The Department of English is as old as the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (1949) and owes its genesis to the Baroda College (1881). The Department is at the forefront of innovative and challenging courses in English Studies. An integral part of the Faculty of Arts, it occupies a key place in the undergraduate courses of not only other departments but also other faculties. While this is so, the Department takes advantage of its autonomy in the teaching of its curricular programs at the undergraduate and post graduate level as well as research.|
The Department offers courses at undergraduate and post graduate levels as well as a doctoral program. It has an updated curriculum according to the UGC model and has introduced a 9 papers English Major course at the undergraduate level and a 10 papers program at the MA level. These courses are revised every three years. The Department also proposes to offer an M.Phil program once it gets requisite approvals.
In 2007, the Department was awarded the prestigious Special Assistance Program (Departmental Research Scheme – Phase I) of the University Grants Commission for the research project ‘Cultural Representations and the Question of Identity in the Western Region, 1960-2000’; this will extend to 2012. It has also been identified as one of the major centers in Western India for conducting Refresher Courses in English. It has successfully conducted 2 Refresher Courses since 2002.
The Department organizes Seminars, Conferences, Workshops, and Symposia on a regular basis. It is also associated with inter-disciplinary intellectual activities with various faculties within the university. The teachers are actively involved in research and publications. They participate regularly in seminars, conferences and workshops at both national and the international levels. Many of the teaching staff have been recipients of national and international awards. By way of extension work, the Department has received approval to start a Spoken English Course at the Basic and Advanced levels for the people of Baroda.