- Semester-wise Three year B.A.Honours Coursein English (Under CBCS system, University of Calcutta).
- Three Year B.A. Honours ((1+1+1)Course in English.
- Semester-wise Two year M.A. Course in English (Under CBCS system, University of Calcutta).
- Semester-wise Two year M.A. Course in English (Autonomous
About the Department
The Department of English may be
fittingly described as a 'heritage' department of a
heritage Institution because English has been taught
as a subject right from the inception of Bethune
College in 1879, when A. W. Croft, arranged the
transfer of BabooSosi Bhushan Dutt, 'a master of
English and of Philosophy', from Ravenshaw College,
Cuttack to Bethune College (then part of Bethune
School) in Calcutta, to teach Kadambini Basu in the
F.A. class. In 1890, Bethune College opened its
course in B.A. (Honours) Examination of Calcutta
University with three women candidates among whom
Sarala Ghosal (later Sarala Devi Choudhurani) scored
the highest marks and won the Padmavati Gold Medal.
The English department thereafter flourished in the
hands of eminent and dedicated teachers like Prof.
Sujata Chaudhuri, Prof. Karuna Chakraborty; Prof.
Manisha Sen, Prof Ishita Dutta and Prof. Santa
Mahalanobis. Out of the 6 professors in the
department at present, three are PhD holders, one is
working on her thesis and the other two have
submitted their PhD thesis. All teachers are engaged
in research and publication.
According to the NAAC Peer Team's recommendation, a Postgraduate Course was introduced in the year 2007. The department maintains a healthy balance between tradition and modernity, academics and culture. The students of the department are variously talented and attend debates, essay competitions as well as song and dance competitions. A strict admission test is conducted to select students of the department and they are mostly academically well accomplished. Regular and strict schedule of classes and tutorials as well as remedial for a handful few ensures that their writing skills are honed to the maximum and they usually rank in University examinations. The department also has nearly 80% progression to postgraduate level. Nor are our students deficient in extra-curricular activities. For the annual drama competition and the annual cultural function the students of the Department participate in numbers and are the unfailing bringers-in of prizes. Our students are the pride of the department.
- The Department has over 600 books in its undergraduate Seminar Library and the Book Bank. There are also a well-maintained postgraduate Seminar Library of 220 text and reference books as well as a Book Bank having 100 books, from both of which students borrow books regularly.
- The department has a television set and a projector that enhances the teaching learning process. Regular film shows relevant to UG & PG syllabus have been organized in the department. Dead Poets' Society, Bright Star, Mayor of Castorbridge, Come September, Wuthering Heights, 1947 Earth, Becket, Maqbool, Throne of Blood, Rear Window, Orson Welles' Macbeth and Polanski's Macbeth were some of the films that were screened
Minor Research Project
Name of the Principal Investigator
Title of the Project
|Funding Agency||Total Amount||
|1||Shuchismita Mitra||Saint and Lover: Nineteenth Century Miracle Lore in Bengal||UGC PHW-069/13-14 dt 18.3.14||2,61,400||2014-16|
|2||Piyali Gupta||Disciplining Deafness: Construction of the Disabled Self in Harriet Martineau’s Writings||UGC PHW-070/13-14 dt 18.3.14||1,75,000||2014-16|
- The departmental teachers are engaged in diverse areas of research like Shakespeare studies, translation studies, Victorian studies and Illness narratives.
- Postgraduate students of the
department also prepare
supervised dissertations on film
and partition as part of their
Name of the Resource Person & Affiliation
|29.3.2019||The Plays of Mahesh Dattani||Dr. Subir Dhar, Former Professor, Department of English, Rabindra Bharati University|
|11.3.2019||Questioning Reality and Unreality through folk myths||Prof Indranee Ghosh, Former Associate Professor, Bidhannagar College|
|11.3.2019||Questioning Identity in Tagore’s Novels||Dr. Nandini Bhattacharya, Professor, Dept of English, Burdwan University|
|26.2.2019||Phillip Larkin’s Poetry||Dr. Sisir Kumar Chatterjee, Associate Professor, Hooghly Mohsin College|
|11.12.2017||Renaissance Art and Monalisa||Shri Manosij Majumdar, Former Associate Professor, Sri Chaitanya College|
|8.03.2017||Breaking Up Bengal||Dr. Anwesha Sengupta, Assistant Professor, Institute of Development Studies|
|8.03.2017||Women’s Experiences of Partition||Dr. Tista Das, Assistant Professor, Bankura University|
|9.12.2016||T.S. Eliot and Modernism||Dr. Chinmay Guha, Professor, Department of English, CU|
- Bethune Prize: Student of the institution who stands first in English Honours in the B. A. Examination from Bethune College.
- Prasanta Kumar Guha Memorial Award for Leadership &Social Awareness: Awarded to a deserving student of English Department.
- Rina Ghosh & Shyamal Ch. Ghosh Memorial Silver Medal : (initiated in 2007) Awarded to the best all-rounder of Department of English, Bethune College.
