Department Profile


A commitment to the imparting of education and training of national standard, and persistence in striving for excellence in an effort to reach our ultimate goal of meeting international standards in English Studies in Sardar Patel University.


  • Catering to the needs of the region for which we were created by our rural-based University
  • Revising our curricula, initiating necessary changes in teaching and learning processes, materials and evaluation practices at regular intervals, to be in tune with the current trends both at the national and international levels.
  • Adding regularly the most current and upcoming areas of knowledge to our curricular framework in order to strengthen teaching and research in English Studies.
  • Exploring possibilities for establishing linkages with other academic institutions of importance at the national and international levels with a view to facilitating a free-flow of knowledge.
  • Fostering association with alumni and interaction with the industry and service sectors from time to time to update ourselves about the changing needs for mutual benefit.

Our Resolve

Our resolve is to remain steadfast in our commitment:
  • to make our modest contribution to the society by designing and implementing short-term, need-based Courses in English, including English for Specific Academic Purposes for all levels
  • to translate literatures published in Indian Languages after the 1970s, especially those in Hindi and Gujarati into English
  • to undertake research in new and upcoming areas, and to continue assisting the Universities, like IGNOU, BAOU, sister institutions, sister universities in the state, the UGC, various Public Service Commissions including the Union Public Service Commission, industry etc by providing expertise when called upon to do so.

A peep into the past

  • We would like to revisit two interesting developments leading to the establishment of Sardar Patel University in 1955 and the Department of English by it in 1958 in its proper historical perspective. The Mahagujarat Movement was at its peak in mid-1950s.
  • The bifurcation of the then Bombay Province into Gujarat and Maharashtra had begun to appear to be a distinct possibility. Our leaders had the foresight to envision that the state of Gujarat, as and when it was carved out of the province, would need new institutions of higher learning and new universities to take care of its needs.
  • Driven by their missionary zeal, they responded to this new felt need by taking the initiative of establishing Sardar Patel University as a rural-based university in 1955. One of the immediate felt needs was an institution of higher education, a Postgraduate Department of English, which would impart instruction and training in English not only as a specialisation but also as an important component of the curricula.
  • This was based on an indigenous model of education, in anticipation of and in preparation for fulfilling the needs of the region for English Studies as it were before the founding of the state of Gujarat on 1 May 1960.
  • We do feel grateful and extremely honoured in having had the privilege of being among the first few Departments to be established by our University in its early years of existence. It was our good fortune that the Department was blessed with three scholar-administrators as Heads in the first 50 of its more than 53 years of existence. These men of great vision helped build the Department and brought it to the enviable position it occupies today not only within the state but also in the western region and at the national level.

Work in the Department in the Last Eight Years: July 2008-June 2016

The Department, currently headed by an alumnus of the Department, could represent its case successfully before (a) the UGC XI-Plan Visiting Committee and could get substantial funding sanctioned; and (b) the NAAC Peer Team took note of our good work on various occasions, twice when it paid a visit, and the third time when the university went in for a successful appeal against the grade awarded in 2008-09. We organised and directed (1) the Fifth UGC SAP-DRS National Seminar under Phase-I in March 2009, (2) State-level Golden Jubilee Seminar funded courtesy our self-finance programme in March 2009; (3) the First UGC SAP-DRS National Seminar under Phase-II in February 2010; (4) the Second UGC SAP-DRS National Seminar under Phase-II in January 2011; (5) Literary Theory and Research: Present and Future (exclusively for research scholars) in February 2012; (6) the Third UGC SAP-DRS National Seminar under Phase-II in January 2012; (7) the Fourth UGC SAP-DRS National Seminar/Roundtable under Phase-II in March 2013, and (8) the Fifth UGC SAP-DRS National Seminar/Roundtable under Phase-II in February 2014. 

