Browsing through the past 56 years, we have seen a department arise from its founders' vision in 1964, attain maturity and now take a giant leap forward trying to project itself as a Centre of Excellence. Our leaders had the foresight to envision that a rural place like Uzhavoor would need a new higher learning institution to take care of its needs. Driven by their missionary zeal, they responded to this new-felt need by taking the initiative of establishing this college. One of the immediate felt needs was the institution of an English Department, which would impart instruction and training in English as a specialization, and an essential component of the curricula to enlighten the common folk. The structure of education was based on an indigenous model of education, in anticipation of and in preparation for fulfilling the region's needs for English Studies. Since its inception, this Department has played an essential role in the college's progress by catering to the needs of the rural-based region for which its founders created it.
Inspiration and imagination create innovation. As Pegasus- the ancient sign of a new millennium and new consciousness, the Department of English, St. Stephen's College, Uzhavoor strives to conquer new heights of excellence by combining the might and imagination of this divine white winged horse. With its steadfast dedication and commitment, the Department inspires thousands of young souls to achieve the highest effectiveness and efficiency by retaining the heart's goodness. We promote understanding of humanity's oneness, the value of diversity and the need for unity and thereby generate goodwill and harmony such that each- be it the student or the teacher- becomes the other's keeper. Pupils learn to see the sun and stars through the window, and we elevated them to the lofty and the sublime.
This Department is continually committed to imparting education in keeping with student-centred training aimed at national progress and persistently striving for excellence to reach our ultimate goal of meeting international standards. The Department aims to explore variegated possibilities for establishing linkages with other academic institutions of importance to facilitate a free-flow of knowledge by adding the current and upcoming areas of expertise to our curricular framework, thereby initiating necessary changes in the teaching-learning processes. To meet the global challenges and be in tune with the current trends both at national and international levels, the Department conducts evaluation practices and exercises regularly.
Literature is an important cultural product of a society as it offers insights into different societies' worldviews. Focused on providing an overview of Literature from aesthetic, linguistic, socio-political and cultural contexts, the Department of English relentlessly strives to promote an intellectual climate through artistic creation, critical mediation and innovative ideation in a culture of reciprocal transformation. The students of Literature are encouraged to develop unique subjective objectivity that helps them in self-exploration and self-realization.
While the study of great Literature is rewarding for its own sake, our resolve is to remain steadfast in our commitment to making our modest contribution to our students and society by designing and implementing short-term, need-based activities in English. We do feel grateful and highly honoured to have had the privilege of being among our University's first few Departments in its early years of existence. Our good fortune was that the Department was blessed with an efficient faculty that strived ardently in its moulding. Over the years, these teachers of great vision helped build the Department. They brought it to the enviable position it occupies today, not only within the district but also at the university level. This Department is now headed by an efficient leader Ms Bindu Cherian, with an ably-equipped fraternity of committed teachers who are assiduously dedicated to realizing the purpose for which this Department strives.
The English Department offers a B.A. Degree in English Language and Literature (Model I) and a B.A. Degree in English Vocation (Model II) comprising VI semesters each to be completed over three years. The historical or thematic content of these two majors will vary from one semester to another. It will involve the relationship of texts to contexts, structured to allow students to balance liberal and professional interests by focusing on the production and interpretation of print texts and other media in their social and cultural contexts. The English faculty and students represent a diverse but close community with a shared interest in understanding how texts are produced and understood. This interest is the foundation for the formal curriculum and inspiration for a range of complementary activities and interpretative practices. Interpretive practices ground students in literary and cultural theory and train them in writing interpretations of texts. Research in English offers training in gathering information systematically and in building arguments based on that information. Students will hone their reading texts skills, using critical commentary, assessing print and electronic materials, and conducting interviews and surveys. By presenting their projects to audiences within the faculty, the students will learn how to test their hypotheses.
Level of Study
B. A. English Language and Literature (Model I)
B. A. English Language and Literature (Model II Administrative Assistant)
Rev. Sr. Goretti (1968- 1983): Sr. Goretti joined the Department of English in 1968 when the B. A. English Language and Literature Degree course was introduced. She assumed the charge as HOD for three years from 1/7/1968 to 31/ 12/ 1971. She was appointed Principal of the College on 1/1/1972. A revered teacher and a scholar of Shakespearean plays, she was able to inculcate an abiding love of literature in her students. An able administrator with a benign heart, her benevolence embraced one and all in the college. She retired on 31/12/1983. Her sad demise on 23/ 05 / 1985 after a brief illness was an irreparable loss to the institution.
