The Department of History at Women’s College, Calcutta is a vibrant centre of teaching and research that had been training students in comprehensive, critical and analytical understanding of the discipline for over eighty years. With the foundation of the College in 1937, history was introduced as a general subject.From 1984, the department began to offer honours course in history.It launched its master’s course in 2017. At present, as an undergraduate and postgraduate department,it focuses on the history of India and different parts of the world with a newly revised programme of instructions.
The principle goal of the Department of History is to develop the intellectual breadth and the analytical skills of the students. The departmental programme not only assists students in acquiring the knowledge and skills essential to be good scholars in future, but also helps them to flourish comfortably within a demanding and competitive professional world. Currently, the department has faculty strength of two Associate Professors, two Assistant Professors and one SACT — all posts are filled up. The faculty members of the department put in their best efforts to develop the full potential of the students. They employ innovative methods of teaching to generate enthusiasm among the students and give utmost academic guidance so that the students perform well in the undergraduate/postgraduate examinations of the University of Calcutta.Holding of interdisciplinary lectures, student seminars, workshops, projects and excursions are integral parts of the academic culture of the department.
The Department of History has a friendly and lively environment, with a stimulating internal events’ calendar and opportunities for students, faculties and external speakers to lead discussions concerning their study and work. Each year, the department attracts excellent students from various parts of Kolkata and adjacent areas.
The Department of History has recently introduced Google Classroom facilities (both for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses) in order to improve quality of education by addressing digital yearning of new generation. The students and faculty use computers, laptop, tablet or mobile phones with an internet connection for regular scheduled classes. The Google Classroom makes it easy for teacher to assign tasks, keep a record on them and of each student’s performance. At the same time, it enables students to organise their activities, clarify doubts, do their assignments and submit them to the teachers. Thus, it is aimed at making the teaching-learning process more interactive, attractive and productive.
Thus, the history faculty utilise the most appropriate and advanced teaching-learning strategies to enhance the interest about history among the students.
There is a vibrant and active student society in the department namely HERITAGE. All honours students are members of this society. Under the guidance of faculty members, it regularly organises discussions, debates and exhibitions which give ample opportunities to the students to contribute positively to the department.For example, every year, it arranges a HISTORY DAY involving history quiz, student seminar and panel discussion so that the students become able to practice arguing, speaking out and debating.By conducting an annual HERITAGE WALK exploring the historical landmarks of Bagbazar—a neighbourhood of North Kolkata which has played a significant role in the growth and development of the metropolis—this society has helped to generate remarkable curiosity and interest towards the local, urban and socio-cultural history of colonial and post-colonial Bengal. The students are actively involved in producing the departmental wall magazine, ITIKATHA.
Basanta Utsab 2020
Basanta Utsab 2020
Teacher’s Day 2018
The department is proud to claim that many of our former students were successful in study and research at higher levels, took teaching profession in schools and colleges or joined other professions.
Teaching history is quite different to teaching other subjects. The history classroom is utterly different to science classrooms and is even quite different to classrooms in other disciplines of humanities and social sciences.Good history teachers are storytellers as well as instructors.They usually create an argumentative and productive learning environment using textbooks and outside resources including primary and secondary materials, and relevant interactive media.
Seminars and Inter-Departmental Exchange Lectures
To meet this high standard, the faculty members of the Department of History:
The Department of History prides itself on its supportive environment, well-designed infrastructure and research-led teaching programme. The well scheduled courses and classes of the department help students to develop genuine curiosity and advanced skills including critical thinking and writing about history.Apart from classroom based teaching and learning, the student are continuously encouraged to go out of the classroom and do on-site maps, photography, local surveys, questionnaires or interviews. They are expected to prepare scrapbooks, wall charts, posters, timelines, and maps.
Student Participation in Seminar
The students are also motivated to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities like seminars, workshops, projects, debates, cultural activities and sports within and outside the college, which largely equip them to make career choices in diverse fields such as teaching, research, bureaucracy, media, performing arts, corporate service and other fields.
Over the years, the department is arranging seminars, workshops and inter-departmental exchange lectures. These lead to an all-round development of the students. The department regularly invites internationally acclaimed historians for giving lectures with a view to disseminate advanced knowledge in chosen fields of history. Some distinguished speakers who recently visited the department are:
Prof Sekhar Bandyopadhyay at the Departmental Seminar
The department regularly arranges excursions to places of historical interest, cultural centres and museums. It provides an opportunity for discerning minds to engage beyond the usual constructs of classroom teaching. The departmental wall magazine ITIKATHA provides a platform for students to write articles on diverse historical topics and about their experiences in the college.
The faculty members of the department are involved in a wide range of interdisciplinary activities and have earned local and national recognitions. They continuously attend lectures, seminars, workshops and faculty development programmes in order to update themselves. They are closely involved with the University of Calcutta for syllabi structuring and revision, as well as with the University examination process.All the faculty members conduct serious research and publish their findings in national and international journals.
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The following table represents the success rate of the honours students in BA final examination in the last five academic years.
UG to PG- 65%, PG to MPhil-3%, Employed-20%, Entrepreneurship-12%
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