The Department of English has been contributing fairly to the field of research since 1970.The areas of research include Indian Writing in English, World Literature in Translation, Translation studies, English Language Teaching, Disability studies, Science fiction, Graphic novels, Dalit literature, Gender Studies etc. It offers optional courses in Women’s Writing in English, English Language Teaching (ELT), Indian Literature in English Translation, New Literatures in English and American Literature. The thrust areas of research are Translation Studies, English Language Teaching, Travel and Marginal discourses. The Department is planning to introduce new area of research in the domain of Film Studies, and apply for the UGC Scheme of Special Assistance Programme or other such schemes at the earlisest opportunity.Further, Department of English has been identified as one of the nodal centres of Balvant Parekh centre of Genenral Semantics and Other Human Sciences.
The Department has had a large number of M. Phil. and Ph. D. scholars to its credit, with research conducted in the areas like British literature, American literature, Afro-American literature, Indian Writing in English, Indian literature, Comparative literature, English Language Teaching (ELT), Translation Studies, Post-Colonial Stuides, Gender Studies, Children’s literature and other emerging areas of interdisciplinary research in Humanities. The Department of English has conducted two (02) National Seminars on English Language Teaching in 2018 and 2019.The themes are “Exploring ELT: Innovative Strategies in Pedagogy” (2018) and “ELT in India: Multiple Readings” (2019). Bhavin K. Purohit received UGC- Teacher Fellowship and did his research work on Dalit Autobiography in the department. Ms. Aneri R. Arya has receieved UGC- JRF in 2019 and has been pursuing her research on Literary Disability Studies. Moreover, to inculcate research aptitude in Post graduate students, the Department organizes students’ seminar in every semester. Under the supervision of respective teachers, students present their term papers based on various topics related to their prescribed syllabus.
The Department has seven faculties who are recognized as Research supervisors for Ph. D. programme in English. The faculty members are guideing doctoral research scholars in wide range of areas and topics in Humanities. The publications by the faculties of the Department address various research topics. Dr. Rakesh Desai has published five (05) research papers,one (01) in international journal and four (04) in national journals. He has also published one (01) collection of short stories in Gujarati entitled “Trial Room” (2020).He has presentedresearch papers at one (01) international and four (04) national seminars. Five (05) scholars including four Ph.D. and one M.Phil have been awarded degrees under his supervision. Dr. Mahesh Dey supervised five (05) Ph.D. scholars during 2017 to 2021 and all scholars have been awarded their degrees. He has participated in 09 international and national seminars and presented research papers. He has published 03 articles in books and journals.Dr. Paresh Joshi has published 06 research papers as co-author in international journals. He has given 5 keynote addresses, 3 plenary talks and 6 session chairs in national and international seminars. He has been a resource person in 10 webinars and at various HRDC Orientations and Refresher programmes. 7 students have been awarded Ph.D. Degree under his guidance and 04 students are pursuing their doctoral research. Dr. AmitPrajapati has translated poems from Gujarati to English.Dr. RekhaParmarhas participated and presented research papersin international and national seminars.
Dr. Sunil Shah was Co-investigator in a research project ‘Mobile Technologies, Every day Practices and Teaching-Learning of English in Gujarat’ sponsored by the British Council for 2019-2020. He hascontributed as an E-Content developer the module entitled ‘Communicative Language Teaching’ at UGC HRDC of Gujarat University, ARPIT 2019. He has published 7 research papers, 1 book in the area of ELT, and a chapter“Academic and Official Writings Dos and Don’ts” in BAOU Study Books.Four (04) students have been awarded Ph.D. Degree under his guidance and 05 students are pursuing their doctoral research. Dr. Mihir Mori has worked on one (01) UGC Minor Research Project titled “Travel Writing as translating culture: A study of Gujarati Travel Writing from 1860 to 1910”. He has contributed in National and International seminars in different capacities like plenary speaker, chaired sessions, paper presenter in the areas of Travel Writing, Translation, Nineteenth Century Writings, Language Studies, etc. Two Ph.D. Research students are working in the area of Translation Criticism and Graphic Narratives. He has attended Refresher Course in English at Academic Staff College, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.