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Name of the Department: ENGLISH

Year of establishment: 1956 (General) and 1985-86 (Honours)

Names of Programs / Courses offered: UG ( B. A. Honours& B. A. General)

Evaluation System: Annual

Number of teaching posts-

Designation

Available

Assistant Professor

03

Part-Time Teacher

01

Faculty profile with name, qualification, designation, area of specialization, experience and research under guidance

Name

Qualification

Designation

Specialization

No. of Years of

Experience

No. of Ph. D. Students guided for the last 4 years

Sri Joy Mukherjee

M.A.

Assistant Professor

Postcolonial Literature & Women Studies

09

Nil

Sri Avishek Saha

M.A.

Assistant Professor

Indian Literature in English

01

Nil

Sri Mahadev Barman

M.A.

Assistant Professor

Indian Literature in English

01

Nil

Sri Mostafizar Rahaman

M.A.

Contractual Part-time Teacher

Indian Writing in English

04

Nil

List of senior Visiting Faculty:

Dr. Saunak Samajder (Associate Professor of Cooch Behar PanchananBarma University)

Dr. Jaydip Sarkar (Assistant Professor of University B.T. & Evening College, Coochbehar)

Sri Jagannath Basu (Assistant Professor of Shitalkuchi College)

Percentage of lectures delivered and practical classes handled (program-wise) by temporary faculty: Honours: 17.02% & General: 15.78%

Student Teacher Ratio (program-wise): Honours: 60:1; General Elective:50:1 & General Compulsory: 150:1

Qualification of teaching faculty: All four faculty members are PG.

Publications:-

Name of the Faculty

Total No. of Publication

Chapter in Books

Books Edited

Seminar/ Conference Attended

Sri Joy Mukherjee

08

07

01

13

Sri Avishek Saha

Nil

Nil

Nil

03

Sri Mahadev Barman

Nil

Nil

Nil

03

Mostafizar Rahaman

Nil

Nil

Nil

 Nil

Student projects: Percentage of students who have taken up-in-house projects including inter-departmental /programme:

  1. All the 1st Year Students have submitted their project works on “Dramatisation of Story”.
  2. In addition, they are to complete their project works on Environmental Studies.

Seminars/ Conferences/Workshops organized and the source of funding  

a. Departmental: Seminar on “The Renaissance and its Literary and Social Bearings” (14thOctober, 2015)

b. State Level: Seminar on “Kobi Sarbavouma Rabindranath” in collaboration with Department of Bengali (9th June, 2015)

c. National: Collaborated U.B.T.& Evening College in organizing UGC Sponsored National Level Seminars on “Reviewing Dickens Bicentenary” (22 March, 2013) and “Changing Directions of The Postcolonial Indian Theatre” (29-30 September, 2015)

Student profile program-wise:

Name of the Course/Programme

(refer to question no. 4)

Applications received

Selected:

Male    Female

Enrolled

Pass percentage

 

* M

* F

           First Year Honours

761

120

59

61

NA (Exam. not yet held)   

          Second Year Honours

37

37

25

12

43.02

          Third Year Honours

66

66

37

39

86.84

       * M=Male           * F=Female

Diversity of students:

Name of the Course

% of students from the same State

% of students from other State

% of students from abroad

1st Year Honours

100%

Nil

Nil

2nd Year Honours

100%

Nil

Nil

3rd Year Honours

100%

Nil

Nil

1st Year General

100%

Nil

Nil

2nd Year General

100%

Nil

Nil

3rd Year General

100%

Nil

Nil

Details of infrastructural facilities

A well-equipped Central Library caters to the needs of the students. However, the specimen copies received from the publishers are preserved for the disposal of the students.Internet facilities for staff and students are provided centrally.

Number of students receiving financial assistance from College, University, government or other agencies: SC, ST and OBC students receive Stipend from the Government and other organizations. The College provides the facilities of reduced tuition fees to the poor but meritorious students.

Details of student enrichment programmes:

  • A Departmental Seminar on “The Renaissance and its Literary and Social Bearings” (14th October, 2015) was arranged.
  • A State Level Seminar was organized on “Kobi Sarbavouma Rabindranath” in collaboration with Department of Bengali (9th June, 2015), which was attended by eminent personalities.
  • In collaboration with University B.T. & Evening College, the Department has arranged a three-day Drama Festival at Nripendra Narayan Smriti Sadan, Dinhata which was attended by such renowned drama personalities of Bengal as Sri Gautam Haldar and Sri Debshankar Haldar from Kolkata from 28.9.15 to 30.9.15.
  • Moreover, Drama Shows and Slide Shows are arranged on various dramas and topics on the syllabus to create interest among the students as well as to provide additional information.

Teaching methods adopted to improve student learning: In addition to the traditional chalk and talk method classes, special interactive classes by applying group discussion, question-answer, demonstration method are arranged to encourage the students and thereby improve their learning. In-house seminars frequently organized by the department help the students acquire knowledge, skill and self-confidence. Special classes are held during the study leave of the students with special attention paid to slow learners. The hidden creativity of the students is manifested through the publication of Wall Magazines in the department. Classes are taken through the use of technology by means of Slide Show Presentation etc. Interest is grown among the learners by showing them films on different dramas and novels in the syllabus.

Participation in Institutional Social Responsibility (ISR) and Extension activities: Students are encouraged to take part in various NSS activities. In addition, a drama festival was held in collaboration with UBT & Evening College, Cooch Behar to promote the sense of cultural activities among the students.

SWOC analysis of the department and future plans:

  1. Stremgth: English Department of Dinhata College can take pride in having some of the most enthusiastic and dedicated teachers of the college. Departmental Seminars are being held regularly to improve the overall performance of the students and lead them towards research motivation. But in addition to the formal methods, the greatest strength of the department has been the teacher-student intimate relationship that has kept the department alive.
  2. Weakness: The socio-cultural background of the students, many of whom are first generation learners from poor and backward families,is a major drawback for the development of the department. The lack of sufficient number of teachers is a great hurdle in the path of imparting quality education. Failure on the part of the college to recruit and retain contractual and part-time teachers is another weakness for the department. Insufficient number of classrooms also sometimes creates problem.
  3. Opportunities: However, the learners are always made aware of the wide scope for their future. Efforts are on to enhance the quality of the students by giving them opportunities of interaction with the senior faculty members of other cognate institutions by means of special coaching classes. If more job-oriented coaching classes could be organized for the students of the department exclusively, it would give them good result. Add-on courses like Spoken and Communicative English Courses can bring new opportunities for the students of this department.
  4. Challenges: The placement of the output in different government and non-government sectors and self-employment is one of the main challengesbefore the department.When the opportunity of getting absorbed in the traditional sectors is narrowing day by day, unveiling new sectors of employment is an urgent necessity of the time. The geographical location of Cooch Behar District provides great opportunity for the students of English to build their future by working as Tourist Guides and Interpreters for the visitors to the adjacent Terai and Dooars areas. Supply of efficient man-power to the tea-estates of North Bengal is another sector of employment that may be opened to the English educated young men of this area. Making the students of the department of English aware about such evolving areas is another challenge before the department.