Department of English

What the imagination seizes as Beauty, must be truth
- John Keats


Semester-wise Three year B.A.Honours Course in English (Under CBCS system, University of Calcutta).-View Syllabus

Intake Capacity : 46


Semester-wise Two year M.A. Course in English (Under CBCS system, University of Calcutta).- View Syllabus

Intake Capacity : 16

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.


Debalina Banerjee
Dr. Debalina Banerjee

Associate Professor
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Anushila Hazra Bhattacharya
Dr. Anushila Hazra Bhattacharya

Associate Professor and HOD
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Mandira Mitra
Dr. Mandira Mitra

Assistant Professor
M.A, Ph.D.
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Piyali Gupta
Dr. Piyali Gupta

Assistant Professor
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Neelanjana Basu
Smt. Neelanjana Basu

Assistant Professor
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Arati Banerjee
Smt. Arati Banerjee

Assistant Professor
M.A., B.Ed.
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Research Activities

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


Departmental Prizes/Scholarships

  • Bethune Certificate: Student of the institution who scores highest marks  in English Honours in the B. A. Examination from Bethune College.
  • Paresh Nath Sen Memorial Prize: Student of the institution who scores highest marks 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 the Department of English, Bethune College.
  • Debkumar Gupta Memorial Prize (initiated in 2016): Two Prizes Awarded for securing highest marks in First two and the last two semester Examinations in M.A. English in Bethune College
  • There are staff prizes for students securing highest marks in the B.A. (Semesters 1&2, Semesters 3&4 and Final Semesters) as well as M.A. Examinations

Extension Activities

Seminars/Conferences/Lecture organized by the department

Funding Agency


Name of Speaker, Designation


No. of Participants
Bethune College 21.05.2021 Ms Keka De, Instructional Designer and alumni of the college A Career Conversation on Instructional Design 80
Bethune College 04.07.2020 Sri Somnath Chakraborty, Head, Dept of English, Lalgola College Webinar on Literature Through Music: Rendition of a Section of Abhijnanashakuntalam and Kubla Khan on Violin 502
Bethune College 04.02.2020 Sri Ashok Pande, Eminent Translator and Author Literature and Translation  
Bethune College 27.11.2019 Dr. Julie Banerjee Mehta, Faculty, Toronto University Introducing William Dalrymple's Road to Xanadu 14
Bethune College 21.11.2019 Dr. Julie Banerjee Mehta, Faculty, Toronto University Insights into Khuswant Singh's Train to Pakistan 25
Bethune College 15.11.2019 Dr. Sidhartha Biswas, Associate Professor, Dept of English, University of Calcutta Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party 65
Bethune College 29.3.2019 Dr. Subir Dhar, Former Professor, Dept of English, Rabindra Bharati University The Plays of Mahesh Dattani 47
Bethune College 11.3.2019 Prof Indranee Ghosh, Former Associate Professor, Bidhannagar College Questioning Reality and Unreality through folk myths 66
Bethune College 11.3.2019 Dr. Nandini Bhattacharya, Professor, Dept of English, Burdwan University Questioning Reality though Tagore's novels 61
Bethune College 26.2.2019 Dr. Sisir Kr Chatterjee, Associate Professor, Dept of English, Hooghly Mohsin College Pillip Larkin's Poetry II 38
Bethune College 26.2.2019 Dr. Sisir Kr Chatterjee, Associate Professor, Dept of English, Hooghly Mohsin College Pillip Larkin's Poetry I 32
Bethune College 11.2.2017 Sri Manosij Majumdar, Former Associate Professor, Sri Chaitanya College Renaissance Art and Monalisa 117
Bethune College 08.3.2017 Dr. Anwesha Sengupta, Assistant Professor, Institute of Development Studies Breaking up Bengal 45
Bethune College 08.3.2017 Dr. Tista Das, Assistant Professor, Bankura University Women's Experiences of Partition 53
Bethune College 09.12.2016 Dr. Chinmay Guha, Professor, Dept of English, University of Calcutta T.S. Eliot and Modernism 127
Bethune College 05.05.2015 Ms. Asmita Das, Research Scholar at Media Lab, Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University Reinterrogating the Apu Trilogy 21
Bethune College 27.04.2015 Dr. Pradipta Mukherjee, Assistant Professor, Vidyasagar College for Women, Kolkata Shakespeare's Film Adaptations 23



Year Candidates appeared First Class Rank
2020 33 7 --
2019 33 -- --
2018 30 2 1st, 3rd & 7th
2017 25 -- --
2016 45 -- --
2015 25 -- --
English UG Result


Year Candidates appeared First Class
2020 14 6
2019 10 --
2018 11 2
2017 13 --
2016 10 4
2015 14 2
English PG Result

