Govt. of West Bengal
Bethune College
Bethune College

Department of Bengali

Bethune College : Chemistry Department

Course Details

Three year Honours Degree Course (Calcutta University).
U.G. General Course for students with Honours in other Humanities subjects.
Two year Post-Graduate Course in Bengali (affiliated to the University of Calcutta).

About the Department

The Bengali Department of this college started it's journey from 1879 (intermediate). Intellectuals from other disciplines devoted their time for teaching Bengali, because the college had no separate teacher for Bengali in its embryonic stage. Pandit Madan Mohan Tarkalankar, Kabi Kamini Roy and many other respective persons took regular classes for a long time to Bengali Department for the necessary momentum. Although the department is above the vintage test, it started off formally in 1943. Smt. Bharati Mukherjee joined as the first lecturer in Bengali. In 1948, Prof.Lila Roy joined, followed immediately by Dr. Dipti Tripathi as the Assistant Professor. In 1979,including Dr.Uma Roy, other teachers were karabi Bhattacharyya, Smt. Sanghamitra Dutta, Smt. Chandra Mukherjee, Smt. Shanta Sen, Smt. Krishna Palit and Smt. Banimanjari Das. Prior to this, Smt. Sunanda Dasgupta for sometime and Smt. Kamala Kanjilal for many years served the department.

In keeping with the NAAC Peer Team's recommendation, a Post Graduate course was introduced in the year 2014.The Post Graduate Department was granted academic autonomy and conducting the examination and being in charge of the examination process.

Presently the Department has nine fulltime teachers, including 3 Associate professors and 6 Assistant Professors. Eminent teachers and educationists from various fields regularly share their knowledge and skill with our students as guest faculty.

Research and Extension Activities

The teachers of the Department are seriously engaged in research-oriented activities, apart from their regular duties in college:

The Head of the Department , Smt. Sumita Mukhopadhyay has analysed the short stories of Jagadish Gupta in the light of Freudian psycho analysis. She has been working on ‘Marginalized Women in Literature’ for a long period of time. Besides she has to her credit national and international publications.

Smt. Suchimita Maitra has worked extensively on Tagorean literature . Her special area of interest is Nineteenth Century Bengali Literature and Culture.

Smt. Tanwi Mukhopadhyay specializes in comparative literature . Her papers have been published in a number of books and journals.

Sri Sumanta Mukhopadhyay has worked extensively on Translation and Poetry. His edited books, such as Kobita Samagra - Bhaskar Charaborty (Vol. I & II) Gadya Samagra Bhaskar Charaborty, Dirgha Kobita - Joy Goswami are highly acclaimed. He has also worked on the aesthetics and politics of Bengali literature in colonial period .

Sri Chhandam Chakraborty is continuing his research work on the stylistic features of the prose writings of Abanindranath Tagore. His areas of interest include linguistics , narratology and children’s literature . He has to his credit scholarly papers and research articles on narratology and linguistics.

Dr. Sharmistha Niyogi’s area of research are the novels of Balai Chand Mukhopadhya, their structure and style. She has also worked on translation literature and Rabindranath as a translator.

Dr. Anwesha Khan has worked on ‘Rabindranather Swakrito Anubad : Rup Theke Rupantar -- Ekti Uttaran Prakriya – Etadbishayak Samiksha’ ( Self Translation By Rabindranath Tagore) for her PhD. She also has to her credit scholarly papers on Tagore’s translations, as well as the literary works of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay.

Dr. Anindita Datta has worked on the literature of Bangladesh, for her doctoral thesis. Her area of interest includes psycho-cultural aspect of modern bengali literature.

Smt. Sohini Bhattacharya is presently engaged in her Ph.D work on manuscriptology and paleography from Jadavpur University . Her area of interest is old and medieval period of Bengali Literature. She has also participated in various workshops, seminars and has presented a number of innovative papers on different subjects.

The faculty members have contributed research articles in reputed journals and books . They, along with their students, are actively involved in editing magazines and books. The department has always attempted to inspire the critical and analytical skills of students through dissertations , seminars, etc.

