Raja Peary Mohan College

Uttarpara, Hooghly, West Bengal, India
NAAC accredited with B grade (2.7); ISO 9001:2015

Estd: 1887

Department of English

Department Overview

About

The Department of English is one of the oldest departments in our institution. It started functioning since the inception of the college in 1887. Despite the exclusive nature of English language in our college where vernacular medium is primarily used to instruct students in all disciplines, the Department makes great effort to fit into the general format of academic and co-curricular activities. In fact, the Department of English presents a perfect instance of teaching and learning within the parameters of the CU regulations.

Although the Department is an old one and English was a compulsory subject in most of the courses till the graduate level, the affiliation for Honours course from Calcutta University came much later in 1997. Since then, the Department has made rapid and confident progress. It faced a tremendous setback when Professor Parasor Chatterjee, the then Head of the Department, died in harness on 12th October, 2004. However, the Department shouldered on and today is considered the pride of the college.

Teaching Learning

A teacher’s primary role is to teach and facilitate student’s learning. Taking this view, the department creates an atmosphere where teaching-learning becomes student centric. The teachers attend the students individually if he or she faces problem in studies. Along with the traditional form of lectures the department also provides e-learning support. The department arranges audio visual classes for the students for better transfer of learning processes. Regular video shows are arranged for the students in the department using its own projector and sound system.

Capacity Building

Seminars: Annual Award Distribution Ceremony and Parasor Chatterjee Memorial Lecture:

The Department of English annually organises the “Parasor Chatterjee Memorial Lecture and Annual Award Ceremony” to enrich and encourage students of the department. The initiation of this even was done by Dr. Debasish Chattopadhyay, Dr. Jolly Das and Dr. Pinaki De in the year 2005 after the untimely demise of Prof. Parasor Chatterjee on 12th October 2004. Prof. Chatterjee was a Selection Grade Lecturer in the Department and the Head. Dr. Kalapi Sen joined the venture to continue the legacy with her senior colleagues in 2007. Dr. Jolly Das remained the Convenor from 2005 to 2017. Dr. Pinaki De became the next Convenor in 2018 followed by the responsibility being taken up by Dr. Abu Saleh in 2019. The event was initially titled as “Parasor Chatterjee Memorial Lecture and Award Ceremony” – a summation of an endowment lecture and the memorial award for the candidate who secures the highest marks in English Honours from the University of Calcutta. The entire even was instituted by Mrs. Mithua Chatterjee, wife of Late Prof. Chatterjee. The number of awards increased and it was later renamed as the “Annual Award Distribution Ceremony and Parasor Chatterjee Memorial Lecture” with the other honourable benefactors who came forward and became a part of the English Department's family. The endowment lecture is delivered, since 2005 till the present days, which the department hopes to continue, by eminent scholars to primarily address the students of the Department of English of this college. Students of English as well as from other subjects of our college and from neighbouring colleges are encouraged and invited to attend the lectures. Apart from the annual endowment lecture, the Department, from time to time, also organizes extension lectures delivered by stalwarts for the benefit of students. The Annual Award Ceremony of the Department of English, which had initially begun with only one award, now has five awards given away by various benefactors to encourage students of the Department of English:

1: Parasor Chatterjee Memorial Award for securing the highest marks from our College in the Three-Year-Degree-Course with an Honours in English from the University of Calcutta, instituted by Mrs. Mithua Chatterjee, comprising The Complete Works of Shakespeare, a certificate of merit and a gold-plated silver medal.

2: Monmohan Dutta Memorial Award for securing the second highest marks from our College in the Three-Year-Degree-Course with an Honours in English from the University of Calcutta, instituted by his son, Mr. Anup Dutta, comprising books and a certificate of merit.

3: Baboo Joykrishna Mukherjee Memorial Award for securing the highest marks from our College in Paper Six in English from the University of Calcutta, instituted by Late Shri Mohan Das and now continued by his daughter, Dr. Jolly Das, comprising books and a certificate of merit.

4: Dr. Sisir Kumar Sen Memorial Award is given to the candidate securing the highest marks in Paper Eight, instituted by his son, Mr. Swapan Kumar Sen, comprising books and a certificate of merit.

