Department of English

  • About
  • Syllabus and Course Outcome
  • Faculty Profile
  • Study Materials
  • Extension Activities
  • Results and Student Progression
  • Students' Section
  • Our Achievers
  • Testimonials
  • Routine
  • Lesson Plan
  • Continuous Evaluations
  • Event Reports
  • Slow and Advanced Learners
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Initiation and Brief Overview

Started in 1985, the Department of English is operating as an Honours Department since 1992. From its inception, the Department has a sustained academic record of excellence with University rank-holders form many of its past and current batches. At present, the English Department has a five-member faculty (2 associate professors, 1 assistant professor, 2 State aided college teachers).

On the basis of its performance and on the strength of its faculty, NAAC (2nd Cycle, 2016) recommended opening an autonomous PG course (MA English) for the Department. As soon as the Department and the College gets Government approval, it will initiate and run a PG course in English.

Vision and Outlook

We focus on inculcating a love for literature among our students, with particular effort towards building their analytical abilities and academic writing skills and work towards honing their critical and creative thinking abilities. Spoken and written fluency in the English language is desirable among students, as class lectures are entirely in English.

In future, our students typically move on to academic as well as non-academic jobs in both private and public sectors. Many of our students go on to choose and work in fields like research, teaching, media, content writing, public relations and advertisement.


Lectures and Audio-visual modes

Apart form classroom lectures or the chalk and talk method, the Department uses ICT based classes and audio-visual aids in smart classrooms to stimulate learning interests. PowerPoint presentations and films related to texts and authors are a staple part of our teaching and learning process.

In accordance with the larger discipline of our College, the entire syllabus (opted for teaching) is completed before the semester exams take place.


Extra tutorial classes are taken for students of Semesters 1 and 2. In these classes the students are divided into small groups so that more individual attention can be devoted to their academic supervision and guidance.

Classwork, tests and presentations

Regular assessments through written classwork and class-tests and end of the semester mock-exams ensure that the students are well prepared for their final end-semester examinations. Constructive feedbacks and suggestions on their written assignments/tests are shared with the students.

Besides cultivating their skills in writing assignments and tests, our students also get initiated into the basics of academic research and short paper presentations. As part of their internal examinations, and in keeping with the guidelines of the University syllabus, the students are asked to submit short research papers or do short paper presentations on given texts/areas. These practices help greatly in shaping their critical thinking abilities and familiarize them with the ground rules of research.

Online Teaching-Learning Platform

Since May 2020, we use Google Workspace (G Suite for Education) for our regular online teaching-learning activities as well as for various departmental programmes like extension lectures and webinars. During the pandemic, online teaching, sharing materials with students, setting assignments and tests as well as evaluation and feedback are being carried on as per scheduled routine.

Parent-Teacher Meetings

The Department arranges at least one Parent-Teacher Meeting for each batch in a year to discuss the progress of the students with their guardians. In addition, any parent or guardian is welcome to get in touch with the Department regarding any issue/s concerning the student.

Departmental Feedback

The Department has its own feedback system, which is collected from each passing out batch via a printed or a virtual form. A detailed feedback is taken on teaching learning, evaluation, extension activities, skills learnt and future plans.


The Department maintains a Seminar Library constituting of relevant critical books and materials of reference that are not part of or available in the College Central Library. The Department also has a collection of films and educational Audio-Visual material related to the Core Course syllabus.

In addition to the critical reference library, the Department also has a storybook and leisure reading Library, to encourage general reading among the Departmental students.

The Department has a smart TV, a laptop and a DSLR camera. These Departmental assets are used for teaching-learning purposes and for documenting and recording special Departmental events.

Departmental Highlights

English for Academic Purpose Add-on Course

The Department of English, RKSMVV has collaborated with Elta Global, to offer a unique, professional, add-on course English for Academic Purpose. The EAP course is designed to develop writing skills, strengthen vocabulary and grammar and build structuring and organization skills – key elements for any academic or professional writing. Along with these foundational building blocks, the course also includes modules on developing content, smart presentations, referencing, proofreading and avoiding plagiarism. The course is available for students of this college as well as for female students affiliated to other institutes and young professionals.

Student Internships

The Department tries to arrange short-term internships for competent students and ex-students, as and when the Department finds an opportunity matching a student’s profile. Such internships are meant to provide a professional exposure and hands-on experience for the students involved and add value to the their profiles.

In 2020, Rhitobrita Chakraborty, Sulagna Sarkar and Akanksha Krishnatre interned as content writers with an international travel company Dreamland Escapes.

In 2018, Chandrama Basu, an ex-student of the Department and a JRF scholar, was a research assistant for Ms. Marielle Morin, Research Engineer at CNRS/CEIAS, Paris. Chandrama assisted and accompanied Morin in her visits to the colonial public libraries in and around Kolkata. She helped her locate and visit contact persons, transcript interviews and translate library records into English.

Free Coaching for NET

The Department has started a discipline-centric free coaching for UGC NET examinations for its students and ex-students. The facility is made available through an online platform so that it is accessible for ex-students as well.

Students’ Research Circle

The initiative is conceived as a forum of academic exchange between the faculty, current students and our ex-students. This will be an online platform where young researchers can present their ongoing research projects or completed studies in an academic gathering. The audience will similarly be rewarded by opportunities of engaging with varied fields and new methodologies of research in literature and culture studies.


