Govt. of West Bengal
Bethune College
Bethune College

Department of Philosophy

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Course Details

Three year Honours Degree Course (Calcutta University).
U.G. General Course for students with Honours in other Humanities subjects.

About the Department

The history of the Department of Philosophy, initially known as 'Mental and Moral Philosophy', spans throughout the last 107 years and it is a matter of great pride to highlight the continuity of the educational vis-ā-vis teaching standard and the academic performance of the department. The Department was established in 1908 when Philosophy as a subject was introduced in the intermediate classes. Two years later in 1910 it was taught as a General subject in B.A. Pass Course. Philosophy as an Honours subject began its journey in 1923.

Our Department has surely contributed a lot in the field of women's education and emancipation in India as well as in Bangladesh. This department may surely boast of its illustrious alumna. To mention a few:

  • Smt Tatini Das (Gupta) : A student of this department she stood First both in I.A. Examination in 1914 and B.A. Honours Examination in 1916. She became the Principal of this college during 1934-1950.
  • Prof. Akhtar Imam, graduating in1937 became Professor & Head of the Department of Philosophy, Dacca University.
  • Dr. Hamida Khanam: She had passed B.A. Examination with Distinction from Bethune College In 1952 she went to Columbia University as Full-Bright fellow. She became the Principal of Home Economics College, Dacca. Pakistan Govt. awarded her Gold Medal for her contribution in education in 1969.
  • Sm. Nalini Das, a student of our department, joined as a Member of Faculty & later became the Principal of Bethune College (1968-1974).
  • Prof. Pushpa Misra graduating in1961was also a Member of Faculty & became Principal Bethune College (1997-2002). She is a practicing Psychoanalyst.

It is one of the very unique features of this department that students are encouraged to organize debate, discussions in class on topics of their own choice. Students regularly achieve top ranks in their University Examinations. The department arranges Invited lectures by eminent University and College teachers who mainly speak in topics included in the syllabus.
The teachers guide their students towards developing their talent in various fields by involving them in extension activities like play-acting, recitation, singing, dancing, creative writing in Wall-Magazines and similar other activities.


The faculty members keep themselves occupied in research activities. They have contributed articles in reputed Journals in addition to publication of books. They are also involved in editing Journals and books published from this Institution. Teachers of this department partake in Faculty Improvement Programmes like Orientation Programmes and Refresher courses from time to time. They also join National, International or State level Seminars organized by different Universities and Colleges. The following may be mentioned as main research/ extension activities of Philosophy department during last ten years:

  • Ongoing UGC Minor Research Project - Religion & Morality as a social phenomenon : An Interpretation by Dr. Sudeshna Mitra since 2014
  • UGC Minor Research Project completed on Modern Metaphysician Tool to Dissipate Universals by Dr. Sebanti Bhattacharya, 2007
  • Dr. Gopa Gupta awarded Ph.D from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, 2007
  • Dr. Kanya Sengupta awarded Ph.D from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, 2006
  • Smt. Piyali Das-Project fellow under DRS SAP PHASE-I at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata 2006 - 2009

Extension Activities

The Department of Philosophy organized two Departmental Seminars in the Session 2017 -18.

  • Shri Abhik Banerjee, Former Associate Professor, Scottish Church College, delivered his lecture on "Modern Logic : An Overview" dated 13.12.2017
  • Dr. Sarbani Banerjee, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Rabindra Bharati University was the Resource person of the second Lecture on "Samkhya Darsana" dated 10.01.2018.
    Both former and present students, of the department , attended the seminars along with the faculty. The lectures were very much interactive and enjoyed by all in the department.

The following Seminars/ Workshops/ Lectures were organized in the recent past:

  • UGC Sponsored Interdisciplinary National Seminar on Religion & Popular Culture in the Indian Sub-continent, 2010
  • Govt. Sponsored State Level Interdisciplinary Workshop on Awareness on Rights of Women: Myth or Reality, 2008
  • 6 Invited Lectures funded by UGC- CPE and 7 Special Lectures delivered by eminent academicians were arranged. Students are also kept involved with Students' Seminars and Debates.
  • In May 2014, 1st year students were taken to Psychology Department for a Practical Demonstration.
  • As part of Extension activity, Teachers of Department made an educational trip to Science City with just passed out 3rd Yr Hons students in July, 2015. Students along with teachers visited Swami Vivekananda Ancestral Home & Cultural centre, Kolkata in 2013. A trip to Bandel Church & Hansheswari Temple, Hooghly and An educational tour to Shantiniketan, Bolpur were held in 2011 and 2010 respectively
  • The Department of Philosophy organised a Departmental Seminar on 'Tagore's Concept of Beauty', dated 22.11.2016. The Resource person was Dr. Pritha Ghosh , Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Rabindra Bharati University. The interactive lecture was attended and enjoyed by students and faculty of the department.


  • The department has its separate staff-room with a computer, printer and internet facility and also a microphone and sound box.
  • The students have access to computers and internet in the Central Library and Computer Lab.
  • The Humanities building (Vidyasagar Bhawan) has its own photocopying machine used by faculty.
  • The students as well as teachers lend books from the Central Library which has a collection of more than 5500 books. Moreover they have access to Departmental Library and Book Bank. The former has a stock of around 402 books and a few journals whereas the latter has 224 books and 112 journals.

