About English Department

The Department of English was one of those that started with the inception of the college in 1971. The department offers a total of six courses from the first year to the third in English Literature as well Compulsory courses like Communication Skills in English at F.Y.B.A. and Business Communication at F.Y.B.Com.

Special attention is given to students of these two classes through tutorials. Till 2011, the Department, like the other programmes in the college, followed the annual pattern of teaching-learning. In 2011, under the guidelines of the University, the department adopted the CBSGS semester pattern. It now follows the CBCS pattern.

The Department of English is one of the few in the college with all confirmed staff members having  PhD degrees, a minor research project and a number of research publications.

The Department borrows reference books from the library for the whole year and lends them to student learners who wish to make their own notes. Many are given training in making notes on topics in the syllabus. Guest lectures are arranged whenever possible to introduce learners to a different kind of learning experience.

Many of our students are working as teachers in schools and colleges in and around Vasai.


F. Y. B. A. – Communication Skills in English

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F. Y. B. A. -in-English-Introducation-to-Literature

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F. Y. B. A. -Communication-Skills-of-English

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F. Y. B. Com. -Business Communication

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F. Y. B. A. -Optional English 2021-22

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S. Y. B. A. -English-Ancillary

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T. Y. B. A. -English

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Dr Deepa Murdeshwar-Katre joined the college in November 1993 and took over the headship of the department from Dr. T. R. Joy in 2006. She was a member of the Board of Studies (English) from 2010 to 2015 and has been a member of the Board of Studies (English) from August 2018. She worked as a Chairperson of the TYBA (English) examination for all courses at TYBA from March 2011 to March 2015 and of three courses from March 2017 to October 2019.  She has convened several course syllabus committees at the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She edited a novel The Vixen written by Sruthi Venugopal in 2020. Two of her entries have been published in the Marathi Vishwakosh.

Dr. Katre acquired her PhD degree in 2006 from the University of Mumbai. She worked in various committees of the college since she joined in 1993. She was Convenor of a seminar held in the college during the sesquicentennial year of the University of Mumbai in 2006 titled “Women in the Workplace ”. She was Vice-Principal and NAAC Co-ordinator from 2014-15 to 2016-17 and IQAC Co-ordinator from 2019-20 till the present.

Dr Katre teaches Literature to students from the first year to the third. She also teaches Communication Skills in English to students of F.Y.B.A.. She uses various ways of involving students in class through experiential learning and peer learning techniques. She encourages students to make their own notes, also make presentations in class and enact scenes from the texts.

Dr Vijayanand P Bansode has been working as an assistant/Associate professor in English since July 2006. He has presented more than 20 research papers in various national and international seminars/ conferences and published them in reputed books and journals. He has been working in different capacities and actively involved in various college committees.

Dr Bansode uses various teaching and learning techniques to bring reinforcement and comprehensive development of students’ learning process.

Dr. Bansode was awarded a PhD Degree by Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded, on the topic “Social Chaos in Selected Novels of J. M. Coetzee: A Critical Study”. He successfully completed  a minor research  project of University of Mumbai on  “Socio-Economic and Political crisis of Gorkhaland” A Critical study with reference to Kiran Desai’s Novel, ‘The Inheritance of Loss’  in 2011-2012.

Dr. Bansode has also been writing  articles in newspapers  on contemporary issues.

He worked as a “Translator”, (Marathi to English) during the Maharashtra Legislative Rainy-Session, 2006.

He has been working as member of the syllabus making committee of Post Graduate Diploma in Comparative Studies.

Dr. Bansode’s most significant contribution is perhaps, his developing e-content for students through a blog he created, viz., vijaypriya123.blogspot.com, He is so far the only teacher in the college to use this method of imparting knowledge to students. Dr. Bansode has also created the youtube channel of the department which is also used for various programmes hosted in the college.

The Management of the college felicitated Dr Bansode and conferred on him the ‘Outstanding Teacher  Award 2013’  on the occasion of  Teacher’s Day. He has received an Appreciation letter for working as a volunteer to  survey Handicapped people in Vasai, for Rehabilitation and Assistance, a survey organized by  Dept of Social welfare section, Government  of Maharashtra, 2008-2009.

Dr. Shriram Trimbak Dongre joined the department in 2009 and has been teaching papers like Communication Skills in English to FYBA, Business Communication to FYBCom. and English Literature papers to FYBA, SYBA and TYBA classes. He also has the experience of teaching Professional Communication Skills to FYBSc. (IT) and Public Administration to BMS classes. Before joining this college Dr. Dongre worked as Faculty at English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis (ELTIS), Pune where he taught English in general to international students from different countries and Spoken English to Indian students for three years.

Dr. Shriram Dongre who did his M.A. in English from the University of Pune, qualified MH-SET in 2006. He completed two years’ Post Graduation Diploma in Educational Administration (PGDEA) from Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning (SCDL) and one year’s Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching of English (PGCTE) from English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad after joining the college. He received UGC-Teacher’s Fellowship for two years to complete his Ph.D. from the Department of English, University of Mumbai. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree in February 2020 for successfully defending his thesis entitled, Nativism (Desivad) in the Selected Novels of Munshi Premchand and Gopinath Mohanty in Translation.

He passed international level examinations of English Language Teacher like TKT (Teachers Knowledge Test) Module I, TKT Module II and TKT Module III conducted by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, and French language examinations called DELF A1 and DELF A2 conducted by the Republic of France. Dr. Dongre has also been learning Hindustani Classical Music (Vocal) and has passed five examinations of music conducted by Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya,, Miraj. He is also a certified Yoga Teacher of Shri Ambika Yogashram, Thane which has been teaching yoga to the public in general on every Sunday without charging any fees. Dr. Dongre has been associated with the institute as a Yoga Teacher since 2019.

Dr  Dongre has published more than ten research articles on English language and literature in scholarly journals and has also presented research papers in various national and international seminars and conferences. He has participated in one Orientation Course, four Refresher Courses and two Faculty Development Programmes conducted by UGC Human Resource Centers of various universities across India.

Dr. Shriram Dongre  is an active member of various college committees like Admission Committee, Examination Committee, Cultural Committee, etc. He plays an important role in the organization of various programmes in the college throughout the year. He has been working as the Staff Secretary for the last four years. He is involved in the Examination and Evaluation process for TYBA classes at the University level.

Mr. Madhav Dattaray Pawar joined the college in February 2017 on a Faculty Development Programme against the post of Mr. Shriram T. Dongre. The tenure of the FDP ended in January 2019. From August 2019 till the present, he has been working in the department as an Assistant Professor in English on a contractual basis.

Mr. Pawar has been teaching various subjects to different classes in the college. Literature, critical theories, creative writing, and language are some of his important areas of interest. He has been pursuing a Ph.D. on the topic ‘Sex and Violence in the Select Novels of Andre Brink: A Postcolonial Reading’ from Shivaji University, Kolhapur (Maharashtra). He has published several research papers in different seminars, conferences, and research journals.

Mr. Pawar is a dedicated and student-friendly teacher. He usually motivates students to become independent both economically and intellectually. He always believed in the applied teaching and learning process. He firmly asserts that the teaching and learning processes must be used for the sustainable development of society. He hopes that the education system will work for the betterment of humankind.