The Department of English was established in 1968. In 1997, the BA programme in Functional English was introduced. Three batches were enrolled in the programme - 1997 to 2000, 1998 to 2001 and 1999 to 2002. Ms. Jyothisree T.K of the first batch secured the second rank in the University examinations while Ms.Rekha P of the second batch secured the third rank. With the commencement of the MA programme in English Language and Literature, the department was upgraded to a Post Graduate department.
In 2014, with the commencement of the BA programme in English Language and Literature, the department has become a full fledged one with both PG and UG programmes in English. At present, the department engages classes for the Common Courses in English (UG) as well as an Open Course in Film Studies (V Semester UG), in addition to the BA (Main) and MA classes. The MA programme has a sanctioned strength of 15 students per batch while the BA (English) programme has a sanctioned strength of 24 students per batch. The pass percentage for every year is more than 90%. Three teachers of the Department, Dr.A.Ravisegaran , Dr.U.Hemanth Kumar(former Heads of Department) and Dr.J.MayaDevi (the present Head of the Department) were awarded Ph.D degrees in the recent years.