Scholarships/ Fellowships/ Prizes

  • Papri Bhadra Memorial Excellence Gold Medal for Highest proficiency in Part-III Honours University Exam.
  • Papri Bhadra Memorial Excellence Silver Medals for Highest proficiency in Part-II & Part-I Honours University Exam.
  • Tatini Das Memorial Medal awarded to the student who stands 1st in Philosophy Honours University Exam.
  • Debiprasad Sen Memorial Prize for Highest proficiency in Part-III Honours University Exam.
  • Departmental Staff Prizes to all students securing 1st class in Part-III Honours University Exam.

Students Section

Important Links :

Philosophy Department of Calcutta University

Jadavpur University

Presidency University

Rabindra Bharati University

University of North Bengal


RKM Institute of Culture

Link to: Calcutta University Philosophy UG syllabus

Model questions

Examination related links.

Students Achievements :

Like every year, in the last Session (2016 -17) also, the academic achievements of the department was excellent. Five of our students have obtained First Class in C.U. B.A. Part III (Honours) Examination 2017. Among them, two students Riya Sen and Priyanka Sadhukhan have secured 5th and 7th ranks respectively.

Riya Sen is the proud recipient of Principal's award of Excellence, 2018, Gold Medal for obtaining highest marks amongst all Humanities Graduates of this college.

The department is proud of its student Priyadarshini Das of UGI who is a National level Table Tennis Player. She has been

  • Gold Medalist in West Zone, Gujarat, Youth Girls' Singles Champion
  • Silver Medalist in East Zone, Aizwal, Youth Girls' Singles Runner up
  • Silver Medalist, Youth Girls' Doubles Runner up, in 78th Junior & Youth National and Inter State Table Tennis Championships 2016-17, Gujarat
  • Bronze Medalist, Youth Girls' Team in 78th Junior & Youth National and Inter State Table Tennis Championships 2016-17, Gujarat
  • Our student Sangita Paul stood first among B.A. Honours Graduates of Bethune College in the University Examination 2015. She was the proud recipient of Sunanda Dutta Smriti Swarna Padak, Papri Bhadra Memorial Excellence Gold Medal and Tatini Das Memorial Medal. She was also awarded Malati Bhattacharya Memorial Prize, Mrinalini Emmerson Memorial Prize, Ramjitendra Ghosh Memorial Prize and Debiprasad Sen Memorial Prize for Highest proficiency in Part-III Honours University Examalong with departmental Staff Prize.
  • Sushmita Singha, at present a IIIrdyr Honours student, was declared the Individual Champion in Annual Sports Meet for last two consecutive years, i .e., 2015 and 2014 and was the recipient of the prestigious Shyamacharan Ghosh Memorial Prize, Sachinath, Radhaballabh and Suradhani Basak Memorial Prize and Champion's Trophy.
  • 1st year student Sangita Chanda along with faculty members participated in the Kolkata District Youth Parliament Session held in Ashutosh College in November 2015.
  • In the last Session (2015 -16) , the academic achievements of the department is worth mentioning . Our student Mousumi Saha had obtained the Rank 1st CLASS 1st in C.U. B.A. Part III (Honours) Examination 2016. She was awarded P.C. Chandra Gold Medal , Papri Bhadra Memorial Excellence Gold Medal , Sunanda Dutta Memorial Gold Medal , Tatini Das Memorial Medal. Besides this , she was also awarded Ramjitendra Ghosh Memorial Prize, Malati Bhattacharya Memorial Prize , D.P. Sen Memorial Prize , Bharati DasGupta Memorial Prize ,Mrinalini Emmerson Memorial Prize along with Departmental Staff Prize in Annual Function and Prize Distribution Ceremony of Bethune College , dated 18.02.2017.
  • Deepa Kirtania , Aditi Talukdar, Moumita Mondal, Sampriti Mazumder, and Sanchita Mondal were declared 1st CLASS 2nd ,1st CLASS 3rd , 1st Class 4th ,1st Class 7th and 1st Class 11th in C.U. B.A. Part III (Honours) Examination 2016.
  • Deepa Kirtania and Riya Sen had obtained Papri Bhadra Memorial Excellence Silver Medal for securing 1st Position among Philosophy Honours Students of Bethune College in C.U. B.A. Part II and C.U. B.A. Part I (Honours) Examination 2015.

Department News

Students of the department secured the 5th, and 7th ranks in the C.U. B.A. Part III (Honours) Examination, 2017.

Students of the department secured the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th and 11th ranks in the B.A. Part III Final Examination, 2016.

The department of Philosophy was declared the Inter- Departmental Champion in Annual Sports Meet for last two consecutive years, i .e., 2015 and 2014 and was awarded the prestigious Major Maya Ganguly Memorial Inter Departmental Champion's Trophy.

Results :

University Rank and 1st Classes achieved by the students in B.A. Final PHILOSOPHY (Honours) Exam, University of Calcutta

Year No. of 1st Classes University Ranks
2017 5 5th, 7th
2016 6 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th,7th,11th
2015 6 Not yet known
2014 7 3rd, 5th, 9th
2013 4 3rd
2012 4 2nd, 3rd, 9th