The Department of English, that offers B. A. English Language and Literature, B. A. Functional English, M. A. English Language and Literature and PhD in English was established in 1946 at St. Mary’s College, Thrissur. The Department shifted to Vimala College, Thrissur following the bifurcation of the Colleges in 1967. The Department that started functioning in 1967 at Vimala College with Sr. Mary Leo as the Head, today, stands on a foundation of rich literary, academic artistic and research endeavours, that has been moulded by the meritorious service of 24 faculty members who have completed service till date. The Heads of Departments along with the Professors have contributed much to the introduction, promotion and propagation of liberal and updated education in the College. Among the milestones of the Department are, recognition of the Department as a Research Centre of the University of Calicut in 1978; the introduction and organisation of the annual Poets’ Artiste’s Day Competition in memory of Sr. Leo, an inter-departmental contest that awards excellence in theatre and performance; regularisation of the B. A. Functional English programme in 2010; the Best Literary Artist Competition in memory of Dr. Sr. Cleopatra, an annual competition that began as an inter-departmental contest but has been expanded into an inter-collegiate event since 2018; renovation of the Language Lab into a multi-media facility - Chomsky Convergence Centre in 2018 and introduction of one year courses like Business English Certificate of the Cambridge Language Assessment Programme, Trinity GESE Exams of Trinity College, London and B. Voc programmes. The Department, a team of 17 faculty members, is presently led by the HoD, Dr Nisha Francis Alapatt.
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