Department of History

In a true sense History is the struggle of Man to reach beyond himself, to approximate to the ideal of freedom and of Human concord. -Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

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Courses
Undergraduate

Semester wise Three year B.A. Honours Course in History (under CBCS), University of Calcutta.

Intake Capacity-38

Syllabus-

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About the Department

Journey of the department of History dates back to the beginning of the college in 1879.Being one of the compulsory subjects in B. A. Examination, History was among the oldest departments of the college. The early records reveal the name of Smt. Surabala Ghosh, an alumnus of this College, who joined the college as a lecturer in History and Bengali from 1903-1912. Later she acted as the Principal of the College for sometime .The History Honours and Pass courses started in the year of 1950. The first Honours student of this Department graduated in 1952 and secured a fairly high place in Second Class. The Three years Degree courses was introduced in 1982. Some of the pioneering teachers of this Department were Marie Bonnerji, Sushovan Sarkar (rendered Honarary Service from1933-34), Karunakana Gupta(1938-1952) , Dr. Roma Neogy, Dr .Bharati Ray, Bandana Ghosh, Dr.HenaMukherjee.

Currently the department offers History Honours under new CBCS curriculum of 2018, History Core Courses and Generic Electives are offered. The Department has a staff strength of five faculties. The department is regularly engaged in serious academic exercises like invited lectures, seminars, showing documentaries and films, taking students to lectures by eminent historians, educational trips etc. Among the five faculty members, four members have been awarded PhD Degrees, and one faculty member is pursuing her Doctoral Research. Faculty members regularly attend seminars, present research papers in national and international seminars and publish their papers in peer reviewed books and journals. Students of the department have won several prestigious awards in students' seminar held in other colleges. Overall, a healthy academic environment and a cordial teacher student relation is maintained in the department.


Faculty

Anasua Dutta
Dr. Anasua Datta

Associate Professor and H.O.D
M.A.,M.Phil.,Ph.D.
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Amrita Bagchi
Dr. Amrita Bagchi

Assistant Professor
M.A.,Ph.D.
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Nivedita Chakraborty
Smt. Nivedita Chakraborty

Assistant Professor
M.A.,M.Phil.
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Ishani Choudhury
Dr. Ishani Choudhury

Assistant Professor
M.A.,Ph.D.
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Chirantani Das
Dr. Chirantani Das

Assistant Professor
M.A.,B.Ed.,Ph.D.
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Infrastructure

  • Departmental Seminar Library - 265 books
  • Bookbank - 70 books

Research Activities

The Departmental teachers are engaged in regular research on a host of subjects in various fields of history like History of Medicine, Private Health in Independent India, History of Weapons and Firearms in the Revolutionary Phase in colonial India, Food History of the Colonial India and Settlements and Urbanization in Early India.

Departmental Prizes/Scholarships

  • Aditi Nag Choudhury Memorial Prize: For highest proficiency in B.A Part I Examination.
  • Nibedita Ghosh Memorial Prize: Most Promising student in the Final Year.
  • Special Staff Prizes: For securing 1st class in B.A Final Examination.


Extension Activities

Sl no. Seminar/ webinar/ workshop Funding agency Date Name of the Speaker. Designation and Affiliation Topic Number of Participants
1 Webinar
In collaboration with IQAC, Bethune College
 
Bethune College
 
01.08.2020
 
Dr. Sabyasachi Chattopadhyay Associate Professor, Dept of History
Kalyani University

Concerns of Historians and journalists on pandemic: past and present

160 (zoom app and youtube)
Dr. Swati Bhattacharjee Senior Assistant Editor, Ananda Bazar Patrika
2 Invited Lecture Bethune College 30.10.2019 Dr. Piyasi Bharasha Associate Professor, Dept of Museology University of Calcutta Museum Documentation and Preservation ( as a part of CBCS SEC Syllabus) 31 (Semester 3 students and History Dept Teachers)
3 Invited Lecture Biprabtirtha Chattagram Shaheed Smriti Sangstha and Bethune College 19.02.2019 Shri Prasenjit Ghosh Associate Professor, Satyajit Ray Film.and Television Institute, Kolkata Celluloid O Swadhinata

 
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4 Invited Lecture Biprabtirtha Chattagram Shaheed Smriti Sangstha and Bethune College 19.01.18 Prof. Chittabrata Palit Eminent Historian and Retired Professor, Dept of History, Jadavpur University Women Revolutionaries of Bengal
from Swadeshi Era to Independence
75
5 Departmental Seminar Bethune College 14.03.2017 Prof Shouvik Mukhopadhyay Professor, Department of History, University of Calcutta Politics, Warfare and State Formation in Early Medieval South India" 70
Prof. Rajat Sanyal Professor, Department of Archaeology, University of Calcutta Urbanization in Early Historic India (600-300BCE)

Prizes & Fellowship

  • Aditi Nag Choudhury Memorial Prize: For highest proficiency in B.A Part I Examination.
  • Nibedita Ghosh Memorial Prize: Most Promising student in the Final Year.
  • Special Staff Prizes: For securing 1st class in B.A Final Examination.


