Department of English

Brief Introduction of the Department

The Department of English, Diamond Harbour Women´s University, was formed in 2014 when the institution commenced its academic activities, thus taking pride in being one of the earliest academic departments. Over the years, the Department has grown exponentially, forming its Board of Studies in 2016 and Board of Research Studies in 2018. The catchment area of the Department has also grown by leaps and bounds: expanding from the immediate vicinity that housed the first few students of the inaugurating batch, the Department now attracts students not only from various corners of West Bengal but also beyond the state.

The Department of English, DHWU, is committed to creating a hospitable environment for academic affairs beyond the stipulated curriculum by providing the students with exposure to eminent scholars. The thrust area of research in the department includes Victorian Literature, Neo-Victorianism, Dalit Studies, and cultural transactions in colonial Bengal / India.

In November 2018, the Department organized a one-day symposium in collaboration with the Centre for Victorian Studies, Jadavpur University, to commemorate the bicentenary of Emily Brontë, the first of its kind in India, which attracted seminal papers from nationwide. The Department has also hosted Talks and Special Lectures by numerous visiting speakers and subject-experts.

Thrust Area of Research in the Department

  • Victorian Literature
  • Neo-Victorian Studies
  • Dalit Studies
  • Nineteenth Century Bengal

Academic Programmes

  • Master of Arts
  • MA  View more
  • BA (Hons.) in English
  • 50

Departmental Events

Talks / Special Lectures Organised by the Department

  • Special Talk by Dr. Nilanjana Deb, Associate Professor, Department of English, Jadavpur University, on 30th March 2019. Topic: “Of (M)Otherlands and Boat-Brothers: Hybridity, Difference and the Nation in Postcolonial Caribbean Literature”.
  • Special Talk by Andrew Otis, author of Hicky´s Bengal Gazette: The Untold Story of India´s First Newspaper, on the 22nd January 2019, on “Women´s Issues in the Hicky´s Gazette”.
  • Special Talk by Prof. Jayati Gupta, National Fellow, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, and Former Professor of English, WestBengal State University, on the 10th October 2018, on “TheEnlightenment and the Contexts of Restoration and Augustan Literature”.
  • Special Talk by Prof. Sumita Roy, Former Professor, Osmania University, Hyderabad, on the 27th July, 2018. Topic: “Mythical and Spiritual Overtones in T. S. Eliot´s The Waste Land”.
  • Special Talk by Rosemarie Morgan, Former Professor of English, Yale University, USA, on the 21st February 2018, on “Folklore and Science: The Mother of My Eyes”.
  • Special Talk by Prof. Subir Dhar, Former Professor of English, Rabindra Bharati University, on the 21st September, 2017. Topic: “Simplifying Theory”.
  • Special Talk by Prof. Niladri Chatterjee, Professor of English, University of Kalyani, on the 4th September, 2017. Topic: “Why Masculinity Studies”.
  • Special Talk by Prof. Krishna Sen, Former Professor, Department of English, University of Calcutta, on the 4th May, 2017. Topic: “Post-Nationalism: The New Debates”.
  • Special Talk by Prof. Nandini Bhattacharya, Professor, Department of English and Culture Studies, the University of Burdwan, on the 4th May, 2017. Topic: “The Novel”.
  • Special Talk by Dr. Arpita Chattaraj Mukhopadhyay, Associate Professor, Department of English and Culture Studies, the University of Burdwan, on the 4th October, 2016. Topic: “Feminisms”.

Seminars / Symposia Organised by the Department

  • First Symposium titled “The World within I doubly Prize . . .”: Reassessing Emily Brontë at 200 on 16th November, 2018. It was the only Event in India which commemorated the birth of the Nineteenth century prodigy. Professor Subir Dhar was the Keynote Speaker and there werecall for paper speakers from many parts of India.

Social Outreach Programme Organised by the Department

  • The Department undertook its first Social Outreach Programme on the 26th November 2018. The PG Sem-III students visited Drishti, a school for children with learning disabilities. The interaction with the special children and the talk delivered by Susmita Nag, the Principal and Special Educator, motivated some of them to pledge to become future volunteers at the organization to make the lives of these children better

