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Shenoi Goembab School of Languages and Literature

Erstwhile Departments of (i) English, (ii) French & Francophone Studies, (iii) Hindi, (iv) Konkani, (v) Marathi, and (vi) Portuguese & Lusophone Studies


The Shenoi Goembab School of Languages and Literature is established by the amalgamation of six conventional language departments active in the field of languages and literature, viz., Department of Konkani (established in 1987), Department of Marathi (1970), Department of Hindi (1965), Department of English (1965), Department of Portuguese (1987) and Department of French (1965).

Through the varied languages we embrace, we usher in vibrant possibilities for academic programmes and research. The erstwhile language departments dealt with a variety of literatures—Konkani, Hindi, Marathi, Goan Marathi, Dalit, British, Indian, American, Portuguese, Indo-Portuguese, Lusophone, French, Francophone, to name a few. Comparative Literature, Post-colonial Literature, Travel literature, Folk literature, Classical Literature, Christian tradition in Marathi literature, Feminist Writings, Literary Criticism and Contemporary Theories expand the scope of literature studies in the School. Other thrust areas include, but are not restricted to, Cultural Studies, Translation Studies, Media Studies, Linguistics and Comparative linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Didactics of language teaching, Performative Arts and Traditions, Mythology and Folklore Studies, Indian and Western Poetics, Diaspora Studies and Gender Studies.

Goa University’s School of languages and literature is aptly named after Shenoi Goembab, a renowned Konkani writer and activist. Besides his mother tongue Konkani, he mastered diverse languages during his life journey—Marathi, Portuguese, English and Sanskrit, just to mention a few. They left a vivid imprint on his monumental corpus of works, which includes translations of the Bhagavad Gita and plays by renowned English and French playwrights (Shakespeare and Moliere) into Konkani. The school carries forward Shenoi Goembab’s visionary perspective toward languages: it stays deeply rooted in local issues and opens up to global influences. As with Shenoi Goembab, Goa occupies centre stage and the School embraces interdisciplinary domains of knowledge to better cater to the specifics of the state. Thus, in this multifaceted framework, interdisciplinary areas like Sociological Study of Literature, the Language Movement, Goa Cultural Studies, Subaltern Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Law and Literature, Human Rights, Cartography and Archives, Heritage and Material Culture, Stories of Migration, India-Lusophone Relations, and Contemporary Art are explored and taught under the purview of the School.

Many eminent personalities were associated with the Faculty of languages before it became the School. Prof. B.V. Nemade who was the Founder Head of the erstwhile Department of English won the reputed Jnanpith award in 2014 for his contribution to Marathi literature. Similarly, Prof. Arvind Pandey from the former Department of Hindi was an outstanding scholar of Sanskrit and Urdu besides being an established literary critic of Hindi literature. Dr. Manohar Rai Sardesai, who was an eminent teacher of French, was also a renowned poet in Konkani. Dr. Olivinho Gomes, who was the Head of the erstwhile Department of Konkani contributed significantly to Konkani sociolinguistics. Moreover, Konkani Department has various projects from Sahitya Academy, NCERT, UGC, Central Directorate of Hindi, New Delhi, Commission for Scientific & Technical Terminology, New Delhi and Goa Konkani Academy, Goa. A Centre for Konkani Development Studies had been set up with the support of UGC in the IX Five-Year-Plan as an adjunct of the Department of Konkani which was engaged in multiple academic projects like the preparation of terminology, dictionaries, translation from Indian and foreign classics especially those relating to literary criticism, transliteration of Konkani texts from one script to another and the publication of the same for the benefit of the students. The Centre has done video documentation of Dasro, Ghumat vadan (Sakaarat), Rannamale (folk drama), Fugddi (folk dance) and the Three Kings Feast of Chandor under the unique programme called "Know our Culture".

The erstwhile Department of Portuguese and Lusophone Studies is the only one of its kind in the entire Indian Subcontinent. Through the Joaquim Heliodoro da Cunha Rivara Chair, it actively promotes Indo-Portuguese studies. Joaquim Heliodoro da Cunha Rivara (1809 - 1879) was a Portuguese historian, philologist, administrator, politician and a Professor of Philosophy who defended the Konkani language and published a grammar and a history of the language titled Ensaio Histórico da Língua Concani. Thanks to the Cunha Rivara Chair, students, faculty and the public in Goa are able to benefit from interactions with international visiting research professors in the areas of language contact, ethnomusicology, social and economic networks, maritime communities, political and cultural history and history of art.

