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Dr.D. Radhakrishnan Nair

Professor Emeritus |

About

Prof.Dr.D.RadhakrishnanNair is Emeritus Professor/Editor at SCMS Cochin School of Business. A faculty member who has a long, distinguished career as Professor of English Language, Literature, Cultural studies, and English Communication, he is the author of award winning book on Narratology, and author of other seminal books and papers. He has presented papers in international conferences, on narratology and literary comparatistics.  Besides being a speaker for many academic and social causes he is the editor of a double blind peer reviewed, scientific/academic  journal in business and management studies, embedded in databases: Cabell’s,  J-Gate,  EBSCO, ProQuest, and Ulrich’s with Copernicus Index and UGQR Impact Factor. One of the leaders of popular movements like “Against Establishment of Atomic Reactor in Kerala” (1982-90), he is a teacher with five decades of experience in teaching English. He has attended   workshop:   “Train the trainers” organized by the British Council, Refresher Course in ELT at CIEFL, and training in English teaching given by CUP. He has organized many UGC Seminars, Refresher courses for University and College teachers, and academic conferences.

Educational Qualification

  • PhD in English language and Literature

Employment History

  • Main stream: Mar Athanasius College 30.6.1967-30.6.2001 as Lecturer, Professor grade II, Professor Grade I, Reader, Reader and HOD, Principal, Professor on contract in CUSAT, Principal of Bhaskara College of Arts,
  • Principal of Malik Deenar of Arts and Commerce, Emeritus Professor and Editor of SCMS Journal of Indian Management in SCMS Cochin School of Business.
  • Lateral stream 1 Service and Social commitment: Program officer, National Scheme 1975-1985
  • Lateral Stream 2 Research and development: Director Mahatma Gandhi Research Centre in English with Two MPhil Streams: for regular candidates and for College and University teachers. He was University Research Supervisor for PhD and Research Supervisor for MPhil for Kerala University and for Mahatma Gandhi University.

Key Responsibilities Held

  • Principal 1.1.1997 – 31.12.1999, Mar Athanasius College
  • Director Mahatma Gandhi University Research Centre in English 1.6.1991-30.6.2001
  • Editor, SCMS Journal of Indian Management since 2004 and Prof. in Charge of Doctoral Research in Management Studies at SCMS from 1.6. 2009.
  • Member, Kerala University Level Advisory Committee of National Service Scheme 1979-85
  • Professor on contract Cochin University of Science and Technology in School of Engineering Department during 2001-02
  • Reader selected by the Kerala State as one of the 16 Readers from among all teachers of all University affiliated colleges w.e.f. 1990
  • Lecturer in English, Mar Athanasius College, Kothamangalam during 1967-76
  • Professor Grade II Mar Athanasius College, Kothamangalam during 1977-1982
  • Professor Grade I, Mar Athanasius College, Kothamangalam during 1982-90
  • Professor of English and Communications from 2004
  • Professor in charge of Doctoral Research, SCMS since 2009
  • Emeritus Professor since June 2016
  • Principal, Bhaskara College, Kaithapram, Kannur, afiiliated to Kannur University during 2002-2003
  • Principal, Malik Deenar College, Pallarimangalam, affiliated to MG University during 2003-2004
  • Chairman, Doctoral committee, PhD Program, Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Chairman, Doctoral committee, M.Phil Program, Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Chairman, Board of Examiners, Postgraduate Studies in English Language&Literature, Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Chairman, Board of Examiners, Undergraduate Studies in English, Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Chairman, Doctoral committee, Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Subject Expert, Doctoral committee, Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Research Supervisor, SreeSankaracharya University for PhD
  • Research Supervisor, Mahatma Gandhi University for MPhil
  • Research Supervisor, Kerala University for MPhil
  • Member, Board of Examiners, Calicut University
  • Member, Board of Examiners, Kerala University

Teaching Interests

  • Director of UGC Refresher Course in English for teachers of Universities and Colleges conducted by Mahatma Gandhi University.