Students' Section

Achievements of Present Students


Students' Seminars organized in the Department



24.7.2019 Reading Canto I of The Rape of the Lock UG III and UG Semester 3
18.9.2017 Romanticism and William Wordsworth UG I
12.9.2017 Interrogating Orientalism II PG II
23.9.2016 Interrogating Orientalism PG II
8.8.2016 Reading Texts Critically UG I
30.9.2015 Reconnaisance with Mahesh Dattani: Reading Tara and Bravely Fought the Queen PG I&2, UG III
  • Pratyasha Sen presented a paper on Saadat Hasan Manto's Khol Do at the Students' Webinar organized by Sister Nivedita University on July 15, 2020.
  • Sayanti Chakraborty and Sisilia Banerjee of UG Semester IV presented papers at the Undergraduate Students' Seminar organized by Sister Nivedita University on February 10, 2020.
  •  Ashmita Saha (UG 3, 2020) was awarded a Special Prize by the Department in the Annual Prize Day for her all round excellence, 2019-2020.
  • Somrita Roy (UG 2017) joined the MPhil Programme in the Department of English, University of Calcutta in 2020
  • Pratyusha Pramanik (UG 2018) joined the PhD Programme at IIT, Varanasi
  • Mukulika Choudhury (UG 2018) joined the MPhil Programme in the Department of English, Jadavpur University in 2020.

  • Achievements of Ex-Students

    Students' Progression to Higher Education


    Number of students enrolling to Higher Education

    Programme graduated from Department graduated from Name of Institution joined Name of Programme admitted to
    2019 27 B.A. in English Department of English, Bethune College 10 - Calcutta University M.A. in English (08)

    M.A. in Comparative Literature (02)
    02 - Coochbehar Panchanan Barma University M.A. in English
    01 - Delhi University M.A. in English
    01 - Savitribai Phule University, Pune M.A. in English
    01 - Loreto College (CU) M.A. in English
    04 - Jadavpur University M.A. in English (01)

    M.A. in Linguistics(03)
    01 - Jawaharlal Nehru University M.A. in Linguistics
    01 - EFLU M.A. in Comparative Literature
    01 - Jindal Global University LLB
    01 - Asian College of Journalism PG in Print Journalism
    01 - L.V. Prasad Film & Television Academy Diploma in Film Direction
    01 - IGNOU M.A. in Women & Gender Studies
    01- Bagbazar Women's College (CU) M.A. in English
    01 - Bhairab Ganguly College (WBSU) M.A. in English
    2019 01 M.A. in English Department of English, Bethune College IGNOU, Delhi PG Diploma in Folklore and Culture Studies
    2018 20 B.A. in English Department of English, Bethune College 08- Calcutta University M.A. in English
    02 - Jadavpur University M.A. in Linguistics (01)

    M.A. in Comparative Literature (01)
    01 - Rabindra Bharati University M.A. in English
    04 - Bethune College (CU) M.A. in English
    01- Bhawanipore Gujarati Education Society M.A. in English
    01 - Viswa Bharati University M.A. in Mass Communication
    01 - Madras School of Social Work M.A. in Development Management
    02 - IGNOU M.A. in English (01)

    PG in Public Administration (01)
    2018 01 M.A. in English Department of English, Bethune College 01-Jadavpur University 2 years Diploma in
    Spanish Language
    2017 19 B.A. in English Department of English, Bethune College 11 - Calcutta University M.A. in English (10)

    M.A. in Linguistics (01)
    01-University of Bristol, UK M.A. in English
    01 - Presidency University M.A. in English
    01 - IISWBM Human Resource Management
    01 - EFLU M.A. in English
    01 - IGNOU M.A. in English (01)
    01- Globsyn, Kolkata M.B.A in Marketing
    01- Madras School of Social Work Diploma in Management
    01- St. Xavier's College PGDM (HR, Marketing)
    2017 02 M.A. in English Department of English, Bethune College IIMC,New Delhi (01) Post Graduate Diploma in English Journalism
    WBUTTEPA (01) M.Ed.
    2016 19 B.A. in English Department of English, Bethune College 10- University of Calcutta M.A. in English (09)
    B.Ed (01)
    04 - Jadavpur
    M.A. in English (02)
    M.A. in Comparative Literature (01)
    M.A. in Linguistics (01)
    01- Presidency
    M.A. in English
    01- Banaras Hindu University M.A. in English
    01- Amity University M.A. in English
    01-EFLU M.A. in English
    01-IISWBM Diploma in Management
    2015 27 B.A. in English Department of English, Bethune College 13 - Calcutta University M.A. in English
    02- Jadavpur University M.A. in English (01)

    M.A. in Comparative Lit (01)
    02 - Delhi University M.A. in English
    02 - Bethune College (C.U.) M.A. in English
    03 - Presidency University M.A. in English
    01- Shri Shikshayatan College M.A. in English
    01- IGNOU M.A. in English
    02- COMMITS, Bangalore PG Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication
    01 - Aptech Diploma in Graphic Designing