We defended the work done by the Department under UGC SAP-DRS (Phase-I) before the UGC Review Committee in September 2009, and won the award of Phase-II of the Programme, and completed it on 31 March 2014. The main reason why we could not win Phase-III was we did not have the mandatory teaching staff of 6 when the presentation was made. We succeeded in getting funding as seed money for two innovative programmes, i.e. PG Diploma in Teaching of English and PG Diploma in Translation Studies, from the Commissionerate of Higher Education, Government of Gujarat. This is a unique achievement in our history as a Department. We assisted the University in (a) organising two workshops on the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) on 22 January 2010 and 22-23 April 2010; (b) coordinating work on the redesigning of the Masters level courses in the Faculty of Arts in the university under the CBCS from January to May 2010 on a mandate from our then Vice Chancellor; and (c) Six-Week CELT Project for Training PhD/MPhil Scholars in Speaking and Writing English as our Honourable Vice Chancellor’s initiative (6 May 2013 to14 June 2013).

We take legitimate pride that we could host the 57th All India English Teachers’ Conference between 21 and 23 December 2012 successfully despite a shrunken faculty strength of 05 teachers! Fortunately, we were able to add an Assistant Professor from 30 June 2016 onward.

Heads of the Department

  1. Professor Ramesh Ambalal Dave (From 15.06 1958 To 26.02.1986)
  2. Professor Kirtinath Dattatreya Kurtkoti (From 27.02.1986 To 05.11.1988)
  3. Professor Daya Shankar Mishra (From 06.11.1988 To 29.06.2008)
  4. Professor Javed Hussain Khan (From 30.06.2008 To 30.9.2017)

  • Our founder Head, Professor RA Dave, deserves the credit for laying a strong foundation for the Department.
  • True to his fondness of John Henry Newman’s magnum opus “The Idea of a University”, which would often figure in his interaction with his students, he had a clear vision of what a university was, and what a university department ought to be and be able to do. This enabled him to introduce courses in Shakespeare Studies, Literary Forms, Literary Criticism, English Literature, American Literature, Modern English Usage, and World Classics in Translation.
  • He equipped the Department with a good library in the form of our Emerson Library, which has since been shifted to the Bhaikaka (University) Library. He had a major role to play as a one-man Department in helping equip the Bhaikaka Library with the initial collection of books related to English Language and Literature in his long tenure of 28 years as the Head.
  • He established the Library of Sound, initiated the PhD and MPhil programmes, introduced instructional programmes like study-aids, and directed the first UGC Summer Institute in English Language Teaching in 1985 before superannuating in February 1986.

  • Our second Head, the late Professor KD Kurtkoti, an eminent scholar-critic, much celebrated in his home state of Karnataka as the TS Eliot of Kannada Literature, had a very short tenure of 2 years and 8 months.
  • However, this revered scholar used his foresight as an academician to update courses in Literary Criticism at the MA and MPhil, introduced Modern English Language and Linguistics, English Language Teaching in Higher Education, Contemporary European Fiction, and Indian English Literature at the MA.
  • He organised and directed two UGC Summer Institutes in English Language Teaching in 1986 and 1987 with the last one being an Advanced Summer Institute. He joined hands with the Heads of other language departments to establish the Language Laboratory in the VII-Plan period as a shared facility up to the beginning of the X-Plan.
  • He used his skills as a scholar-critic to impress upon the VII-Plan UGC Committee to sanction two new teaching positions for the Department. The Department thus increased in strength during his tenure.
  • A man with a spiritual orientation, Professor D S Mishra, our third Head, was actively engaged in strengthening the Department. He introduced Canadian Literature; Gender Studies; Indian Literatures in Translation; Literature, Psychology and Psychoanalysis; and Translation Studies at the MA, and Applied Linguistics, Stylistics and Text Linguistics, and Translation Studies at the MPhil.
  • He initiated the MA (Self-finance) Programme in the Department, built a good Departmental Library, upgraded the Library of Sound, and set up a Computer Laboratory in the Department. His tenure saw the induction of three new teachers into the faculty over a period of time, and promotion of three teachers to a higher cadre before his superannuation.
  • Our work under his leadership helped us get the UGC SAP-DRS (Phase-I) and he continued to coordinate the research project of Phase-I until its fourth year.
  • He launched Mimamsa, the Departmental bi-annual journal, could impress upon the X-Plan UGC Visiting Committee on the need to sanction funds for a 40-booth Language Laboratory and Recording Studio exclusively for the Department. It was he who established both these.
  • He was instrumental in getting the university to launch the MA (External) Programme. Much of the growth and development in the Department owes itself to his successful stewardship of the Department for nearly two decades.