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Brief Profile of Department:

The Department of English was established in March 2009 with 7 full-time sanctioned posts along with a temporary teaching assistant to help in the establishing of a new department. Since then the department has grown in strength, both qualitatively and quantitatively. While framing the syllabi we decided to strike a balance between canonical areas and emerging concerns to inculcate a high level of subjective knowledge in the students. We have placed strong emphasis on literary theory and are proud to have been able to incorporate considerable thrust on English language and English language teaching. Our teaching methodology comprises traditional lecture method along with tutorials, interactive classes, group discussions, students’ presentations, & workshops. To equip the students for further research we have included term papers and dissertations at the post graduate level. Envisioning the department as a centre of active intellectual and research exercise, we have untiringly organized special talks, seminars, conferences, symposiums and workshops at the national and international levels. Our MA syllabus has a strong focus on language, and we propose to organise regular workshops on Teaching English as a Second Language with school teachers and professionals engaged in teaching English to speakers of other languages. We propose to establish a ‘Language Lab’ to facilitate the teaching/learning of English language and offer a course on ‘Communicative English’ to enable the young students to use English language effectively for practical purposes in everyday life. Professor Jayati Gupta who served the Department from 2009 to 2015 was awarded the Tagore National Fellowship for Cultural Research, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. This is a fellowship scheme of the ministry announced during the 150 year celebration of Rabindranath Tagore.

Courses offered : M. A., Ph. D.
Any other information which is relevant to the department
1.The Department hosted Fulbright-Nehru Teaching and Research ScholarDr. Richard Sharp from the Catholic University of America, Washington from August, 2013 to May, 2014:
2. Our course includes South Asian Literature as a major component and a Third Theatre Drama Workshop conducted by members of Badal Sircar’s group has been held for students as part of course for the last four years.
3. English Language Teaching, with a syllabus that approximates a professional course, forms a major component of our syllabus, and is one of the Optionals chosen by a majority of the students.
4. Emerging areas such as Gender Studies, Dalit Studies, Folklore Studies are a part of our syllabus.
5. Professor Jayati Gupta who served the Department from 2009 to 2015 was awarded the Tagore National Fellowship for Cultural Research, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. This is a fellowship scheme of the ministry announced during the 150 year celebration of Rabindranath Tagore.

Faculty Members

DR. SIPRA MUKHERJEE Associate Professor More
 
DR. CHANDRAVA CHAKRAVARTY Associate Professor More
 
DR. SNEHA KAR CHAUDHURI Assistant Professor More
 
SOMAK MANDAL Assistant Professor More
 

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Department of english, West Bengal State University,
Barasat, Kolkata-700126, WB, India
Fax: 033-25241977/ 033-25241978

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