5: Shri Dhirendranath Paul Memorial Award is awarded to the student who secures the highest marks in Paper Two, instituted by his daughter, Mrs. Bishnupriya De, comprising books and a certificate of merit.

Our Resource Persons who have delivered the Parasor Chatterjee Memorial Lecture:

1: 2005: Prof. Subhas Sarkar, Ex- Head of the Department, Department of English, Rabindra Bharati University spoke on Metaphysical Poetry.

2: 2006: Dr. Pradip Ranjan Sengupta, Department of English, Behala College.

3: 2007: Dr. Dattatreya Datta, Head of the Department, Department of Drama, Rabindra Bharati University spoke on the “Dimensions of Love in Twelfth Night.” The lecture was followed by a drama-performance by the students of the Department of English on Prof. Dutta’s translated Bengali version of Twelfth Night, “Ichhey Tithir Golpo” and was directed by Dr. Debasish Chattopadhyay and Dr. Bitan Bindu Bandyopadhyay, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, Raja Peary Mohan College.

4: 2008: Dr. Dipak Sankar Chakrabarty, Reader of English, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, Narendrapur spoke on “Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.”

5: 2009: Professor Proloy Kumar Deb, Head, Dept. of English, University of Kalyani spoke on “Tragedy.”

5: 2010: Dr. Barun Chattopadhyay, noted educationist, delivered a lecture on “The Original Writings of Rabindranath Tagore.”

7: 2011: Dr. Muktinath Chatterjee, Chairman of Council of Higher Secondary Education chose to talk about Rabindranath Tagore’s iconic play, Raktakarabi (The Red Oleander). The talk was followed by a wonderful performance of Raktakarabi by Pathasena, the noted theatre group.

8: 2012: Dr. Subhendu Sarkar of Ranaghat College. His lecture was on the thespian, Badal Sircar. His brand of street theatre was discussed in his insightful lecture titled “Badal Sircar: Bikalpa Theatre Erkhonje”. Dr. Apurba Kumar Dey, Associate professor, Department of Bengali, Raja Peary Mohan College also spoke on the playwright –“Bangla Sahityer Oitijhyo o Uttaradhikar: Badal Sircar.” Swami Tyagarupananda Maharaj, Principal, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur engaged in an enriching conversation with eminent writer, Banga Bibhushan Sanjib Chattopadhyay and Professor Loknath Chakraborty. • This was followed by a performance of Badal Sircar’s Michil (“The Procession”) by Satabdi, a noted street theatre group.

9: 2013: Dr. Debasish Bandyopadhyay, Associate Professor, Department of English, Vidyasagar University, spoke on “Psychoanalysis and Shakespeare.” The lecture was followed by a drama-performance by the students of the Deapartment; “Stranger than Strangest”. The play written by Dr. Jolly Das, based on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and directed by Dr. Debasish Chattopadhyay.

10: 2014: Dr. Arpita Chattoraj (Mukhopadhyay), Associate Professor and Head, Department of English, Burdwan University lectured on “Modernism in Literature”.

11: 2015: Debasish Mukhopadhyay spoke on “Satyajit Ray – Ekti Bishleshan” (Satyajit Ray – an Evaluation). The Lecture was followed by the screening of the rare film on Ray by James Beveridge with the help of Dr. Pinaki De.

12: 2016: Dr. Subir Dhar, retired Professor, Department of English, Rabindra Bharati University spoke about the art of illusion in the Renaissance with special references to the roles of magic and rituals in the evolution of Elizabethan literature.

13: 2017: Dr. Sanjukta Dasgupta, Professor, Department of English, University of Calcutta spoke on “Indian writing in English: Triumphs and Transformations”. The lecture was followed by a solo drama performance, “The Artist and the Waiting” by Soumyadeb Hui.

13: • 2018: Dr. P. K. Majumdar, retired Professor, Rabindra Bharati University spoke on “Ancient Mathematics and Literature”. Prof. Debabrata Das, Assistant Professor, Rabindra Bharati University, “Why Shouldn’t we Read Literature?” –These lectures were followed by a performance by the students, “Shakespeare’s Songs and Modern Bengali Songs: Tradition and Individual Talent,” a piece composed and directed by Dr. Debasish Chattopadhyay.

