Govt. of West Bengal
Bethune College
Bethune College

Department of English

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Course Details

  • 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


3 Year B A Honours Course in English
2 Year English MA Syllabus Bethune College 2017-18
English UG CBCS 2018


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

Sl No.

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 curriculum.

Extension Activities



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

Departmental Prizes/Scholarships

  • 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.

Students Section





Passed 1st Class


2018 30 30 2 1st, 3rd and 7th
2017 25 25 nil nil
2016 46 46 nil nil
2015 339 339 nil nil




Passed 1st Class
2018 11 11 2
2017 13 13 nil
2016 10 10 4
2015 14 14 2

Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities of the Student

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 2011.
  • 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 12, 2016.
  • 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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