Govt. of West Bengal
Bethune College
Bethune College

Department of Bengali

Course Details

1. UG- Semester Wise Three years B.A Honours Course (Under CBCS, University of Calcutta)
2. Three Years B.A. Honours Course(1+1+1) , University of Calcutta
3. PG- Semester Wise Two years M.A Course (Under CBCS, University of Calcutta)




About the Department

The Bengali Department of this college started its 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 early stage. Pandit Madan Mohan Tarkalankar, Kabi Kamini Roy and many other reputed teachers took regular classes for a long time in Bengali Department for the necessary momentum. The department formally started functioning in 1943. Smt. Bharati Mukherjee joined as the first lecturer in Bengali. In 1948, Prof. Lila Roy joined, followed by Dr. Dipti Tripathi as Assistant Professor. Smt. Sunanda Dasgupta for some time and Smt. Kamala Kanjilal served the department for many years. The department gathered the critical mass of faculties in 1979, after joining of many eminent academics such as Dr. Uma Roy, Karabi Bhattacharyya, Smt. Sanghamitra Dutta, Smt. Chandra Mukherjee, Smt. Shanta Sen, Smt. Krishna Palit and Smt. Banimanjari Das.

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. From the session 2018-19 the PG course has been undertaken directly by the University of Calcutta. 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.


  • The Department has a rich Seminar Library and a special Book Bank donated by Alumnae
  • Department has projector for showing film to students.

Research  Activities

The faculty members are actively involved in research and teaching activities, apart from their regular duties in college. The research areas are versatile in character in various areas of language & Literature and its multi-disciplinary components; such as- 'Marginalized Women in Literature' ,'Nineteenth Century Bengali Literature and Culture', 'Comparative Literature', 'Translation and Poetry', 'The Aesthetics and Politics of Bengali Literature in Colonial Period', 'Linguistics , Narratology and Children's Literature', 'Structure and Style of Novels', 'Translation Literature and Rabindranath as a Translator', 'On Self Translation By Rabindranath Tagore', 'The Literature of Bangladesh', 'The Psycho-Cultural aspect of Modern Bengali Literature', 'Old and Medieval Period of Bengali Literature' etc.

The teachers of the Department also participate in various workshops, seminars and script a number of pioneering papers on contemporary and relevant issues they also contribute research articles in reputed journals and books. Teachers, 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 dissertation, seminar, etc.

Extension Activities

    Seminars/Conferences/Lecture organized by the department

    Funding Agency Seminar / Conferences / Workshops with Date Speakers
    A National Level Seminar "Bhakti- Droho, Prem, Nivedan"

    "Deshvag O Swadhinata"

    on 19th March, 2019
    Prof. Abdul Kafi, University of Jadavpur

    Prof. Tista Das, Bankura University
    Departmental Seminar "Rabindranather Swadesh Bhabna : Gora, Ghore Baire"

    "Chotoloker Rabindranath"
    on 18th March , 2017
    Dr. Nandini Bhattacharya

    Shubhasis Gangopadhyay
  • 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.

Prizes and Fellowship

1.   Bani Bose Memorial Prize (Awarded to the students securing highest marks in B.A.(Hons) examination in 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
4.   ShovaGhosh Memorial Prize (Awarded for standing first in Bengali honours in B.A. Examination from Bethune College).
5.   Sudhansu Sekhar Roy Memorial Prize(Awarded for securing highest marks in Bengali honours in B.A. Examination of
      3 years from Bethune College).
6.   There are Staff Prizes for securing 1st class marks in B.A final year
7.   Bela Datta Memorial Prize for 1st class first in M.A in Bengali from Bethune College

Student's Section

Result (U.G.)

Year Candidates appeared No of students passed First Class Rank
2018 28 28 4 Nil
2017 26 26 5 Nil
2016 26 26 5 Nil
2015 28 27 10 1st & 6th

Result (P.G.)

Year Candidates appeared No of students passed First Class
2018 23 23 13
2017 23 23 5
2016 16 16 10

Academic Achievements

  • Our P.G students have recently participated in the training programme on Rights of Women organized by the Women's Studies Centre and Human Development, Rabindra Bharati University and supported by National Human Rights Commission on 25th April 2018

Co-Curricular activities

  • Ankusha Sarkar(2nd yr (H)) has own the first prize in writing Bengali Poetry Competition organized by AMITY UNIVERSITY on 7-11-2017.
  • Shreosi Roy(2ndyr (H) has won the 1st prize in Essay Writing Competition organized by the Lady Brabourne College in 2018.
  • Our students edit and publish their wall magazine regularly.

Extracurricular 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 in 2017.

Achievements of Pass students:

Sl.No Name UG/PG with year Academic Achievement Present Position
1 Upama Simlai UG-2015 B.Ed at Uluberia Education College Working as an actress with the drama club  'Arunadaya Natya Sangathan'
2 Gargi Biswas UG-2015 M.Phil in Bengali Jadavpur University Member of the Editorial Board of - 'Oikahik' Sahitya Patrika
3 Sagarika Sardar UG-2015 Qualified in SET Exam, 2019 Member of the Editorial Board of - 'Oikahik' Sahitya Patrika
4 Somali Bhattacharya UG-2015 M.A. Editor of the little magazine 'Oikahik' Sahitya Patrika
5 Arundhuti Saha UG-2016, Qualified in SET Exam, 2019 M.A. Editor of the Bengali little magazine 'Parertrum'
6 Akaslina Dhole PG-2018 M.A. Currently pursuing M.Phil in Amity University


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