14: 2019: Dr. Chidananda Bandopadhyay, Head, Department of English, Rabindra Bharati University delivered the endowment lecture on “John Keats’ Romantic Aesthetics.”

International Conference:

The Department had organized an International Conference on “Frames of Marginality: Interpreting and Interrogating Theory and Prixis” in collaboration with the Department of English, Pandit Raghunath Murmu Smiriti Mahavidyalaya, Bankura, West Bengal, on 21-22 February 2018.

Students’ Seminar:

The Department also organizes Students’ seminars from time to time, to encourage students of the Department to indulge in research activities related to their syllabus at the Undergraduate level.

Extension Lectures:

The Department organizes Extension lectures for students by inviting eminent personalities of both national and international repute. Prof. Ramkrishna Bhattacharya; Prof. Robert Masterson, Professor, of English, Borough of Manhattan Community College, USA; Prof Ana Jelnikar from Yogoslavia are among the list of many more names.

Distinguished Alumnae

Alumni network allows the institute to benefit from the skills and experience of our graduates, by offering their support to our students, to the institution and to each other. If we keep them well informed and engaged, alumni are our best ambassadors, offering invaluable guidance and support to the successive batches. Competent and skilled alumni will likely have a wealth of experience and skills to share with current students via talks and meets. They also donate their valuable time to offer career support to current students. This enhances the students’ experience and gives them that competitive edge in today’s tough job market. Alumni can play an active role in voluntary programs like mentoring students in their areas of expertise. Hence, creating an engaged, supportive alumni network is crucial to an institution’s success. Our department has some distinguished alumni who made our college proud and helped the department flourish. To name a few, we have:

1: Amit Kumar Basak Titira Malkhandi and Subhasree Choudhury, school teachers after qualifying SSC.

2: Avishek Biswas, Assistant professor of English at Vidyasagar College (CU).

3: Somnath Paul Assistant Professor of English, Lalbaba college (CU).

4: Bidisha Ganguly, Staff in the Finance Department, Government of West Bengal.

5: Debamitra Ghosh, Executive Officer, Motor Vehicles Department, Government of West Bengal

6: Kalyani Mondal, primary school teacher.

7: Piyali Das Mondal in Indian Railway service.

8: Sagnik Ghosh Hazra, Executive, South Dinajpur, Government of West Bengal.

9: Sayan Mitra, Producer in charge and Output Head, News Time Bangla.

10: Tridib Bagani, non-teaching staff in a government aided school.

Bridge Courses

The Department organises bridge course for the newly admitted students in the first semester. Since many of the students come from Bengali Medium schools and in general they study only one or two English papers at the 10+02 level, it becomes quite necessary to teach them some basics before the get into the syllabus. So, the bridge course classes work as a connecting point between 10+02 and BA English Honours Syllabus. Here is a basic syllabus of the bridge course we offer. It changes as per the need of the students.

Teaching Learning

A teacher’s primary role is to teach and facilitate student’s learning. Taking this view, the department creates an atmosphere where teaching-learning becomes student centric. The teachers attend the students individually if he or she faces problem in studies. Along with the traditional form of lectures the department also provides e-learning support. The department arranges audio visual classes for the students for better transfer of learning processes. Regular video shows are arranged for the students in the department using its own projector and sound system.

Capacity Building

Seminars:

Annual Award Distribution Ceremony and Parasor Chatterjee Memorial Lecture:

