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  • Three year Honours Degree Course (Calcutta University).
  • U.G. General Course for students with Honours in other Humanities/Science subjects.
  • Two year Post-Graduate Course in English (affiliated to the University of Calcutta).


The Department of English may be fittingly described as a ‘heritage’ department of a heritage Institution because English has been taught as a subject right from the inception of Bethune College in 1879, when A. W. Croft, arranged the transfer of Baboo Sosi Bhushan Dutt, ‘a master of English and of Philosophy’, from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack to Bethune College (then part of Bethune School) in Calcutta, to teach Kadambini Basu in the F.A. class. In 1890, Bethune College opened its course in B.A. (Honours) Examination of Calcutta University with three women candidates among whom Sarala Ghosal (later Sarala Devi Choudhurani) scored the highest marks and won the Padmavati Gold Medal. The year 1918 saw four female professors managing the department – Mrinalini Emerson, Lotika Bose, Stella Bose and Dorothy Moses. The English department thereafter flourished in the hands of eminent and dedicated teachers like Prof. Sujata Chaudhuri, Prof. Karuna Chakraborty; Prof. Manisha Sen, Prof Ishita Dutta and Prof. Santa Mahalanobis.

The Head of the department, Dr. Anasuya Guha, the grand daughter of Sita Devi, a noted alumna of the College, joined the department in 2011 as Professor of English. An eminent scholar and a Presidencian, she has to her credit several books as well as a large number of publications. Her areas of specialization are Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf and Translation Studies. Other teachers of the department are also involved in active research and publication. Dr. Debalina Banerjee has worked extensively on the Victorian Age in English Literature and has a number of publications in that area. Her poems have been published in numerous books and journals. Dr. Durga Ghosal specializes in futuristic fiction and has completed a Minor Research Project titled ‘Designing Life and Values in the works of Wells, Huxley, Golding and Skinner.’ Smt. Shuchismita Mitra has presented a paper at the MELUS MELOW International Conference and she is currently working on a Minor Research Project on the Nineteenth Century Miracle Lore in Bengal. Smt. Mandira Mitra has to her credit scholarly papers on narratology and has also completed a Minor Research Project titled ‘A Narratological Study of Amitav Ghosh’s Calcutta Chromosome.’ Smt. Piyali Gupta specializes in gender theory and autobiographical narratives. Her papers have been published in a number of books and she is presently occupied with a Minor Research Project on the intersection between disability and autobiographical narratives. Smt. Neelanjana Basu, the youngest member of the department who joined service in 2014, is working on Nineteenth Century English Literature.




Name of the Teaching staff



Highest qualification Specialization
  Dr. Anasuya Guha   Professor and
Head of the Department
Ph.D. (1st Class 1st)
  Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf
  Dr. Debalina Banerjee   Associate Professor   M.A., Ph.D.   19th Century English Literature, Gender Studies, Indian English Writing
  Smt. Shuchismita Mitra   Assistant Professor   M.A.   Cultural Studies,
Women’s Studies.
  Smt. Mandira Mitra   Assistant Professor  

M.A. (Gold Medalist, C.U).

   Cultural Studies, Narratology
  Smt. Piyali Gupta   Assistant Professor   M.A. (Gold Medalist), MPhil   Gender Studies, Victorian Studies
  Smt. Neelanjana Basu   Assistant Professor   M.A., M.Phil.   19th Century English Literature
Name of the Teaching staff   Designation Highest qualification Specialization
  Prof. Santa Mahalanobis   Former Professor, Bethune College   M.A. (Cantab.), Ph.D.   Shakespeare
  Dr. Indranee Ghosh   Former Associate Professor, Bidhannagar College   M.A., Ph.D.   Ancient European Classics
  Dr. Anushila Bhattacharya   Associate Professor, Bidhannagar College   M.A., Ph.D.   Victorian Poetry,
Modern Poetry - Yeats
  Dr. Pradipta Mukherjee   Assistant Professor,
Vidyasagar College for Women
  M.A., Ph.D.   Film and Literature
Name of the Teaching staff   Designation Highest qualification Specialization
  Dr. Mukul Sengupta   Former Principal, Maharani Kashiswari College, Kolkata   M.A., Ph.D.   Afro-American Women’s Literature

Ongoing Research Activities


UGC Sponsored National Level Seminar

UGC Sponsored National Level Seminar - inauguration

UGC Sponsored National Level Seminar


The department has always attempted to inspire interpretive and critical skills of the students. With this view, the department organizes film shows and student seminars where an active participation of the students is ensured. Eminent scholars like Dr. Krishna Sen, Former Professor, University of Calcutta, Prof. Jashodhara Bagchi, Former Chairperson, West Bengal State Women’s Commission, Dr. Shoma A. Chatterjee, eminent film critic and journalist, Dr. Peter McDonald, Professor of English and Related Literature, St Hugh’s College, Oxford University have enlightened the students on various occasions. The department had organised a State Level UGC sponsored Seminar on Tagore in Translation in August 2013, in collaboration with the departments of Bengali, Sanskrit and Hindi. Eminent personalities like Shri Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri, renowned Sanskrit scholar, Sri Samik Bandyopadhyay, celebrated literary critic and Dr Ramkumar Mukhopadhyay, Adhyaksha, Visva-Bharati Granthan Bibhag were the resource persons at the Seminar.

In keeping with the NAAC Peer Team’s recommendation, a Postgraduate Course was introduced in the year 2007. The Postgraduate Department was granted academic autonomy and was responsible for formulating the syllabus and conducting the examination and being in charge of the evaluation process. The postgraduate syllabus includes modules on partition and film studies. To orient the students towards research, term paper presentations and dissertation are incorporated in the evaluation procedure.

Student Profile
The department inspires the students to pursue higher education by honing their critical thinking abilities. Many of our students are engaged in research. Our students have made their mark in various fields. Some of our illustrious students include Smt Nandini Maliya (actor), Dr Madhumita Mukherjee (Associate Professor, Muralidhar College).

The students of the department are involved in a number of extra and co-curricular activities. They actively participate in the Annual Fest of the college, Aalap and have won several prizes at various competitions. They are also involved with the NSS wing of the college. Our students have performed plays at inter-college competitions and one such play “Shaking Shakespeare” performed by our students was awarded the First Prize in the Inter-College Drama Competition held at Jadavpur University in 2011. Our students have to their credit not only research publications but also poems and short stories published in online websites, magazines and newspapers View Link .

Staging of A Midsummer Night's Dream    
Picnic - Organised by English dept Drama Sports  

  • Active participation in Debates, Creative Writing, Drama, Sports, Students’ Union activities, NSS, Picnics and Excursions.
  • Presentation of papers at students’ seminars (UGC National Level Seminar- English, Philosophy & Political Science; UGC Seminar – Women’s Studies
  • Active involvement with NGOs rendering social service.

  • Department library with rare books.
  • Book Bank.
  • Access to the Internet and multimedia facilities for academic purposes.
  • Multimedia facilities and audio-visual aids for teaching and presentations including screening of films related to the course.
  • Tutorial classes.
  • Induction into methods of research through writing of Term papers and Dissertations.



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