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Department Of English

Highlights of the Department

  • Department of English was established in 1941. Programmes offered:
    • Undergraduate and
    • Post Graduate Programmes


    Add on Courses:


    • Certificate Course in German Language
    • Certificate Course in French Language
    • Performing Arts



    • The department aims at creating a learning environment that is conducive to the development of critical faculty – the ability to think critically and independently – and making of socially responsible and committed students who have imbibed human values and are ethical in their practices.
    • The department focusses not only on imparting curriculum based theoretical knowledge but also on sensitising students towards important issues and subjects, so that the acquired learning can translate into positive social intervention.
    • The activities of the department aim at providing learning opportunities and exposure to the students. The regular activities include poetry writing and recitation, Skit based on literary texts, research project and poster making. Apart from this the department holds varied activities to promote student participation and performance.
    • Guest lectures, seminars, interactive sessions on relevant themes are also organised.
    • Movies / documentaries are screened and film appreciation classes organised.
    • Teachers of the Department provide constant guidance – both academic and personal – to the students. Each teacher acts as a mentor to a group of students. Students share their academic and personal problems and the mentor provides counselling to the students.



    Student Profile:

    • The Department has approximately 250 students belonging to the UG and PG Core Courses.
    • Students are continuously assessed through class-room interactions, tests, quizzes, assignments, group discussions and projects.
    • The success rate of students is 100%.
    • Most of our students are well placed in good organizations and in Govt. Services.
    • Many students are working as professors in universities and teachers and principals in schools. Many of them are working in corporate sector.
    • A few students, who were selected by the companies at the campus recruitment, have been employed in foreign countries and are drawing handsome salaries.

    Our Alumni:

    • Meenakshi Mukherjee (former director, School of Languages and Linguistics, JNU) A distinguished scholar, academician, critic & writer of international repute.
    • Lakshmi Chakraverty, IAS, former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Jharkhand
    • Shashi Uban, IAS, former first secretary, Indian High Commission, Canada
    • Manjari Jaruhar, IPS
    • Mala Prasad, Allied Services
    • Shilpa Singh, Bar-at-Law, London, at present practising in Delhi High Court
    • Shinjini Kumar, former CEO, Paytm



On November 27, Department of English, Patna Women’s College organised the fourth lecture of “Reflections Lecture Series” which started as a monthly feature of departmental activity to interact with academicians and intellectuals from different spheres.
The topic of the lecture was “Capitalism and India’s Socio-Economic Structure”. The guest speaker of this lecture was ” Dr.Chirashree Das Gupta”- Associate Professor, Centre for the study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The lecture was attended by the faculty members and the students of the Department of English and by the faculty members and students from the Department of Economics as well. The lecture was too informative and insightful and got concluded with an exploratory question-answer session.

The Department of English, Patna Women’s College organised Fresher’s Day for the new batches of U.G (2021-2024) and P.G( 2021-2023) on 30th October 2021. The guests for the event were the Vice-Principal of the college, Sister M. Tanisha A.C. and Sister M. Stuti A.C. The programme started with watering of plant by the guests. A fusion of Bharatnatyam and Kathak was performed on ‘Ganesh Vandana’ by Manvi and Ipsha. It was followed by sharing of experiences of being a fresher by a student of B.A sem 1, Sakshi. A solo song was performed by Anjali followed by a skit enacted by the students of M.A. I. The skit was based on Hamlet. It presented the 21st Century Ophelia who was shown as an empowered woman who becomes the ruler of Denmark. A group song was performed by the students on the song ‘Badal pe paon hai’. Archana, a student of M.A. I shared her experiences of her undergraduate days at Patna Women’s College. A dance was performed by the students on the song ‘O gujariya’. It was followed by the song ‘O ri chiraiya’ sung by Ipsha. The next performance was by Anjali who sang the song ‘Hasi’. The last performance was Kata, a preset sequence form of karate, which was performed by Jyoti from M.A. I. She performed it on the song ‘Shiv tandav strotam’. Both the guests and the head of the department shared their views about the programme. They lauded the performances of the students and motivated them to actively participate in co-curricular activities. The event concluded with the vote of thanks which was proposed by Anam. The event was anchored by Saaleha, Sanjeevani, Shristi and Tanya. The teachers in charge Ms Apurba Paul and Ms Deepika Tiwari were applauded for their constant guidance and supervision.

The Department of English, Patna Women’s College (autonomous) organised a Parents-Teachers meeting (online) for the students of semester V on October 29, 2021 at 1:30 pm. It was attended by sixty-five participants altogether.

The meeting started with Dr.Sahar Rahman, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of English, Patna Women’s College welcoming the parents. It was followed by a powerpoint presentation which gave an insight into the mission, vision and core values of the college. The college anthem was played and then a virtual tour of the department of English was conducted.
The teachers of the department introduced themselves and shared their feedback on the overall performance of the students of Semester V . It was followed by feedback and suggestions from the parents.
The meeting concluded with expression of gratitude both by teachers and parents.