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Courses offered

 The following courses are offered under the Choice Based Credit System:


Generic Elective

Skill Enhancement

Modern Indian Language


 West Bengal State University syllabus for BA in English (designed following the UGC prescribed syllabus template for CBCS system)

Course Outcomes

  • Developing a knowledge base in a wide ranging socio-cultural-literary field that includes texts, histories and contexts from all around the world spanning a breadth from Ancient European to Postmodern literature
  • Understanding and appreciating histories, cultures and texts (taught in English translation) of varied geographies like South Asia, America, Africa and Latin America.
  • Learning critical reading and writing critical appreciation of texts
  • Developing critical thinking, analytical skills and techniques of scholarly writing
  • Acquaintance with critical theories and learning to apply them as analytical and critical lenses
  • Understanding and critiquing the canon
  • Getting to know fundamentals of research mythology and academic ethics
  • Developing research abilities and presentation skills through writing research papers and project presentations
  • Promoting a sympathetic understanding of human mind and a matured world-view, understanding the ways in which literature distills individual and universal truths
  • Establishing a solid foundation for PG degree (in English or analogous disciplines in Liberal Arts like Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Theatre or Film Studies) and for later academic research
  • Honing skills necessary for professions related to creative and critical writing, content developing, journalism, editing/publishing, public relations, advertisement and mass media, teaching and communication.

 Course Specific Outcomes

 Core Courses

As per the CBCS curriculum, there are fourteen core courses (6 credit each) in the English Honours syllabus. The scope of the syllabus is extensive, including representative texts from diverse cultures across the world.

Classical Literature

CC 1 Indian Classical Literature (Sem I)
CC 2 European Classical Literature (Sem I)

The two courses familiarize students with the ancient classics from the Indian subcontinent and Europe and is a foundational course that bears reference to the later core courses. CC1 offers students critical readings of selected texts from ancient Indian literature along with their socio-cultural contexts. Simultaneously, students are also acquainted with classical literary theories for a more precise appreciation of the aesthetics of the ancient texts. CC 2 includes ancient European epics, narrative poems and dramas that are seen as important origins and influences for later European literatures. The learners get detailed insights into Platonic and Aristotelian theories that are considered fundamental for any student of Western literature.

British Literature

CC 4 British Poetry and Drama (14th – 17Th C) (Sem II)

CC 7 British Poetry and Drama (17th -18th C) (Sem III)

CC 8 British Literature (18th C) (Sem IV)

CC 9 British Romantic Literature (Sem IV)

CC 10 19th C British Literature (Sem IV)

CC 12 Early 20th C British Literature (Sem V)

Six core courses together cover the span of British literature from Medieval to Modern Age. The texts along with the respective background-studies provide students with a strong idea about the literary periods and the contemporary social changes affecting the literary characteristics of the corresponding eras. They also develop a detailed critical understanding of the texts and authors in the syllabus. Thus these courses help students to have an over-arching as well as a meticulously detailed understanding and appreciation of British canonical literature.

CC 3 Indian writing in English (Sem II)

The course offers an in-depth knowledge about the socio-cultural history of colonial and postcolonial India through a selection of texts by Indians writing in English. Indians writing in English constitute a significant and thriving branch of English literature. Beginning with early writers like Derozio and Dutt and going on to current and modern ones like Bond and Rushdie, the course straddles a range of genres like poetry, fiction and drama in Indian English.

CC 5 American Literature (Sem III)

Students get acquainted with the American dream, social realism, folklore, politics of race, gender and colour through a variety of texts including American poetry, fiction and drama. Through this course, they are initiated in a subsidiary branch of English literature.

CC 6 Popular Literature (Sem III)

This unique course brings together texts and contexts outside the so-called canonical boundaries and invites the students to engage with a critical understanding of the contexts of popular or entertaining literature through readings of genres like comic books, crime fiction, fantasy and child-centric literature.

CC 11 Women’s Writing (Sem V)

Studying seminal women-centric texts authored by women writers across ages and geographies, help to ground the students not only in comprehending of the politics of gender but also instills a knowledge of feminist perspectives and the possibilities of resistance and negotiations through literature. Through this paper, the students get an idea of the multivalent aspects of Feminism, a theoretical area closely allied with literature and criticism.

CC 13 Modern European Drama (Sem VI)

The course examines plays of key European playwrights from the 19th through 21st centuries, namely Ibsen, Brecht, Beckett, and Ionesco. A brief history of European theatre in the specified timeframe is also studied to initiate students to the socio-cultural background that shaped the dramatic works. The course allows the students to identify and critically analyze the key critical concepts and practices of modern European drama – from Realism to Epic theatre, from Problem plays to the Theatre of the Absurd.

CC 14 Postcolonial Literature (Sem VI)

The course deals with literatures from previously colonized spaces like the Caribbean countries and Latin America, Africa, India and Australia. Through representative texts this course familiarizes students with aspects of decolonization – hegemony, hybrid identities, postcolonial cultures and globalization. Going through the colonial histories and postcolonial texts from varied regions, the students also get an idea of the interconnections and commonality of the socio-culturally diverse writings.

Discipline Centric Elective Courses

DSE01 Old English Literature, Philology and Rhetoric and Prosody (Sem V)

DSE02 Literary Types and Terms (Sem V)
DSE04 Literary Criticism (Sem VI)

DSE05 Partition Literature (Sem VI)

The DSE courses taught focus on specific areas to help students gain specialized knowledge in the corresponding domains, beyond the compulsory core courses. These courses thus provide diversified options for students to delve into allied branches of English literature. The Discipline Centric Elective Courses offered by our Department are mentioned above.

DSE01 focuses on Old English or Anglo Saxon history and literature, a brief section on the history of language and rhetoric and prosody. This course helps provide a base for history of origins and developments of English language and literature along with a knowledge of rhetorical devices and metrical scansion.

DSE02 concerns literary types and terms. The students are acquainted with the history, development and generic characteristics of Tragedy, Comedy and Novel along with frequently used literary terms. This course provides a solid foundation for appreciating a text within its generic tradition.