Resource Person

  • Resource Person for UGC Refresher in English for teachers of Universities and Colleges conducted by Mahatma Gandhi University for many years
  • Resource Person for UGC Refresher in English for teachers of Universities and Colleges conducted by University of Kerala for many years
  • Resource Person for UGC Refresher in English for teachers of Universities and Colleges conducted by University of Calicut for many years
  • Resource Person for UGC Refresher in English for teachers of Universities and Colleges conducted by Gandhigram Rural Institute deemed to be University, Tamilnadu for many years
  • Resource Person for UGC Refresher in Malayalam for teachers of Universities and Colleges conducted by University of Calicut for many years

 

  • Organizer, Cambridge University Press training in teaching of English Language, Workshop in March 2005
  • Attended Workshop on publishing journal, Saintgitt’s Institute of Management organized by Dr.Omprakash Gupta, University of Houston, Downtown
  • Attended Workshop “Train the Trainer” for teaching English (2005) in Chennai organized by British Council of India
  • Attended several workshops and seminars at American Students research Centre, Hyderabad
  • Attended refresher courses in teaching of English at Central Institute of English and foreign Languages Deemed to be University, Hyderabad
  • He completes fifty years of teaching English as on 30.6.2017.

Research Interests

  • Research Paper submitted to Kerala University on “Marxian Influence on the early poetry of Cecil Day Lewis, Louis McNeice, and Auden.” He secured his PhD for his paper “Narrative Comparatistics in Eastern and western Epic Traditions” as UGC sponsored Research Fellow for Doctoral research at the Institute of English, University of Kerala
  • Doctoral research guidance

He guided the following PhD candidates successfully for their doctoral research:

  1. Dr. Celine Francis (the late), Head of the Department of English, St.Joseph’s College Alleppey Identity crisis-and Self- Actualization in Fiction of William Golding and O.V. Vijayan: A Psychoanalytic Study
  2. Dr. Susan Thomas (the late):Sel.Grade Lecturer, Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha Archetypal Tragic myths in Robinson Jeffers.
  3. Dr. CherianElizabathEasow:Reader, CMScollge, KottayamThe Chrono–SynclasticInfundibulum of Pure Imaginative Freedom in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse –Five
  4. Dr. P.R.Sabitha: ‘Story’ and 'History'-the Dynamics of Narration in Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy
  5. Mr. Vinod Gopi, Lecturer, Selection Grade, Sree Sankara College, Kalady.: The Culture of Excess in Malcolm Bradbury's The History Man, Rates of Exchange and Doctor Criminale
  6. Mrs. Roseline T. Mathew, Associate Professor, St.Dominic’s College, Kanjirappilly.:When the Muted find Their Voices: The Problematic of Othering in Toni Morrison and Sara Joseph
  7. Mrs. Anitha Nair: Principal, Al-Ameen College, Edathala, Aluva. “Psychic Patterns in Space: Science Fiction by Doris Lessing and Ursula K.Leguin”
  8. P.K.Sreekumar Lecturer, Asst. Professor, Sanskrit College, Tripunithura The Universal Feminine Unconscious in Kamaladas; A Lacanian Perspective
  9. Sree S.V., Asst.Professor , University College, Trivandrum: The Ever-becoming ‘Time’ In the “Framebreaking” Texts(contexts) of Postmodern American Fiction
  10. Shima Mathew. Asst. Prof. Govt.College, Koothattukulam “Time shapes: Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a traveler and David Lodge’s Small World”

 

  • MPhil research guidance

He guided the following MPhil candidates successfully for their doctoral research:

  1. Cherian Alexander: Narrative Technique in Lord of the Flies
  2. Mariamma Panjikaran Focalization in Narrative Fiction with special reference to William Golding's Lord of the Flies
  3. Ravindranathan K.M.: Ted Hughes: A Study of his Imagery with reference to The Hawk in the Rain. Lupercal and Wodwo
  4. Celine K.J.: Deconstructionists of Darkness: William Goiding, the Novelist and Francis Bacon, the painter
  5. Anuradha S.K. :Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim: a reading as woman.
  6. C. Sreekala : Temporal Distortions in William Golding's Free Fall
  7. Mary Agnes Fernandez: Post-war Psyche: A study based on the short stories of Angus Wilson
  8. Nirmala Devi S. Metaphysical Musings in Raja Rao's Short Fiction
  9. Sathy: R. Academic World of Intrigue in the Novels of C.P. Snow
  10. SaraswathyAntharjanam N.: Narrative Techniques of Somerset Maugham with special reference to Selected Short Stories
  11. Saraswathi : P. Narrative Rhythm in Toni Morrison's Jazz
  12. Bashi Paul: Narrative Technique of John Cheever with Special Reference to selected short stories
  13. Joseph Sebastian : Who has the right to say "I"? A study of selfhood in Susan Sontag's /. ETCETERA
  14. Anita Nair: Unearthing the Mother Syndrome: The Mother-Daughter Relation in Doris Lessing's Children of Violence
  15. Mariamma George: David Lodge's Small World: A Defense and Definition of Critical Pluralism
  16. Roseline T. Mathew Transgressing Femininity - Patterns of Subversion in Tony Morrison
  17. Mercy Joseph C: The Complete and Immutable Picture: Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children as a Cinematic Novel
  18. Sapna K.: Erosion of Innocence in Toni Morrison's the Bluest Eye.
  19. Seema Chandrasekhar: Darker shades of the Dark Continent: Narrative of Subversiveness in Daughters of Africa.
  20. Yamuna D.S. : The 'problematic,' the 'paradoxical, 'and the 'parodic' in Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook
  21. Lakshmi . J: Literary Comparatistics of Aesop's Fables s and ThePanchatantra
  22. Reena G. Nair Literature as a Repository of Culture with Special reference to Shashi Tharoor's The Great Indian Novel.
  23. Shanthi Simon. Dystopian ChronotopeIn Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale
  24. MexinaD'Silva :O'Neill's Tragedies: An Infiltration of Modernism and Tradition
  25. Jasmine Diwakar: Carnivalization and Palimpsesting: Subversive Techniques in Salman Rushdie's The Moor's Last Sigh
  26. Jayasree S. : ln Search of an Authentic Being: Patrick White's The Eye of the Storm
  27. Jyothi Lakshmi R. Displacement as Metaphor in Eudora Welty's A Curtain of Green and Other Stories
  28. Arathi Balakrishnan : Perspective in Critical Pluralism: Readings of Edmund White's Caracole
  29. Preetha Joseph: NadineGodimer's My Son's Story as Metaifictional Narrative
  30. Thomas M.T. : Midnight's Children as a Repository of historiographicMetafiction
  31. Pius T.K. The Narrative subjectification: A Foucaltian Reading of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose
  32. Sukumaran Nair K.:Problematizing Juvenile Existence: A Reader-Oriented Exegesis of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Beloved.
  33. Jose V.M. "So much has been lost. There was no way it could have been salvaged. . . “A Study of O.V.Vijayan's The Legends of Khasak as a tale lost in Translation
  34. Allimol Sebastian: The Theme of Frustration in Shasi DeshPande's That Long Silence
  35. Laila K.B.: Narrative Strategies Anita Desai's Journey to Ithaca
  36. Marykutty K.M.: Innateness of Motherhood in women: A Re-reading of Doris Lessing's The Fifth Child
  37. Nikhil M.: Narrative Modes in The Catcher in The Rhye
  38. G.Sudha: Time as Grist in the Historical Mill: Malcome Bradury's The History Man
  39. Thomas John C.: Parody as Narrative in David Lodge's Small World
  40. Abraham C.V.: Towards spiritual phototropism: Patterns of Ecclesiastical Paradigm in John Cheever's Falcon.

