatsal Singh, Dr. Sarika Tyagi and Ms. Gauri Saxena from the Department of English had a difficult time in deciding the winners.

    entually prizes for 1st, 2nd and a joint 3rd prize were given to the deserving participants.

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