The Department of English, MANUU was established in 2004. It offers MA MPhil and PhD programmes in the English Language and Literature. The Department celebrates literary and linguistic contributions in English through its M.A. programme and envisages generating knowledge through its MPhil and PhD programmes. The Department explores cultural studies and comparative studies through language perspectives and seeks areas of collaboration in language technology & literature studies through its eclecticism of enquiry in its research programmes. The Department trains its students in humanist traditions with emphasis on intellectual tolerance. It strives to provide a rich field of literary and linguistic creativity to its students. It is one of the advanced centers of literary and linguistic learning in the country. One of its primary objectives is to give an impetus to bilingual research in English and Urdu so that an integrated literary and linguistic interdisciplinary research is carried out and an honest contribution can be made in academic world. The Department foresees itself as a sophisticated hub for English–Urdu advanced bilingual research activities
The Department conducts regular National Conferences on the English language and English literature themes. Mostly the Conference is held in the month of March.
The Department brings out an international peer-reviewed biannual journal entitled Maulana Azad Journal of the English Language and Literature (MAJELL). The Journal is published in March and September. The Journal’s objective is to create an understanding across cultures, expand literary intellectuality, and map linguistic possibilities of expression.
The Department encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research in its MPhil & PhD programmes, however it grounds its students in the established areas like, the History of English Language, English Language Teaching, English Language Teaching In India, English Phonetics, Stylistics, the History of English Literature, British Literature, American Literature, Commonwealth Literature, Urdu-English Literature, Urdu-English Translation Studies, Muslim Literature, Indian Writing in English and Literary Theory & Criticism.
The Department has the research works conducted in almost all the thrust areas mentioned above. The Department also prides in producing the first ever research work of the University at the MPhil level. Mr Shaik Mohammad ShafiUllah who registered in 2006, was awarded MPhil in 2008 from the Department. Mr Wajahith Hussain was awarded PhD Degree in 2012. He was the first to have received earned doctorate from the Department and the third in the University. He worked on An Analytic Study of General English Syllabus Prescribed at the First Year Degree Level in the Affiliated Colleges of the University of Jammu; and a Proposed Alternative Syllabus.