English

English Department

A brief history of the Department

The Department started functioning in 1836. PG Course started from 2006 – 2007 session. English is offered both as an Hons. & an elective subject to the UG students.

The English Department of Hooghly Mohsin College is as old as the College itself. Many an illustrious teacher was associated with its department since its start in 1836. The department produced countless scholars and distinguished persons over the years. Some of the noted teachers who had contributed to the enrichment of the department are Taraknath Sen, Sadananda Chakraborty, Manjugopal Bhattacharya, Girija Sankar Bhattacharya, Sirajul Rahman, Pareshnath Ghosh, Parimal Gupta. The list is evidently inadequate. Notable students of the department are too many to count.

Sl. Programme Level of study
1 B.A. English (Hons.) U.G.(HONS)
2 B.A. English (General) U.G.(GEN.)
3 M.A. in English P.G.

FACULTY MEMBERS

Sl. No. Name of the Teachers Designation Qualification Specialization
1 DR. DURGA GHOSHAL Associate Professor & HEAD M.A., Ph.d. FUTURISTIC FICTION
2 DR. SISIR KUMAR CHATTERJEE Associate Professor M.A., Ph.D. PHONETICS, LINGUISTICS, BRITISH POETRY, AND POST-INDEPENDENCE INDIAN ENGLISH FICTION
3 SRI SANDIPTO KANTI NAG Associate Professor M.A., M.Phil. AMERICAN LITERATURE
4 DR. SANMITA GHOSH Associate Professor M.A., Ph.D. NINETEENTH CENTURY LITERATURE AND CULTURE STUDIES
5 SMT. SHARMISTHA DAS Assistant Professor M.A. POST 50’s BRITISH LITERATURE
6 SRI SHYAMAL HALDAR Assistant Professor M.A., Ph.D. (Pursuing) GENDER STUDIES; CYBORG LITERATURE

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

UNDER GRADUATE

Year Program Code Program Name Number of students appeared in the final year examination Number of students passed in final year examination Pass Percentage
2020-21 B.A. in English (H) B.A. (Honours) 33 33 100

POST GRADUATE

Year Program Code Program Name Number of students appeared in the final year examination Number of students passed in final year examination Pass Percentage
2020-21 M.A. in English M.A. 22 22 100

STUDENTS’ ACHIVEMENT

Sl. No. Name of the Student Awards/recognitions
1 Shreyosee Ghosh Selected for Business and Innovation project – The Entrepreneur (provided by AIESEC) in association with Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka to support UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goal 9 (Infrastructure, Industrialization and Innovation).
2 Arjun Das, student, Second Year Honours 2013:
• State Championship in Shooting- 6 Gold & 1 Silver
• National Championship in Shooting- 1 Silver
2014:
• Represented India in ISSF Junior World Cup, Germany & 24th Meeting of Shooting
• State Championship in Shooting- 6 Gold & 1 Silver
• National Championship in Shooting- 2 Silver & 1 Bronze
• Kumar Surender Singh Open National Championships- 1 Bronze
2015:
• ISSF Junior World Cup, Germany- 1 Silver & 1 Bronze (Team)
• 25th Meeting of Shooting Hopes, Czech Republic- 1 Gold (Team)
• Participated in the 8th Asian Airgun Championships
• Kumar Surender Singh Open National Championships- 1 Gold & 1 Silver
• 35th National Games- 5th Place
• State Championship in Shooting- 6 Gold
• 13th Asian Shooting Championships, Kuwait- 3 Silver (Team), Individually-4th Place
2016:
• Issf Junior World Cup – 1 Gold (25m Standard Pistol Event) & 1 Bronze (10m Air Pistol)
3 Shobhana Dey, student, MA (2012 – 2014) National Scholarship in Nazrulgeeti awarded by Sangeet Research Academy, 2013 – 2015
4 Subhadra Chakraborty, student, First Year Honours 10th Rank holder in Higher Secondary Examination (+2) held in 2015.
5 Sharmistha Biswas, student, First Year Honours Jindal Scholarship.