The amalgamation into a School is promising in more ways than one: inter-language and inter-linguistic synergies in a variety of domains, translations with local and international languages, opening up of new research opportunities and an innovative offer of courses await. Down the years, students have benefited from the quality education and industry preparedness offered by the language departments. The synergies of the School will multiply the advantages for our students. On the whole, it is our belief that The Shenoi Goembab School of Languages and Literature will be able to offer exciting possibilities for our students and researchers to express themselves by incorporating interdisciplinary perspectives and vision.

Academic programmes leading to a Degree / Diploma / Certificate :

Programme Programme Director Intake
Certificate of Proficiency in French-1 (Level A1)Syllabus --
Certificate of Proficiency in French A2 (Level A2)Syllabus --
Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese - ISyllabus --
Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese - IISyllabus --
Diploma of Proficiency in French (Level B1)Syllabus --
Diploma of Proficiency in PortugueseSyllabus --
Advanced Diploma in French Language (Level B2)Syllabus --
Advanced Diploma in Portuguese--
Advanced Diploma in TranslationSyllabus --
B.A. French (Hons.)Time Table | Syllabus Kshama Dattaram Dharwadkar-
B.A. PortugueseTime Table | Syllabus | Revised Syllabus Scarlet Ava Fernandes-
M.A. EnglishTime Table | Syllabus | Syllabus 2022-23 Poorwa Naik-
M.A. FrenchTime Table | Syllabus | Syllabus 2022-23 Irene Silveira-
M.A. HindiTime Table | Syllabus | Syllabus 2022-23 Bipin Bihari Tiwari-
M.A. KonkaniTime Table | Syllabus | Syllabus 2022-23 Hanumant Chandrakant Chopdekar-
M.A. MarathiTime Table | Syllabus | Syllabus 2022-23 Vinay Madgaonkar-
M.A. PortugueseTime Table | Syllabus | Revised Syllabus | Syllabus 2022-23 Dhruv Sudin Usgaonkar-
M.Phil. English--
M.Phil. Hindi--
M.Phil. Marathi--
M.Phil. Portuguese--
Ph.D. English--
Ph.D. French--
Ph.D. Hindi--
Ph.D. Konkani--
Ph.D. Marathi--


