Chetas: A Journal of Literature and Cultural Studies is an online journal of the Department of English, Punjabi University, Patiala. It is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published bi-annually. The journal publishes original contributions in the form of scholarly papers, literary and critical essays, interviews, book reviews, photo essays, commentaries, reports, etc.
Chetas is a Sanskrit word that can be tentatively translated as consciousness, intellect, reason, mind, or perception.
The Department of English was established, with the founding of the University, in 1962. The Department runs a wide range of courses for Masters and Doctoral degrees; it has recently started a Five Year Integrated Programme in Languages. The courses include beginning with Introduction to Poetry: Medieval and Renaissance, Classical and Elizabethan Drama, English Phonetics and Phonology, William Shakespeare: From Stage to Screen, Beginnings of the Novel Literary Criticism, Poetry from Neoclassical to Victorian Age, Contemporary Essay and others in M.A. Part I. In Part II, the core courses offered are Literature and Modernity, Literary and Cultural Theory, Modern Indian Literature in Translation, Literature and Politics, and Literature and Gender. The optional courses are Literature and Postcoloniality, Creative Writing, and Language and Linguistics. In Ph.D. Course Work, the courses offered are Research Methodology, Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Literature, Exile and Diaspora, Modern World Poetry, Film Studies, etc.