Publications

  • As Old as a hill, yet fragrant as a fresh flower" published in the Souvenir of the Kerala University Institute of English (1970)
  • Critical article ' Aakhyanata' (Narrativity) in Bhashaposhini December2000
  • Review article on Eastern Epics in the Year Book of Comparative and General Literature {1989} published by the Indiana University, Bloomington
  • "Homiletics as a Narrative Technique in Paradise Lost and AdhyatmaRamayanam," published by Sahitya Academy
  • "Culture of Excess" in David Lodge's Small World published in the Journal of Literature and Aesthetics Vol.5, Number 1 January-June 1997.
  • "Politics of Retelling" in Hymnodic Subversion of Ramayana in the Journal OfSukrtindra Oriental Research Institute 1999.
  • "Psychic Patterns in Space: An Analysis of Doris Lessing's The Making Of the Representative for Planet 8" Encyclopedia of Literature in English Vol - IV New Delhi Atlantic Publishers and Distributors 2001(1144-1159)
  • "Identity, Ideology and Narrative" in The Web of Our Life, a collection of Essays, published in 2000(109-117)
  • Review Article on Vilasini's InangathaKannikal published in Silver Jubilee Souvenir, DesheeyaVayanashala, Karukutty (1976).
  • Review Article on Kakkanadan's Ushnamekhala published in VishalaKeralam Onam special (1976).
  • Review Article on PunathilKunjabdulla'sSmarakaSilakal by Katha Samrthy(1976).
  • Review Article on Valsala's NizhalUrangunnaVazhikal in the Y.M.C.A. Souvenir (1977).
  • "Identity, Ideology and Narrative" in The Web of Our Life, a collection of Essays, published in 2000(109-117)
  • Reviewer of Books in the Mathrubhumi, MalayalaManorama,Janayugam,and Deshabhimani
  • Reviewer of Books in the Indian Express.
  • Editor, SCMS Journal of Indian Management in Databases: Cabell’s, Ulrich’s, EBSCO. ProQuest, and J-Gate. It is in scms.edu.in/journal
  • Recollectiona of a Night, English Translation of the Malayalam novel by K.M. Tharakan (1974) published by CLS, Madras.
  • Vanity Fair (Thackeray) retold published in chosen world literature by Kerala State Institute of Languages 1972
  • AakhyanaVigyanam- Narratology a seminal book in literary theory published by Govt. of Kerala (2000)
  • Web of Our Life, a compilation of articles written by luminaries in the field of education published by DC Books

Social Commitment

  • Camp Director of the following NSS Camps:
  1. Ten days Camp (December 1975): Youth for Health and Hygiene at Mathirappilly, Kothamangalam.
    Ten-day camp 50 NSS volunteers participated with 100 local rural people, for popularizing preventive vaccination against epidemics and infectious diseases, and distributing 100 E. S. P. Type latrines with financial assistance from government.
  2. Ten-day Camp (December 1976) : Youth for Rural Reconstruction Camp at Nadukani near Kothamangalam.
    Nadukani – Perumannoor 4 kms. new road was constructed. 110 ten NSS volunteers and 200 villagers participated in the Camp.
  3. Ten days Camp (October 1977) : Youth for Rural Reconstruction Camp at Vadkkumbhagom near Kothamangalam.
    Vadkkumbhagom- Uppukandam 4 kms. new road was constructed. 110 ten NSS volunteers and 200 villagers participated in the Camp.
  4. Ten days Camp (December 1978) : Youth for Rural Reconstruction Camp at Nellimattam near Kothamangalam
    Nellimattam-Onjappara 5 kms. new road was constructed. 110 ten NSS volunteers and 220 villagers participated in the Camp.
  5. Ten-day Camp (December 1979) : Youth for Afforestation Camp at M.A.College Grounds, Kothamangalam near Kothamangalam
    Levelling , Gardening, and Beautification of 2 acres of land of the college, was taken up. 110 NSS Volunteers and 280 other students participated.
  6. Ten-day Camp (December 1980) Youth for Rural Reconstruction Camp at Uppukandam for 10 days
    Uppukandam-Chelakkappilly 3 kms. new road was constructed 110 ten NSS volunteers and 200 villagers participated in the Camp.
  7. Ten-day Camp (December 1981) Youth for Rural Reconstruction Camp at Paingottoor
    Paingottoor- Murikkassery Seven Km. new road was constructed 110 ten NSS volunteers and 250 villagers participated in the Camp.
  8. Ten-day Camp(December 1982) Youth for Rural Reconstruction Camp at Mavudy
    Mavudy Government School Ground was constructed. 110 ten NSS volunteers and 300 villagers participated in the Camp.
  9. Ten-day Camp (December 1983) Youth for Rural Reconstruction Camp at Kadathy for 10 days
    Kadathy – River new road one km. was constructed 110 ten NSS volunteers and 200 villagers participated during the Camp.
  10. Ten-day Camp (December 1984)Youth for Rural Reconstruction Camp at Onnukallu
    Onnukallu- Aavolichal new road was constructed 110 ten NSS volunteers and 200 villagers participated in the Camp.
  11. Youth for After Death Eye Donation /Eradication of Blindness in 1984
    The National Service scheme Unit undertook a campaign to encourage and popularize “After death eye donation.” Governor Shri. P. Ramachandran, the then State Education Minister, Ecclesiastical Dignitaries like His Holiness Catholicose and Bishops offered to contribute their eyes.
  12. Youth for conservation of water in 1983
    The National Service Scheme with the cooperation of RDO, initiated testing water of Kothamangalam Canal and public wells, and started educating people to conserve the precious water.
  • Lectures delivered
  1. Professor Kesavan Potty Memorial Lecture at S. D. College, Alleppey in 1992 on "From Genesis to Paradise Lost - Transformation of the Myth of Adam and Eve"
  2. Lecture on Comparative Narratology delivered at the Pareekshit Memorial Seminar under the auspices of Govt. Sanskrit College, Tripunithura in January 2000
  3. Lecture on Comparative Narratology delivered at the Seminar in Comparative Literature conducted jointly by the UGC and CUSAT in the Department of Foreign Languages, Cochin University.
  4. Lectures on Ramayana at the 12th International Ramayana Conference in Leiden, the Netherlands.in August 1995
  5. Lecture on Comparative Narratology at the International Comparative Literature Conference in Leiden, the Netherlands.in August 2000
  6.  Lecture on Current Trends in Malayalam writing at Tunchan Festival and South India Poetry Conference 2002 at Tirur.
  7. Lecture: “Against Establishment of Nuclear Reactor in India” delivered in Viswa Yuvak Kendra, in connection with the Seminar on “Against Establishment of Atomic Reactors” in New Delhi 1984.

