The Department of History, Women’s Christian College, was established in 1947, two years after the inception of the college in 1945. It was initially entrusted with the responsibility of preparing students for the B.A. Pass Course Examination under the University of Calcutta, to which the college is affiliated. The department was at first manned by Sm Sudhira Nag, later helped by two other faculty members. In the year 1981, with sanction from the Government of West Bengal, and approval from the University of Calcutta, the History Department opened its Honours Course in addition to the General course as already offered. Conforming to the ideals of the parent institution, the Department of History, from the very beginning, has made dedicated efforts to promote women’s education and now a new horizon opened.
Smt Jyotsna Biswas was the Head of the Department in 1981 and with her vision, dedication and courage, the department was in able hands. Smt Sathi Roy was the other faculty member. Smt Jhuma Chakraborty and Smt Joyshree Ghosh joined the department in 1981 and 1982 respectively in the two new posts that were now sanctioned. Under the able guidance of Smt Jyotsna Biswas, the faculty was determined to achieve a brighter future for its students and at the same time attain academic excellence. After the superannuation of Smt Jyotsna Biswas and Smt Sathi Roy, Smt Chandrima Mondal and Smt Nabanita Mitra have joined the department further adding to its strength.
In the year 2007, Women’s Christian College was assessed and accredited by NAAC. The Department of History duly participated in the process and made successful presentation in front of the NAAC Peer Team. Since then, the department has made honest efforts to implement the recommendations of the NAAC team within the infrastructure of its parent institution.
Debleena Pal secured 60% in B.A./B.Sc Part I, 2016 while Doel Roy secured 61.5% in B.A./B.Sc. Part II Exam, 2017.
Centenary of the termination of World War I: A Report
On 17th of August, 2018, the Department of History, Women’s Christian College, organized a one-day Inter-college, Multidisciplinary Students’ Paper Presentation cum Seminar to commemorate the occasion of the centenary of the termination of the Great War. The seminar saw students participating from 12 colleges and universities across Calcutta and even beyond. The participants who shared their diverse takes on the subject included those belonging to Lady Brabourne College, St. Xaviers College (Raghavpur), Loreto College, Scottish Church College, RKM Narendrapur, Shri Shikshayatan College, Bhowanipore Education Society, Bijoy Krishna Girls College (Howrah), Bangabasi Morning College, Diamond Harbour Women’s University, Muralidhar Girls College and the host college as well. In fact, Famia Azka of our own department spoke on ‘Women and World War I.’
The key speaker for the occasion was Prof. Sabyasachi Dasgupta, Assistant Professor, Viswa Bharati, Santiniketan, who spoke at length of the discriminatory recruitment policies in the colonial army since the Great Revolt and after, placing special emphasis on the Indian contingent that had been forced to fight on behalf of the Allies in the Middle East. The seminar ended with a lively question-answer session.
History Department’s Faculty Exchange Programme: A Report
As part of the Faculty Exchange Programme of the Department of History, Women’s Christian College, Prof. Debasish Chowdhury, Assistant Professor of Bangabasi Morning College, spoke on ‘The History of Mesopotamia,’ on 24th August, 2018. Being an integral part of the new CC2 syllabus of CBCS, the lecture proved to be immensely beneficial to our First Year students.
Through his presentation Prof. Chowdhury gave fascinating insights into this exotic civilization, by way of harping on the anthropological, sociological and mythological diversity of ancient Mesopotamia proper. The lecture was well attended as students and faculty of the department along with a few of those of others thronged the auditorium to listen to the speaker.
The lecture was a reciprocal one as Nabanita Mitra, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Women’s Christian College, had already delivered a lecture on ‘Ancient Indian Historiography,’ at Bangabasi Morning College on 13th August, 2018.
FUTURE ROAD MAPThe Department of History has tried to nurture the values ingrained by the founders of Women’s Christian College. Open to new ideas and developments, the history department of this college, endeavors to overcome difficulties and create a dream for the students of this department beyond mundane classroom teaching. Progress of women’s education consequently leading to empowerment of women is the prime motto of the faculty members. In order to attain this goal, the department plans to make class room teaching more meaningful in the coming years.Participation of students in departmental seminars, inter-college seminars and group discussions help them overcome their initial limitations and prepare them for the outside world. Students of this department are encouraged for higher studies and research. They are also familiarized with the prospects of future jobs. For this purpose workshops have been arranged and the department has plans to organize such workshops on a regular basis, involving the participation of experts, who can guide the students in right direction. Such interactions can be increased in future. A computer with Internet facility for specific use of the department has been provided by the college. Number of such computers has to be increased to make the students more Internet friendly within the department.The Department also plans to aid student placement by collaboration with sister institutions. Creating a permanent fund for the financially backward students, to aid their higher studies even after they leave their parent institution is seriously intended.The introduction of some short-term self-financed History-allied subjects like Travel & Tourism may benefit the students of this department and at the same time can earn revenue for this college. The faculty members while taking part in all the activities of the parent institution and meeting out all the responsibilities entrusted by the Calcutta University, to which the college is affiliated, in an untiring effort, try to achieve the optimal for the students and would endeavor to do the same in future. We are trying to give our students a voice of their own so that they can make a place for themselves in the society at large.
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