A warm welcome  to Russian Department

The Department was established in 1976 and is nearing 40 years of its existence in 2016. It started functioning with a visiting faculty from USSR (present Russian Federation) to offer one year Certificate Course in Russian Language. In the consequent years, with the appointment of a regular faculty, the department started offering part time Programmes in Russian Language & Literature such as Diploma, Advanced Diploma. It was raised to a Research Centre in 1990 with the introduction of PG and Ph.D Programmes in Russian.

The Department has signed a MoU in 1995 with the Department of Russian & Methods of its Teaching of the Russian People?s Friendship University (RPFU), Moscow, which promoted a collaborative conduct of academic programme through exchange of faculty and other related activities. As part of the MoU, during 1996–1999, the Department together with RPFUconducted Foundation course in Russian meant for students seeking admission to the professional courses in RPFU. The „Foundation Course in Russian? was equated to the „Preparatory Programme? offered in RPFU. Besides, Introductory courses in French, German & Russian were also offered at Calicut city during?97-99.

A Centre for initiating inter-disciplinary studies and research in the field of Indian & Western literatures (viz. Centre for Comparative Literature) was instituted under the Department in the year 2000 and since then the Department has been recognized as a major academic centre to offer PG, M.Phil. & Ph.D. Progamme in Comparative Literature as well as part-time programmes in Russian Language.

Besides, Open-Elective programmes in Russian are also offered enabling inter-departmental mobility of students, which is one of the core aspects of the Choice based Credit Semester System (CCSS) introduced at the PG level from 2008 onwards in the 2nd & 3rd Semesters.

The interdisciplinary programme of Comparative Literature offered not only aims at imparting a comprehensive knowledge in the area of Indian and western Literatures, it opens vast areas of research such as Comparative studies of Indian and Western Literatures, Russian Languageand Methods of its teaching, Studies in Russian Literature and Culture in comparison with Indian and Western, Women?s writings in Russian and Indian Literatures, Russian Realisticfiction (19th & 20th C),Contemporary Russian Literature, Literary theories & Narratology,Translation studies, Scientific & Popular fiction in Indian & Russian Literatures and so on.

The syllabi and course curriculum are regularly revised and restructured. As part of the curriculum, every year the Department organizes Translation workshop, which is one of the best practices of skill development followed. The Translation workshops not only aims at developing the skill of translation in students, but also intends to inspire the participants to indulge in the task of literary translation /interpretation as a better tool to future career prospects for the students. Translation workshops conducted by the Department are found very helpful to the students not only in developing their skill of translation and interpretation but also in acquiring cross-cultural information

The Department regularly organizes National & state level Seminars/Conferences and Workshopson different themes relating to Language, Literature Culture and Translation. It also arranges Extension Lectures on various topics.

Since 1987 the Department regularly brings out annual research journal – The Journal of Russian Literature which was later renamed as „Assonance – a Journal of Russian and Comparative Literary Studies.? 16 issues have been brought out so far. The Journal is recognized by various Universities for promotion / upgradation of posts.

The Department has a very good library with nearly 10000 titles. They comprise books in Russian language & Literature, creative works in Indian and Western literatures, books on Theory of Literature & Literary Criticism, Translation studies, Comparative Literary and cultural studies, Women?s Literature and so on, besides journals and albums in Russian. The Department is provided with ICT facilities like computer lab, smart class room, LCD projector & WiFi to staff and students.)

Recently, with the introduction of school system, the Department has become a part of the School of Languages and Literature with its new name “Department of Russian and Comparative Literature.”

Thrust Areas:

Comparative studies of Indian and Western Literatures, Russian Language and Teaching Methods, Russian Realistic fiction (19th & 20th C) & Contemporary Russian Literature, Women's writings in Russian and Indian Literatures, Literary theories & Translation & Culture Studies, Scientific & Popular fiction in Indian & Russian Literatures.

UGC Major Research Project

UGC has sanctioned a Major Research Project to Dr. S. Nirmala as Principal Investigator for the project entitled The theme of family in women’s Writing in Russian Literature of 19-20 centuries- a close study on the basis of recent Critical Theories on Feminist Writing. An amount of Rs.8,15,800/- has been granted towards financial support for the conduct of the project. The project was implemented in the Department in August 2006 for a period of 3 years. The project report was submitted in 2010.
           Seminars/Conference/Workshops during the last 5 years

    3- day workshop on Translation across cultures (18-20 March 2010, University financed)
    2- day UGC sponsored Workshop on Translation as Recreation (21 - 22 March 2011).
    3-day workshop on Translation of Chekhov’s stories (24 - 26 March 2011, University funded).
    3-day Workshop on Translation of Tagore’s Stories (27 - 29 March 2012).
    2-day Workshop on Translation of Tolstoy’s stories (6-8 March 2013).
    1-day UGC Career Seminar on Comparative Literature: Expanding Horizons and Career Prospects (26thFebruary 2014) – in collaboration with UGC Career Cell and Calicut University Employment Information & Guidance Bureau.
    5-day UGC sponsored Seminar cum Workshop on Indian Literature in the 21st century:
    Writers, Themes & Trends and Translation of Contemporary Indian short stories (10th to
    14th March 2014). 15 papers were presented & 10 stories were translated. Edited Volume of Seminar papers presented published in March 2014.
    2-day Workshop on Translation of Contemporary Indian & Western short stories (19th &
    20th March 2014) – University funded - 10 stories were translated.
    One–day Seminar on topic: Comparative Literature: New Trends and Emerging Prospects organized on 27thAugust 2014 in collaboration with UGC Career Cell, CUEI&GB.
    3-Day National Seminar cum Workshop on Gabriel Garcia Marquez and World Literature & Translation of Marquez’s Stories funded by University from 17th -19th December 2014
    One day Seminar in connection with International Women?s Day on the topic “Women and society” and arranged a Special talk by Malayalam writer KP Sudheera on 7/03/2015
    Two day UGC National Conference on the topic “Comparative Folklore & Mythology: Issues and Perspectives” on 19th & 20th March 2015.
    Frontier Lecture By Prof. Hem Chandra Pande (Retd.Professor,CRS,JNU) organized on 26th November 2015.
    Two – day UGC National Seminar on “Russian Literature: Witers, Themes & Trends”-
    organized on 27th & 28th November 2015.
    Three Day Translation Workshop using non-plan fund of the University - “Translation of
    Fairy Tales” organized on 9th-11th December 2015.

Extension Service to the Community: Consultancy for Translation jobs:
A Translation cell is working in the Department. The faculty members of the Department undertake translation of Russian technical documents like passport, visa etc as the extension service to the community.

Other Curricular & extra-curricular activities:

Weekly Research Forum: The Department has a functional Research Forum that organises talks, Film shows, Group Discussions, Seminar Presentations etc on every Thursday afternoon. Extension Lectures are organized every month in collaboration with other Departments or with other Universitties/Colleges. Wall Magazine:Tthe department has its bi-annual Wall magazine „Golos? run by the students of the Department. It publishes creative works by students, literary tributes to prominent authors. On World Environmental Day 5th June 2015 the Department students and staff participated in planting saplings in front of the Language block. Depatment staff and students keep the habit of observing Shramadan to keep the premise clean. Alumni Association: The Department has an alumni association–CUCLA (Calicut University Comparative Literary Association). Members of it participate in the co-curricular and extra curricular activities.

Contact Us

Department of Russian
University of Calicut
Thenhipalam PO
Malappuram - 673635 PIN