The Department of English annually organises the “Parasor Chatterjee Memorial Lecture and Annual Award Ceremony” to enrich and encourage students of the department. The initiation of this even was done by Dr. Debasish Chattopadhyay, Dr. Jolly Das and Dr. Pinaki De in the year 2005 after the untimely demise of Prof. Parasor Chatterjee on 12th October 2004. Prof. Chatterjee was a Selection Grade Lecturer in the Department and the Head. Dr. Kalapi Sen joined the venture to continue the legacy with her senior colleagues in 2007. Dr. Jolly Das remained the Convenor from 2005 to 2017. Dr. Pinaki De became the next Convenor in 2018 followed by the responsibility being taken up by Dr. Abu Saleh in 2019. The event was initially titled as “Parasor Chatterjee Memorial Lecture and Award Ceremony” – a summation of an endowment lecture and the memorial award for the candidate who secures the highest marks in English Honours from the University of Calcutta. The entire even was instituted by Mrs. Mithua Chatterjee, wife of Late Prof. Chatterjee. The number of awards increased and it was later renamed as the “Annual Award Distribution Ceremony and Parasor Chatterjee Memorial Lecture” with the other honourable benefactors who came forward and became a part of the English Department's family. The endowment lecture is delivered, since 2005 till the present days, which the department hopes to continue, by eminent scholars to primarily address the students of the Department of English of this college. Students of English as well as from other subjects of our college and from neighbouring colleges are encouraged and invited to attend the lectures. Apart from the annual endowment lecture, the Department, from time to time, also organizes extension lectures delivered by stalwarts for the benefit of students. The Annual Award Ceremony of the Department of English, which had initially begun with only one award, now has five awards given away by various benefactors to encourage students of the Department of English:

1: Parasor Chatterjee Memorial Award for securing the highest marks from our College in the Three-Year-Degree-Course with an Honours in English from the University of Calcutta, instituted by Mrs. Mithua Chatterjee, comprising The Complete Works of Shakespeare, a certificate of merit and a gold-plated silver medal.

2: Monmohan Dutta Memorial Award for securing the second highest marks from our College in the Three-Year-Degree-Course with an Honours in English from the University of Calcutta, instituted by his son, Mr. Anup Dutta, comprising books and a certificate of merit.

3: Baboo Joykrishna Mukherjee Memorial Award for securing the highest marks from our College in Paper Six in English from the University of Calcutta, instituted by Late Shri Mohan Das and now continued by his daughter, Dr. Jolly Das, comprising books and a certificate of merit.

4: Dr. Sisir Kumar Sen Memorial Award is given to the candidate securing the highest marks in Paper Eight, instituted by his son, Mr. Swapan Kumar Sen, comprising books and a certificate of merit.

5: Shri Dhirendranath Paul Memorial Award is awarded to the student who secures the highest marks in Paper Two, instituted by his daughter, Mrs. Bishnupriya De, comprising books and a certificate of merit.

Our Resource Persons who have delivered the Parasor Chatterjee Memorial Lecture:

1: 2005: Prof. Subhas Sarkar, Ex- Head of the Department, Department of English, Rabindra Bharati University spoke on Metaphysical Poetry.

2: 2006: Dr. Pradip Ranjan Sengupta, Department of English, Behala College.

3: 2007: Dr. Dattatreya Datta, Head of the Department, Department of Drama, Rabindra Bharati University spoke on the “Dimensions of Love in Twelfth Night.” The lecture was followed by a drama-performance by the students of the Department of English on Prof. Dutta’s translated Bengali version of Twelfth Night, “Ichhey Tithir Golpo” and was directed by Dr. Debasish Chattopadhyay and Dr. Bitan Bindu Bandyopadhyay, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, Raja Peary Mohan College.

4: 2008: Dr. Dipak Sankar Chakrabarty, Reader of English, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, Narendrapur spoke on “Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.”

5: 2009: Professor Proloy Kumar Deb, Head, Dept. of English, University of Kalyani spoke on “Tragedy.”

5: 2010: Dr. Barun Chattopadhyay, noted educationist, delivered a lecture on “The Original Writings of Rabindranath Tagore.”

7: 2011: Dr. Muktinath Chatterjee, Chairman of Council of Higher Secondary Education chose to talk about Rabindranath Tagore’s iconic play, Raktakarabi (The Red Oleander). The talk was followed by a wonderful performance of Raktakarabi by Pathasena, the noted theatre group.

