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“A book must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen inside our soul.” These immortal words of Kafka validate the usefulness of imaginative literature. What we need is reinventing the idea of liberal arts education. “Education is vaccination against violence” said Chesterton. Thanks to our Joint Secretary, Mrs. UmaDevi, a product of Ethiraj college, a Leavisite who defends literary imagination a la Martha Nussbaum and who swears by Arnold’s sweetness & light, this year, 2014, we introduced B.A English not in obeisance to the practice of jumping on to the popular bandwagon but in deference to our respect for the humanizing value of literature. It has been fun these six months initiating the girls to the nitty gritty of an alien culture & language. And our girls rose magnificently to the occasion. The faculties, except for the head, quite young, have been very enthusiastic flag waivers for the course. We deliberately restricted the number to 26-We believe with UNESCO that a class is 35 and 36 is a crowd- and if this semester has been a measure of success, we are sure, the future semester will augur well for us. Thanks to our Head of the department, a very committed and knowledgeable academic, who leads by example, we feel that the decision to introduce the course was a right decision. The other two faculty, Ms. Anusha and particularly Ms.Pramodha,who has just graduated into the station of Assistant professor, enthusiastically work with the Head so that we are happy we have a good team who will sell an idea as easily as to thread the postern of a small needle's eye. Classes are also handled as extra inputs by both the Joint Secretary & Dean of the college.
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