Co-Curricular and Extracurricular Activities in the Department

  • A Special Screening of Bollywood and Hollywood adaptations of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles took place on 18th February, 2019 to add a new dimension to the existing syllabus.
  • The students of the Department enacted Mary Shelley´s Frankenstein to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the text. The screenplay was also composed by them in adaptation of the original novel.
  • The students of the Department have regularly brought out their wall magazine, including Special Issues pertaining to particular literary figures.
  • The Department organized a One-day Excursion to Jorasanko Thakur-Bari on the 26th October 2016.
  • A Students´ Seminar was organized by the Department on the 22nd November 2016 by selecting top 5 papers submitted by the students in response to a Call for Papers. The Chief Guest was the Registrar of the university Dr. Satya Mandal, and the session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Sayeedur Rahman, the Controller of Examinations of the university.
  • The students used to present PowerPoint slides every month, based on a prominent literary figure born in that month.
  • In tandem with the Government of India´s vision for a skilled India (Kaushal Bharat, Kushal Bharat), the Departmentput up a stall for exhibiting and selling handicraft items made by the students, to nurture their artistic skill alongside their entrepreneurial acumen.The students focused on recycling everyday wastes for their craft, thus making it a green initiative.
  • Films like Twelve Years a Slave, Modern Times, The General, The Cops and film clips (for example from The Great Gatsby, Martin Luther King Jr.´s speech “I have a dream” etc.). have been screened in the department.
  • Group Discussions based on texts and theories in the syllabus is a regular feature of the department, and one on Ibsen´s A Doll´s House was conducted in the department recently, with the students participating wholeheartedly.

Department´s Participation in University Programmes


  • The students of the Department secured Second Position in the event 200 m. Relay Race in the Annual Sports of the University in 2017.
  • Papri Mitra of 2015-17 batch secured Third Position in the event Go As You Like in the Annual Sports of the University in 2017.

International Women´s Day

Every year on the 8th of March, the International Women´s Day is celebrated in the university, when various competitions and contests are arranged for the students.

  • In 2016, the 2nd Semester students of the Department secured Third Prize in the event Poster Competition.
  • In 2018, Samima Parvin, 2nd Semester, Department of English, secured First Place in the event Poster Competition.
  • In 2018, Ritwika Gayen and Arpita Samanta, 2nd Semester, Department of English, secured First Positions, for both For and Against the Motion, in the event Debate Competition.

Other Programmes

  • Commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda´s Historical Chicago Address, 2018
The following prizes were won by the students of the Department in various competitions held during the week-long Commemoration Programme.

All Three Prizes for the Essay Competition (in English) organised as a part of the Azaadi 70 Celebrations in the University in 2016 were bagged by the students of the Department.

First - Sewly Mal (Mandal)

Second - Papri Mitra

Third - Rimi Naskar.

The students of the Department secured First Position in the Quiz Competition organised as a part of the Azaadi 70 Celebrations in the University in 2016. The team consisted of Atreyee Sinha, Srabani Kamar, Rimi Naskar, Sewly Mal (Mandal), and Papri Mitra.

Essay (English Medium): 2nd Position - Najeya Khatun, 3rd Position - Maitreyee Jana (Both of Semester 3, 2017-19 batch).

Essay (Bengali Medium): 2nd Position - Dipa Barnik (Semester 3, 2017-19 batch).

Debate: First Prize for the Motion - Arpita Samanta (Semester 3, 2017-19 batch).

Quiz Competition: Champion [Team consisted of Arpita Samanta, Piyali Mandal, Dipa Barnik (All of them from Semester 3, 2017-19 batch), Ankita Basu, Debangi Ghosh, Mousumi Das (All of them from Semester 1, 2018-20 batch).

Social Media Presence of the Department of English

The Department of English understands the increasing need to stay connected to the social media, and its scopes and capabilities to change lives for better. Accordingly, the Department runs its own official Facebook Page and YouTube channels.

Facebook Page

YouTube Channel

Database of the Alumni

  • 2014-2016
  • 13
  • 11
  • 2
  • 85
  • Madhumalabika Mondal
  • 2015-2017
  • 23
  • 14
  • 9
  • 61
  • Sewly Mal (Mandal)
  • 2016-2018
  • 37
  • 31
  • 5
  • 84
  • Roshmi Parvin

Employment Record of the Alumni

A) Qualified UGC-CBSE NET

  • Sachi Rani Sardar, a student of the 2015-17batch, has cleared the July 2018 NET.

B) Employed as Contractual / Guest Lecturers in Undergraduate Colleges

  • MoumitaPurkait, a student of the 2014-16 batch, has been teaching in Gour Mohan Sachin Mandal Mahavidyalaya, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, since 19th July 2018.
  • Trisha Metya, a student of the 2016-18 batch, has been teaching in Panskura Banamali College, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal, since 28th September, 2018.

C) Employed as Assistant Teachers in W.B. Govt. Aided Primary Schools

  • RimiNaskar (2015-17 Batch)
  • Sachi Rani Sardar (2015-17 Batch)
  • Sewly Mal (Mandal) (2015-17 Batch)
  • RoshmiParvin (2016-18 Batch).

D) Employed in Deputation Vacancy as Assistant Teacher in W.B. Govt. Aided High School

  • Atreyee Sinha (2015-17 Batch)

E) Employed in Private School

  • Kashmira Khatun (2015-17 Batch)

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