Department of English is one of the oldest departments of the college and it can be legitimately claimed that since the very inception, Tamralipta Mahavidyalaya has been one of the premier Higher Education centres of teaching and learning English in the undivided district of Midnapore. English was one of the major taught subjects in this college at the Intermediate Course [I.A.] and also at the Degree Course [B.A.]. It was started to be taught at the Honours level since 1959, as affiliation to Hons. in English was granted to the college by the University of Calcutta since 1959. In the meanwhile, affiliation of the college was changed from University of Calcutta to Vidyasagar University since 1985 as per State Govt. policy.

Laid on a solid foundation by a committed team of professors like Prof. M. N. Jana, Prof. A. Palai, Prof. A. Sengupta, R.C. Bhunia, Prof. S. Bandyopadhyay, to name only a few, the Department has gradually attained a moderate standard of academic excellence. Right at this moment only three whole time Professors Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee, Ms. Madhurima Neogi, Mr. Surajit Senapati and one Approved Part-time Teacher Mr. Purnendu Pattanayek are mainly shouldering the responsibility of teaching with the assistance of one or two guest teachers, as & when necessary. The teachers are closely related to the students who can and do approach the teachers in season and out of the season, in the class-rooms and out-side the class-rooms. They are trying to maintain the glorious tradition of the college to the utmost of their capacity.

The Department, having no autonomy in curricular designing & syllabus making, offers only undergraduate programme in English, as prepared by its affiliating Vidyasagar University — B.A. (Honours) programme in English, Elective courses in English (General), Compulsory English (AECC). The Honours syllabus is, however, designed to provide students with a strong foundation in English Literature covering a wide range of texts, literary trends, theories and schools of criticism. Students, with the utmost sincerity & dedication of the teachers, are encouraged to participate in the teaching-learning process to develop their skills for original, independent and analytical thinking and appreciation. Strategies of teaching include the lecture method, audio-visual techniques, tutorial classes, group discussions, class tests, internal assessments, students’ feedback and student seminars. These apart, seminars, workshops,
cultural functions like Freshers’ Welcome, Get-together programmes are held at regular intervals; departmental students published their own yearly wall magazine titled PIONEER which is also being published now with the changed name of SAPLING.

The Department, however, can boast of having a sufficiently large number of books including text and reference ones in the Central Library. The students admitted in this department are, on the whole, doing well in the University exams in spite of the paucity of teachers, only with the help of the sincere efforts of the teachers and their own. Most of the students passing out from this department opt for further academic studies and research activities. Many of them are well established as teachers in various educational institutions while some are employed in media houses as well. It is among the plans of the department to start a departmental library, publish a printed journal and to introduce post-graduate course in the near future.

Academic Programs Offered:

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Level of Study

Intake Capacity

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LABORATORY FACILITIES:

i) Ours being basically a non-lab department, there is likely to be no laboratory as such in the department.
ii) Nevertheless, we are keenly interested in setting up a language-laboratory in our department.

LIBRARY FACILITY:

i) The Department, however, can boast of having a sufficiently large number of books including text and reference ones in the Central Library.
ii) College also subscribes to international e-journals in the interest of the students as well as teachers.
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The department constantly encourages students to engage themselves in activities beside their coursework as the approach of the department is oriented around a holistic development of students. So, it has always been the endeavour of the department to facilitate intellectual, creative, cultural and organizational advancement of students by providing them opportunities to cultivate the same by activities such as the following:

WALL MAGAZINE:

The production of a wall-magazine named Sapling almost annually involves the exercise of multiple individual talents of students. Students not only produce the varied pieces of creative writing forming the main body of the wall-magazine, but also conceptualize the layout of the wall-magazine and design it each year according to their collective taste and preference. They paint and decorate the wall-magazine as well as inscribe their poems, essays and other writings, thus creating something that is representative of them in the true sense.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES:

Students of the department arrange a variety of events such as Departmental Get-Together, Freshers’ Welcome and Farewell Function for outgoing batches. These events help the students hailing from three different batches build a sense of solidarity among themselves. They work hard for the success of these events where they carry out all the relevant tasks such as decoration, setting up the sound system and arranging food for all attending. The events are supervised by the teachers of the department who try to smooth over any difficulty that the organization process may entail

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