Prof V.A. Varghese (1967- 1977): This eminent professor in English joined this institution in 1967. Adept at stimulating the latent talents of his students, he was a trendy person. It is always a picture of serenity, this gentle but brilliant teacher of whom many still cherish fond memories retired in 1977 after ten years of outstanding service.
Prof. Sunny Thomas (1964 - 1997): Appointed HOD in 1964, Prof. Sunny Thomas has held one of the longest tenures as HOD in this college. A towering personality, he was a dynamic teacher who was able to arouse his students' interest and curiosity. A seasoned traveller, he enchanted students with stories of his travels and experiences. He has brought laurels to the Department and St. Stephen's College as a Champion shooter and later as Coach at the National level. He has reaped a rich harvest of bronze, silver and gold medals and the crowning glory was the Dronacharya Award conferred on him by the Honourable President of India. He retired in 1997 after 33 years of meritorious service.
Prof. N.N. Namboothiri (1964 –1985): Prof. N. N. Namboothiri hailed from an aristocratic Namboothiri family of Kidangoor. He joined the college in 1964. He was always calm and collected; he was an excellent teacher blessed with consummate skill and a quaint sense of humour. This veteran teacher retired from his office in 1985 after 21 years of meritorious service.
Rev. Fr. Abraham Vellamthadathil (1970 – 1981): This clergyman became a teacher in this college in 1970. He was a commendable teacher who excelled in teaching. His profound and extensive knowledge and learning enabled him to enliven his classes. He left the college in 1981 after a decade of commendable service.
Prof. C.J. Stephen (1970- 1998): A dedicated teacher and disciplinarian, Prof. C.J. Stephen joined the Department in 1970. Thorough and efficient, he frequently guided and advised his students, for he always had their interests at heart. An able administrator, he took over the Department's reins during the absence of Prof. Sunny Thomas. Later, when he retired in 1997, Prof. C.J. Stephen was HOD for a year before his retirement in 1998.
A very notable teacher, Prof C. J. Thomas joined this college in 1968. A brief teaching spell in Uganda, Africa, served to broaden his horizons and enrich his teaching style. Constantly paternal and affectionate, he was fond of his students to whom he was a fatherly figure. He bade farewell to the institution in 1997.
Prof. K. J. Kurian entered the portals of this institution as a teacher in 1976. A rank-holder, he was a teacher par excellence whose invigorating classes mesmerized the students. Simple yet nimble-witted, this outstanding teacher bade farewell to this college with his retirement on 31/ 03/2003.
Modest and unassuming, this scholarly educator first stepped into this college as a teacher in 1974. Methodical and systematic, he was an acclaimed grammarian and skilled academician. Dutiful and sincere, he held the motto ‘service above self-aloft’. Ever punctual and efficient, a guide and adviser to his colleagues, this stalwart retired on 31/ 03/ 2003.
1. Smt. Bindu Cherian (HoD) was appointed as the question paper setter of Kerala University Examinations (2018-19) and Assumption College, Changanacherry (2018-19). She has also been appointed as the Chairman of the Question paper setting for the year 2019-20.
2. Smt Lijiyamol Thankachan has chaired a session at the National Seminar organized by Alphonsa College, Pala and has presented a paper titled ‘Envoicing by Engressing an Ecofeminist Analysis of the movie How Old Are You?’ in the National Seminar “Blurring the Boundaries: Theory as an Intertext”.
3. Sri. Jimmy James was nominated as a member of the Board of Studies of the English department at the MG University and co-edited for MG University Acts on Stage, Nature Anthem, Voices from the Margins and Rubrics of the Mind.
4. Smt. Tina Jose released her travelogue Wandering Woman on 16-01-2019, assisted in the publication of study material for S1 and S2 General English, acted as quizmaster at Deva Matha College’s inter-collegiate quiz competition and has several academic publications to her credit.
1. Johnys P. Stephen and Jewel Raju secured 3rd prize for the debate competition at S.H. College, Thevara, on 28-01-2019.
2. Johnys P. Stephen won the 2nd prize for the Chavara Speech competition at K.E. College, Mannanam.
3. Johnys P. Stephen and Jewel Raju bagged the 2ndprize in the Inter-Departmental debate competition conducted by the Department of Economics.
4. Jewel Raju won the Best Parliamentarian award for 2018-19 conducted by the Institute of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Kerala, Model Parliament Competition.
5. Jipsa Maria Joy procured selection for the Ball-Badminton team at the university level.
6. Ajay Das of S2 English Voc. won 1st prize in the PUBG competition held at CMS College, Kottayam.
7. Sruthy Gopinath was selected to represent the Kottayam group in the Mavlankar Shooting competition held at Erattyar in May 2018.