DEPARTMENTAL & STUDENTS’ SEMINAR

DEPARTMENTAL SEMINARS/WEBINARS/WORKSHOPS HELD DURING THE SESSIONS 2016-17 TO 2020-21

Session Sl No. Title of Seminar/Webinar/Workshop Resource Person No. of Participants
2016-17 1 Extended Lecture: Shakespeare: His Plays and their Film Adaptations Dr. Subhajit Sengupta 29
2 Extended Lecture: The Poetry of Agha Shahid Ali Dr. Tapan Kumar Ghosh 33
2017-18 1 Counselling Session: Orientation for Studying Literatures in English Dr. Nilanjana Bagchi 61
2 Subhadra Chakraborty Memorial Lecture: Indian Writing in English: An Overview Prof. (Dr.) Sanjukta Das 135
3 Extended Lecture: Communicative English: Paper L1 under CBCS Course Prof. Jayanta Ghosh 202
4 Extended Lecture: Film Adaptations of Shakespeare’s Plays Dr. Sandip Mondal 37
5 Shakespeare: His Time and Stage Prof. Jayanta Ghosh 19
6 Extended Lecture: Border, Nation and Identity with Special Reference to Amitav Ghosh’s Fiction Dr. Indrani Ghosh 38
2018-19 1 Extended Lecture: Tintin in Tibet Dr. Pinaki De 137
2 Subhadra Chakraborty Memorial Lecture: Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide Prof. (Dr.) Jharna Sanyal (Retd.) 108
3 Extended Lecture: Film Adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by Zeffirelli Dr. Subhajit Sengupta 30
4 Session on Psychological Counselling Dr. Nilanjana Bagchi 116
2019-20 1 Subhadra Chakraborty Memorial Lecture: Education: The Blissful Way to Character Building Dr. Somnath Bhattacharya 114
2 Online Psychological Counselling Session Dr. Nilanjana Bagchi 60
3 Online Programme on Google Meet Platform: Capturing Some Moments in Literature through Music Prof. Somnath Chakraborti 150

STUDENTS’ SEMINARS

Session Date Speaker Seminar Type Topic
2018-19 20.05.2019 SAPTAPARNO SAMANTO, UG SEM IV STUDENT’S SEMINAR TINTERN ABBEY: PORTRAYAL OF NATURE AND MAN
2018-19 29.05.2019 DEBOTI BISWAS, UG SEM II STUDENT’S SEMINAR INDIANNESS IN NISSIM EZEKIEL’S POEM NIGHT OF THE SCORPION
2018-19 10.06.19 1. AKASH GHOSH, UG SEM IV
2. AVINANDAN CHATTERJEE, UG SEM IV
STUDENT’S SEMINAR 1. A STUDY OF POWER AND FUTILITY IN SHELLEY’S POEM, “Ozymandias”
2. UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL REALISM IN BLAKE’S POETRY
2020-21 15.05.21 BIDISHA SADHUKHAN STUDENT’S SEMINAR KAMALA DAS’S “AN INTRODUCTION” ON WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
2020-21 22.05.21 SAYANTAN NANDI STUDENT’S SEMINAR FOLK TOURISM (IN THE CONTEXT OF BANKURA)
2020-21 22.05.21 AYAN CHAKRABARTY STUDENT’S SEMINAR Organs for Sale: Observing Corporeality as a Neocolonial Trope in Manjula Padmanavan’s “Harvest”
2020-21 29.05.21 SEMANTI KUMAR STUDENT’S SEMINAR “The Rape of The Lock” (Canto 1&3): Contemporary Society and Relevance in Modern Times
2020-21 28.06.21 Rhiddhi Mondal.
Bodhisattwa Mitra.
Tiasa Kundu
Tiyasa Nasrin.
Upasona Biswas
Kankana Dhar
Anannya Mukherjee.
Shreyoshi Ghosh
Sayantan Nandi
A SESSION OF MOCK TEACHING BY STUDENTS PLAYING WITH SHAKESPEARE: AN ACADEMIC AUDIO DRAMA

STUDENTS AND FACULTY EXCHANGE PROGRAMME IN COLLABORATION WITH BETHUNE COLLEGE:

Sl No Title of the collaborative activity Name of the collaborating agency with contact details Name of the participant Year of collaboration DURATION Nature of the activity
1 CLASSES HELD IN COLLABORATION WITH BETHUNE COLLEGE BETHUNE COLLEGE, KOLKATA UG & PG STUDENTS 2021 JUNE-JULY FACULTY & STUDENTS EXCHANGE PROGRAMME

WALL MAGAZINE

THE WALL MAGAZINE OF THE DEPARTMENT NAMED “SEEDLING” IS PUBLISHED IN EACH ACADEMIC YEAR WITH THE ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS FROM THE STUDENTS. IT PROVIDES THE STUDENTS WITH A UNIQUE PLATFORM TO UNLEASH THEIR CREATIVE POTENTIAL. SEMANTI KUMAR, A STUDENT OF UG SEM IV HONOURS (ACADEMIC SESSION: 2020-21) BEAUTIFULLY PUTS HER EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT WITH THE MAGAZINE IN THE FOLLOWING WORDS:

“I’d say that ‘ Seedling’ is not merely a wall magazine. Rather it’s an emotion.
It’s a source of inspiration.
The content is based on the present Covid 19 crisis. But at the same time, it shines with a new light of Hope as a seed always does.

I’m sure that readers will experience boundless joy when they will go through it.”

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