DSE04 concentrates on literary criticism – a branch of literary study that combines interpretation and aesthetics aiming for reasoned appreciation and evaluation of texts, genres, authors or literary tendencies. The function of this course is twofold. Firstly, the students sample some of the greatest works of literary criticism beginning with Wordsworth’s ‘Preface’ to the Lyrical Ballads (1802) to Gerda Lerner’s treatise on Patriarchy (1986). Secondly, it grounds them in reasoned and erudite argumentative literary opinions that are valuable tools for critical appreciation.

DSE05 introduces a momentous and painful episode in the history of India – the partition of the nation, through the literature that mourns the loss and records the trauma, dislocation and death of masses amidst fury, fear, violence and anarchy. The assigned texts address the pre-partition map of the undivided colonized nation as well as the horror and violence of partition as experienced on the personal front. The course presents several concerns related to the moment and its aftermath – mass-migration, loss of identity, trauma, ideas of home and exile, memoirs and memories as alternative histories – that combine to help students understand the painful and bloody chapter in Indian history from several perspectives.

Skill Enhancement Course

Creative Writing (Sem III)

ELT (Sem IV)

The Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC) are practical programmes aiming to teach students skills related to literary professions. The Creative Writing course acquaints the students with the art and craft of creative writing and engages students in various creative assignments like writing for the media and writing for publication. ELT teaches the foundations of English Language Teaching, an upcoming and significant field of employment related to English language.

General Elective

GEC01 The Individual and Society (SemI)
GEC02  Poems and Short Stories (Sem II)
GEC03  Novels and Plays (Sem III)

GEC04  (Sem IV)

The GE courses focus on representative texts and contextual background studies from an extensive area including texts focusing on caste/class and gender, violence, colonization and war in a local as well as a global context. The students are closely acquainted with the varied sections of the culturally diverse Modern Indian Literature as well as with British canons like Shakespeare and Dickens. They study various genres in the process, drama, novel, poetry, short fiction and non-fictional prose by British, American and Indian authors.

Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course/Modern Indian Language

English Communication (Sem II)

This basic level English course is one of the options available to students among Modern English Languages offered by the College. It aims to boost students’ proficiency in English language by polishing their spoken, reading and writing skills in the language.

Core English for General Students

LCC I (Sem I)
LCC 2 (Sem II)

These courses meant for students of the general stream, aim to teach language through literature and are meant for upgrading their basic skills in language and comprehension.

Extension Lectures/Interdisciplinary Seminars/Webinars/Workshops

 2020 – 2021 

Date Event Speaker Topic

04/08/2020 –


Online Teachers’


Dr. Madhuchhanda


“Interrogating the

10/08/2020 Workshop/Lecture Mitra, , Professor, Colonial: Lectures on
Series “ Department of Heart of Darkness
English, College of and Wide Sargasso
Saint Benedict, Saint Sea Lectures on
John’s University Heart of Darkness
Minnesota and Wide Sargasso



An Online lecture organized in collaboration with the Gender Research Cell of the College


Dr. Niladri R. Chatterjee, Professor, Kalyani University


‘Why Masculinity Studies is Feminist?’




Online Extension Lecture


Dr. Arpa Ghosh, Associate Professor, English,Vivekananda College for Women


An Introduction to Classical Europan Literature



& 16.06.2021


Online Extension Lecture (in two parts)


Dr. Madhuchhanda Mitra, , Professor, Department of English, College of Saint Benedict, Saint John’s University Minnesota


Chinua Achebe and the Postcolonial Novel


28.06.2021 –


Online Lecture Series


Partition Narratives:

29.06.2021 on Partition Studies An Interdisciplinary
Lecture Series –
01.07.2021- organized jointly
02.07.2021 with the Sanskrit
College and



Day 1


Rituparna Roy,


‘Khushwant Singh’s


Assistant Professor, Heritage College, Kolkata, Initiator, Kolkata Partition Museum Project. Train to Pakistan: Revisiting a Classic



Day 2


Mr. Nazes Afroz, Journalist, Author, Photographer


“Uncertain Landscape: Refugee Memories of Kolkata”




Day 3


Dr. Tista Das, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Bankura University


“Women in India’s Partition”




Day 4


Dr. Anwesha Sengupta

Assistant Professor, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata


The Railway Refugees of Bengal Partition: Revisiting Sealdah Station of 1950s- 60s’

 2019- 2020 

Date Event Speaker Topic

16- 08-2019


Extension Lecture


Dr. Modhumita Roy, Associate Professor, Tufts University






ELT Workshop For SEC Paper


Debarati Roy, Co- founder and teacher trainer at ELTAGLOBAL


English Language Teaching






Dr. Sanmita Ghosh,

Assitanat Professor of English, Hooghly


“Decoding Darwin”


Mohsin College and

Dr. Sipra Mukherjee

, Professor in the English Department at West Bengal State University


22- 06-2020




Dr. Madhuchhanda Mitra, Professor, Department of English, College of Saint Benedict, Saint John’s University Minnesota


“Indian Writing in English”


Date Event Speaker/s Topic



Teachers’ workshop on Semester I CBCS Organized by the department of English, RKSMVV


Professor Krishna Sen,

Dr. Shamin Ahmed, Professor Amlan Dasgupta


Professor Ratna Basu


Ancient Indian and Classical European Literature




Extension Lecture


Dr. Subarna Mondol, Sanskrit University, Kolkata


Gothic in Literature




Extension Lecture


Professor M. Mitra, St John’s University, Minnesota, USA


Heart Of Darkness


Date Event Speaker Topic



Extension Lecture


Dr. Siddharta Biswas, Associate Professor, English, University of Calcutta


“Modernism and Pinter”