Name Designation Areas of Interest
Hemant AiyaAssistant ProfessorFolklore & Folkliterature, Goan Folklore, Research Methodology, Marathi Language & Linguistics, Creative writing, Street play
Loraine Ethel Barreto AlbertoAssistant ProfessorIndo-Portuguese Literature and Culture, Teaching Portuguese as a Foreign Language
Vinayak BapatAssistant ProfessorLiterary Criticism, Ancient Marathi Literature, Marathi Novels
Jeanette Camilla Barbosa NoronhaAssistant Professor (Contract)Foreign Language Acquisition, Teaching Portuguese as a Foreign Language
Othman Benjelloun-TouimiFrench Language AssistantTravel stories, Phenomenology, Narratology, Romanticism movement, Analytic and language philosophy
Nina CaldeiraProfessorGoa Cultural Studies, Post-colonial Literature, Linguistics, American Literature
Anjali ChaubeyAssistant ProfessorIndian English Theatre, Diaspora Studies and Gender Studies
Hanumant Chandrakant ChopdekarAssociate ProfessorLiterary Criticism, Konkani Folklore, Language Movement, Indian and Western Poetics, Linguistics, Translation
Franz Schubert Agnelo De Miranda CottaAssistant ProfessorLusophone literature and culture, Translation and cultural studies, Performative arts and traditions
Shourya DalviAssistant Professor (Contract)Teaching methodology, Culture Studies, Literature
Delfim Correia DaSilvaUGC - Assistant ProfessorInterdisciplinary Portuguese Studies (Teaching Portuguese as Foreign Language, Portuguese Literature and Linguistics)
Sangeeta R. DessaiAssistant ProfessorIndian Travel Writing, Goan Folk Literature and Pedagogical Perspectives on Goan Literature
Kshama Dattaram DharwadkarAssistant ProfessorTranslation, Linguistics, Phonetics, Mythology
Marcelle Feigol GuilAssistant Professor (Tenure)Intercultural Communication, Foreign Language Teaching and Learning, Multilingualism, Literary Studies
Scarlet Ava FernandesAssistant ProfessorPortuguese Language & Linguistics; Creative Writing
Soniya Sitaram GadkarAssistant ProfessorFolklore, Literary Criticism, Humour Literature
Sanika A. GaonkarAssistant ProfessorSpecial study of Konkani Novels, Konkani Folklore, Indian and Western Poetics
Jayesh GaonkarAssistant ProfessorFolklore, Goan Marathi Literature
Manisha Chimano GaudeAssistant ProfessorHindi Story and Hindi Travel Literature
Chinmay Madhu GhaisasAssistant ProfessorTranslation Studies & Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, Professional Marathi & Grammar, Journalism & Mass Media, Marathi Drama
Natasha Maria GomesAssistant ProfessorFrench Language Teaching Methodology, Development of TLMs and Culture Studies
Anthony GomesAssistant Professor (Contract)French phonetics, Francophone studies, French culture, Linguistics, French Literature
Sweta Prasad GovekarAssistant ProfessorMedia & Journalism, Hindi Novel
Vinay MadgaonkarAssistant ProfessorFolk Literature and Indian Literature
Vrushali S. MandrekarProfessorShort Story, Comparative Literature & Translation
Runa MenezesAssistant Professor (Contract)Performance Art, Drama, American Literature, Media Studies
Rama D. MurkundeAssistant ProfessorLinguistics, Translation, Feminism, Feminist literature & Literary Criticism
Kripali Banerjee NaikAssistant ProfessorFeminist Literature, Indian Literature
Poorwa NaikAssistant ProfessorIndian Literatures in English, Translation Studies, Queer Literature in India, Cultural Studies
Naresh Chandrakant NaikAssistant ProfessorOld Konkani Literature, Creative Literature, Folklore, Literary Criticism
Nafisa OliveiraAssistant ProfessorLaw and Literature, Human Rights, Translation Studies, Culture Studies, Dystopian Fiction, and Graphic Novel as a Form
Shusha OliveiraAssistant Professor (Contract)Graphic novels, postmodern art, and francophone literature
Sheela PandeyAssistant Professor (Contract)Cultural Studies, Mythologies, Dalit and Post-Colonial Literature, Language Learning Methodology
Prakash S. ParienkarAssociate ProfessorSociological Study of Literature, Special Study of Konkani Novels, Research Methodology
Irene SilveiraAssistant ProfessorFrench and Francophone Literature, Culture Studies, Diaspora Studies, Sociolinguistics, Didactics of French as Foreign language
Aditya Dayanand Sinai-BhanguiAssistant ProfessorLinguistics, Hindi Grammar, Translation & Indian Poetics
Bipin Bihari TiwariAssistant ProfessorHindi Story, Hindi Criticism
Sunita S. UmraskarAssociate ProfessorMedieval Marathi Literature, Literary Criticism, Modern Form of Literature and Linguistics
Dhruv Sudin UsgaonkarAssistant ProfessorPortuguese as an International Language, Intercultural studies, India-Lusophone relations, Postcolonial Studies
Deepak Prabhakar VarakAssistant ProfessorDrama, Contemporary Poetry, Translation, Modern Literature
Purva Pandit VastaAssistant ProfessorTranslation Studies, Comparative Literature, Modern Marathi Literature
Priyanka VerekarAssistant Professor (Contract)Indian and Western drama, Film theory studies
Mamata Deepak VerlekarAssistant ProfessorHindi Poetry & Literary Criticism
Anuradha WagleProfessorTranslation, Linguistics, Teaching Methodology

Superannuated Faculty:

Name Designation Areas of Interest
K. Sripad BhatProfessorLiterary Theory, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
Andre Rafael FernandesProfessorNovel, Commonwealth literature, Language laboratory and Tiatr

