Department of History
Down memory lane
The Department of History came into existence in the year 1960 and started functioning w.e.f. the academic session 1960-61. Initially, the college obtained affiliation in History to the B.A. Pass standard only (vide Calcutta University letter no: C-2306/160 [AR] dated 23.05.1960). Honours course in History was introduced in the academic session 1961-62.
The Department in its formative phase:
The early years of the Department saw the involvement of some eminent professors of History of the stature of Dr. Binoy Bhushan Choudhury, Dr. Sushil Choudhury and Dr. Sekhar Bandyopadhyay both as teachers and advisors . In addition to these historians of repute, full-time teachers whose names are given below rendered valuable services to this department in the first three decades of its existence (from 1961 to the 1980s.):
1. Shri Dhirendra Nath Dutta
2. Sri Ajoy Bhowmic
3. Sri Promodlal Paul
4. Sri Asim Roy
5. Sri Amitava Choudhury (ex-student)
6. Sri Gopal Datta Singh (ex-student)
7. Dr. Prafulla Kr. Das (1965-88, premature death in 1988)
8. Dr. Swaraj Basu (ex-student, left the Dept. to join IGNOU, New Delhi, in 1988).
Sri Kalyan Sen retired after 32 years of service in this Dept. (1965-1996), in June 1996. The department sustained a major loss in the pre-mature death of one of its brilliant faculty members, Dr. Abhijit Mukherjee in August 2009. Dr. Mukherjee had joined the Department in January 1986.
The Department owes a debt of deep gratitude to all of them for their splendid contributions and indefatigable efforts in creating an intellectually stimulating working environment in the department in particular and in the college in general.
In the Golden Jubilee Year of the College, the Department also takes the opportunity to acknowledge its debts to all those Guest Lecturers (names given below in alphabetical order) who rendered their services to the Dept. from time to time since its inception till the year 2007. They are 1. Dr. Arabindo Samanta, 2. Sri Arunangsha Maity (ex-student), 3. Dr. Haridas Mukherjee, 4. Dr. Jiban Mukherjee (ex-student), 5. Sri Nirmal Dasgupta, 6. Dr. Raktim Sur, 7. Bubai Bag (ex-student) and a few others.
Awards and Recognition :
The late Dr. Prafulla Kr. Das won the Griffith Memorial Prize of Calcutta University in 1975. Probably no other full-time faculty of the college had earned such a recognition before Dr. Das.
The late Dr. Abhijit Mukherjee was privileged to attend the 20th International Congress of History of Science as an INSA delegate in July 1997 at Liege, Belgium.
Dr. Chandra Bhushan Roy was given honorary appointment to the “Research Board of Advisors”, American Bibliographical Institute, North Carolina, USA, in the year 2005.
Role of the Department in multi-dimensional activities of the college :
The teachers of the Department have been involved in various activities — cultural, sports, extension, social service etc. of the college from the beginning. It would not be an exaggeration to say that in the post-Silver Jubilee era, this *, Department has been playing a key role in providing all sorts of assistance to the college administration in launching, managing, controlling and completing various academic and extension activities of heterogenous character:
a) Sri Susobhan Sengupta has been a member of the Calcutta University Sports Board since 2000.
b) Dr. Chandra Bhushan Roy became a commissioned NCC officer of this college in Nov. 1991 and has been rendering his services in this capacity till date.
Seminars, Conferences, Symposia etc. :
In collaboration with the Paschim Banga Itihas Samsad, the Department organised a national symposium on “Jatiya Siksha Bhabna” (2006) and helped the Itihas Samsad in organising its 22nd annual session.
Students’ Performance :
Sri Arunangsha Maiti got first class for the first time in this Dept. in 2003. Thereafter several students secured 1st class marks.