Achievements

  • Honing Learning skills Course Developed for Better English Communication Learning Tips for English Students
  • Listed as National Translator in the National Register of Kendra Sahithya Academy
  • Winner of Murali Trophy for the Program Officer of the Best NSS Unit of the university in 1982 received from Hon.Governor of Kerala, ShriP.Ramachandran
  • Winner of Merit of Honour Award as the leader of the National Service Scheme which took up Self-help Housing Scheme for the Homeless poor - "Merit of Honour" given away by Hon.GyaniZail Singh, the then President of India on 2 October in 1983.
  • Organiser of after death Eye Donation Campaign October 23 in1984 inaugurated by KeralaGovernor ShriP.Ramachandran
  • Member nominated on Municipal development Committee in lieu of the elected Municipal Council of Kothamangalamin 1982-84 by by the RDO
  • Won the Sophia award for the work in literary theory for Sophia Award for the year 2003 for the work Narratology, given away by the Kerala Minister for education and culture
  • Co ordinator of Kothamangalam Development - Projects submitted to Central govt.
  • Member, International Comparative Literature Association
  • Member, International Ramayana Conference
  • Member, All India English Teachers’ Conference
  • Member, Expert Committee for the preparation and production of text books in English for Schools, Government of Kerala for three years (1986-1989).
  • Life Member, American Studies Research Centre, Hyderabad.
  • Life Member, Indian Society of Commonwealth Studies, New Delhi.
  • Member, Authors' Guild of India, New Delhi
  • Life Member, Indian Association of English Studies, New Delhi.
  • Chief Editor, Silver Jubilee Souvenir of the Institute of English, University of Kerala (1987).
  • Chief Editor, Silver Jubilee Souvenir (1982), Mar Athanasius College, Kothamangalam.
  • Member, Doctoral Committee in English of the Mahatma Gandhi University since 1991
  • Subject Expert, Doctoral Committee in English of the Mahatma Gandhi University (1994).
  • Coordinator, UGC sponsored Refresher Course in English for University and College teachers {6-29 March 1995).
  • Joint Secretary, Organization for Promotion of Technical Education in Kerala
  • Academic Dean, Malik Deenar Institutions, Malik Deenar Islamic Development Trust, Pallarimangalam.
  • Member(formerly), Board of Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam(1985-88)