Department of English
Sharmila MajumderHead of the Department
As one of the oldest departments of the University, the Department of English showcases a long and successful history of guiding bright young minds for over 60 years. The Department was established in 1960, the year in which the university itself was founded. The journey started with 4 teachers and 30 students, and M.A. in English was the only course offered by the department initially. In the seventies, undergraduate and subsidiary courses were introduced whereas M. Phil was introduced in the mid-eighties. Incidentally, English was the first department in the university to offer the course.
Today, the department has 12 full-time teaching positions, 3 non-teaching positions, 1 part-time non-teaching staff and a combined strength of about 250 students in the postgraduate course. In addition to this, there are several full-time and part-time scholars engaged in research towards their Ph.D. degrees in English.
The Department has consistently tried to ensure that teachers remain available to the students as much as possible for any kind of academic advice and would like to further develop its long-standing reputation of promoting teaching and research inside as well as outside the classroom. National as well as international conferences are organized by the Department as are workshops and one-day lectures by eminent academicians. The faculty members have also marked their distinction in presenting research papers, chairing academic sessions at national/international conferences across the globe and published research articles in books/journals of national as well as international repute. The Department intends to continue this inheritance for further development of academic activities.
|Sl. No.||Programme||Duration||Intake capacity||Admission criteria|
|1||M.A.||2 years||135 (increases as per university decision)||
B. A. (Hons) in English
|2||Ph.D.||6 years (maximum)||24||
Faculty Profile(Alphabetical Order)
The department offers optional courses in areas as varied as European literature, Postcolonial literature, American literature, Indian Writing in English, Gender Studies, Film and Literature, Women’s Writing and Dalit Studies. Research towards M. Phil. and Ph. D. degrees, too, focus on diverse areas such as
- British Literature
- Indian Literature in English
- Translation Studies
- Linguistics and English Language Teaching (ELT)
- Film, Theatre and Adaptation Studies
- Dalit and Caste Studies
- American Literature
- Gender/Masculinity Studies
- Postcolonial literature etc.
- Seven functioning classrooms in total
- A smart classroom with all necessary facilities and electronic/digital equipment
- One audio-visual classroom
- One reading room for research scholars and teachers
- Six teachers’ rooms
- The office of the Head
- The department office
- The departmental computer laboratory (The PG students and research scholars have access to these computers)
- Twelve desktop computers with internet connection in the department. Teachers have individual computers allotted to them.
- Audio-visual aids in classrooms [such as computer with multimedia facilities (in smart classroom), camera and projector, DVD/VCD players etc.], scanner-photocopier-printer at the computer lab and in the Head’s office, public address system in the large classrooms
- Ongoing: No ongoing research projects at the department at present
- Erstwhile Projects: UGC Major Research Project entitled “Shakespeare Criticism in Bengal (1947 to 1980): Retrieval, Archiving and Interrogation”, PI — (late) Prof. Sarbani Chaudhury
- Full Time: 5 scholars (at present)
- Part Time: 7 scholars (at present)
Ph.D. Research Scholars of the Department of English: Profile
|Sl No.||Name||Address||Supervisor||Research Area|
|1.||Tapan Kumar Kundu||Vill -Debnathpur, PO- Chhatina,
PS – Tehatta, Dist. – Nadia
|Prof. Niladri R. Chatterjee||Trans Masculinity|
|2.||Sagnik Yadaw||13 Ganendra Mitra Lane. Kolkata- 700004||Prof. Niladri R. Chatterjee||Survivor or Saviour: Hegemonic Masculinities in Select English Climate Fiction|
|3.||Mahamadul Hassan Dhabak||Sahebdanga, Nrisinghipur, Santipur
Nadia (WB), PIN – 741404
|Prof. Niladri R. Chatterjee||Images of Masculinity in Select Dalit Writings|
|32A/50, Suren Sarkar Road, Kolkata – 700010||Prof. Niladri R. Chatterjee||Representations of Female Friendship and Solidarity in Select Indian and Pakistani Women’s English Novels|
|5.||Taniya Neogi||189, Mahendra Mitra Road. Barodurari, P.O+dist – Hooghly
PIN – 712103
|Prof. Niladri R. Chatterjee||Representation of postcolonial Parsee masculinity in select English fiction|
|New Dangal Para, Das Lodge campus, Suri, Birbhum
PIN – 731101
|Prof. Niladri R. Chatterjee||Fractures and Contestations in Select Indian Postcolonial Queer Literature|
|7.||Koushik Ghosh||Vill – Khamarpara. P.O – Gopinagar. P.S – Chakdaha. Dist – Nadia. PIN – 741238||Prof. Baisali Hui||Electronic Resources and English Language Skill Development in Tertiary Level School Education in West Bengal|
|8.||Tamalika Das||86 Basanta Kuthir, Khirki Lane, Chinasurah, Hooghly (W.B.),
|Prof. Baisali Hui||Translating Third Theatre: A Sociolinguistic Study of the Plays of Badal Sircar|
|9.||Sangeeta Rakshit||Suksanatantala Main Road,
Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal,
PIN – 712135
|Prof. Baisali Hui||Implementation of Integrated Skill Approach in English Among the Learners of Upper-primary and Secondary Levels, in Bengali Medium Schools of Select Districts of West Bengal: Scope and Limitations
|10.||Bidyabrata Majumdar||A-11/216, Kalyani,
Dist. – Nadia, West Bengal,
|Prof. Baisali Hui||
Philology and Nationalism in Nineteenth Century Norse Translations in English
|11.||Mousrisha Roy||21/1, R.N. Tagore Road,
P.O + P.S –Santipur,
Dist – Nadia
PIN – 741404
|Prof. Baisali Hui||Interrogating Nature: Ecocritical Reading of Indian English Poetry of 1950s – 1980s.|
|12.||Sougata Chakraborty||408/1 AC Road, PO. Khagra, Murshidabad, West Bengal,
PIN – 742103
|Dr. Dhrubajyoti Sarkar (Principal Supervisor),
Dr. Sandip Mandal (Co-Supervisor)
|Use of Folk Cultural Elements in the Proscenium Theatre Performances of West Bengal in the First Two Decades of the Millennium|
- On 26 April 2019, a one-day National Symposium on “Dalit Studies: Issues, Challenges, Possibilities, and Reception” was organized by Department of English, University of Kalyani in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research-Eastern Regional Centre (ICSSR-ERC), Kolkata.
- On 13-14 March 2018, the department organized a UGC-Sponsored National Seminar on “Queer Here, Queer There: Bodies, Identity, and Culture” in collaboration with Sappho for Equality.
- On 24 March 2017, the department organized an international seminar on ‘The Body Politic : Gender and Nation’.
- The department organized an international seminar on ‘Good Place: Representations of the Utopic’ on 8-9 February 2017.
- The department organized a series of invited special lectures by eminent teachers and scholars on subjects ranging from course-related topics to issues of general academic interest. The Invited Lecture Series was conducted successfully and the students were benefitted from their interaction with renowned scholars and professors of national and international repute.
The department is in the process of developing research collaboration with other institutions and providing better research opportunities to its scholars and students