Other Information:

  • Activity Report: World Theatre Day Drama Screening Festival (27 Mar 2024)
  • Activity Report: An Interactive Session on Introduction to Research in Francophone Studies to commemorate International Francophonie Day (20 Mar 2024)
  • Activity Report: Two-Day National Symposium on the life and works of Dr. Manohar Rai Sardessai (13-14 Mar 2024)
  • Activity Report: Lecture on "Understanding the role of the Written Press" (20 Feb 2024)
  • Activity Report: Les ecrivaines francophones et le recit de vie (16 Feb 2024)
  • Activity Report: Lecture on "Tête à Tête with Ari Gautier" (16 Feb 2024)
  • Activity Report: Field Trip on Indo-Portuguese Studies (16 Feb 2024)
  • Activity Report: Health talk on 'Effortless Weight loss and Diabetes Prevention' by Dr. Jagannath Dixit (5 Feb 2024)
  • Activity Report: Two-Day International Seminar on "Fernando Pessoa: A Poet's Creed" (9-10 Jan 2024)
  • Activity Report: Higher Education Opportunities in France (15 Dec 2023)
  • Activity Report: << La presentation et la degustation des recettes indiennes >> (14 Dec 2023)
  • Activity Report: Live telecast screening of Viksit Bharat @ 2047: Voice of Youth (11 Dec 2023)
  • Activity Report: ATELIERS: Programa de formacao em didatica de linguas (5,6,7 Dec 2023)
  • Activity Report: Conference in collaboration with CLP-Camões and Universidade de Aveiro (5 Dec 2023)
  • Activity Report: Student-Centric Practices - Facilitating engagement with Visual content via Web-based platforms. (31 Oct 2023)
  • Activity Report: Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge. (31 Oct 2023)
  • Activity Report: नेट सेट मार्गदर्शन कार्यशाळा. (23 Oct 2023)
  • Activity Report: European Day of Languages. (26-27 Sep 2023)
  • Activity Report: ONE DAY “PROPOSAL WRITING WORKSHOP FOR DISSERTATION” “प्रबंधिका प्रस्तावलेखन कार्यशाळा”. (16 Sep 2023)
  • Activity Report: Guest lecture of Dr. Saish Deshpande on the topic ‘प्रयोगक्षम लोककलांचे संशोधन'. (06 Sep 2023)
  • Activity Report: Field Trip - Goa Chitra Museum. (02 Sep 2023)
  • Activity Report: MIC driven NEP 2020 activity. (29 Aug 2023)
  • Activity Report: Participative learning "Entretien d'embauche dans le secteur du tourisme >> (29 Aug 2023)
  • Activity Report: Introduction to CAT tool-RIAN. (28 Aug 2023)
  • Activity Report: Commemorative days - Independence Day. (14 Aug 2023)
  • Activity Report: TYBA Project Writing Workshop. (14 Aug 2023)
  • Activity Report: Freedom and Republican Symbols: India and France. (14 Aug 2023)
  • Activity Report: "Meri Maati, Mera Desh" Campaign. (11 Aug 2023)
  • Activity Report: T.Y. B.A. Project Orientation. (28 Jul 2023)
  • Activity Report: Orientation for MA Part I Students. (18 Jul 2023)
  • Activity Report: Francophilia. (17 Jul 2023)
  • Activity Report: India-France Culturescapes. (14 Jul - 15 Aug 2023)
  • Activity Report: Orientation for MA Part 2 students. (21 Jun 2023)
  • Activity Report: F.Y. B.A. (French) Honours Orientation. (19 Jun 2023)
  • Activity Report: Orientation for MA Part 1 students. (19 Jun 2023)
  • Activity Report: World Portuguese Language day (5 May 2023)
  • Activity Report: Student-Centric Practices- Diagnostic French Language Test (21 Apr 2023)
  • Activity Report: 'वाहतूक सुरक्षा संस्कृती' विषयक पथनाट्य [A street play on road safety] (20 Apr 2023)
  • Activity Report: Workshop on Intercultural Perspectives (Nov 2022 - Apr 2023)
  • Activity Report: Awareness on Swatchhta and Road Safety (18 Apr 2023)