8. Iygin Dius, S2 Eng., secured 2nd prize for the Photography competition conducted by the Dept. of Zoology.
9. Himesh J. J. and Anagha K. A. won 2nd place for the Anti-Narcotics Quiz held on campus.
10. Jyothis Cyriac of S6 English got an A grade for Malayalam Elocution at the M.G. University Youth Festival.
11. Ahallya Bharathy B. A., of S6 Eng Voc., was crowned Miss St. Stephen’s 2020 at the competition held on 18th February.
12. Jyothis Cyriac, Harikrishnan Santhosh, AhallyaBharathy B.A. and Roshan T. R. were the winners of the interdepartmental debate competition conducted by the Physics Dept.
Ms. Tina Jose assisted our alumni with subtitles for the trending & prize-winning youtube short film Kunni (2019), developed a question bank for S1+S2 Business Communication, attended a W.W.S. Workshop for Internal Mentors at Govt. College, Nattakom, Tina Jose attended Refresher Course (online), presented a paper “Women without Men: A Tale of Women in the Islamic Republic of Iran” at Socioint, 5th International Conference on Education, Social Sciences and Humanities , Dubai, presented a paper “Reading Austen in Iran: An Analysis of how Azar Nafisi and her Class were able to use Austen to Cope with Their Everyday Reality in Reading Lolita in Tehran” at I.I.T., Chennai, is a Board member of the journal St. Peter’s Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Studies, article published in the online news portal woodpeckernews – “Vismayapikunna Armenian Kazhchakal,” article was published in Yatra magazine entitled “Uzbekintay Ullarinju,” assisted in the publication of study material for S1 and S2 General English, was co-author of Wings of Words, anthology by Bookfever, assisted with scripting for the dance choreography Itihaas – Era of the Empires, & acted as Chief Examiner for University Examinations (C.B.C.S.) & Assumption College, Changanacherry.
Mr Jimmy James is a Member of the U.G. Board of Studies (English), was awarded a Certificate of Merit for being an Outstanding N.S.S. Programme Officer, the N.S.S. Unit being given the Best N.S.S. unit of M.G. University, a Key resource person in S2, S3 &S4 Question Banks, resource person of a three-day workshop on Syllabus Restructuring for the P.G. Curriculum in Physical Education, acted as Editor of the S5 core course and attended an Orientation Course (online).
Ms Bindu Cherian was Chief Examiner for University Examinations (C.B.C.S.) & Assumption College, Changanacherry, and was involved in question paper setting of S6 for Kerala University and Assumption College, Changanacherry.
MsNisha Kumari N. assisted in the publication of study material for S1 and S2 General English.
3 of our students were elected to the college council (Chairman, Lady Rep, 1st Year Rep.)
The students won prizes for face painting, debate, patriotic song, speech & literary quiz at various colleges.
Jipsa Maria Joy and a team of 6th semester English were selected to the M.G. University Ball Badminton Team.
The students worked tirelessly to collect funds towards helping with flood relief
2nd-year students collected and distributed sacks of rice to Akasaparavukal during the months of April-May 2018.
On request, 2nd-year students helped a few poor school students buy textbooks.
2nd-year students, in conjunction with the department, helped a cancer patient pay for expenses.
Mr Jimmy James published “Dalit Spirituality in Gift in Green by Sarah Joseph” in the journal Aureole, St. Stephen’s College, Uzhavoor (ISSN:2249-7862), presented a paper “Naga Women from Tribal Folktales to Modern Novels: A Case Study of Easterine Kire and Women Empowerment Through Literature” at St. Xavier’s College for Women, Aluva, participated in a State-level seminar on Higher Education at Thiruvananthapuram, acted as a Resource Person at the NSS Seven Day Special Camp at the Higher Secondary School, Koothattukulam, Conducted a 1-day camp at Balapanchayath, Palakuzha Grama Panchayat, Ernakulam, & acted as a Resource Person at the NSS Orientation Programme at Alphonsa College, Pala.
Ms Tina Jose presented a paper, “Redefining the Female in Iran: A Feminist Reading of Women without Men,” at Baby John Memorial Govt. College, Kollam, published “Redefining the Female in Iran: A Feminist Reading of Women without Men” in the journal JET of Assumption College, Changanacherry (ISSN: 2374-3874) as well as “Ranipadmini: A Departure from the Stereotype in Malayalam Cinema” in the journal Aureole, St. Stephen’s College, Uzhavoor (ISSN:2249-7862), completed MOOC from University of Iowa entitled Power of the Pen: Identities and Social Issues in Poetry and Plays, invited to speak on blogging for the inaugural event “Chempakachottil Chayavattom” hosted by BCM College, Kottayam & acted as Chief Examiner at Assumption College, Changanacherry.
