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About the Department

The Department of English (formerly the Department of English and Foreign Languages) was established on July 16, 1994 with a Diploma programme in English Language Teaching. The current two-year M.A. programme in English began in January 1997. The department offered introductory foreign language courses in German (2001), Chinese (2003), and French (2007) until the establishment of a separate Department of Foreign Languages in 2019. An M.A. programme in Linguistics and Language Technology was introduced in 2012 and a Centre for Endangered Languages, identified as the cluster head of a consortium of universities in the Northeast, was founded in 2014. A separate Department of Linguistics and Language Technology was started in 2022.

Currently the Department of English runs the following academic programmes: MA in English, Integrated M.A. in English, Integrated B.A. B Ed., and Ph.D.

The Department has been awarded the UGC’s Department Research Support-Special Assistance Programme (DRS-SAP); it is currently in the second phase (SAP-DRS II). The thrust areas are: (1) Understanding Colonial and Alternative Modernities in Travel and Life Writings in Assam and (2) Examining Asian and Indian Influences on Modern Assamese.

Vision of the Department:

A. To convert learning and research into productive social deliverables.
B. To become a leading research hub in Language, Linguistics and Literary Studies in South Asia.

Mission of the Department:

A. To develop excellence through eclectic scholarship and critical ability.
B. To enable students to critically engage beyond conventional disciplinary borders.
C. To emerge as a Centre for Modernity Studies and Translation Studies in South Asia and an archival centre for the languages of North-East India by 2030.

Program Educational Objectives:

A. To convert learning and research into productive social deliverables.
B. To train students at all levels to develop a critical idiom to integrate credible and pragmatic training with philosophical insight.
C. To develop in students a sense of social responsibility and professional commitment.
D. To create teaching-research continuum by the integration of SAP-DRS research thrust areas into the teaching curriculum.

Program Outcomes for Graduates:

A. Our programmes train the students to think through human issues, sensitize them to the layered nature of social problems and enable them to contribute to human resource enhancement.
B. While responding to literary-linguistic-cultural issues, researchers develop the critical acumen to analyze problems from an interdisciplinary and liberal humanist perspective that enables them to look for solutions with creativity and flexibility.
C. The Department's academic training provides the students with a foundation for appropriate career goals, social missions and placement in sectors such as teaching, media, industry, government service
public service and other private sectors. As skilled self employed graduates students generate job opportunities.