Eminent speakers like Shaoli Mitra, popular theatre personality; Soumitra Basu, a renowned retired professor of Jadavpur University;, Dr. Minakshi Sinha; distinguished retired professor and famous theatre actress, and many others have enlightened the students in special classes and seminars.



  • The Department has been provided with computers and photocopy machine
  • It also has a projector so that film shows can be organized for the students
  • Besides more than 25000 books ( related to the literature and language ) in the Central Library the Department has a rich Seminar Library and a special Book Bank donated by Alumnae

Prizes & Fellowship :

  1. Bani Bose Memorial Prize (Awarded to the students securing highest marks in B.A.(Hons.) examinationIn Bengali Hons.from Bethune College).
  2. Jogesh Chandra Bhattacharya Memorial Prize (Awarded for highest proficiency in Bengali in B.A.Examination from Bethune College).
  3. Kshudiram Das Memorial Prize (Awarded for highest proficiency in Bengali honours in B.A.Examination from Bethune College).
  4. ShovaGhosh Memorial Prize (Awarded for standing first in Bengali honours in B.A. Examination from Bethune College).
  5. Bela Datta Memorial Prize for 1st class first in M.A in Bengali from Bethune College
  6. There are Stuff Prizes for securing 1st class marks in B.A final year


Students Section

  • Many of our students are engaged in research and professional activities.
  • The U.G and P.G students and the Departments presented the play Bhushundir Mathe on Annual Prize Day in 2014 and they also presented the play Alibaba on Annual Prize Day in 2015. The students of our Department also participated in the musical play of Rabindranather Vanga Ganer Khela.
  • Our Ex - students ( passed in 2015) Somali Bhattacharya has been started to edit a Journal name Oikahik from December 2016.
  • Our Ex- student ( Passed in 2011) Sriparna Roy edited the Magazine Pilsuj . Now she is a popular editor of Ananda (ISSN 2322 07 16 ). Her book of poems named Anirnita Somoyer Uttore has been published in 2016 by Yapanchitra Publication. Her famous ten poems have been selected and published in the book Akhando Banglar Dwitiya Dashoker Kobita edited by Arabindo Chakroborty, Publised by Behurabangla Prokashoni, Bangladesh.
  • Our current student Ankusha Sarkar has own the first prize in writing Bengali Poetry competition organized by AMITY UNIVERSITY in 7-11-2017.
  • Our students edit and publish their wall magazine regularly.
  • They participate at college sports in every year.
  • Our P.G students have recently participated in the training programme on Rights of Women organized by the Women’s Studies Centre and Human Devolpoment, Rabindra Bharati University and supported by National Human Rights Commission on 25th April 2018.


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Department News

UGC seminars, Workshops and Departmental Seminars are regularly arranged by the Department to provide wider exposure to the students.

  1. Workshop on the theme "Rabindranath EbongNrityaShailee" was organised on 05/03/12. Professor AmitaDutta was the main resource person of this workshop.
  2. UGC Sponsored Seminar on the theme "Anubade Rabindranath" was organised by the Department of Bengali, English, Hindi and Sanskrit on 24/09/13.
  3. A Departmental Seminar was organised on the theme "Bangla UpanyaseTrayee :Tarashankar - Manik - Mahashweta" on 08/01/14. SohrabHossain was the speaker of this seminar.
  4. Another Departmental Seminar was organised on the theme "Bangla Natok o RangamancherBibartan - EktiRekhachitra" on 21/03/14. Dr. SoumitraBasu was the speaker of the Seminar.
  5. A Departmental seminar was organized on the theme “Rabindranather Swadesh Bhabna : Gora, Ghore Baire “ and “Chotoloker Rabindranath” on 18th March , 2017. Dr. Nandini Bhattacharya and Shubhasis Gangopadhyay were the speaker of the seminar

Result (U.G.)

Year No. of 1st class Rank (If any)
2018 4 Nil
2017 5 Nil
2016 5 Nil
2015 10 1st & 6th
2014 8 1st

Result (P.G.)

Year No. of students appeared No. of 1st class
2018 22 13
2017 23 5
2016 16 10