  • Activity Report: Poster Making and Slogan Writing Competition on Road Safety (17 Apr 2023)
  • Activity Report: Slogan Writing on Swachhta Awareness and Screening of a documentary film on Gandhiji (12 Apr 2023)
  • Activity Report: Participatory Learning. (1 Apr 2023)
  • Activity Report: NET/SET Coaching Classes (10 Sep 2022 - 01 Apr 2023)
  • Activity Report: Semaine de la Francophine. (21 - 24 Mar 2023)
  • Activity Report: Gomantakiya Marathi Documentary Festival 2023 (20 Mar 2023)
  • Activity Report: आदिबंधात्मक समीक्षा (17 Mar 2023)
  • Activity Report: काव्यलेखन कार्यशाळा - डॉ. अरुणा ढेरे (13 Mar 2023)
  • Activity Report: Guest lecture by Alexa Anthonie on "Multilingualism in the Global South: Presenting the norm, not the exception" (13 Mar 2023)
  • Activity Report: 'Trajeux: La traduction avec les jeux ludiques workshop' (11 Mar 2023)
  • Activity Report: व्याख्यानमाला - डॉ. अरुणा ढेरे. (8 Mar 2023)
  • Activity Report: A discussion on "A Better World for Women" on the occasion of International Women's Day (8 Mar 2023)
  • Activity Report: A special talk by Dr. Rewa Dubhashi, 'Women's health : Nutrition, issues and challenges' (8 Mar 2023)
  • Activity Report: Field Trip undertaken by the Portuguese and Lusophone Studies Discipline to the Museum of Christian Art (06 Mar 2023)
  • Activity Report: Reading Festival. (Nov 2022 - Feb 2023)
  • Activity Report: Audio-Video Recording of Literary Lectures by 25 Goan Marathi Writers (27 Feb 2023)
  • Activity Report: 'जागतिक मराठी भाषा गौरव दिवस २०२३' -Competitions on the occasion of International Marathi day 2023 Celebration (27 Feb 2023)
  • Activity Report: 'Conferências Lusófonas' (15 Feb 2023)
  • Activity Report: Talk on "Universidade Aberta: Em qualquer lugar do mundo" (14 Feb 2023)
  • Activity Report: काव्यलेखन कार्यशाळा - विजय जोशी (12 Feb 2023)
  • Activity Report: One-day workshop on Paper-I of UGC-NET/SET exam (10 Feb 2023)
  • Activity Report: Research in the field of Marathi at university level: Review and Prospects (06 & 07 Feb 2023)
  • Activity Report: 'Guest Lecture on "राजभास आंदोलन आनी गोंयचें घटकराज्य : संघर्श आनी समन्वय" and Inaugural function of Konkani Blog' (06 Feb 2023)
  • Activity Report: Creative Writing Workshop (4 Feb 2023)
  • Activity Report: Workshop on 'अणकारः सिद्धांत आनी उपयोजन' - Translation: Theory & Practice (02-03 Feb 2023)
  • Activity Report: Guest lecture by Shri Devidas Gaonkar on "गोमंतकीय आदिवासी समाज: स्वरूप आणि जीवन " (30 Jan 2023)
  • Activity Report: Film Screening of 'Le Petit Prince' (30 Jan 2023)
  • Activity Report: National Voter’s Day 2023 celebrations (25 Jan 2023)
  • Activity Report: Presentation on 'Study in France' (20 Jan 2023)
  • Activity Report: Field trip to 'Goa Chitra Museum' (11 Jan 2023)
  • Activity Report: "लोकवेद भोंवडी - शिवोली गांवांतलो जागर: संशोधन आनी संवर्धन " [Research and Conservation of Jagor, a Folk Drama of Shivoli Village] (2-3 Jan 2023)
  • Activity Report: Christmas Fest (22 Dec 2022)
  • Activity Report: Talk on Research in Indo-Portuguese Studies by Dr. R. Benedito Ferrão (22 Dec 2022)
  • Activity Report: Sequence Pedagogique Et Animation De Cours De Fle. (17 Dec 2022)
  • Activity Report: Workshop on Research Methodology: Toward (un)questioning - Practices of theoretical research (16 Dec 2022)
  • Activity Report: Concert "Concerto de Natal" by international band Senza (15 Dec 2022)
  • Activity Report: Experiential Learning. (12 Dec 2022)
