History is a dialogue between the past and present. The past tradition of our country, the world and society paves the way towards future. The Department of History makes students to practices history based on source materials. It is one of the oldest department in our college. The journey when intermediate course was first introduced as early as 1887. In 1955, when the college was affiliated to B.A. standard of the University of Calcutta, History was introduced as an Elective subject in B.A. pass course. As demands from students grew, Honours course was introduced in 2002 after a proper inspection by the team from the University of Calcutta with an intake capacity of 25. Since then the Department has been trying in many ways to bring about qualitatively and quantitative improvements. Presently, there are two full time faculty and three State Aided College Teachers.
The faculty of the department follows normal Lecture method. Apart from this procedure, tutorial and remedial classes and home assignments are also arranged by the faculty. Teachers are available beyond class hours and during recess also for academic interaction with students. LCD Projectors and computers are frequently used for comprehensive teaching. Innovative teaching practices are carried out through Project reports, field works, study tour & wall magazine. Recently college developed an online portal for sharing of study materials and for online classes. The Department aims to highlight the importance of social science in various fields and resolves to bring out the creative writing skills of the students.
a) The Department of History has been trying earnestly to introduce students into new research areas of history. To this end seminars are organized in different times of the year where eminent historian deliver speeches and interact with students.
b) The department also engages students to speak on different topics both within their syllabi and outside. Every year a student seminar is held where each and every student has to speak on a specific topic for at least 5 minutes. A question answer session is also organized with it.
c) Since the introduction of CBCS, many new topics have been introduced in curriculum, like heritage and conservation of heritage, art and architecture etc. To enlighten the students, teachers approached specialized person to speech on these topics. Sometimes even inter-departmental co-operation is needed.
d) Field trips always enthuse students and the department, with the financial help from college authority, makes arrangement for educational excursion every year to places of historical interest. Last time the students visited Rajgir, Nalanda and Bodh Gaya.
Since the students of undergraduate classes directly come from schools, the Department has started to orient them before the actual onset of classes. Keeping this in mind, a bridge course is patterned. All the students of B.A. Honors and General are asked to join the course. Teachers enlighten them about the history of college, about the subjects, about the syllabus, method of teaching and also future prospects. It is just a bridge between school and college.
The Department has a Seminar Library and a classroom with ICT facility.