Extension Lecture


Professor Subir Dhar, Rabindra Bharati University


“William Blake”




Interdiscilplinary Seminar on “Dress in Literature” (Bengali, English and Sanskrit)


Mr. Bappaditya Biswas



 Educational Trips/Literary Meets and Fairs/ Theatre Visits


Date Place/places visited/Activity Objective


Revelio ‘21- Online culture meet “From Kabul to Kolkata: Of Memories, Belonging and Identity” – a talk by Nazes Afroz Slam Poetry Competition Photography Competition Cultural awareness, Author- meet. Departmental fest
21-02-2021 Revelio – Online “Beyond Graduation: The Wider Horizon” Counselling for Higher Studies


Departmental Reunion Celebrating 25th year of the English Honours Department, RKSMVV
25- 02-2020 A visit to the Kolkata Book Fair Educational
23-02-2020 A visit to the theatre hall to see Girish Karnad’s play Tughlaq Theatre performance
19-01-2020 A heritage and food walk in the “Grey Town” of the city Kolkata with Sri Shuddhabrta Deb. A historical exploration of of the city


Date Place/places visited/Activity Objective
11.01.2019 Visit to Serampore, Danish colony Exploring history and heritage
22.08.2019 Visit to the Academy of Fine Arts for Nathbati Anathbat Theatre performance
17.11.2019 Revelio ’19
“Translating the Margins: Facts, Fictions and Findings”

–A talk by Dr. Sipra Mukherjee on the translation of Manoranjan Byapari’s book Interrogating My Chandal Life: An Autobiography of a Dalit

Author Meet
“We Shall Overcome”- Talk and performance


Performance and Songs as the confluence of Music and Literature – A talk by the musician Mr. Kabir Chattopadhyay

Students’ Event/ Competition

“I Bet You Can Draw Cartoons” – Workshop by singer and cartoonist Upal Sengupta on Cartoons Workshop on Cartooning
‘It’s my own invention” Cultural competition Departmental fest
28. 11. 2019 A visit to the Academy of Fine Arts for the play Mrichchhakatika performed by the theatre group “Naye Natua” Theatre performance

 2017- 2019 

Date Place/places visited/Activity Objective
26.12.17 Food and heritage walk in North Kolkata with Mr. Anindya Chatterjee, Author, Director, Singer and Lyricist. A historical exploration in the lanes and bylanes of North Kolkata and in its legendary eateries
22. 11.2018 Visit to Padatik for an Indian adaptation the play Hamlet Theatre performance


 Results of previous 1 + 1 + 1 system 

Year Appeared Passed 1st Class University Ranks
2017 09 09
2018 08 08 01 1st
2019 15 15 01

 Results for ongoing CBCS Batch of 2018 

Semester Appeared Passed Highest Score (SGPA)
Sem I 12 12 9.10 (83.5%)
Sem 2 11 11 9.10 (83.5%)
Sem 3 11 11 9.08 (83.3%)
Sem 4 11 11 10.0 (92.5%)
Sem 5 11 11 10.0 (92.5%)

 Results for ongoing CBCS Batch of 2019 

Semester Appeared Passed Highest Score (SGPA)
Sem I 09 09 8.5 (77.5%)
Sem 2 08 08 10.0 (92.5%)
Sem 3 08 08 9.77 (90.2%)

 Results for ongoing CBCS Batch of 2020 

Semester Appeared Passed Highest Score


Sem 1 20 20 9.40 (86.5%)


 Batch of 2020 

Name Progression after BA in English Honours
1 Sulagna Sarkar M.A. from Sarojini Naidu College for Women, P.R. Manager in an International Travel & Tourism Company.
2 Prognya Chakraborty M.A. from Shri Shikshayatan College
3 Aishi Mishra M.A. from Shri Shikshayatan College
4 Poonam Kumari Preparing for Competitive Exams
5 Swastika Sanyal B.Ed from Sri Ramakrishna Sarada College of Education, Murshidabad; and Competitive Exam preparation
6 Sanhati Ghosh Preparing for Competitive Exams
7 Amrita Mitra B.Ed from Bhimpur B.Ed College
8 Arunima Das M.A. from Visva Bharati University
9 Paulomi Lahiri Centre in Charge at an academic institution, M.A from Vidyasagar University under distance mode
10 Shrestha Biswas M.A from Shri Shikshayatan College, Kolkata, Tutor at a private coaching institute
11 Poushali Bhattacharya M.A from St.Paul’s Cathedral Mission College
12 Mrittika Das M.A from St.Paul’s Cathedral Mission College

 Batch of 2019 

Name Progression after B.A. in English Honours


1 Dipanwita Biswas M.A., English, Guru Govind Sing Indraprastha University
2 Nabaneeta Polley M.A., English, University of Calcutta
3 Prarthita Roy M.A., English, Indraprastha University
4 Mrittika Dutta MA., English, Loreto College, Kolkata
5 Rhitobrita Chakraborty M.A., English, Fergusson College, Pune.
6 Anwesha Saha M.A, English, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
7 Anusree Kole M.A., St Xavier’s University, Kolkata
8 Moumita Nandi M.A., Sarojini Naidu College, Kolkata
9 Aranyaa Das P.G Diploma Course from IISWM (2019) M.A., Film Studies, Jadavpur University (2020 onwards)
10 Ashmita Kar M.A., Classical Music, Rabindra Bharati University
11 Anindita Chakraborty M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Calcutta
12 Mausumi Kundu Preparing for Competitive Exams
13 Areema Chatterjee B.A. in Korean Language
14 Aheli Boral Preparing for Competitive Exams
15 Sushmita Roy

