About the Department
The Department of English is the first department to
have been set up in this heritage institution. A. W.
Croft had 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
made great progress under the guidance of dedicated
teachers like Prof. Sujata Chaudhuri, Prof. Karuna
Chakraborty; Prof. Manisha Sen, Prof Ishita Dutta
and Prof. Santa Mahalanobis. At present, the
department has six full-time teachers.
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. Regular seminars and workshops are organized in the department for the students. A Students' Exchange Programme has been initiated in collaboration with Hooghly Mohsin College from June 2021. This has received very good response from students of both institutions at the UG and PG level.
Our students fare well in academic as well as extracurricular activities. Regular and strict schedule of classes and tutorials as well as remedial classes for slow learners ensure their academic development. The department also has a good percentage of progression to postgraduate level. In the recent past, many of our students have cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) for Lectureship in colleges. The department is proud of its students.
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|