Government Arts College (Autonomous), Salem-636007 is situated in the heart of Salem city which lies in the north west of Tamil Nadu. It caters to the needs of people seeking higher education in Salem and in neighbouring districts. This oldest institution of the State was established in 1857 by Sir Alexander Arbuthnot as an Anglo Vernacular. The institute was elevated to Second Grade College in 1879. For 52 years from 1885 to 1937, this college functioned under the aegis of Salem Municipal Administration. It was one of the two likewise institutes all over India during that time. Re-accredited by NAAC with B++ level , it was accorded Autonomous status from the academic year 2007. At present, this college offers 19 UG and 16 PG courses and also 10 M.Phil and 8 Ph.D research programmes.
The Department of English, a pioneer department from the inception of the college, has been producing students of outstanding caliber at UG level and extending yeoman service by imparting necessary language skills to the pupils of other disciplines in the college. Full-fledged PG programme was introduced in the year 1974. It entered the field of research by starting M.Phil and Ph.D during 2005. Faculty members of the department actively introduce innovative teaching strategies and venture in research endeavors. Research enriches and enlivens the faculty of knowledge and brings out the intellectual acumen. When it is carried out in the academic institutions, it produces a great number of budding researchers. This illustrious Postgraduate and Research
Department of English, a reputed centre of academic excellence for more than a century, has to its credit many M.Phil and Ph.D research supervisors. Their academic dynamics, promotion of knowledge and analytical aptitude, have resulted in the attainment of 28 PhDs and more than 140 M.Phil degree holders.
The Department actively organized a UGC sponsored National Level Seminar in 2010, a Symposium on Language and Literature in 2013, an International Workshop on ELT in 2014 and an International Conference on Contextualizing Cultural Heritage in Literatures in 2015. In 2016 UGC funded one day National Seminar on Theatre Activism and Holistic Development was organized. Some of our faculty members are Editors in reputed International Literature Journals.