Batch of 2018

Name Progression after BA in English Honours
1 Tinni Giri M.A., West Bengal State University, Preparing for NET
2 Sayantani Upadhyay Preparing for Competitive Examinations
3 Shiholi Mondal M.A., English, University of Calcutta
4 Satarupa Saha Working at e-bay
5 Meghna Paul M.A., English, Kalyani University
6 Dipanwita Dhar
7 Pranomita Paul Working
8 Banani Chakraborty M.A., preparing for Competitive Examinations

Revelio – Literary Meet and Culture Fest

Started in 2019, by the Department of English, Revelio is a literary meet and cultural fest that celebrates the joys of learning through unconventional mediums. Conceptualized as an amalgam of a high-brow Meet, where eminent guest speakers would come to talk about their celebrated works or hold workshops on their fields of excellence; and a youthful Fest, throbbing with the energy of the young college-goers who can showcase their talents through their original and creative compositions at various open competitions, our event is named REVELIO.

Revelio 2019  (17- 11-2019)

  • ‘Translating the Margins: Facts, Fictions and Findings’ – Dr. Sipra Mukherjee’s talk on her award-winning translation of Manoranjan Byapari’s book Interrogating My Chandal Life: An Autobiography of a Dalit
  • “Performance and songs as the Confluence of Music and Literature” – talk by Mr. Kabir Chattopadhyay, lyricist, singer-musician and PhD scholar at Trinity University
  • A workshop on cartoons and cartooning conducted by the singer and cartoonist Mr. Upal Sengupta
  • Students’ Competition – “It’s my own invention” – an original composition performed by the students and judged by the invited guests

Revelio 2021 (20th and 21st Feb, 2021, online)

  • “From Kabul to Kolkata: Of Memories, Belonging and Identity”, a talk by Nazes Afroz, author, translator, photographer and freelance journalist.
  • The Spoken Word (Slam Poetry Competition)
    Announcement of Prizes for Doodle-do, Framed, The Spoken Word
  • Beyond Graduation: The Wider Horizon – Higher Studies Counselling by Departmental Alumni
  • Departmental Reunion celebrating 25th year of the Department of English

Celebrating Shakespeare

In the history of English and world literature, Shakespeare holds an unparalleled place. Our students aim to celebrate this literary giant in their own ways and reflect on how his contributions are an important part of our lives in ways that often go unnoticed.

Every year the Departmental students commemorate the Bard of Avon by staging adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, creating celebratory videos or witty skits.

In 2019 April, the students stages an original play titled ‘Shakespeare Lives’

In 2020 during the pandemic closure, students produced a short video with original artworks titled ‘Remembering Shakespeare’.

In 2021, with the continuation of the pandemic, the students produced an original skit on Shakespeare’s contribution to our everyday vocabulary, titled ‘Shakespeare – Our Contemporary’.

The Notebook

The Notebook is a literature and creative arts blog run by the students of the Department of English. The blog primarily follows the journey of the students through different events, exploration of new art forms and writing about interesting topics. It also provides a solid platform for our students to explore and share their own passion in various fields.

After Hours

After Hours is a Department run literary club that offers it members, students and faculty alike, a platform to share their mutual love of literature and the other arts in all forms and mediums. The idea behind the conception of the club was to encourage the students to take part in various activities like creating memory projects, researching illustrations or discussing their favourite book covers.

Students’ Research Circle

The Students’ Research Circle is an online platform, where our current and ex-students can talk about and present their academic papers/MA disseminations/M.Phil or PhD research/Postdoctoral studies. The initiative is conceived as a forum of academic exchange between the faculty, current students and our ex-students.

For the maiden session, held on 10th July 2021, Ms. Namrata Chowdhury, ex-student of our department and currently an Asst. Professor of English at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and a doctoral scholar at West Bengal State University, talked on ‘Sustaining the Politics of Cultural Memory in the Design of Calcutta’s South Park Street Cemetery in Sandip Ray’s Gorosthaney Sabdhan (2010)’.

Co-curricular Awards

Won by Departmental Students at Prestigious Events

Akanksha Krishnatre of Semester IV, ranked 1st as the best speaker against the motion, in the debate held on the motion ‘Charles Dickens: A rebel novelist?’ at Oxford bookstore, on 22nd February 2020.

Sunanda Roy of Semester IV, ranked 2nd, in the folk unplugged singing competition, at Amity University on 4th March 2020.

Rishika Ghosh of Semester IV, ranked 2nd, in the poster competition ‘Revisiting Gandhi in modern times’ at Belur Vidyamandir on 4th March 2020.

Rishika Ghosh of Semester III, ranked 1st, at the ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ poster competition, Organized by the Kolkata police in the September of 2019.

Riya Bahadur and Akanksha Krishnatre of Semester II, ranked 1st and 2nd respectively, for the prize for best speakers for and against the motion, in the debate on Environment Organized by Belur Vidyamandir on 6th February 2019.

Ashmita Kar was awarded the 3rd prize in Dhrupad and Keyal category in the Sate Level Competitions 2016-17 held by West Bengal Rajya Sangeet Academy.

Ashmita Kar of 3rd year, ranked 2nd in Bhajan category, at the Talent Search Contest organized by Dover Lane Music Conference and Academy on 26th December 2016.

University Rank Holders

[*WBSU Rank list pending for batch of 2019]

Tinni Giri, Batch of 2018

University First rank holder in English Honours

Compeleted MA, currently preparing for NET and further studies.

Chandrama Basu, Batch of 2016

University Fourth rank holder in English Honours

Qualified NET, JRF scholarship holder (2018)

Currently, State Appointed College Teacher (I), English Department, Prasanta Chandra Mahalanabis Mahavidyalaya, Kolkata.

