The Department of English in Mirik College came into being in 2006 and offers B.A. (Honours) programme in English as well as elective courses in English. The courses of AECC, LCC, and GE relating to English Language and Literature are also conducted by the Department.
The Department has recently a smooth sailing phase: it has five fully committed and dynamic professors, the number of books for the students of English Language and Literature in College Library is adequate, the regular classes are well-attended, the student-teacher academic interactions inside and outside classrooms are always very frank and friendly. The college being nestled at hilltop amidst the green lustre of wild forest under the shiny azure sky dappled with flecks of clouds has the glass-rimmed departmental class-rooms as heavenly chamber. In a unique ambiance academic activities are held in lovely and lively mood when the sunshine, cloud and fog play hide-and-seek, sudden gust of wind rustles the class-doors, the vibrant beauty of rolling Tea gardens beckons from far and wide, and panoramic view of the majestic Kanchenjunga enchants all around.
Why should one study English Language and Literature?
No one can deny the importance of English in contemporary times since it is the second most spoken language in the world and the lingua franca in many professions. The students of the department have huge potentiality to shine in diverse professional fields such as academics, administration, journalism and banking.
After an MA in English students can sit for the UGC NET examination, and on passing the same opt for a PhD in a relevant branch of study. This would be their doorway to a teaching position in a College or a University.
The professional aspect of this discipline is not simply confined to teaching as a career. The fast-paced globalised world of today has opened up a Vista of opportunities creating a surge in demand for English graduates in the Service Sector of the economy. This English graduates can carve out niches for themselves in the areas of advertising, journalism and IT/ ITeS sectors in the capacity of editors, translators, Relationship Managers, Creative Personnel, and Subject Matter Experts. To add examples of successful advertising tycoons who took up the creativity offered by their training in this discipline, one can think of names like David Ogilvy. Successful writers included in university syllabi like Mahesh Dattani and Salman Rushdie also began their career in advertising.
Apart from the conventional lecture method, the department encourages the learning students through involving them in group discussion, short paper presentation and co-curricular activities.
Outside the classroom the department is always in touch with the students through online classes, WhatsApps group and other social media group.
The teachers keep an eye on each student’s weakness and strength in respect of study and preparation of University exams.
The students also keep constant touch with the department after graduation for any academic counselling.