The history of the Department of English dates back to the very foundation of Women’s Christian College in 1945. Ms Stella Bose, Founder Principal of the College, headed the Department, and with the help of Ms Allen and Mr P.D. Bose, created a strong base for the study of English language and literature in this small college.
The Honours option in the 3-year B.A. Degree Course (under the University of Calcutta) came into existence in the late 1940s. Since then, Ms Anjali Chatterjee, Ms Jyotsna Chatterjee, Ms Premi Gergen, Ms Asha Biswas, Ms.Smritituku Roy, Dr Dora A. Mondal, Ms Soma Chatterjee and Dr Sunetra Sinha were, over the years, inductees into the departmental faculty. In terms of student number and activity, the Department of English has grown into one of the largest and most vibrant of the constituent units of Women’s Christian College.
At present, it is a matter of great pride that our Principal Dr Ajanta Paul is a part of this Department, whose other faculty members are Ms Soma Roy, Mr Kushal A. Biswas, Ms Devalina Gopalan and Ms Adharshila Chatterjee.
Departmental Activities: Curricular
Departmental Activities: Co-Curricular
- The faculty members encourage the students to participate in sports, drama, social fests and talent search competitions, and to engage in creative writing for intra- and inter-college magazines. Our students have participated in NCC camps; won debates and creative writing competitions on campus; contributed to the college wall magazine; taken part in inter-college festivals; performed at college functions; and been part of self-defence workshops and presentations.
- Students are also exhorted to do community work. Girls from the department have joined NSS, aided the visually challenged, participated in women-oriented programmes and workshops organized by the college’s Women’s Study Cell, and distributed clothes and medicines to victims of calamities and disasters. The diversity of exposure given to the students helps them build up a strong personality and tolerant attitude towards life. At the same time they are able to extend sympathy and help to the needy and troubled.
|Departmental students presented papers at a students’ seminar on the Age of Romanticism, organized by Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri College in April 2014|
|Students of the Department were taken to watch a Bengali theatrical adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by the faculty and students of Viswa Bharati University in Sep 2015|
|Prof Chinmoy Guha was invited by the Department to deliver a special lecture in observance of W.B. Yeats’s sesquicentenary in Jan 2016|
|Second-year English Honours students attended a Special Lecture on Macbeth, delivered by Dr Ralla Guha Niyogi at Asutosh College in Jan 2016|
|The Department organized a seminar on Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Sharer in collaboration with the Departments of English, Asutosh College and New Alipore College in Feb 2016|
|Departmental students participated in a Walk for Books organized by the American Library as part of National Library Week in April 2016|
|The Department organized a Literature and Arts Quiz and a Book Exhibition by Thema to commemorate World Book Day in May 2016|
Departmental Library and Journal
- The Department has a small Seminar Library. It started around with fifty books donated by a staff member. With regular contributions from different members and the College Library the number has now swelled to around 250. There are also cassettes, cds and vcds.
- The Department has a journal, Polyphonic Ensembles, which includes contributions from past and present students.
A quick check-list of recent achievers who have studied English:
|Anurima Pal||Ranked 1st in Calcutta University’s B.A. examination 2014|
|Diya Bhattacharyya, Debapriya Bhatta||Winners of the Founders’ Memorial Debate awards, 2014|
|Juliana Halder||Champion of Champions at College Annual Sports, 2015 and 2016|
|Lovely Anamika Bachmann||NCC – Best Cadet Award in 2016|
|Indira Priyanka Bachmann||NCC – Second-best Cadet Award in 2016|
Special Features of the Department
- An entry-point test after admission, to assess the student’s aptitude with regard to the subject they have opted for
- Extensive use of ICT in the classroom and beyond, to enrich the teaching-learning experience
- Prizes and incentives to motivate departmental performers, including the recently instituted Smritituku Roy Memorial Award for Excellence