  • Activity Report: DELF B1 Training Session (05 Nov 2022 and 9 Dec 2022)
  • Activity Report: Guest lecture on the topic 'संस्कृत मराठी व्याकरण सहसंबंध' (6 Dec 2022)
  • Activity Report: Study Tour - Marathi Programme (5 Dec 2022)
  • Activity Report: फिंगर बाऊल कथासंग्रहातील कथांची निर्मितीप्रक्रिया by Shri. Vithal Gawas (28 Nov 2022)
  • Activity Report: 'संविधान दिवस' (Constitution day) organized by Marathi Programme (26 Nov 2022)
  • Activity Report: Workshop on 'Intercultural Communication: A Critical Approach to Language Teaching and Learning' (26 Nov 2022)
  • Activity Report: Samvidhan Diwas (Constitution Day) 2022 organized by Portuguese Programme (26 Nov 2022)
  • Activity Report: Constitution Day 2022 celebrations by French Programme (26 Nov 2022)
  • Activity Report: Film Screening of La vie scolaire (23 Nov 2022)
  • Activity Report: Delegation from the French Embassy in India visits Goa University (23 Nov 2022)
  • Activity Report: ‘ज्ञानदीपोत्सव’ Diwali issue: Exhibition and Reading (21 Nov 2022)
  • Activity Report: Guest Lecture by Dr. Vinod Gaikwad on मराठीतील विनोदी साहित्याचा अभ्यास (19 Nov 2022)
  • Activity Report: "Corruption free India for a Developed Nation" under the Vigilance Awareness Week (4 Nov 2022)
  • Activity Report: Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge. (31 Oct 2022)
  • Activity Report: Vigilance Awareness Week 2022 (31 Oct 2022)
  • Activity Report: Run for Unity (31 Oct 2022)
  • Activity Report: Discussion on selected Tiatrists Contributions in Konkani Tiatr (27 Oct 2022)
  • Activity Report: Field Trip to the Museum of Christian Art, Old Goa (12 Oct 2022)
  • Activity Report: Field Trip of B.A. French (Hons.) and B.A. Portuguese programmes (11 Oct 2022)
  • Book Release - 'Traces on the Sea: Portuguese Interaction with Asia' (7 Oct 2022)
  • Activity Report: International Translation Day - Multiple Perspectives in Translation Studies (30 Sep 2022)
  • Activity Report: Women in Localization India Chapter-Mentoring Event-Useful Resources and Role of Technology in L10n (29 Sep 2022)
  • Activity Report: European Day of Languages by Discipline of Portuguese and Lusophone Studies (26 Sep 2022)
  • Activity Report: European Day of Languages by Discipline of French and Francophone Studies (26 Sep 2022)
  • Activity Report: Project Orientation for TYBA Students of French and Portuguese (26 Sep 2022)
  • Activity Report: Inaugural function of Sharada Vidyarthi Mandal, Marathi Discipline (20 Sep 2022)
  • Activity Report: Orientation for FYBA Students of French and Portuguese (13 Sep 2022)
  • Activity Report: ‘एक राखी सैनिकासाठी’- A Rakhi for a Soldier (19 Aug 2022)
  • Activity Report: Workshop on 'Play Text in Performance' (16-20 Aug 2022)
  • Activity Report: Special programme on the occasion of Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav (12 Aug 2022)
  • Activity Report: E-Lecture by Dr Vaibhav Singh on the occasion of Sant Tulsidas and Premchand Jayanti (1 Aug 2022)
  • Activity Report: Photography Competition on 'Goa: Old and New' (20 Jul 2022)
  • Activity Report: Slogan competition 'भांगराळें गोंय [Bhangralle Goem]' (20 Jul 2022)
  • Activity Report: Exhibition of Archives related to Goa Liberation (15 Jul 2022)
  • Activity Report: Poetry recitation competition on the occasion of B.B. Borkar death anniversary (8 Jul 2022)
  • Podcast of audio-books of short stories by Goan writers in Portuguese