Sayantika Chakraborty, Batch of 2011

University First rank holder in English Honours

Qualified NET (2015),

Currently pursuing PhD from Florida University, with fully funded scholarship

Formerly Assistant Professor in English at St Paul’s College, Kolkata.

Namrata Chowdhury, Batch of 2011

Record Marks: 70% in Part I English Honours (Cumulative Aggregate 62.13%)
Qualified NET (2014)

Currently Assistant Professor, English Department, St Xavier’s College, Kolkata.

Pursuing PhD from West Bengal State University.

Completed PhD

 Dr. Debarati Dutta

“The fashioning of democracy and the project of Multitude: A postcolonial critique of resistance through Hardt and Negri”, IIT, Kharagpur, 2018.

Dr. Rimi Ghosh Dastidar

“Metrical Measurement of Human Speech with Special Reference to Bangla Versification”, Jadavpur University, 2018.

Currently pursuing PhD

Sohini Sen

‘Scottish and Indian Interface in the Poetry of Alan Riach and Bashabi Fraser’, Bankura University.

 Namrata Chowdhury

‘The Gastronostalgic Reconstruction of the City of Calcutta in Literature and Popular Culture’, West Bengal State University.

Sayantika Chakraborty

‘Feminization of Disasters: Gender and Post-colonial Ecology in South Asian Fiction’,

University of Florida.

Arpita Pandey

‘Painting, Patronage, Popular Culture: A Case Study of Art in Calcutta form 1770 to 1870’, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Chandrama Basu

‘Beyond Sensationalism: Alternate Readings of Yellowbacks from 1850 to 1890’, Presidency University.

 Aitraa Saha

‘Sex Pedagogy and Various Media’, IIT, Madras.

 Careers chosen by our Alumni

Faculty in Universities and Colleges:

Dr. Debarati Dutta, Dr. Rimi Ghosh Dastidar, Saswati De, Namrata, Sohini Sen, Sayantika Chakraborty, Triparna Chatterjee, , Kathakali Sengupta, Enakshi Chakraborty.

Faculty in Government and Private Schools:

Koel Niyogi, , Ananya Chatterjee, Kasturi Sengupta Dasgupta, Sulagna Roy, Sayani Karan Pradhan, Sanhita Chakraborty, Ritu Bhattacharya, Indrani Mukherjee, Swastika Basu, Sushmita Dutta,  Bhaswati Deb Roy, Ushasi Chatterjee, Jyotsna Rai, Shrabanti Panja, Nupur Kar Sangupta, Shreya Deb Ghosh, Subarna Ghoshal Batabyal, Debika Dey, Tami Sikdar Majumdar, Ishani Ghoshal.

Corporate/Private Sector/ IT Professionals:

Sonali Dey Majumdar, Suvashree Chakraborty, Chhandasi Nandi Saha, Aditi Bandopadhyay, Pranamita Paul, Sudeshna Roy, Arpita Paul, Poulomi Lahiri, Sulagna Sarkar, Bidipta Chatterjee Ghosh, Debdatta Topdar, Satarupa Saha, Arpita Banik

 Govt./Public Sector Officers:

 Soumita Chakraborty, Sananda Goswami

Bank Executives:

Swatilekha Saha Das, Hena Saha

Media/Journalism/Content Writers and Content Developers:

Rupa Ganguly Talukdar, Moumita Das, Pritha Basu Sarker, Rhitobrita Chakraborty, Sulagna Sarkar


 Bipasha Dutta Nath, Chandrima Ukil


 Sangsthita Chakrabarty

Published Author/ Artist/ Performer:

Lopamudra Banerjee, Madhumita Gupta, Ashmita Kar, Arpita Pandey


Mitali Purkait Ghosh, Digital Concepts

Aditi Dasgupta, Symbiotique

Sayanti Das, Wolf Publications (Formerly an employee of IBM)

Debarati Roy, Elta Global (Formerly a senior trainer at the British Council)

