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Department of English


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The academic journey of the Department of English coincides with the first academic sessionof Durgapur Government College: 1970 – 71. A veteran department now, steadily advancingtowards celebrating its golden jubilee, it believes in collaborative work in the teaching-learning process as in all other activities of the department. The department encourages andaccommodates heterogeneity, the diversity making rich contributions towards its mentalexpansion.The Department of English started functioning in the academic session 1970 - 1971, whichwas also the first academic session of Durgapur Government College established in 1969.

The teaching in the department commenced with the joining of three male teachers fromKolkata: Prof. Bimal Kumar Banerjee, Prof. Sambhu Nath Banerjee and Prof. Haripada Bhattacharya. Prof. Bimal Kumar Banerjee acted as the first Head of the Department ofEnglish. Other Heads of the early 70-s were Prof. Pradyumna Mitra and Prof. Haripada Bhattacharya. The first class in the department was taken by Prof. Haripada Bhattacharya. The Department of English, offering Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree (Honours and General),played a key role in the entire Durgapur and the adjoining region as no other institutionexisted at that time to cater to the needs of those aspiring to study English literature at theundergraduate level. The first batch of students pursuing the Honours course in Englishcomprised eleven students, five female students and six male students. Of the eleven students,four qualified as Honours graduates. Dr. Tanuka Das and Dr. Devika Bose were the first ladyteachers to join the Department of English in 1981. Renowned teachers like Gouri PrasadGhosh, Nilagrib Deb Roy, Debabrata Chatterjee, Tanuka Das, Devika Bose, Chandreyee Niyogi have served the department. Dr Devika Bose is still an integral part of the departmentwith more than 34 years of teaching experience. The department was initially affiliated to theUniversity of Burdwan. The college is now affiliated to Kazi Nazrul University since June 25, 2015. Since Compulsory English is taught to all the students in the college, the actual student strength ofthe department would include the entire first year registered students of the college(Humanities, Science and Commerce).The Commerce course held in the Morning Section ofthe college, has a separate faculty. This public-funded education, catering to students fromdifferent sections of the society, can boast of offering quality education leading to brilliantperformance of students. Quite a good number of students have been placed in variousadministrative and academic posts. Some of the distinguished alumni of the Department are Prof.Basudeb Hazra, Head of the Department of English, Michael Madhusudan College,Durgapur; SantanuNiyogi, Associate Professor of English, Raniganj Girls’ College, Raniganj; Arpita Chattaraj, Associate Professor, Department of English, Burdwan University; Dipankar Sen, Associate Professor, Sanskrit College, Kolkata; Anindya Sengupta, Assistant Professor in Film Studies, Jadavpur University. Rumela Saha, a former student of the department has qualified the NET examination of 2018 and is presently serving Raniganj Girls College as Guest lecturer in English.

Several other students ofthis department are serving different schools, colleges and other institutions across thecountry and abroad. The faculty, besides being on several sub-committees of the Teachers’Council, is engaged in various examination related works at the undergraduate and at thepostgraduate level. Faculty members have also served as members of Board of Studies(undergraduate and postgraduate level), and as members of Syllabus Committeesinstrumental in introducing vital changes in the English syllabus of the Honours course. The department receives grant through the college office from the state government and the University Grants Commission.

Courses: The Department offers undergraduate honours course, undergraduate program and undergraduate generic course. Curriculum and syllabus of these courses is under CBCS with the affilation of Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol.

Resources: The Department of English is housed in a single room, Room 214 (Professor G P Ghosh classroom) on the first floor of the Main Building. The department has been provided with a computer, printer and scanner. The department also has a LCD projector and a Language lab of its own. The department has a well-maintained seminar library of 236 texts and reference books.  Books are issued to the students of each semester once a week. The faculty ensures that the library caters to the academic needs of the students. The seminar library is currently under the charge of Dr Ramit Das.

Students are involved in

  • Poster making, research, team work, healthy competition,
  • Make Paper presentation, PPT, Projects, Interactive sessions, Group Discussions, Virtual Classes
  • Student Teams Check and comment on assignment of peers.
  • E-Methods of Learning
  • Open Air Classes are held. Open House Discussions are organised. Quiz Competitions are organised.
  • Role-playing the character they study in texts
  • Educational trips, Wall Magazines and DGC English social networking site
  • NSS and NCC

Some events organized by the Department:

Event

Date

Theme/Topic with details

Seminar

1.      April, 25th, 2018

 

2.      April 24th, 2018

1.      Revisiting Shakespeare. Seminar, Performance, Quiz to commemorate Shakespeare's Birthday

2.      Shakespeare's World(s) Seminar Poster Competition and Elocution Contest to commemorate Shakespeare's 453rd Birthday

Exhibition

1.December 3rd  and 4th 2017

 

2. January 2nd and 3rd, 2017

1.      Sunshine, freedom and a little flower: Tracing the Role of Nature in English Literature

2.      'From "Thou shalt not" to The Da Vinci Code: Crime Fiction and its Development'

Discussion Meeting

1.       August, 31st, 2017

2.       August, 24th, 2017

3.       February, 23rd, 2017

1.       'Who/What is "Modern"?' Dr. Ramit Das

2.       'How simple and innocent is Children's Literature?' Manjari Ghosh

3.        'The Paintings of Virgin Mary by Different Artists' Dr. Devika Bose

Special Lectures

1.       July 04, 2018

2.       April, 25, 2018

3.       August 24th, 2017

4.       May, 11th, 2017

5.       February, 10th, 2017

6.       January, 30th, 2017

7.       January, 16th, 2017

1.      MirzaGhalib's A Thousand Desires (HazaaronKhwahishenAisi) Speaker: Bhaswar Faisal Khan

2.      Revisiting Shakespeare: 2018 Speakers: Dr. Sharbani Banerjee (Mukherjee) and Dr. Subhajit Sengupta

3.      Milton's Paradise Lost. (Virtual Lecture) Speaker: Dr. Amrita Sen

4.      A Brief Over view of the Renaissance; Speaker: Nilakshi Bhattacharjee

5.      A Close Reading of Dylan Thomas' A Refusal to Mourn the Death of a Child by Fire in London; Speaker: Dr. Ajoy Sengupta

Comprehension and Appreciation of Poetry; Speaker: Dr. SukritiGhosal

6.      Cross-dressing on the Renaissance Stage Speaker: Dr. Subhajit Sengupta

Interrogating Masculinity Speaker: Dr. Niladri R. Chatterjee

7.      Modernism and Indian English Poetry Speaker: Dr. Himadri Lahiri

Educational Trips

1.      April, 10th, 2018

2.      31st July to August 4th, 2017

3.      November, 19th, 2016

1.      Students were taken for participation in a Seminar on Nivedita: In Search of the Lesser-Known' to Kazi Nazrul University

2.      Students were taken to participate in a workshop on Cultural Decolonisation in the 21stCentury: A Literary Perspective of Mobility and Fixity in Post Coloniality at NIT, Durgapur

3.      Accompanied students to participate in the State level Inter-College-University Debate Competition at Ramkrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur Math.

 

Faculty members

Name of Faculty Designation View Details

Dr. Devika Bose
Associate Professor

Manjari Ghosh
Associate Professor and Head

Dr. Anindita Chatterjee
Assistant Professor

Dr. Nilanjana Chatterjee (Das)
Assistant Professor

Dr. Ramit Das
Assistant Professor