The Department of English at Srikrishna College, Bagula, Nadia, started as Intermediate of Arts in 1952-53, B.A., English (General) in 1958-59 and finally Honours in 1995-96. The department is among the largest in the college and teaches nearly500 students including Honours and Program Courses. There are about 100 students in each semester of Honours. Building on our strength in textual scholarship and an all- round holistic development, the department offers aSix Semester program, the syllabi of which is prepared by the University of Kalyani, under which the college is affiliated to. Members of the faculty serve on the editorial boards of prominent academic journals and have contributed academic papers in various national and international journals. Various faculty members hold offices in national, regional or local scholarly organizations, as well as administrative positions within the university.
The English Department at Srikrishna College is dedicated to preparing students to become insightful readers, thinkers, writers and life-long learners with an awareness of historical, cultural, and philosophical issues. Their education in literature, writing, criticism, and language enables students to write effectively, think critically, read widely, weigh values, and communicate ideas. The teachers are readily available to students and committed to helping each student achieve his or her educational, personal and professional goals. In our work as teachers, and scholars, we often explore how literature, more than any other discipline, is based in a play of imagination that animates abundant possibilities for alternate social arrangements: atypical societies, different ways of living, utopian intuitions about more equitable, more liberated, and more just forms of social organization.
We want our students to share the feeling that their work matters. Literature classes in our department thus challenge students to analyze texts closely while also giving attention to wider cultural and ethical landscapes. Whether a course explores a key social justice issue such as poverty or slavery, whether it focuses on a fundamental skill such as close reading, or whether it takes students into the community through experiential learning, we urge students to uncover how texts resonate with their evolving experiences of self and of the world around them. Indeed, in this framework, the study of English literature emerges an important social practice occurring within a community of thinkers who are similarly engaged in networks of critical, historical, and ethical investigations.