Under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Chandra Shekhar Dubey and the distinguished senior faculty of the department joined by enthusiastic young faculty, the English Association registered a vibrant year, with various engaging activities. The students of English Honours organised and conducted an elaborate “Teachers’ Day” programme on 7th September 2015 as a gesture of expressing their gratitude and respect to their teachers. The event began with an elaborate felicitation by the students of their beloved Principal Sir, Dr. P. K. Khurana, and every teacher of the Department of English. Next, a cake was cut and distributed amongst all present, and many fun-filled activities were organised for the teachers to don the caps of participants. The event was an overwhelming success, with increased sense of bonhomie and understanding between the students and the teaching fraternity.
Carpe Diem, The English Language and Literature Society of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Evening College carried forward its lecture series from the previous session. On 16th October 2015, Prof. Manoj Mishra from Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, delivered an enriching lecture on "Indian Literary Tradition in Sanskrit Drama and Epic: Theory and Praxis (Kalidasa, Sudraka and Ved Vyasa)”. The lecture was inaugurated by the Principal Dr. P. K. Khurana, with his words of encouragement and his views about classical literature in general. The eminent speaker was welcomed and introduced by the teacher in charge Dr. Chandra Shekhar Dubey, who also explained the context of organising the lecture with its primary focus on the students pursuing English Honours. Prof. Mishra began his lecture by speaking about the text of the Rig Veda being the oldest literary masterpiece in all history and its unique focus on metre and prosody. After enumerating the many features of Vedic literature, he moved on to explicate and analyse specific sequences from Kalidasa’s magnum opus, the Abhijnanashakuntalam, while also reciting many Sanskrit couplets that he had easily committed to his memory. Prof. Mishra spoke about the various types of heroes and the ideals of kingship as presented in the text. Thereafter, he spoke at length about Sudraka’s Mrchhakatika, illuminating various points for the benefit of the students. Finally, Prof. Mishra dealt with the episodes of Dicing and the Sequel to the Dicing in Ved Vyasa’s Mahabharata, ably explicating and answering various specific queries posed by the students regarding the action therein. The lecture was well attended by the faculty and students of other departments including those from the day college. The exciting and thought-provoking session ended with a vote of thanks to all present and with a renewed promise to hold many such events.
On 17th February 2016, the Carpe Diem society organized a fun-filled, one-day language and literary fest, “Rhyme and Rhythm 2016”. After the ceremonial lighting of the lamp, the choir group of students opened the show with a soulful rendition of “Que Sera Sera”, accompanied on the Keyboard by Vishal Patil of Malhar Music Society SBSEC. Subsequently, the hosts i.e. students of the English Honours showcased their talent by reciting self-written and famous poems in different languages, including English, Hindi, Punjabi and Bengali. Many stimulating and enriching competitions were organised, like the bilingual poetry recitation competition “Poet-Show-it” (Poet-Shoet), innovative and creative competitions like “Collage-Scribble” and “Word Doodle”, traditional language games like spell bee named “Clash of the Spelling Titans” whose prelims were held on the previous day given the massive registrations, and quick, improvisation based games like “Boomerang” (Caption/One-line twist) and “My Drama, My Choice” (enacting a scene). It was followed by the formal announcement in the college of the new book of eminent faculty of the department, Dr. Sabina Pillai, whose practical-based and technology-supported book “Spoken English for My World” has been published by Oxford University Press, New Delhi. Dr. Pillai briefly introduced the book and highlighted its definite usefulness for all learners of English language, especially the spoken aspect. The event also witnessed a contemporary style dance performance by the girls of the department, to the thunderous applause of the audience. The cash prizes of all the events were given away by the senior faculty of the college and the event ended with a vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Sabina Pillai. With the combined efforts of the department, the fest annual provided a platform for our students to once again display their literary and cultural talents. The department has also held special screenings of films and documentaries relevant to the syllabi, for the benefit of the students, followed by discussions.