8: 2012: Dr. Subhendu Sarkar of Ranaghat College. His lecture was on the thespian, Badal Sircar. His brand of street theatre was discussed in his insightful lecture titled “Badal Sircar: Bikalpa Theatre Erkhonje”. Dr. Apurba Kumar Dey, Associate professor, Department of Bengali, Raja Peary Mohan College also spoke on the playwright –“Bangla Sahityer Oitijhyo o Uttaradhikar: Badal Sircar.” Swami Tyagarupananda Maharaj, Principal, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur engaged in an enriching conversation with eminent writer, Banga Bibhushan Sanjib Chattopadhyay and Professor Loknath Chakraborty. • This was followed by a performance of Badal Sircar’s Michil (“The Procession”) by Satabdi, a noted street theatre group.

9: 2013: Dr. Debasish Bandyopadhyay, Associate Professor, Department of English, Vidyasagar University, spoke on “Psychoanalysis and Shakespeare.” The lecture was followed by a drama-performance by the students of the Deapartment; “Stranger than Strangest”. The play written by Dr. Jolly Das, based on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and directed by Dr. Debasish Chattopadhyay.

10: 2014: Dr. Arpita Chattoraj (Mukhopadhyay), Associate Professor and Head, Department of English, Burdwan University lectured on “Modernism in Literature”.

11: 2015: Debasish Mukhopadhyay spoke on “Satyajit Ray – Ekti Bishleshan” (Satyajit Ray – an Evaluation). The Lecture was followed by the screening of the rare film on Ray by James Beveridge with the help of Dr. Pinaki De.

12: 2016: Dr. Subir Dhar, retired Professor, Department of English, Rabindra Bharati University spoke about the art of illusion in the Renaissance with special references to the roles of magic and rituals in the evolution of Elizabethan literature.

13: 2017: Dr. Sanjukta Dasgupta, Professor, Department of English, University of Calcutta spoke on “Indian writing in English: Triumphs and Transformations”. The lecture was followed by a solo drama performance, “The Artist and the Waiting” by Soumyadeb Hui.

13: • 2018: Dr. P. K. Majumdar, retired Professor, Rabindra Bharati University spoke on “Ancient Mathematics and Literature”. Prof. Debabrata Das, Assistant Professor, Rabindra Bharati University, “Why Shouldn’t we Read Literature?” –These lectures were followed by a performance by the students, “Shakespeare’s Songs and Modern Bengali Songs: Tradition and Individual Talent,” a piece composed and directed by Dr. Debasish Chattopadhyay.

14: 2019: Dr. Chidananda Bandopadhyay, Head, Department of English, Rabindra Bharati University delivered the endowment lecture on “John Keats’ Romantic Aesthetics.”

International Conference:

The Department had organized an International Conference on “Frames of Marginality: Interpreting and Interrogating Theory and Prixis” in collaboration with the Department of English, Pandit Raghunath Murmu Smiriti Mahavidyalaya, Bankura, West Bengal, on 21-22 February 2018.

Students’ Seminar:

The Department also organizes Students’ seminars from time to time, to encourage students of the Department to indulge in research activities related to their syllabus at the Undergraduate level.

Extension Lectures:

The Department organizes Extension lectures for students by inviting eminent personalities of both national and international repute. Prof. Ramkrishna Bhattacharya; Prof. Robert Masterson, Professor, of English, Borough of Manhattan Community College, USA; Prof Ana Jelnikar from Yogoslavia are among the list of many more names.

Student Progression

Distinguished Alumnae

Alumni network allows the institute to benefit from the skills and experience of our graduates, by offering their support to our students, to the institution and to each other. If we keep them well informed and engaged, alumni are our best ambassadors, offering invaluable guidance and support to the successive batches. Competent and skilled alumni will likely have a wealth of experience and skills to share with current students via talks and meets. They also donate their valuable time to offer career support to current students. This enhances the students’ experience and gives them that competitive edge in today’s tough job market. Alumni can play an active role in voluntary programs like mentoring students in their areas of expertise. Hence, creating an engaged, supportive alumni network is crucial to an institution’s success. Our department has some distinguished alumni who made our college proud and helped the department flourish. To name a few, we have:


Amit Kumar Basak Titira Malkhandi and Subhasree Choudhury, school teachers after qualifying SSC.

Avishek Biswas, Assistant professor of English at Vidyasagar College (CU).

Somnath Paul Assistant Professor of English, Lalbaba college (CU).

Bidisha Ganguly, Staff in the Finance Department, Government of West Bengal.

