The department aims at creating a knowledge community with strong human values, discerning social awareness and excellent communicative competence. It strives to impart an appreciation of the finer aspects of life through a clear understanding of the nuances of Language and the aesthetics of Literature in a globalized world.The department has been functioning from 1994 serving the then College of Engiuneering affiliated to Bharathiyar university and later Anna university. On becoming an institution, the department started designing and offering courses to students of all disciplines.
A team of well qualified and experienced faculty members have been teaching English language and literature courses for the students of Literature and other Arts and Sciences and Engineering Programmes. They are also certified trainers and examiners who help students take up international language tests like BEC, IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
Every year the department conducts Student Paper Presentations to present the students and faculties with opportunities to exhibit their talents and improve their skills by having a healthy competition among their peers. Amrita brings about the best in each student by providing them ample opportunities to organize and co-ordinate many regional, national and international workshops, seminars, technical fests.
The literary club provides a platform to showcase the literary aspirations and talents of the students. It is an excellent forum for self expression and cultural aspirations of the students. Poetry-reading sessions, debates, extempore speeches, quizzes, cross-word games, book and film reviews, play enactments, and classical movie screenings are showcased at the forum.
The Resourses of Department of English & Humanities includes language lab and library. A fully computerized 75-seater language lab with state-of-the-art facilities provides an authentic language learning experience. To complement classroom lectures, audio-visual sessions and online examinations are conducted as a part of the teaching-learning process.Besides the Central Library which is a repository of books, periodicals, online resources like e-journals, e-books, conference proceedings, e-databases, standards, project reports, back-volumes, CD/DVDs and daily news papers, the Department Library supports general reading as well as intensive reading for research, with books of different genres.
A collection of inspirational quotes, regarding the value of a good education, by students articulating their experiences, thoughts, and passion for their academic journey at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

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