Devika Panikar

δάσκαλος (dáskalos) means teacher in Greek. I have been teaching English Language and Literature since 2006 and am an Assistant Professor with the Directorate of Collegiate Education under the Government of Kerala. I now work at the Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram. 

A good teacher can make a difference in students’ lives, impacting everything from classroom learning to long-term success. When it comes to effective teaching, strong communication skills are a must. Excellent communication doesn’t continue even when the teacher is done talking. Listening well is one of the most critical skills needed for a teacher. I’m a firm believer in communication in all forms. As an aspiring leader disseminating knowledge, communication is a tool to overcome fear.

I know that working in education means I’m always working with others. Working as a teacher often means working effectively in a group. A willingness to share knowledge and experiences with others is one of the most essential qualities of a good teacher. It’s also important to keep an open mind and learn from others, including the students before us. To engage students and improve their learning, we need to treat each student as an individual by being empathetic and understanding of what may be going on in their lives. No matter what grade level we’re teaching, our patience will be tested while working as an educator. Teachers who bring their students’ learning into the real world are often some of the most engaging. Being able to engage students with humour, creative lessons, and a strong classroom presence is also an essential part of what makes someone a good teacher.

One of the critical skills needed to be a good teacher is dedication to continued education and a love of learning. Effective teachers need to be able to work in a constantly evolving environment and adjust their teaching methods based on the age of their students, the resources available and changing curriculum, practices, and requirements. This website is part of such an effort. It is a collection of lecture notes prepared by referencing various sources for my students’ perusal.

Devika Panikar


  • Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram
    Assistant Professor of English · July 2023 to present
  • Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram
    Assistant Professor of English · June 2017 to July 2023
  • Government Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram
    Assistant Professor of English · May 2012 to June 2017
  • Sri Swathi Thirunal Government College of Music, Thiruvananthapuram
    Assistant Professor of English · March 2011 to May 2012
  • University College, Thiruvananthapuram
    Assistant Professor of English · July 2010 to March 2011
  • Central Polytechnic, Vattiyoorkavu, Thiruvananthapuram
    Assistant Professor of English · June 2010 to July 2010
  • Government Polytechnic, Neyyattinkara, Thiruvananthapuram
    Lecturer in English · January 2010 to June 2010
  • Sri Sankaracharya University Regional Centre, Thiruvananthapuram
    Lecturer in English · August 2006 to January 2010
  • K.N.M. Government College, Kanjiramkulam, Thiruvananthapuram
    Guest Lecturer in English · June 2006 to August 2006


  • University of Kerala Centre of Teacher Education, Thiruvananthapuram
    Class of 2006 · English Language · Bachelor of Education
  • All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram
    Class of 2005 · English literature · Master of Arts
  • All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram
    Class of 2003 · English literature · Bachelor of Arts
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram
    Class of 2000 · Science · Plus Two
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya, Vidya Nagar, Kasargod
    Class of 1995 · Upper Primary
  • Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Vidya Nagar, Kasargod
    Class of 1992 · Primary


  • Official Address Assistant Professor of English, Government Law College, Barton Hill, Vikas Bhavan P.O., Thiruvananthapuram- 695035, Kerala, India
  • Residential Address SIVADAM, T.C.18/1233-3, Thrikkannapuram, Aramada P.O., Thiruvananthapuram- 695032, Kerala, India
  • Phone +91 99470 62789 | +91 93880 62789
  • E-mail

Last Edited on 2023-07-20