Dr. Debarati Dutta, (PhD from IIT Kharagpur), Assistant Professor in English, Dhupguri Girls’ College, University of North Bengal.
I am proud and privileged to have been taught by enthusiastic and caring teachers in the Honours programme during my undergraduate days at RKSMVV. The dedication and discipline that the professors instilled in me shaped the journey of my academic life in many ways. The passion and love for learning and a fellow feeling for the other had a humble beginning in the college which I love to cherish in days to come.
Koel Niyogi, Assistant Teacher (English) at Anandanagar Girls’ High School, Belur.
I was a residential student and by the end of the three years my department had turned into the perfect place for solace, and where I truly felt at home. It is an understatement to say that my professors were very helpful. However, it was not just literature that they taught me. They made me what I am today by setting an example themselves in the way they conducted themselves in other aspects as well, apart from teaching. In fact, it is because of their motivation that I have evolved into the hardworking, focused and committed person that I am today. Their impression on me is an everlasting one.
Saswati De, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, St. Francis College for Women, affiliated to Osmania University.
I am a proud alumnus of this department and owe a lot to them. My professors have provided me with the best possible grounding in literature and inspired me to take up higher studies and to excel in the subject that I chose for myself. Apart from academics, the department was vibrant with extracurricular activities that encouraged participation of students. We were fortunate to have such an amazing faculty,who not only inspired love and passion for the subject, but lent a personal touch in our well-being. My teachers have been my mentor in the truest sense of the term. They have been highly instrumental in motivating me to take up teaching as a profession.
Sayanti Das, Business Manager at IBM Bangalore.
The department’s richness in terms of imparting knowledge and taking individual care of every student is what helped me reach where I am today. Each of our professors stood tall on their subject matter, which eventually helped me to develop and groom my skill set. I have imbibed the virtues of discipline, regularity, hard work and humility here, which helped me immensely to stay hungry to learn, work toward my goals and yet keep my humanity intact in my journey.
Debarati Roy, co-founder of ELTA Global, senior corporate and teacher trainer, IELTS examiner.
Literature became the love of my life because of the professors who created magic in the class. The department became my second home and the best escape for three years. The English department became my safe haven solely because of the brilliant human beings who nurtured us, protected us, tolerated us, laughed and cried with us, backed us like parents, joked like friends, helped us dream beyond horizon and lastly, gave us credence to stand tall and live the best version of our lives.
Sohini Sen, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Gobardanga Hindu College. She is also pursuing her Phd.
Department of English, RKSMVV, is where my love for literature became my career choice and all thanks to this department, I decided to stay in academics. The discipline fostered by the teachers has helped lay the foundations without which no one can have either a successful or a satisfying personal and professional life. Despite the strictness, my batch mates and I enjoyed a special and unique bond with all the teachers of the department that I still hold dear and cherish.
Bidipta Chatterjee, Technical Writer at Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS).
The department of English at RKSMVV will always be an integral part of my life. The education, discipline and maturity which it has instilled in me, always helped me to overcome both personal and professional challenges. I will forever be grateful to my professors, because it is their hard work that has ensured I become a capable human being.
Namrata Chowdhury, Assistant Professor, Department of English, St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) Kolkata. Also pursuing her PhD.
It was a major turning point in my life as I enrolled for the degree program at RKSMVV. The lectures left me wonderstruck every time with their magnitude. All my teachers there have been showering me with their love all these years. From lending books, to correcting answers even when on leave or sharing important tips to be the best, they have always been there for me. One can’t really thank their makers, but I am content I could answer “Dost thou know who made thee/ Gave thee life”, well yes, life through literature it is.
Sayantika Chakraborty, Fully-funded Doctoral candidate in the Department of English, University of Florida.
The professors at RKSMVV have been instrumental in nurturing in me an ability to think and write critically and understand and derive the embedded meaning of the text on my own. With such continuous encouragement, support and careful nurturance, I have been able to achieve success not only in my graduation; but the teachings helped me to work toward success post college as well. My professors from RKSMVV are my eternal source of inspiration and both the Department and the college, paved ways for my research and pedagogy.
Chandrima Ukil (B.A English Hons,LL.B) Advocate, Calcutta High Court
I consider pursuing English Honours from an institution like this was one of the best decisions of my life. The very supporting faculty helped me to enhance my skills to the optimum and still inspire me to never give up in life. They not only delivered classroom teachings but also opened a whole new realm to us by conducting short educational tours to heritage places. The class lectures used to promote critical thinking and enriched us with knowledge. We also had a departmental seminar library with wide array of books. Being a part of this department is an honour in itself.
Tinni Giri, Preparing for NET and advanced studies
My experience at the Department of English, RKSMVV was undeniably rewarding. I highly appreciate the department’s holistic approach that taught me to extend the boundaries of understanding and developing multi-layered perspectives for a wider range of literary knowledge. We were provided with challenging and brainstorming practical, productive and creative assignments which helped us to learn to prepare for presentation of research papers in future with confidence and clarity. On that note, one of the most enriching aspects to mention is it’s profound collection of essential, unique and scholarly books on almost every subjects in our college library and most fascinatingly our departmental library that keeps upgrading and flourishing itself continuously.





 UNIT 1 ·       Concept and scope of education 2
•        Concept of modern education w.r.t. Delor’s Commission, child-centricism. 5
·       Concept of different forms of education – informal, formal, non-formal and open education. 8
·       Functions of education – individual and social development, Human Resource Development 6


·       Western philosophical thoughts and their influence on education – Idealism, Naturalism, Pragmatism and Existentialism.



         UNIT 4 Contributions of great educators on philosophy of education (w.r.t. aims, curricula and methods of teaching)

·       Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda






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·       Philosophy in education – philosophical bases of educational aims, knowledge, curriculum, methods of teaching, teacher and discipline.



·       Indian philosophical thoughts and their influence on education – Sankhya, Yoga, Jainism, Buddhism and Islamic.





·       Values as enshrined in the Indian constitution – democracy, secularism, equality and justice. 9
·       Educational provisions in the Indian constitution – Articles 15,17,28,30,45,46,350.








Contributions of great educators on philosophy of education (w.r.t. aims, curricula and methods of teaching)

John Dewey  and Bertrand Russell





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CC2, SEM –I , SD






·       Introduction to educational psychology, relation between education and psychology


·       Introduction to neuro-physiological bases of human behavior- structure and function of human brain, neuron, synaptic transmission, endocrinal glands, sensation, perception





·       Human development-concept, principles, types and stages 5
·       . Cognitive development ( Piaget) and its significance in education 4
·       Moral development ( Kohlberg) and its significance in education 3
·       Psycho-social development (Erikson) and its significance in education


·       Personality – concept, types (Jung, Adler), personality development by Freud 6
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·       Intelligence – concept and scope


·       Theories of intelligence – Guilford, Gardener, Sternberg



·       Creativity – concept, scope and characteristics of creative person


·       Relationship between intelligence, creativity and education 6



·       Learning – concept and scope


·       Factors influencing learning – attention, maturation, motivation and emotion (concept only)


·       Theories of learning: Pavlov, Skinner, Bandura and Vygotsky 8
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·       Salient features of Brahmanic, Buddhistic and Islamic education w.r.t:  Aims of education , Curriculum and method of teaching 16
·       Centres of learning: Nabadwip, Nalanda, Agra 9



·        Charter Act of 1813 4
·       Macaulay Minute 4
·       Bengal renaissance – nature, characteristics 4
  ·       Contributions of Rammohan, Derozio, Vidyasagar 12
             UNIT 3 ·       Wood’s Despatch (1854)


·       Hunter Commission (1882-83)



·       Curzon’s Policy (1902)


          UNIT 4 ·        Calcutta University Commission (1917-1919) 5
·       Basic Education Policy


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                                                                             CC6 . SEM III , SD






·       University Education Commission (1948-49) 10
·       Secondary Education Commission (1952-53) 11



·       Indian Education Commission (1964-66) 13
·       National Policy on Education, 1968 4
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·       National Policy on Education, 1986 10
·       Programme of Action, 1992 8



·       Sarva Shiksha Mission


·       Right to Education Act, 2009


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·       Language problems 5
·       Problems of technical and vocational education 7



·       Problems of education of backward classes 7
·       Problems of adult and non formal education


             UNIT 3 ·       Problems of equalization of educational opportunities 7
·       National Curricular Framework, 2009 7
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·       Aims & Objectives of Field Study







·       Selection of Place mentioning it’s importance
·       Group formation & distribution of work



·       Visit the place with proper attendance sheet. 22 HOURS
·       Photo Session
·       Note down &Describing the special features.
             UNIT 3 ·       Reporting 10 HOURS
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CC11, PR.T , SM







·       Guidance – meaning, definition, scope, need and importance 4
·       Different types of guidance – educational, vocational and personal ( nature, purpose and functions) 10



·       Counseling – meaning, nature, scope, types (directive, non directive, eclectic, individual and group counselling) 18
·       A brief introduction to approaches of counseling – directive, authoritarian, psychoanalytic, humanistic and behavioristic 6
             UNIT 3 ·       Concept of adjustment – definition, scope, need for adjustment; criteria of good adjustment


          UNIT 4 ·       Basic data necessary for guidance 3
·       Psychological testing – personality (TAT), intelligence (Stanford Binet scale), creativity (Torrance 7
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·       Concept of maladjustment – types, problem behavior in adolescent stage, mental disorder ( schizophrenia and paranoia)


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·       Concept, nature, scope and limitations of educational technology 10
·       Approaches to educational technology – hardware, software, systems approach 9



·       Concept, components, classification and barriers 13
·       One basic classroom oriented model i.e., linear and its significance in education 7
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·       . Mass instructional techniques – seminar, symposium, workshop, panel discussion     6
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·       Personalized instructional techniques – programme learning (linear), microteaching, mastery learning, computer assisted instruction (CAI)


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·       Opening and shutting down of computer: Outlook of Desktop & Laptop – Different parts of computer – Different Cables to join the ports – Power switch of UPS, CPU, & Monitor – Steps to opening & shutting down the Computer. 3
·       Identification of different components of a computer: Basic introduction of computer – Classification – Different components – Input devices – Output devices – Storage devices – Bit & Byte Concept – Data Transfer devices (Bluetooth & Wi-Fi).





·       Typing words: Creating new file – Typing – Opening & Saving the file – Copy, Cut & Paste.  











·       Font : Names – Sizes – Styles (Bold, Italic & Underline).
·       Paragraph: Align Text (Left, Right, Centre, Justifying) – Line Spacing – Bullets formation – Numbering
·       Page Set Up: Margins – Orientation –
·       Insert: Tables (Drawing, Erasing, & Formatting) – Page Numbering – Adding Pictures & Symbols.
·       Printing: Print Set Up – Landscape & Portrait – Page Range – Zooming – Copies.
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·       Introduction: Basic ideas of Data Sheets & Cells – Data Typing – Opening & Saving the file – Designing












·       Data Editing: Sort – Filter – Insert – Functions (Sum, Average, Count, Maximum, Minimum, Mean, Standard Deviation, & Correlation).
·       Charts &Graphs (2D & 3D Modes): Column – Line – Pie – Bar – Area – Scatter.



·       Play Slide Show (at least 5 Slide for maximum 5 minutes presentation) from any Survey/Case study/Experiment or any relevant topic from syllabus.













·       Interaction (at least 2 minutes) on the above topic.


·       The report of PPT presentation (within 500 words) should be based on following steps – 1) Title, 2) Objectives, 3) Date of presentation, 4) Description of study, 5) Interpretation, 6) Comments


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·       Teacher Education-meaning, nature and scope. 10
·       Aims and objectives of Teacher Education in Elementary, Secondary and Higher Secondary levels. 10



·       Functions of teacher, characteristics of an ideal teacher, role of teacher at present context. 7
·       Definition and characteristics of teaching, teaching as a profession. Ethics of a teacher. 8
·       . Teaching models: Advance Organizer Model, Concept Attainment Model 10
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·       . Development of Teacher Education in pre independent India: Wood’s Despatch to Wood-Abbot Report 10
·       Development of Teacher Education in post –independence period: Recommendations of various Commission and Committee for the development of Teacher Education. 10



·       Micro teaching, Simulated teaching 10
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·       Life Skills – Definition, characteristics, types ( personal, inter personal, writing, numeracy). 10
·       Life Skill Education—Meaning, nature, characteristics, types & scope. Necessities of Life-skill Education at present context 9



·       Role of educational institutes, parents, teachers and the Governments (central and State). 9
·       Role of NGOs in imparting Life skill Education (with special emphasis on physical, social, emotional and cognitive development) in primary, secondary and higher education


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·       Problems related to life skills education- Domestic violence, juvenile delinquency in Primary and Secondary levels. 8
·       Preparation of life skill curriculum in school and colleges. 7



·       POCSO (2012) 11
·       Domestic Violence Act (2005)


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