- Debkumar Gupta Memorial Prize (initiated in 2016): Awarded to the students securing highest marks in the M.A. Part I and Part II Final Examinations.
- There are staff prizes for students securing
highest marks in the B.A. Final Part II & Part III
Examinations as well as M.A. Examination.
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Extra-Curricular Activities of the
Students’ Seminars organized in the department
|Participants and Presenters|
|Reconnaissance with Mahesh Dattani: Reading Tara and Bravely Fought the Queen||30.09.2015||PG and UG III students of English|
|Reading Texts Critically||8.8.2016||UG I students of English|
|Interrogating Orientalism||23.9.2016||PG II students of English|
|Interrogating Orientalism Part II||12.9.2017||PG II students of English|
|Romanticism and William Wordsworth||18.9.2017||UG I students of English|
- The UG & PG students of the department presented a street play "The Agony & Ecstasy: Voices & Silences" on Annual Prize Day in February 2017. The play was received with great appreciation.
- The department inspires the students to pursue higher education by honing their critical thinking abilities. Many of our students are engaged in research. Our students have made their mark in various fields. Some of our illustrious students include Smt Nandini Maliya (actor), Dr Madhumita Mukherjee (Associate Professor, Muralidhar College).
- The students of the department are involved in a number of extra and co-curricular activities. They actively participate in the Annual Fest of the college, Aalap and have won several prizes at various competitions. They are also involved with the NSS wing of the college.
- Our students have performed plays at
inter-college competitions and one such play
"Shaking Shakespeare" performed by our students
was awarded the First Prize in the Inter-College
Drama Competition held at Jadavpur University in
- Priyadarshini Chatterjee of PG Semester IV and DebanjanaRoychowdhury of PG Semester II won First Prize in the Debate competition ‘Calewars’ organized by Scottish Church College, Department of Business Administration held on 29.3.2019. Priyadarshini was also declared the ‘Best Speaker’ in the event.
- Ahendrila Goswami of UG III stood first in inter-college essay writing competition (English) called 'AgamiNirman' conducted by the Ramakrishna Mission in 2018. She has contributed as author and editor to the college publication Mahasweta Nivedita and college magazine Adiganta. She has completed her internship at Voices, The Statesman.
- Shalinee Das of UG III, won 2nd Prize in All Bengal Debate Competition held in commemoration of Sister Nivedita's 150th Birth Anniversary. She was 3rd in Debate held in National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities. She also represented our college in a panel discussion on the occasion of World Values Day on October 20, 2016 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark.
- Nirajana Chakraborty of UG I, won the Pritilata Ghosh Memorial Prize for Best Talent in English Literary Creation in 2017.
- Sukanya Bagchi, UG III, represented
our college in a panel discussion on "Priority
of Planning a Career at high school and the
dilemma of the learners" held at Vivekananda
Hall, Kolkata on July 30, 2016 organized by the
Institute for Inspiration and Self Development.
She also delivered the students' address on the
occasion of Bethune Day in the college on August
- The Department of English became Departmental Champions jointly with Chemistry department in the Intra College Competitions, 2018
- Srabani Pal and Pritha Paul of UG III were selected in the on-campus recruitment drive organized by Tata Consultancy Services, 2019.
- Three students of UG III, Patrali Pradhan, Srijeeta Saha and Maitri Chatterjee were selected in the on-campus recruitment drive conducted by Tata Consultancy Services, 2018.
- Kanchan Saraf of PG, 4th Semester and Oindrila Roy Chowdhury of UG III were selected in the recruitment drive conducted in the college campus by Cognizant in 2017.
- Oindrila Roy Chowdhury, Lahari Sengupta,
Priyanka Jaiswal, Smritilekha Sarkar and
Somwrita Mondal of UG III were selected in the
on-campus recruitment drive conducted by Tata
consultancy Services in 2017.
Achievements of Past Students
UG/PG with year
|Medhasree Talapatra||UG 2014||Cleared NET|
|Sayantani Sengupta||UG 2014||Cleared NET|
|Nikita Sinha||UG 2014||Currently pursuing MBA, HR Development, Delhi School of Economics|
|Pratistha Das||UG 2015||Cleared NET|
|Ipshita Barik||UG 2015||Cleared NET|
|Saptaparni Sadhu||UG 2015||Cleared NET|
|Ranjinee Basu||UG 2015||Cleared NET, presently Assistant Professor of English at Techno India College of Technology (New Town)|
|Shreesha Ghosh||UG 2015||Currently Sub Editor, New Indian Express|
|Pratyusha Pramanik||UG 2016||Cleared NET|
|Bhaswati Bhattacharjee||UG 2016||Cleared NET|
|Moumita Pal||UG 2016||Working as Probationary Office in Bank of Baroda|
|Medha Chakraborty||UG 2017||Pursuing PG studies at University of Bristol|
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