    Students qualifying in State/National/International level examinations during the year (e.g. NET/SET/SLET/GATE/GMAT/CAT/GRE/TOEFL/Civil Services/State Government Services):



    No. of students selected/qualifying Name Roll No./ Reg No. for the Exam
    2019-20 NET 2 Mukulika Choudhury NET Dec 2019- WB1005222554
    Bhaswati Bhattacharjee NET+JRF Dec 2019- WB1005221247
    2018-19 NET 17 Pratistha Das NET July 2018-91027449
    Debdatta Saha NET July 2018-91029037
    Shreyashi Chakraborty NET July 2018-91030153
    Ishita Roy Chowdhury NET July 2018-91023533
    Sanjukta Das Bhowmick NET July 2018- 91031253
    Ipshita Barik NET July 2018- 91026997
    Bhaswati Bhattacharjee NET Dec 2018- WB1004524879
    Madhabi Chatterjee NET June 2019-WB04501156
    Sangeeta Chatterjee NET June 2019- WB10502537
    Ritwika Das NET June 2019- WB10520638
    Medhasree Talapatra NET June 2019- WB10516648
    Triparna Chattopadhyay NET June 2019- WB10507355
    Soumili Das NET June 2019- WB10507355
    Tamali Roy Choudhury NET June 2019- WB01502919
    Priyadarshini Chatterjee NET June 2019-WB10508900
    Purna Pahari NET June 2019- WB10525563
    Ananya Sasaru NET+JRF June, 2019- WB10512948
    2017-18 NET 2 Pratyusha Pramanik NET -Nov 2017- 85019508
    Saptaparni Sadhu NET -Nov 2017- 52001887
    SET 1 Pratistha Das SET- Dec 2017- 0207995

    Co-curricular and Extracurricular Activities

  • Ashmita Saha (UG 3, 2020) was selected as Programme Announcer at All India Radio, Yubabani Channel.
  • Bidisha Dutta (UG Sem III, July 2020) won the Second Prize in the Inter College Debate Competition to commemorate the 200th Birth Anniversary of Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar organised by Vidyasagar College for Women on September 11, 2020. She was also awarded a Certificate of merit from Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for securing a position in the top 1.5% of KVS students in AISSCE 2019. She also received the First Prize at an event felicitating the meritorious students of the 2019 batch of AISSCE.
  • Debalina Sahu (UG Semester V, July 2020) holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (Painting) under Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh.
  • Saheli Chatterjee (UG 3, 2020) has a YouTube Channel of books and personal growth with 449K subscribers. She has received the Youtube Silver Play Button Award for crossing 100k subscribers on YouTube. Started a Marketing Business dealing with International Clients, and has been
    featured in The Telegraph and Women's Web.
  • Pratyusha Chakraborty (UG 3, 2020) besides being a professional artist is also the Art Moderator & Instagram Admin at Last Page Doodles (Kolkata's first and biggest art page with 24k likes on Facebook) . She is also the Admin and Founding member at ShareNGrow, a similar online art community that promotes budding artists. She has designed posters for a great number of college events, has significant contributions in college exhibitions and departmental wall magazines. She has contributed an essay in Prohor Punthi: Otimari 2020, a collection of essays published by Bethune College, documenting the period of lockdown in the country since March 2020.
  • Simantini Sarkar (UG 3, 2020) stood First in Group Choreography at the annual fest Ispat Ignium 2019, organised by Presidency University, Kolkata. She stood Second in the Eastern dance(group) at the Inter college fest Sanskriti , organised in Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She also stood third in Fashion Show at the inter college fest Rhapsody 2018 , organised by NRS College, Kolkata. She got selected as the Young Panel Vocal artist at All India Radio in 2018.
  • Soumashree Mukherjee (UG Sem III, July 2020) had her book of poetry The Dusk between our Dawns published by Amazon in March 2020.
  • Rupsa Das (UG Sem III, July 2020) won the Third Prize at Xavrang - Dance duet competition held on 2nd March, 2020. She has the certification of being a Compiler in two anthologies, "The Alluring Tales" under Reasons and Laughters and "The Enticing Scribbles" under The Indian Writers '11. She is the Co-author of 4 anthologies, The Alluring Tales- under community, Reasons and Laughters, Delhi based Publisher ( -published under Fanatixx.
  • Debroti Saha (UG Sem III, July 2020) won the 8th position at the State Level "Rabindrik- chetanay rabindranath vabnay rabindranath". Organizer- Himansu Datta, Date - 30th April to 6th May.
  • Mehuli Das (UG Sem III, July 2020) won the First Prize at Calcutta Youth Meet, Group Dance, Script Productions, 24th October, 2019.
  • Priyadarshini Chatterjee of PG Semester IV and Debanjana Roychowdhury 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 the 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