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Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary............Boris Pasternak


The Department of English of Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri College started functioning from the inception of the college in 1965 with Elective English as a subject in the General (pass) course. The Honours course was introduced in the year 2000.The Department has been able to prove its mettle through various seminars, debates, class and group assignments, wall magazines, excursions, etc. We also invite eminent Professors to address our students. We have an aim to take our students to various prominent Universities/colleges to broaden their horizons. We are really happy to note that our students are getting different jobs in various important sectors. We get feedback from students in class and outside. We try to incorporate their suggestions in our teaching, keeping in mind their problems. Some guardians too come with problems and feedback.

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Eligibility Criteria

Study Level Cut-off marks at Entry Approved intake
UG (Honours) As per C.U. norms 60


Faculty Directory

Photo Name Qualification Designation Email
Faculty Champa Ghosal M.A., M.Phil. Associate Professor champa.ghosal@gmail.com
Faculty Sravasti Guhathakurta M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Assistant Professor sravasti.guha@gmail.com
Faculty Jaydeep sarangi M.A., PGDTE, Ph.D., UGC-Associate Associate Professor jaydeepsarangi@gmail.com
Faculty Sudipta Mondal M.A, M.Phil. Assistant Professor sudiptamondal85@gmail.com

Academic Activities



 We endeavor to show dramatized versions of the plays taught in class, on the celluloid. We are fortunate to have a group of active and interested students who involve themselves in various activities. With our enthusiastic students and dedicated teachers, we certainly hope to carve a niche for ourselves in the academic world. We also organize students' seminars. Students also contribute their creative skills in the Departmental Wall-Magazine. Apart from the regular chalk and talk teaching, we have also used other methods of teaching like showing films of syllabus related texts of Novels and plays, and power point presentations in the classroom. We take class tests on regular basis. We also take tutorial classes beyond scheduled lecture hours.


Our faculty members are actively involved in research works.They have been invited as Resource Person in several educational institutes within Indian and beyond. Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi has been serving as the paper co-ordinator for UGC e PG Pathshala project.

Dr Sravasti Guhathakurta has published four research papers and read papers in several national and international seminars including “Amity, Empathy, Harmony: The Triumph of Humanism Amidst Intimations of Hostility and Distrust" in Khulna University, Bangladesh. Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi delivered key note address in international conferences at Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam and Holy Cross College, Trichy. Ms Sudipta Mandol also read two research papers in seminars in Kolkata. 

Seminar/ invited lecture:

Every year we invite resource persons as invited speaker for our students.In the session 2014-2015 Dr. Rafat Ali of Jadavpur University and Professor Amrit Sen engaged our students.

We also regularly counsel students who are in such need and also try other methods to improve their language, a necessary component of our subject. 



In the academic session 2015-16, the department of English organised the following academic activities:

  • Translation Workshop by Professor Bashabi Fraser, Napier University Craighouse, Edinburg, Scotland. On 27th January 2016.
  • An Inter-college Students’ Seminar on English Renaissance was organised on 10th October 2015. 
  • Frequently, classes are held amidst natural settings, beyond the concrete classrooms.
  • Nature Study Club: 2 year Hoours class was held in Indrani Park on 13th January 2016.
  • Interaction with underprivileged : Students of the department went to near by primary school to interact with the students who come from underprivileged families.
  • Visit by renowned poet: Sahitya Academy Award winning Bengali poet Subodh Sarkar interacted with the studetnts of English department on 21st January2016.
  • Inhouse translation workshop was conducted by Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi and Dr. Sravasti Guha Thakurata on 28th March 2016.

Activities of the session of 2016-'17 

  • Wall Magazine was published on Mahasweta Devi on 11th August 2016.
  • Interdisciplinary class was taken by Dr. Kaushiki Dasgupta of the Dept. of History,Gour Banga University on 27th August 2016.
  • Parent-Teacher meeting was held on 14th August 2016.

Extension Activities

The Department takes resposibility in

  • making education relevant to real life situations

The Department organises regular interactive sessions with students, wherein the teachers provide guidance to the students about the most effective manner in which to deal with real life situations like facing job interviews and group discussions. Helpful and effective advice on how to write impressive Curriculum Vitae is also provided to the students. The students are encouraged to interact with the teachers, and seek their advice on any matter that perturbs them in any way.

  • preventing the alienation of the educated from the society

The Department of English takes special care to ensure that the students of the Department are aware of the realities of life, and are not – completely—sucked into a world of fancy and imagination. In our classes, we have students from all walks of life, and in the very act of interacting with their classmates, students from privileged backgrounds apprehend their good fortune, and often evince an interest in trying to share some of the resources that are readily available to them, but are unavailable to their less privileged classmates (sharing of laptops, internet access etc. are quite common). As a result, students from orphanages, and others belonging to the underprivileged classes feel welcome and at ease—all the students and the faculty members coalesce into a happy extended family.

  • developing in the educated a responsibility towards society

The Department organises visits to nearby slums, wherein the students get a chance to interact with underprivileged children, and become aware of their privileged positions in society and their duties towards those less fortunate than them. The faculty members encourage the students to undertake the responsibility of teaching the children of their domestic helps—and many of our students do actually devote their time and efforts towards this end. Many of the students of the Department are members of the NSS and actively participate in the various programs organised by the NSS throughout the year.

  • developing the learners knowledge through a wider exposure to real life situation.

The Department of English has been making consistent endeavours, down the years, to ensure that the students of the Department are not limited to the knowledge that can be garnered from books, but get ample exposure to real life situations which will equip them to deal with the challenges in their lives after they leave the College. Interactive sessions with faculty members, counselling sessions, exposure to the hard realities of life in the course of their interactions with those from a less privileged background help in developing the personalities of the students. The English Department feels and strongly believes that the responsibilities of the teachers are not limited solely to disseminating bookish knowledge— it is, we believe, more important to generate socially responsible citizens with a compassionate and broad-minded outlook.



In the academic session 2015-16, students of the department of English participated in the following extension activities: 


  1. In 2015-16, students of the English department took class in a primary school for underprivileged children on 15th January 2016. 


  1. There was an alumni meet  23rd August 2015


Student's Zone

We believe in all round development of our students. Students have performed well in University examinations and scored 1st class marks. Some of our students continued with higher studies in premier universities like JNU and BHU. One of our students (Dipayan Dey) has bagged best all rounder prize from our college in the year 2015. There is no room for complacency.

Department Year Success Rate
 English (Hons.)

2014 83.3%
2013 76.0%
2012 100%

Future Plans

We would like to introduce PG course(CU) in English.

We want to take our students to slum areas nearby to develop skills in English among slum children.

We have decided to start remedial classes for students interested in improving their performance.

We want at least two invited lectures this year before the puja recess in October-November.


Ankit Varma, Ankita Pandey, Gourav Ghosh, Suchetana Roy and many others have been serving in different institutions and banking sectors. We encourage our students to prepare for competitive examinations.

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Contact us

E mail: champa.ghosal@gmail.com