Bhairab Ganguly College

Bhairab Ganguly College

  • Reaccredited
    NAAC Grade 'A'
  • Affiliated to
    W.B. State Univ.
  • Govt.
  • AISHE Code
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Postgraduate Course : Department of English: An Overview

Department of English is one of the leading departments of the College, which began functioning since the inception of the College on 3rd September, 1968. Over the years, the Department has progressed at a very fast pace in terms of the number of students and enriched academic and research activities.  The immense potential of the department was acknowledged by the NAAC inspection team, which suggested the introduction of P.G. course in English. Accordingly, the department applied to the West Bengal State University for the introduction of the P.G. Course. The Department was duly granted permission for the same and has been successfully running the P.G. Course in English since the academic session of 2009-10.

      The Department conducts on a regular basis seminars and conferences to encourage critical thinking among the students. In addition to a two-day UGC sponsored National Conference on “Ideology and Praxis: From Theory to Text” in 2011, the Department has also organized a State Level Seminar on “Emergence and Evolution of English Novel: From 18th to 20th Century” in 2016. Distinguished scholars and academicians from diverse universities participated in the seminar enlightening the students about the genesis and evolution of the genre of fiction. In 2018 the department organized two lecture-workshops on “Translation and Translation Studies” (Resource persons: Prof. Amitava Roy and Prof. Suchorita Chattopadhyay) and “How to Write a Research Paper” (Resource person: Prof. Chidananda Bhattacharya). All these endeavours have been immensely enjoyable learning experiences for the undergraduate and postgraduate students and the teachers alike.

      To commemorate the 450th birth anniversary of William Shakespeare, the Department successfully arranged a student seminar to facilitate critical enquiry into Shakespearean  drama. Additionally, the department staged dramatic enactments of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Twelfth Night in the Third Theatre Mode (open-air stage). The department publishes an annual wall Magazine, “Harbinger”, and is the proud recipient of the ‘Best Wall Magazine’ prize consecutively in 2016 and 2017. The department also organizes Special Lectures on relevant topics from time to time delivered by eminent faculty. Recently, the department successfully organized special lectures on “Feminism and Feminist Literary Readings” delivered by Prof. Swati Ganguly of Visva- Bharati, Santiniketan, on “An Overview of American Literature”, delivered by Dr. Tania Chakravertty, P.G. Coordinator, Department of English, Shri Shikshayatan College, and on “How Anti-sentimental is The Rivals as a Comedy?” delivered by Prof. Sukanya Sanyal, Department of English, Thakurpukur Vivekananda College. The department is also credited with the publication of fifteen best dissertation papers in the monograph entitled, “Revelations”. Recurring exposures to such enthralling lectures have indeed enriched the critical skills of our P.G students. Consequently they have been immensely benefitted in selecting their future areas of research work and performing in NET/SET Examinations.

Faculty Position: 

Resource Persons 

  • Amitava Roy
    William Shakespeare Professor of English
    Professor (Retired), Department of English,
    Rabindra Bharati University
  • Sukla Basu (Sen)
    Professor (Retired), Department of English & Modern European Languages, Visva-Bharati University
  • Chidananda Bhattacharya,
    Professor, Department of English,Rabindra Bharati University
  • Subir Dhar
    Professor (Retired), Department of English,Rabindra Bharati University
  • Goutam Ghosal
    Professor, Department of English & Modern European Languages, Visva-Bharati University
  • Somnath Paul
    Associate Professor (Retired), Department of English,Bhairab Ganguly College
  • Mitra Dutta (Dhar)
    Associate Professor (Retired), Department of English, Bhairab Ganguly College
  • Sipra Mukherjee
    Associate Professor, Department of English,West Bengal State University

Facilities available at the department 

The Department offers the following facilities for the students: 

  • Book lending facilities at the Seminar Library of the Department.
  • Students’ Internet Access to e-journals and books available in N-List and free download of reference materials.
  • Video filming of important literary texts.
  • Air-conditioned Seminar Room with audio-visual facilities.
  • Student–Teacher personal contact programme and guidance for NET/SET
  • Special lectures on diverse topics delivered by eminent professors.
  • Publications of the Wall Magazine, “Harbinger” and Monograph “Revelations”.
  • Third Theatre Mode of performance for and by the students of the department.

    Course Features

Class Hours 9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Six days a week
Course Curriculum Framed by the Department as approved by the Board of Studies for P.G. Course in English, following the guidelines of WBSU and UGC.
Course Duration        4 semesters completed in 2 years

       Semester I : July to December

       Semester II: January to June

       Semester III: July to December

       Semester IV: January to June

Teaching Methods Interactive classroom teaching with audiovisual  facilities, seminar presentations and project guidance
Internal Assessment Continuous internal assessment based on class participation and written tests
Course fees  Rs. 50,000 (15000/- at the time of admission; 10000/- at the beginning of the 2nd Semester; 15000/- at the beginning of the 3rd Semester and rest of the 10000/- at the beginning of the 4th Semester).
Eligibility for Application 40% in English (Hons.). Candidates passed  Honours in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

N.B. Regarding details of submission of form, publication of Merit List, date of counselling, date of admission, admission from waiting list (if necessary), address by the Vice-Principal, commencement of classes etc., candidates are advised to follow the college website.

Course Curriculum Approved by Board of Studies and W.B.S.U 

Semester Module Paper Subject Marks


Semester – I





E – I/1 1st Paper, 1st Half British Poetry (Early Moderns) 50
E – I/2 1st Paper, 2nd  Half British Poetry (Early Moderns) 50
E – I/3 2nd  Paper, 1st Half British Drama (Early Moderns) 50
E – I/4 2nd  Paper, 2nd  Half British Drama (Early Moderns) 50
 Total  200


Semester – II


E – II/5 3rd  Paper, 1st Half British Fiction 50
E – II/6 3rd  Paper, 2nd  Half British Fiction 50
E – II/7 4th   Paper, 1st Half Literary Criticism and Theory 50
E – II/8 4th Paper, 2nd  Half Literary Criticism and Theory 50
Total 200



Semester -III

E – III/9 5th   Paper, 1st Half Modernism 50
E – III/10 5th   Paper, 2nd  Half Postmodernism 50
E – III/11(C/G) 6th   Paper, 1st Half Colonialism and Postcolonialism/Gender studies 50
E – III/12(C/G) 6th Paper, 2nd  Half Colonialism and Postcolonialism/Gender studies 50
   Total 200


Semester – IV

E – IV/13 (I/A) 7th   Paper, 1st Half Indian English Literature/ American Literature  


E – IV/14 (I/A) 7th   Paper, 2nd  Half Indian English Literature/ American Literature 50


E – IV/15 8th   Paper, 1st Half Postcolonial Theory and Literature 50
E–IV/16(Project) 8th Paper, 2nd  Half Term Paper 50
  Total 200

Faculty members of the Department
Prof Amitava Roy conducting a workshop on “Translation and Translation Studies”
Prof Sukanya Sanyal delivering a Special Lecture on “How Anti-sentimental is The Rivals”
Smt. Shreyashi Ghosh, Non-teaching Staff of the Department
Student-participants at the One-day Training Programme on Women’s Rights, Rabindra Bharati University, supported by National Human Rights Commission.
Students displayed their literary flair through the Wall Magazine ‘Harbinger’
Students involved in a dramatic enactment of
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