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Initiation and Overview

The Department of History in our college is as old as the college. It started its journey along with the foundation of the college in 1961 with a handful of students and dedicated teachers. Our department today ranks among one of the best in the colleges affiliated with the West Bengal State University. The department follows the CBCS semester system, as mandated by the UGC and the curriculum strictly adheres to the one prescribed by West Bengal State University for its affiliating colleges. The department offers undergraduate courses in history in both Honours and general stream.

 

Vision and Outlook

Swami Vivekananda expressed his dream of founding a Women’s Math in a letter to his brother disciple, Swami Shivananda in 1894 from America. Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan (established 1961) was the first educational institution started by the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission. What began as a humble effort to carry out Swami Vivekananda’s vision , housed in a one-roomed makeshift structure with thirty one students and a handful of young, idealistic and enthusiastic teachers and monastic members, has resulted in one of the premier women’s institutions of the state, and ranks among the best institutions under the West Bengal State University. The Department of History follows the principles and visions of Swami Vivekananda in empowering women through education. It is our attempt to inculcate among our students the pride in being carrier of great heritage through an objective teaching of history of India and the world as laid out in the University syllabus.

 

METHODS OF TEACHING

The academic vivacity is clearly reflected in class room environment where the teachers have been able to inculcate a critical spirit and outlook among the young girls. The teachers recognize the extremely challenging backgrounds of the students. Apart from traditional classroom lectures or the chalk and talk method, the Department uses ICT based classes and audio-visual aids, like Power-point presentations, to enhance learning interests. The Department also organizes educational tours and other extension activities every year to imbibe a better understanding of philosophical, psychological, sociological and research methodological foundation of the subject. Regular assessments through unit tests and class-tests and end of the semester mock-exams ensure that the students are well prepared for their final end-semester examinations. Departmental and inter disciplinary seminars, student projects, extension lectures, tours to places of historical importance see a 100% involvement and participation of both teachers and students.

The enthusiastic bunch of students and their cooperation make possible many successful programmes that the department undertakes from time to time. Many of our students are first generation learners who make an honest effort towards self-reliance by engaging themselves in small jobs.

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

Our department has three classrooms. One classroom has a smart television to facilitate audio visual teaching with the help of laptop. All the classrooms have Wi-Fi connectivity.

Email : history@rksmvv.ac.in

NEP Syllabus
https://wbsu.ac.in/web/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/History-Syllabus-NEP-Syllabus.pdf

CBCS Syllabus
https://wbsu.ac.in/web/Syllabus/UG%20Syllabus/history-honours-cbcs-draft-syllabus.pdf
https://wbsu.ac.in/web/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/history-general-cbcs-draft-syllabus-Corrected-1.pdf

 Programme Outcome CBCS
Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan is an affiliated college of West Bengal State University and as a rule follows the syllabus drafted by the university for its colleges. At a more subjective level, the history honours course has been designed in a way so that the students majoring in the subject form an overall idea and gain knowledge about the nature, scope and meaning of history. At the undergraduate level, we strive to make the students realise the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of history by drawing references from literature, politics, sociology and geography. History no longer remains a dull memorization of dates, names and events but comes alive with the achievements and failures of people in shaping the world and the concomitant impact of those in shaping the present times. The more academically inclined students thus appreciate the historians’ craft through reading and differentiating between primary and secondary sources and through macro and micro studies of regional developments.

Course Outcome CBCS

 

 

 

 

 

First Year

Course Duration Course Detail Remarks
 

Semester 1 (July- December)

CC I: History of India-I (From Earliest Times to

c.300 BCE)

The introductory papers follow chronology in terms of the rise and development of human societies from pre historic times globally as well as in India (with greater emphasis). For CC1 the course ends with the developments in 6BCE

while CC2 ends with the study of classical Greece.

 

CC II: Social Formations and the Cultural Patterns of the Ancient World

 

Semester 2 (January-June)

 

CC III: History of India- II (From c.300BCE – 750CE)

The course helps in understanding the formation of a centralised state under the Mauryas, importance of Ashokan policies , emergence of a syncretic system though contact, confrontation, and

conflict till the emergence of

 

 

the Guptas and their decline leading to the feudalism debate in Indian history.
 

CC IV: Social Formations & the Cultural Patterns of the Medieval World

A complete understanding of medieval Europe by studying the classical system developed by Rome till such developments like formation of Islamic empires, major cultural developments like rise of

universities till the Crusades

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second year

Semester 3 (July- December)  

CC V: History of India -III (750 CE-1206 CE)

The course introduces the students to early medieval India, the emergence of decentralised political system along with cultural attainments in literature, art and religion leading to the Bhakti and Sufi

movements

 

CC VI: Rise of the Modern West- I

This paper traces the emergence of modern European state system before

the start of sea voyages, renaissance and reformation

 

CC VII: History of India IV (1206 CE– 1526 CE)

Arab invasions, the political and cultural history of the establishment of Delhi Sultanate along with regional variations form the core of the

paper.

CC VIII: Rise of the Modern West-II Essential aspects of Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific revolution, Military revolution are taught in detail

in this paper.

 

CC IX: History of India- V(1526 CE-1757 CE)

Detailed account of the establishment and significance of Mughal rule, its institutions and decline, debate on eighteenth century India and the coming of the British and

battle of Plassey form the thrust of the paper.

 

CC X: History of India-VI (1757 CE-1857 CE)

Continuation of the earlier paper from battle of plassey and the ideological defence of the British rule in India, economic social and cultural reforms till the outbreak of the Revolt of 1857 form the bulk of

the paper

 

Third Year

 

 

Semester 5 (July- December)

 

CC XI: History of Modern Europe (1789 CE– 1919 CE)

From French Revoltion till the outbreak of the First World war form the subject matter of this course introducing students to the implications of French Revolution, reactions to it, along with Industrial

Revolution and the Russian

 

 

Revolutions and the end of multinational empires in 1919.
 

CC XII: History of India VII (1858 CE-1947CE)

Mainly deals with the history of Indian nationalist struggle against British imperialism, rise od separatism and fundamentalism leading to Indian Independence in 1947

and Partition

DSE1T Paper I: Aspects of the History of Modern South East Asia I These two papers introduce the students to Southeast Asia forming the archipelago, establishment, struggle and ultimately gaining independence from various European states, thereby completing the decolonising process.
 

DSE 2 Paper II: Aspects of

the History of Modern South East Asia II

Semester 6 (January –

June)

 

 

 

CC XIII: History of India VIII (India since 1947 CE)

The making of the Indian State after 1947 through the adoption of the Constitution, planned economy and the fulfilment of the various dreams associated with the formation of the new state are some of the most important themes discussed. Allows students to form an impression about the Indian nation state and its advancements in the

present times.

CC XIV: Trends in World Politics (1919CE-2001 CE) From the end of the WW 1 through the hey days of WW2, Cold war and its end, emergence of unipolar world to the impact of attack on twin towers are discussed in this

paper.

 

DSE 3: History of Modern East Asia I (1839 CE- 1919 CE)

 

A very detailed introduction of pre modern China and Japan till the advent of the Europeans and differential impact of colonialism in the two states have been discussed. The papers trace the developments till 1939 that saw Japan emerging as a major military power while trying to understand the internal developments in China till

Mao’s emergence.

 

DSE 4: History of Modern East Asia II (1919 CE- 1939 CE)

STUDY MATERIAL

  1. https://freeupscmaterials.org/plassey-to-partition-by-sekhar-bandyopadhyay- pdf/
  2. https://archive.org/details/history-of-ancient-and-early-medeival-india-from- the-stone-age-to-the-12th-century-pdfdrive
  3. https://archive.org/download/satishchandrahistoryofmedievalindia/Satish%20Chan dra%20History%20of%20Medieval%20India.pdf
  4. https://youtu.be/-8pIuetzip0
  5. https://youtu.be/ZxVOURM_HpE
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLhNP0qp38Q&pp=ygUVSW5kdXN0cmlhb CByZXZvbHV0aW9u
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x65z6USSfPQ&pp=ygUXcm9taWxhIHRoYX BhciBpbnRlcnZpZXc%3D
  8. https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/romilathapar
  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEPdAzTCymg&pp=ygUecmFuYWJpciBjaG FrcmF2YXJ0aSBoaXN0b3JpYW4g
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fETFel2xYI&pp=ygUecmFuYWJpciBjaGFr cmF2YXJ0aSBoaXN0b3JpYW4g
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaZn9IqPJZg&pp=ygUbcGFydGhhIGNoYXR 0ZXJqZWUgaGlzdG9yaWFu
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz0u4EHyqec&pp=ygUbcGFydGhhIGNoYX R0ZXJqZWUgaGlzdG9ya

 

CONTINUOUS EVALUATION
RKSM VIVEKANANDA VIDYABHAVAN
History Honours Semester 3 CC6 Class Test
Total Marks:12

How did humanism create as secular vision of life? To what extent was it reflected in Renaissance painting and sculpture?
মানবতাবাদ কীভাে ব জীবন সম্পেকে এককট ধমে কনরেেক্ষ দকৃ িভকি গেড় তু েেকিে? গরনসাাঁেসর কিত্রকিল্প ও ভাস্কেযে এই দকৃ িভকি কতখাক ন প্রকতফকেত গেকিিে ?

RKSM VIVEKANANDA VIDYABHAVAN
History Honours Semester 5 CC12 Class Test
Total Marks:12

1. Account for Gandhi’s rise to leadership in Indian politics.
ভারতীি রাজনীক তর গনতৃ েে োাঁধীর উত্থােনর কারণ আেোিনা কেরা।
RKSM VIVEKANANDA VIDYABHAVAN
History Honours SEM 5
FM 50
Time 2 Hrs

Attempt any 4 questions. 12×4
গয গকান ৪েট প্রেের উত্তর দাও ১২x৪
Discuss the role of Philosophers in French Revolution. /ফরাকস কবপ্লেব দািেকণকেদর অবদান আেোিনা কর
How do is the process of industrialisation differ in Europe from that of England?/
ইউেরােের কিল্পািন ইংেযােের গেেক কতদর আোদা কিে? /

Discuss the rise of Gandhi in Indian politics./ ভারতীি রাজনীকতেত োন্ধীর উত্থান আেোিনা কর।
Describe the circumstances leading the Proclamation of Independence of August 17, 1947 in Indonesia. Discuss its significance in Indonesian history / জাতীি আেদােেন Independence Proclamation of August 17, 1947 ককভােব েেিকিে?
ইেদােনকিিার ইকতোেস এর তাৎেযে আেোিনা কর।
How did Ho Chi Minh become the undisputed national leader of Vietnam?/ গো কি কমন ককভােব কভেিতনােম র অকবসংবাকদত জাতীি গনতা কেসােব অবতীণে
েন?

RKSM VIVEKANANDA VIDYABHAVAN
History Honours Sem 5 DSE 1
Class Test FM 12 marks

Examine the phases of European colonisation of Southeast Asia.
ইউেরােীি ঔেকনেবকিকতাবােদর কবকভন্ন েযোিগুেো আেোিনা কেরা

List of eminent academicians and scientists / visitors to the department:

Name of the Guest Designation Subject Of The Talk Date
DrSimonti Sen Director, West Bengal State Archives Archives and the Use of History  13.2.2015
 DrKunal Chattopadhyay  Professor of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University  Imperialism and Globalisation; Pre-revolution Russia and the Bolshevik Revolution  13.2.2015;  03.10.2012
DrUrvi Mukhopadhyay Assistant Professor of History, West Bengal State University The Bhakti Movement In South India With Special Reference To The Role Of Women  12.10.2012
Prof. IpshitaChanda Professor of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University Buddhism and RabindraNath Thakur: Ideologies Challenging the Social Hierarchies — Reception and Transformation of Outlook   14.1. 2011
Prof. Nupur Dasgupta Professor of History, Jadavpur University Buddhism and RabindraNath Thakur: Ideologies Challenging the Social Hierarchies – An Historical Perspective on Tantric Buddhism and Its Impact on Tagore   14. 1. 2011
Dr. KausikBandyopadhyay, Associate Professor in History,West Bengal State University Sports and Nationalism in Colonial India 07.12.2011
Prof. Ujjayan Bhattacharya Professor of History, Vidyasagar University The State in Eighteenth Century India 15.12. 2011
Dr.Nibabari Banerjee PrachinBharaterPrekkhapoteNariNirjatan O BrahmonyobadiNoitikata 07.02.2017
Dr. Soma Mukhopadhyay Manimalar’ Katha: Patachitre Nari o Khamotayan 10.02.2017
Dr. SabyasachiChatterjee Environment and History: Role of Women 18.08.2017
Dr.Rajasri Mukhopadhyay Mughal Paintings 12.09.2017
Dr.Sukanya Sarkar Aspects of Mesopotamian Economy 16.11.2018
Dr.Nandini Bhattacharya Russian Revolution 1917 and the Bolsheviks 04.12.2018
Dr.GargiGangopadhyay Romanticism and Literature 10.12.2018
Dr.Chirantan Dasgupta Urban Revolution in Mesopotamia 11.09.2019
Professor Amit Dey Trends of Sufism in Medieval India 14.09. 2019
Dr.GargiGangopadhyay Romanticism and the Nuances of European Literature and Art 17.12.2019

Events of the Department

 

Commemorating Centenary Year of Jalianwalabagh Massacre on Februarty 24, 2020

Syllabus Workshop on Social Formations and the cultural Patterns of the Ancient World in collaboration with Department of History West Bengal State University, August 8, 2018


 Towards a Better Geriatric Care and Mental health

SLOW AND ADVANCED LEARNERS

Minutes on Formulation of Departmental Policy for Slow and Advanced Learners

September 18th, 2019

  • Identification of slow and advanced learners from class response/performance of respective students within one month from the commencement of their classes
  • Assessment of student quality made by teachers in an individual capacity in terms of the following:
  1. Discussion in classes
  2. Evaluation of the sense of history (role of environment and

dialectics in the growth and shaping of socio-cultural patterns) by asking relevant questions in class

  • Assessment of individual knowledge of physical geography through map pointing and other relevant questions
  1. Evaluation of knowledge of historical sources through question-answer sessions
  2. Student seminars, projects, group discussions etc.
  3. Written class assignments, class tests, oral tests, tutorials
  • Assessment made by teachers is discussed in a single agendum departmental meeting.
  • Help is provided to slow learners in terms of monitoring their reading and writing abilities. Students are repeatedly told that they should read references and textbooks and then prepare notes in their language that should be simple, correct and easy to comprehend, learn and remember. They are encouraged to get these notes corrected by the respective teachers. They are helped by teachers in translation of English. They are also advised to write within a time limit so as to facilitate their writing speed.
  • Advanced learners are encouraged to prepare projects, join seminars and talks both online and otherwise on various topics on their respective courses and also on other topical themes. They are also advised to prepare Power point presentations, participate in group discussions on topics both within and outside the purview of the syllabus both within and outside the College.
  • This policy is in keeping with the departmental policy regarding slow and advanced learners since 2017 and is at par with the current College policy on the same

(The policy has yielded results and has hence remained unchanged so far)

Student Progression Report :

S.

L.

NO

NAME BATCH PROGRESSION AFTER BA EMPLOYER ORGANISATION POSITION SALARY
1 SREYA GHOSH ROY 2021-22 HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT

(SNU)

X X X
2 SRISHTI SHAH 2021-22 CS TRAINEE RONAK JHUTHAWAT & COMPANY ; WORKS WITH MEWAR POLYTEX

LIMITED

X X X
3 SRIPARNA TANTI 2020-21 M A (JU ) X X X
4 SAMPURNA DAS 2020-21 M A (WBSU) X X X
5 SHAONTI

MONDAL

2020-21 M A ( CU ) X X X
6 DEBASREE PAUL 2020-21 M A ( CU ) X X X
7 AMRITA

SAMAJDAR

2020-21 M A ( CU ) X X X
8 ISHITA

CHATTERJEE

2020-21 B ED ( CU ) X X X
9 PUJA MONDAL 2020-21 COMPUTER I T

COURSE

X X X
10 BARNALI PAUL 2020-21 PREPARING FOR COMPETITIVE

EXAM

X X X
11 BARNALI HALDER 2020-21 DELHI AIR PORT GROUND STAFF IN DELHI AIR

PORT

22600

PM

12 ANNESHWA

MUKHERJEE

2019 MA (WBSU) X X X
13 ANAMIKA

MONDAL

2019-20 MA(RBU) X X X
14 MALABIKA

SAMANTA

2019-20 B.ED X X X
15 MODHUMITA

MONDAL

2019-20 MA(WBSU) X X X
16 NANDITA RISHI

DAS

2019-20 MA(WBSU) X X X
17 NILIMA GAYEN 2019-20 MA(WBSU) X X X
18 PUJA BAIDYA 2019-20 MA(WBSU) X X X
19 RANJITA BERA 2019-20 MA(WBSU) X X X
20 RUPLEKHA BERA 2019-20 MA(WBSU) X X X
21 SANGITA JADAV 2019-20 MA(WBSU) X X X
22 SONALI SUR 2019-20 MA(WBSU) X X X
23 NAMRATA MONDAL 2018-19 X WORKING IN UMA

COMPANY

FRONT DESK RECEPTIONIST 15000

PM

24 RIYA BHATTACHARJEE 2018-19 MA(RBU) GENERAL SECRETARY IN TMCP( NORTH

DUMDUM)

GENERAL SECRETARY X
25 SUSMITA CHOWDHURY 2018-19 X PRIVATE COMPUTER TRAINING

INSTITUTION

OFFICE ASSISTANT 20000

PM

26 JAYASHREE MONDAL 2018-19 M A ( WBSU) X X X
27 TRISHA GUPTA 2017-18 M A ( RBU) R. B.

DIAGONASTICs PRIVATE LIMITED

X-RAY

TECHNICIAN

17000

PM

28 PRIYATA

BALA

2017-18 PRIVATE FARM OFFICE

ASSISTANT

12000

PM

29 KEYA BARMAN 2017-18 M A (CU ) & B

ED (CU )

X X X

 

Results for CBCS Batch of 2019 – 23

Sem Appeared Passed SGPA Number Of Student s Highest Score & Equivalent

Percentag e

SGPA
Sem I 21 16 4-4.99 1
5 – 5.99 1
6 – 6.99 1
7 – 7.99 8
8 – 8.99 4
9 – 9.99 1 9.40
10
Sem 2 27 25 5 – 5.99 2
6 – 6.99 6
7 – 7.99 6
8 – 8.99 9
9 – 9.99 2 9.10
10
Sem 3 21 19 5 – 5.99 3
6 – 6.99 4
7 – 7.99 2
8 – 8.99 9
9 – 9.99 9.08
10
Sem 4 19 15 5 – 5.99 1
6 – 6.99
7 – 7.99 2
8 – 8.99 9
9 – 9.99 3 9.23
10
Sem 5 19 14 5 – 5.99 2
6 – 6.99

 

 

7 – 7.99 9
8 – 8.99 3 8.50
9 – 9.99
10
Appeared Passed CGPA Number Of

Student s

Percentag e Number Of Students Highest Score & Equivalent Percentage
Sem 6 14 14 5 – 5.99 X 50-59% 2 Highest score: CGPA: 8.7

Percentage: 72.6%

6 – 6.99 1 60% – 69% 8
7 – 7.99 4 70%- 79% 4
8 – 8.99 9 80% -89% x
9 – 9.99 X 90% –

100%

x
10 X

 

 

Suchanda De (Entrepreneur in the making, owns a boutique, completed a diploma course in Textile designing, completed Master’s degree)
I am a proud student of Vidyabhavan- the institution that helped me evolve into the individual I now am. From being a shy teenager, Vidyabhavan moulded me to be a confident young woman ready to take on the challenges of the outside world. I learned to value the significance of the 3Ds- discipline, dedication and determination at Vidyabhavan only. It was in college that I realized how important it is to be confident about oneself, to be selfless and honest. These qualities and the constant encouragement I received from my teachers helped me to be a stronger and better individual, allowed me to pursue my chosen profession.
Anindita Bhowmick, Currently Assistant Supervisor
Anindita Bhowmick, currently Assistant Supervisor, Air India Engineering Service is one of the ex-students of History department. She later completed her Masters and MPhil from University of Calcutta. A proud alumnus, Anindita strongly feels that the values and life skills she acquired here in the course of her five year stay in the college shaped her outlook towards life, imbued in her such moral ethical standards that they became yardsticks for others to emulate. She cherishes the good conduct certificate she received from the college during the parting days as a feather in the cap amongst her other accolades.
Anindita recalls how she was coaxed by one of her departmental teachers Dr Soma Marik to participate in the Recitation and Extempore Competition , overcoming her shyness and some form of stage fright. But when she received the second prize for the event, it became a catalyst for her future endeavours in college. She fondly recalls her association with Bidyutdi our erstwhile monastic teacher who would really at a loss arranging gifts for her. Anindita got the highest marks in History at the Higher Secondary level and her receiving the prize from Vice Chancellor of Calcutta university made her resolve firmer to study History at the undergraduate level. Anindita proudly says that during her job interview, she received special recognition as she was a student of this college. Anindita says that she had received the elementary computer training that was needed for her new assignment from her alma mater.
MaitrayeeSarkar (SACT teacher at Department of history RKSMVV)
Maitrayee Sarkar, M.A, B.ED, M.Phil, State Aided College Teacher, Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan.
My association with my beloved college dates back years ago when I enrolled myself as a student of History Honours. Little did I know then that along with curricular subjects I would receive training in acquiring knowledge to be devoted and ready to sacrifice for the greater good. In our college soft skill development got special attention and thus we learned to love everyone around us unconditionally. We were empowered with basic life skills like emotion, affection and, sincerity. I still remember my respected teachers who not only taught us but inspired us to take up challenges. I am proud of my college and teachers. I shall be ever grateful to them for their constant guidance and encouragement in my life.
Writosree Mukherjee Subject matter expert, WIPRO Limited Hyderabad
The formative years of my life at Vidyabhavan is unforgettable. I was very nervous when I got admitted. But all my doubts were cleared when classes started. I was an average student. I found great happiness in dancing and singing more than studies. I still remember how my teachers and Mataji used to encourage me to pursue singing and dancing along with the studies. I feel so indebted to them for their cooperation and guidance. It’s been 11 years since I passed out, but the phenomenal life lessons which Vidyabhavan has taught me, has shaped my life. Today whatever I am, my college has an important part to play in it. I shall never be able to thank my college enough.
Pradipta Saha Modak
Academic Counsellor at Carreograph Institute of Management Studies is an ex-student of the Department. Pradipta was a bright student and a fantastic dancer. We are glad that Pradipta is doing so well at the professional level.