Ms Christina Romeo published two papers, “Siting the Web: The Neo-Counterculture of Creative Resistance through Internet Trolls” & “Remapping the Boundaries: Emergence of Local Color Realism in Malayalam Cinema”, in the International Journal IJELH, & participated in the State-level Best Dissertation competition at Kozhikode.
Mr Abhijith M.S. presented a paper “Breaking the codes of Rebellion: A Deconstructive Simplification of Sarah Kane’s ‘Cleansed’” at Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu and also “Severing of Roots in a Quest to Assimilate: Aravaan as a Tragic Hero” at MCC Mariagiri, Kanyakumari.
Ms Taniamol Chacko took a one-day class on Personality Development at St. Mary’s LP School, Thenmala.
Rosha B. Roy secured the first rank in the University examinations for B.A. English – Model II (Administrative Assistant).
5 of our alumni were selected for employment through various campus placements:
• Eureka Forbes - Tom Shaji, Justin Joseph K.
• Green Pepper Resort - Divyamol R., Hanitha Baby, Ritty James, Amarja Mohite
• Tessy James – IT firm in Ernakulam
ˇ Students in the Football team won 3rd place in the intercollegiate football tournament at Bharat Matha College, Thrikkakara
ˇ Students in the Football team won the intercollegiate football tournament at Deva Matha College, Kuruvalingad
ˇ Students in the Football team won the south zone football tournament at St. Stephen’s College, Uzhavoor
ˇ Sports students of the department won the inter-departmental shoot out competition
ˇ Sports students of the department won the inter-departmental football tournament
ˇ Sports students of the department won the inter-departmental Uzhavoor cup
Binu Peter of S6 English brought fame to our college by winning numerous medals & trophies. Some of them are:
2nd in All Kerala Senior Athletics Meet, 3000m steeplechase
2nd in MG University Cross-country Championship, 12km Road Run
2nd in MG University Athletics Championship, 800 m
2nd in MG University Athletics Championship, 3000m steeplechase
1st in the mini-marathon (10 km) by Cochin Adventure Sports Club
1st in mini-marathon (7 km) by King’s Club, Paravoor
1st in Panangad Marathon
2nd in Pink Marathon, Kochi (10 km)
1st in World Account Day Marathon, Infopark (5 km)
1st in the marathon by Caritas Hospital (5 km)
1st in mini-marathon (10 km) by CPI (M) district committee
1st in Run Thrissur Run (5 km)
3rd in Rubber City Run, Kottayam (10 km)
2nd in Rubfila Marathon, Palakkad (5 km)
1st in Marina Runners Marathon (10 km)
2nd in Kannur Beach Run (10 km)
Participated in All India Inter-University Athletics – Guntur – 8th place in finals
Three of our students were elected to the College Council (Chairperson, University Union Councillor and Sports Secretary)
In a tie-up with the Department of Economics, Ms Geena John is involved in PSC Coaching.
Ms Sruthy Elsa Jose has passed the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test) Band 3 of the four bands, conducted by Cambridge University.
Mr Jimmy James acquired a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication and M.A. in History. He is involved in several outreach programmes connected with the NSS unit of the college.
Ms Tina Jose helped with the subtitling of the documentary Azhivu. She is the casting director for Abey Kallisseril’s music videos.
Ms Navitha Jose is the editor of the monthly magazine Science Way. She conducts classes for the Jesus Youth students of Ramapuram.
Four of our students were elected to the College Union (Arts Club Secretary, Vice-Chairperson, Magazine Editor and University Union Councillor).
Binu Peter of S3 English won several prizes in athletics. They are listed below:
4th place at the university-level cross country race leading to participation at the national level meet held in Mangalore
5th place at the state-level inter-club 5000m athletics championship
1st place in the cross-country championship
2nd place in the cross-country championship
Gold medal in the cross-country championship held at Ernakulam in December 2016.
Johnys P. Stephen won 2nd place in the sub-district Malayalam speech competition conducted by a co-operative bank.
Three of our students – Rosha B. Roy, Johnys P. Stephen and Alexander Cyriac – participated in the UN Replica conducted by Labour India College, Marangattupally.
There are currently three research scholars within the department. They are as follows:
Some of the faculty are also in the process of doing their minor projects. They are the following faculty: