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English Department: DSB Campus, Nainital & S.S.J. Campus, Almora

The beginnings of the Department of English at S.S.J. Campus, Almora and D.S.B. Campus, Nainital can be traced back to 1949 and 1951 respectively, when they came into being as Degree Colleges affiliated to Agra University. With the establishment of Kumaun University in 1973, they became Constituent Colleges and were elevated to the status of University Campuses in 1994.The Department offers English Language courses to UG students from across the faculties and specialised courses in English literature to UG and PG students along with research programmes in English Studies. The UG and PG courses have been designed in accordance with the guidelines of the UGC model syllabus and the focus has been to place English Studies in the Indian context. In this regard, an elective paper on Indian Literatures in Translation has been introduced at the PG level. At the same time, canonical texts of Indian writers like Kabir, Ghalib, Gandhi and others have also been included in different papers at the PG level. Translated world classics have also been made part of the PG syllabus. The focus of recent research is also on Post-Colonial Literatures. The University has already implemented the semester system at the PG and UG level from the academic session 2011-12 and 2016-17 respectively. The Department has introduced Certificate and Diploma Courses (Add-On-Courses) in Japanese and German languages from the academic session 2019-20 and plans to introduce Certificate and Diploma Courses in Spanish, Chinese and French languages in the next academic session. Admissions to Ph. D are done through an entrance test and the candidates who qualify the test are required to undergo a six months course work before beginning their thesis work.

There are about 1130 students enrolled in UG and PG courses at S.S.J. Campus, Almora and about 560 students at D.S.B. Campus, Nainital. The libraries of both the Campuses are well stocked to cater to the needs of the UG and PG students as well as the research scholars to a certain extent. There is also a central library situated in the University Administrative Block, Nainital which also has a sizeable collection of books on the subject. The Department also has audio-visual equipments as well as computer systems.

In addition to lectures, seminars / discussions are also organized for students periodically. The Department at Almora plans to introduce certificate and diploma courses in Translation and the Department at Nainital is planning to introduce courses in ELT. The Department caters to the requirement of English teachers at both the school and college level in the entire Kumaun region as well as elsewhere. The teachers of the Department are actively engaged in research and publish research papers / books, as well as participate in seminars, conferences and workshops regularly.

Head of Department (SSJ Campus, Almora)

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About the Head: Dr. Arvind Singh Adhikari, Ph. D. (b. 1967), Professor of English at Kumaun University, has thirty- one years experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate classes. He has to his credit several research publications of high standard, which include articles/ papers published in national/ international journals/ critical anthologies. He is actively engaged in supervising research; ten students have been awarded Ph. D. degree under his supervision. He has participated in forty-eight national/ international seminars/ symposiums /workshops /conferences; presented papers as well as chaired technical sessions. He has also served as a Peer-reviewer/ Guest Editor/ Associate Editor of several Magazines / Journals. Besides serving on various academic positions such as convener/ member of BOS and RDC, Faculty Board (Arts) and Academic Council; he has also contributed to the corporate life of the University as member of several academic and administrative bodies. He has also been associated as subject expert with several State Public Service Commissions and academic bodies of various Universities. He is life-member of Translators’ Association of India, Indian Association for American Studies, Indian Association for the Study of Australia and The Association for English Studies of India. His area of interest is Post-colonial Literature and Comparative Literature. He joined as University Head on 4th December, 2018 and is also Convener of Board of Studies and Research Degree Committee (English) of Kumaun University.

Faculty Members of SSJ Campus, Almora
S.No Name Designation Specialization Email Phone Photograph Academic Profile
1 Dr. Arvind Singh Adhikari Professor & Head Comparative Literature, Postcolonial Literature dradhikariengku@yahoo.com 9412909867 Dr. Arvind Singh Adhikari View Profile
2 Nirmala Pant Professor Indian English Fiction 31nirmalapant@gmail.com 9412909829 Nirmala Pant View Profile
3 Dr. Pragya Verma Asstt. Professor Indian English Fiction PragyaVerma@gmail.com 7830430930 Dr. Pragya Verma View Profile

Faculty Members of DSB Campus, Nainital
S.No Name Designation Specialization Email Phone Photograph Academic Profile
1 Dr. L.M. Joshi Professor and Campus Head American Literature 11lmjoshi19@gmail.com 9412983097 Dr. L.M. Joshi View Profile
2 Dr. Haripriya Pathak Asstt. Professor HaripriyaPathak@gmail.com 9456322283 Dr. Haripriya Pathak View Profile
3 Shivangi Chanyal Asstt. Professor English Fiction Before 20th century ShivangiChanyal@gmail.com 9675202084 Shivangi Chanyal View Profile
4 Mrs. Deepika Pant Assistant Professor (contractual) pantdeepika2@gmail.com 7060168917 Mrs. Deepika Pant View Profile
5 Ms. Deepawali Joshi Assistant Professor (contractual) deepali.joshi@gmail.com 9411387118 Ms. Deepawali Joshi View Profile
6 Ms. Prashasti Joshi Assistant Professor (contractual) 11prashasti19@gmail.com 9149218272 Ms. Prashasti Joshi View Profile
7 Mr. Shahid Hasan Assistant Professor (contractual) hasan786shahid@gmail.com 8218340539 Mr. Shahid Hasan View Profile