Vadodara: M S University’s Department of English has made a history of sorts by recommending 34 students for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in this academic year, the highest across all the faculties of the university.
Out of the 34 students, 27 have already paid their fees while the rest are about to finish the procedures for final registration.
The students registered in the department come from different states like Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
There are international students from Bangladesh too.
“Research in Indian languages, Indic knowledge systems, folk lore, folk narratives of Jhaverchand Meghani, Charan literature of Gujarat and Rajasthan, to the sparingly explored graphic novels, to exploring the idea of the nation in the 21st century, many new avenues of interdisciplinary research have come up,” professor Hitesh Raviya, head of the department, said.
One of the topic of research aims to address the challenges of online teaching and learning of English during the pandemic times.
“The research themes address the questions of curriculum designing, testing and evaluation of English language at undergraduate level, of mobile assisted language learning, the outcomes of which might contribute in making appropriate policy decisions by the higher education authorities,” he added.
The department has registered students for the PhD programme in tandem with the reservation policy of Gujarat government, he said.