Department of English

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Department of English

The Honours course in English was introduced in the academic session 2004-2005 on a self-financing basis. Since then there has been a steady improvement in the infrastructure of and facilities in the department. The department has always been successful in fostering interest in learning and education. This interest is generated by the frequent academic activities organized by teachers of the department such as seminars and conferences. Special lectures and talks on relevant areas of literary discourse are also arranged from time to time in order to provide our students exposure to the contemporary literary scene. “Texts and Contexts”, a students’ seminar recently organized by the department deserves special mention in this regard. Student participation is especially noted in the publication of our wall magazine, “Spark”, which is aimed at encouraging the creative acumen of the students, and in the cultural programmes that are held every year.

The Department of English organized a number of interactive seminars and workshops on different themes and issues since 2015. In collaboration with the UG Board of Studies (English), University of Kalyani, the department organized a one-day workshop on the revised/new UG English (Honours) syllabus in which the Chairperson of the Faculty Council, KU (UG) and other faculties of the Department of English, KU participated and delivered talks; faculties from different colleges of Nadia and Murshidabad attended the workshop. In December 2016, the department organized a one-day interactive seminar on “Shakespearean Tragedy”; Professor Sarbani Chaudhuri delivered the keynote address in the seminar. The department organizes “special lectures” throughout the year; eminent scholars and researchers are invited to give special talks on various themes and issues related to the UG syllabus. In December 2017, the department organized a one-day seminar on “Writing Gender, Writing Differences”, where a number of students/scholars from different colleges and universities of West Bengal like Presidency University, Berhampore K.N. college, Chakdah college, Krishnagar Govt. College presented papers. Professor Niladri R. Chatterjee, Professor at the Department of English, KU delivered the keynote talk in the seminar. The department also organizes film shows, theatre workshops and other cultural events regularly in which both the students and the teachers of the department take active participation.

English is a global language and its applicability today is almost universal. The department tries to ensure that its students acquire a thorough practical knowledge of not only literature written in English but also the range of possibilities that the language itself possesses, and thereby prepare them for career in academic and other professional fields.

At present the Department of English has one full-time teacher, Dr. Anirban Bhattacharjee (Head and Convener). Sri. Sanjay Debnath has been serving the college as college part time lecturer and Sri Ayan Kr. Khan, Smt. Sudipta Chakraborty and Sri Debanjan Bhowmick as guest faculties.