• Senior College
  • English

Brief Description of Department

The Department of English was founded in 1937, right from the establishment of the college. In the past, distinguished academics like Jnyanpeeth Awardee Prof. V. D. Karandikar, Prof. V. M. Paranjape, Dr. K. Pakrasi, Prof. K. Shri Kumar, Indian English poet Prof. I. M. Jayakar, eminent Marathi writer and translator Prof. Sadanand Rege and recently retired a renowned faculty and head Dr. Anjali Bhelande have enriched the Department, creating a strong tradition of excellence. The Department aims at sensitizing students to English Literature and to enhance their English Language skills. Apart from teaching the BA courses as prescribed by the University of Mumbai, The Dept. sometimes runs a UGC sponsored Course in Remedial English. Moreover, it hosts an annual inter-collegiate literary festival entitled ‘Mad Hatters’. It also has a Wall-magazine entitled ‘Literati’ which displays students’ creative writing in English. The Dept inaugurated its Language Lab in 2014-15. Since then, it has been offering sessions on speaking, reading and writing skills. The Dept. has its own Departmental Library which has over 600 books. It tries to inculcate a research culture among students through the use of this library and guidance by Faculty. We encourage students to make creative posters and research-based presentations at Seminars. Moreover, we use innovative teaching techniques like flip-the-classroom and project-based learning.


Course Name: BA

Eligibility: HSC Pass

  • Interactive, Imaginative & Value-Based Teaching-Learning-Evaluation
  • Student Feedback routed through IQAC
  • Use of ICT: Online Course (Moodle); TYBA Google Group;
  • Use of Language Lab + Weekly Tutorials & Remedial Work
  • Own Study Material (esp. for non-English medium learners)
  • Departmental Library
  • Active ‘English Literary Association’
  • Exclusive Annual Literary Festival, ‘Mad Hatters’
  • Special Wall-Magazine ‘Literati’
  • Talks by Experts + Career counseling + Mentoring
  • Extension Activities: Centre for Mindfulness & Well-being + Centre for Slum Studies
  • PhD Centre
Undergraduate Courses Offered by Department
Programme Name BA
Degree/Diploma/Certificate Degree
Aided/Self-Financed AIDED
Year of Starting 1937
Intake Capacity FYBA Average Total No of Students Intake= 460
SYBA Average Total No of Students Intake=400
TYBA Average Total No of Students Intake= 25
1 Arjun Sahebrao Kharat Assistant Professor and Head, Dept. of English MA, B.Ed, SET, M.Phil, PhD (In Progress) Indian Literature in English and Translation, Dalit Literature, 19th Cent. English Literature, Expertise in Ambedkarite and Buddhist Philosophy.
2 Ms. Devyani Balasra Lecturer M.A., SET 19th &20th Cent English Literature
3 Dr. Dinaz Munshi Visiting Lecturer M.A., Ph.D. British Literature


  • In academic year 2014-15 English Dept jointly with Dept. of Philosophy organized a national level seminar on ‘Sustaining Values: Ideas into Actuality’.

Workshops Organized

  • In academic year 2013-14 English Dept organized a local level workshop on ‘Creative Writing’. Israeli poet Tsippy Levine Byron was the resource person.
2012-13 Ms. Shivani Joshi ‘Teach India’ (TOI Group)
2012-13 Ms. Priyal Panchal Third rank for project on Meerabai at ‘Avishkar’-University of Mumbai
2013-14 Ms. Devyani Balsara Read a paper at Vaze college seminar on Pride and Prejudice (accepted for publication)
2013-14 Ms. Priyanka Sharma ‘Most Enthusiastic Performer Award ’ at a competition - Helen O’ Grady’s International .
2013-14 Ms. Madhuri Shankarnarayanan Third in the University of Mumbai at TYBA [ English]
2014-15 Ms. Atulita Biswas Won Flash Fiction Contest (TATA Lit. Live contest); presented a joint paper in our National Seminar on Values.
2015-16 Ms. Amrita Shenoy ‘Shield of Honour’ for exceptional academic & extra-curricular performance.
2016-17 Ms. Amrita Shenoy Vidya Bhushan Award ‘for academic excellence
2016-17 Ms. Hridaya Ajgaonkar First in the University of Mumbai at TYBA (English), Won the K Shri Kumar Rolling Trophy as subject topper in college
2016-17 Ms. Mitali Parulekar First prize for paper presentation on Shakespeare at Bedekar College .
2016-17 Ms. Arya Dhamorikar Third prize in ‘Black History Month ’ Poetry competition at the American Library.
1972 Mr. Brian Lobo Senior Vice-President Edelweiss Securities Ltd.
1977 Gangadharan Menon CEO Association of international Wealth Management of India (AIWMI),Websitewww.aiwwmi.com
1999 AshitMhaskar (Master in Labour Studies)Specialization in HRM- Mumbai University Teacher He currently teaches at Rachana Sansad.
1982 Dr. Marie Fernandes Professor and Principal St. Andrew’s College
1984 Debjani Ganguly Professor of English and the Director Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures at the University of Virginia
1989 Priti Nair Owns an advertising agency Curry-Nation Brand Conversations
• Currently some of her prestigious clients are Rasna , Loksatta , Chandrika , ACC , Colors Marathi and Kinder Joy
1989 Sharmila Umesh Principal Sharada Mandir, Goa
1990 Harish Nambiar Columnist for The Economic Times He has worked with major national English newspapers like Indian Express, The Telegraph and currently with The Economic Times.