Department of English, Patna Women’s College organised the Annual Poetry Competition ‘I Write, I Recite’ on 25th October, 2021 in the Carmel Hall at 11 a.m.
The theme of the poetry competition for this year was ‘Fear’. The judges were Ms. Priyanka Pandey of Navodaya School, Sheohar and Dr Shahla Rehana, Associate Professor and Former Head, Dept. of English, Patna Women’s College. Ms Priyanka Pandey is a poet and alumnae of the department.
Total 23 students participated from both the UG and PG streams.
The winners were as follows:

From U.G.,
1st position – Vidushi Pragya, B. A. III
2nd position – Nancy Verma, B. A. II
3rd position – Amna Ali, B. A. II

From P.G. (only first year)
1st position – Vidushi Roy
2nd position – Akansha Akshara
3rd position- Srishti Kumari

Department of English, Patna Women’s College, conducted the third lecture of the Reflections Lecture Series on 4th October, 2021. The speaker of the event was Prof. Mohammad Asim Siddiqui, Professor, Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. The topic of the lecture was ‘How To Write A Research Paper? A Step by Step Guide For Beginners’. The event was organised through the virtual platform Zoom and was live-streamed on the YouTube channel of Patna Women’s College.
The lecture was followed by an interactive session. It was a highly informative and enriching session

Department of English organized an online Parent-Teachers Meet on 21st September 2021, for the students of first semester of both BA and MA programmes. The students and their parents got an opportunity to connect with the members of the faculty. The agenda of the meet was to acquaint the parents with the vision, the mission and the core values of the college. The teachers discussed the role of parents in the growth of their wards and the expectations from students. The session concluded with feedback from the parents.

On 20th September, 2021, Department of English, Patna Women’s College, conducted the second lecture of the monthly Reflections Lecture Series. The speaker was Prof. Jaydeep Sarangi, Principal and Prof of English, New Alipore College, Calcutta University, Kolkata. The topic of the lecture was ‘English Poetry in India: Texts, Contexts and Global Popularity’. The talk was organised on the virtual platform of Zoom.
The lecture was followed by an interactive session. It was an informative and engrossing session.

21st August, 2021: On the eve of Raksha Bandhan, the fifth semester students of the Department of English, Patna Women’s College participated in an eco-friendly rakhi making and display competition on the online platform of zoom at 4 PM. There were twelve entries by students who displayed their rakhis along with a write up on the materials used and the message it conveyed. The event was judged by the former Head of the Department (English) Dr Shahla Rehana. The programme began with Dr Rehana deliberating on the importance of our bond with Nature and how these Rakhis can give a strong message of restoring the broken bond between the modern man and Nature. She exhorted the students to do their bit, in small ways like making compost from kitchen waste, saving water and electricity from wastage.
All entries were beautifully creative and loud and clear in their message.
The names of the winners are:
1st Prize – code 2 (Arundhati)
2nd Prize – code 3 (Lowrin Azad)
3rd Prize – A tie between code 5 and 7.
Code 5 ( Akshita Anand, Akanksha Singh, Antra Mani, Anushree Raj, Chhavi Dwivedi, Fatma Famiya, Shubhra.
Code 7 (Simran and Manaswini)

On August 14, 2021, the Department of English, Patna Women’s College, organised a virtual event on Zoom to celebrate 75 years of Indian Independence. The theme of the event was “The Voice for Freedom”.
The event had performances like group songs, dance performances, monologues, poem recitation, paintings and speech based on the theme.
It also had a “Jaago Zara” tribute dedicated to Indian women achievers from all the fields of life. All these performances celebrated and questioned the real sense of freedom for women in India.
At the end, the teachers of the department shared their views about Independence with the students. The programme ended with the song “Saare Jahan se Accha.”

On August 6, 2021, Department of English, Patna Women’s College organised the first session of “Reflections Lecture Series” which started as a monthly feature of departmental activity to interact with academicians and intellectuals from different spheres.
The topic of the lecture was
“Indian History Criticism: History, Texts and Ideas”.
The guest speaker of the lecture was Professor Dhananjay Singh, Chairperson of the Centre for English Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Department of English organised poster competition on the Topic: INDIA WOMEN’S VOICE IN INDEPENDENT

Two lectures were organised by the department of English for students .Thr speakers were Dr Sweta Sinha for IIT Patna on the Topic _Language,Gender,Power: What not to teach in a Language classroom.
Dr Amritendu Ghosal spoke on Dissent and Conflicting waves in the History of English Literature

leadership webinar by dept. of english student

webinar attended by English students

“Tribute to Girish Karnad and Toni Morrison” and “Poetry Competition” organized by English department on 23-oct-2019

Poster making organized by Communicative English and Media Studies department on 21-10-19

Department of English organised a PPT presentation on Popular literature for BA 2nd year students on 17th October.

Orientation program for students of Dakhal which is the debating society started by the department of English.

Students of the department of English presented a skit on the life of the legendary black American writer Toni Morrison . The programme was organised by Tata Institute of social sciences to pay tribute to the author who died recently.

Department of English is involved in organising this debating society .Dr Richa is the co -ordinator of the debating society.

Parents teachers meet held on 13th July

Teaching Staff

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Dr. Sahar Rahman (HOD)
M.A, Ph.D
Postcolonial Fiction

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Dr. Shahla Rehana
M.A, Ph.D
Asian English

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Dr. Richa
M.A (English), NET, Ph.D
Sexuality, Gender & Ecology

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Ms. Nikhila Narayanan
M.A (English), NET, B.Ed
Ecology and Literature

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Sr. M. Nelsa A.C.
M.A (English)
Postcolonial Literature

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Dr. Devina Krishna
M.A (English), NET, M.Phil and Ph. D.

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Deepika Tiwari
MA(English), NET (Pursuing Ph.D)

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MS. Apurba Paul
M.A (English), NET, Ph.d (Pursuing)

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Dr. Muniba Sami
M.A(English), Ph.D