Excursion

 

Sl. No Place of Visit Date Batch
1 Historical sites of Guptipara and Ambika Kalna 7th March 2020 Students (Sem II and Sem IV) under supervision of Dr Anasua Datta, Nivedita Chakraborty, Dr Chirantani Das and Dr Ishani Choudhury
2 West Bengal State Archives November 2019 Students (Semester III) Under supervision of Dr Anasua Datta and Dr Amrita Bagchi
3 Indian Museum October 2019 Students (Semester III) Under supervision of Dr Anasua Datta, Nivedita Chakraborty, and Dr Ishani Choudhury.
4 An educational trip to the historical spots of Rajgir, Nalanda, Bodhgaya 29th March to 2nd April 2018. Students of UG II and UG I under supervision of Dr Anasua Datta and Dr Chirantani Das
5 Departmental excursion to Murshidabad 13th to 15th April 2017 Students of UG I under supervision of Dr Anasua Datta and Dr Chirantani Das


Results

U.G. History UG Result


Students Section

Achievements of Present Students

  • Tishya Ghosh, (Semester V July-Dec 2020) was highly praised for presenting a paper titled 'Vicious Vindictive Substances of Venom: An Exploration through bygone Compositions' on 21st September 2020, at the 7th International Congress of the Society of South Asian Archaeology (SOSAA), Pune, India, organized by History and Archaeology, University of Sri Jayewardene pure, Sri Lanka in collaboration with Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO
     
  • Tiyasha Bose (3rd semester in July-Dec 2020) participated in 'Manuscripts' of the Course 'Sources of Heritage' conducted by Bhandarkar Oriental Institute in collaboration with Heritage India Commission Pvt. Ltd and NYANSA from 10-15th August, 2020
     
  • Ayantika Mishra and Tiyasha Bose (3rd semester in July-Dec 2020) participated in 'Numismatics' of the Course 'Sources of Heritage' conducted by Bhandarkar Oriental Institute in collaboration with Heritage India Commission Pvt. Ltd and NYANSA from 3rd-8th August, 2020
     
  • Jayosree Adhikari (3rd semester in July-Dec 2020) participated in 'Numismatics' of the Course 'Sources of Heritage' conducted by Bhandarkar Oriental Institute in collaboration with Heritage India Commission Pvt. Ltd and NYANSA from 27th July-1st August, 2020
     
  • Haimanti Mukhoti (3rd year in 2018-19) held the First Position in Historia, a Students' Seminar organized by the Department of History, Loreto College, in Collaboration with the History Society, Loreto College, Kolkata, on 16th February, 2019. Titiksha Chakraborty (3rd year in 2018-19) also presented a paper in the same.
     
  • Haimanti Mukhoti's (3rd year in 2018-19)paper secured the First Position in a Students' Seminar, Clio venture 2018, organized by Narendrapur Ramkrishna Mission.
     
  • Titiksha Chakraborty (3rd year in 2018-19)held Sixth Position in All- India Essay Writing Competition, 2018 organized by Shri Ram Chandra Mission, United Nations Information Trust and Heartfelt Education Trust.
     
  • Haimanti Mukhoti and Titiksha Chakraborty (both 3rd year in 2018-19)jointly presented a paper in a Students' Seminar at Belur Ramkrishna Mission Vidyamandir, organized by the Department of English, powered by Wild Life Trust of India


Achievements of Ex-Students

YEAR NUMBER OF STUDENTS ENROLLING INTO HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME GRADUATED FROM DEPARTMENT GRADUATED FROM NO OF STUDENTS GRADUATED NAME OF INSTITUTION JOINED NAME OF PROGRAMME ADMITTED TO
2018-19 15 BA HISTORY 26 6 University of Calcutta
5 Jadavpur University
1 Univ of Delhi
1 JawaharlalNehru University
2 others
 
MA in History
2017-18 30 BA HISTORY 22 10 University of Calcutta
2 Rabindra Bharati University
1 Presidency University
2 Kalyani University
1 Amity University
6 Others
MA in History
2016-17 26 BA HISTORY 29 MA
18 University of Calcutta
2 Rabindra Bharati University
1 JawaharlalNehru University
1 Jadavpur University
1 IGNOU
1 Viswa BHarati University
1 Presidency University

1 Karnaka University
MA in Social Work (Karnataka Univ)
2015-16 20 BA HISTORY 29  MA

7-Rabindra Bharati University (REGULAR AND DISTANCE)
11 University of Calcutta
1-JawaharlalNehru University
1-PRESIDENCY UNIVERSITY
MA in History

Students qualifying in State/National examinations during the year ( NET/SET):

Year 2018-19 NO OF STUDENTS REGISTRATION/ROLL NO
NET 1 WB1004501843
UGC REF NO.11543 (NET DECEMBER, 2018)
SET 1 0101022 (YEAR 2018)


Co-curricular and Extracurricular Activities

 

  • Oishee Ghosh (3rd semester in July-Dec 2020) successfully participated as a delegate in International MUN Internship, (International Model United Nations 5 weeks work from home internship),October, 2020
  • Tiyasha Bose has been selected as the BEST PHOTOGRAPHER, PHENOLICS in Aug/Sept 2020
  • Arpita Dhali(3rd semester in July-Dec 2020) Participated in the National E-Quiz on General Studies and Current Affairs organised by Barasat Government College, 2020
  • Soumili Roy (3rd semester in July-Dec 2020)secured 2nd position in Declamation Inter-college District competition , 2020
  • Ankita Das (3rd semester in July-Dec 2020)participated in an online Riddle competition , 2020, organised by PHENOLICS
  • Srijani Das (2nd semester in Jan-June 2020) secured 1st position in Extempore and Debate in the event of Bangla Dibosh,27-28 Feb, 2020 organised by Shri Sikshayatan College
  • Srijani Das (2nd semester in Jan-June 2020) secured 2nd position in Debate at Calcutta Institute Hall, February 2020.
  • Tanya Kundu (2nd year in 2015-16)participated in Inter College Badminton Championship Tournament and was selected as the Most promising Player of Bengal in Inter College State Level Competition in 2016.