Debamitra Ghosh, Executive Officer, Motor Vehicles Department, Government of West Bengal

Kalyani Mondal, primary school teacher.

Piyali Das Mondal in Indian Railway service.

Sagnik Ghosh Hazra, Executive, South Dinajpur, Government of West Bengal.

Sayan Mitra, Producer in charge and Output Head, News Time Bangla.

Tridib Bagani, non-teaching staff in a government aided school.

Bridge Courses

The Department organises bridge course for the newly admitted students in the first semester. Since many of the students come from Bengali Medium schools and in general they study only one or two English papers at the 10+02 level, it becomes quite necessary to teach them some basics before the get into the syllabus. So, the bridge course classes work as a connecting point between 10+02 and BA English Honours Syllabus. Here is a basic syllabus of the bridge course we offer. It changes as per the need of the students.

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Dr. Debasish Chattaopadhyay

Associate Professor

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Dr. Pinaki De

Associate Professor

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Dr. Abu Saleh

Assistant Professor, Head of the Department

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Dr. Kalapi Sen

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Mr. Arup Malik

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Ms. Manisha Bhattacharya

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Syllabus

ENGLISH (HONOURS)

BRIDGE COURSE


1. What is Literature?
2. Relevance of Literature in the 21
st Century
3. Various Genres in Literature: Poetry, Drama, Fiction, Non-fiction

4. A short overview of the history of English literature

5. A short introduction to the history and evolution of English language
6. Relevance of Modern Literary Criticism and Theory
7. Recent Trends in Literature

8. Literatures in English
9. After Literature: Job Prospects 



ENGLISH (GENERAL) + AECC

BRIDGE COURSE


Mission:

  • To enable learners to employ English with ease in all authentic contexts at all times

Shift in pedagogic practices:

  • Not teaching but practising English Not teacher-centric but learner-centric approach Not only oral and aural but also multisensory based Not only formal but also informal contexts

Objectives:

  • To enable learners to convey their message effectively

  • To develop learners’ ability to convey their ideas/opinions precisely and accurately

  • To help learners to write error-free sentences grammar

  • To enable learners to identify good writing and model them

  • To enable learners to speak in groups explaining their positions

  • To enable learners to take part in a discussion appropriately

  • To familiarize learners with the dynamics of group discussion


  1. Familiarity with basics of grammar

  2. Creative writing – basics

  3. Comprehension – basics

  4. Using English in digital platform

Using error-free English during the job-interview process


Along with the basic training through Bridge Course, we conduct orientation programmes for the students too. Basic introduction, ice breaking, writing tests, freshers and other related programmes are part of it.

General (Curriculam Distribution)

ENGLISH (GENERAL) + AECC

BRIDGE COURSE


Mission:

  • To enable learners to employ English with ease in all authentic contexts at all times

Shift in pedagogic practices:

  • Not teaching but practising English Not teacher-centric but learner-centric approach Not only oral and aural but also multisensory based Not only formal but also informal contexts

Objectives:

  • To enable learners to convey their message effectively

  • To develop learners’ ability to convey their ideas/opinions precisely and accurately

  • To help learners to write error-free sentences grammar

  • To enable learners to identify good writing and model them

  • To enable learners to speak in groups explaining their positions

  • To enable learners to take part in a discussion appropriately

  • To familiarize learners with the dynamics of group discussion


  1. Familiarity with basics of grammar

  2. Creative writing – basics

  3. Comprehension – basics

  4. Using English in digital platform

Using error-free English during the job-interview process


Along with the basic training through Bridge Course, we conduct orientation programmes for the students too. Basic introduction, ice breaking, writing tests, freshers and other related programmes are part of it.

Co-curricular

Facilities

Different facilities for the students are there in the department for the students so that there cannot be any barrier between them and their learning. The department has sufficient space for the students in the classroom. The class room is airy having sufficient natural light. The teachers always help to maintain a positive teaching learning atmosphere in the department. Sufficient teaching learning aids are there with a good seating arrangement for the students. The department also have its own computer and internet connection for students in their need. The department keeps a Seminar Library for the students. Here they can access a large number of books for their study purposes.

Events