The Department of English, one of the most prestigious Departments in Santipur College set out its journey with the introduction of the Honours course in English in the academic session 2004-2005 on a self-financing basis. Since then the Department has been tireless in its endeavour in imparting curiosity-driven, quality education across various strata in the entire surrounding. The department has remained committed to the purposes of fostering academic interest and innovative outlook towards broader perspectives of learning in particular and life in general. The Department has, over the years, earned coveted prestige in translating itself into a vibrant place of intellectual activities with lectures, seminars, trans-disciplinary workshops, academic presentations, film-shows and theatre performances. Special lectures and talks on relevant areas of literary and cinematic discourses are arranged on a regular basis in order to introduce the students with the contemporary literary scene. The Department has been organizing a number of interactive seminars and workshops on different themes and issues since 2015. In April, 2015 a Students’ Seminar titled “Texts and Contexts” was organized in which students from various Departments of Arts & Humanities of Santipur College presented papers. In January 2016, the Department organized a one-day interactive seminar on “Shakespearean Tragedy” in which distinguished Shakespeare Scholar Professor Sarbani Chaudhuri delivered the keynote lecture. In February 24, 2016 the Department of English in collaboration with the Department of Bengali, Santipur College, arranged a one-day seminar titled “Samasamayik-Prekshite Bhasha Andalon”. In collaboration with the UG Board of Studies (English), University of Kalyani, the Department organized a “One-Day Workshop on the Revised/New UG English (Honours) Syllabus” on 3rd December, 2016 in which Professor Sharmila Majumdar, the Chairperson of the Faculty Council, KU (UG) and other faculties of the Department of English, KU delivered plenary talks; faculties from different colleges of Nadia and Murshidabad also attended the workshop. On 4th December 2017, the Department organized a one-day seminar on “Writing Gender, Writing Differences”, where a number of students/scholars from different colleges and universities of West Bengal including Presidency University, Berhampore K.N. College, Murshidabad, Chakdah College, Krishnagar Govt. College, Nadia presented papers. Dr. Niladri R. Chatterjee, Professor at the Department of English, KU delivered the keynote lecture in the seminar. On the 14th of September, 2018, the Department organized a one-day Interactive Seminar on “Greek Tragedy & the Spectacle of Suffering”; Prof. Samrat Sengupta and Prof. Avirup Ghosh delivered plenary talks as Resource Persons; Professor Kalyan Kumar Das (Presidency University) chaired and moderated the panel-session. The department organizes “Special Lectures” and “Interdisciplinary Seminars” throughout the year; eminent scholars and researchers are invited to give special talks on various themes and issues related to the UG/PG syllabus. On 9th October, 2018, Prof. Sribash Debnath, Assistant Professor of Sanskrit gave a Special Lecture on Mrichchhakatikam; a number of students from other colleges participated and presented papers in the event. On the 30th November, 2018, Sri Joydeep Dutta, Senior Research Fellow, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (TISS) delivered a special lecture on “Postcolonialism and the Third World”. The Department also organizes film shows, theatre workshops/festivals and other cultural events regularly in which both the students and the teachers of the department actively participate.
At present the Department has one full-time teacher, Dr. Anirban Bhattacharjee (Head and Convener). Sri. Sanjoy Debnath has been serving the college as college part-time lecturer and Sri Ayan Kr. Khan, Sri Subrata Ray, Smt. Sumana Ghosh and Sri Subhankar Ghosh as guest faculties.
On 25-26 February, 2019, the Department of English in collaboration with The NorthEast India Company, Assam organized a Two-day National Level Seminar on "Home and Beyond: Belonging, Unbelonging, Nostalgia" in which a number of faculties and scholars across various disciplines participated and presented papers (see the book of abstracts). Professor Sanjoy Mukhopadhyay, Formerly, Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University delivered the Keynote Address, which was chaired by Professor Ashok Sengupta, University of Kalyani. Dr. Suranjana Choudhuri, Assistant Professor at North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU, Shillong, Meghalaya) and Dr. Arjun Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor at Gurucharan College, Assam gave the plenary talks. Dr. Dhrubajyoti Sarkar (University of Kalyani), Dr. Hardikbrata Biswas (Jadavpur University), Kalyan Kumar Das (Presidency University), Dr. Mrinmoy Pramanick (Calcutta University), Sagar Taranga Mandal (Kalyani University), Dr. Arnab Saha and Dr. Samrat Sengupta delivered plenary lectures. Professor Saktinath Jha, eminent scholar and researcher, gave the "Iravati Gupta Memorial Lecture". Researchers and Faculties from Delhi, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and other states participated and presented papers.
Tutorial Classes: Regularly held in a structured manner to benefit the students in developing their understanding and critical acumen.
Remedial Classes: Held as an integral part of the class routine specially designed for the students from the under-privileged sections.
Special Lectures: Once in a month delivered by eminent scholars and doctoral fellows from different universities on themes and issues related to the UG syllabus.
Students’ Seminar: Annually organized by the students of the Department in which students from other colleges and universities as well participate.
Poster Presentation: Posters reflecting innovative ideas and creative outlook in the fields of literature and other disciplines regularly presented by the students on the occasions of seminars and conferences.
Guardians’ Meet: Held twice in a year in order to pay serious consideration to the concerns, advice and suggestions offered by the guardians.
Wall Magazine: Utilized as a means to give a platform for the students’ creativities, intellectual sparks & speculations; breaking the conventional constricted form, it, in its ever-spreading canvas, caters a stimulating treat to the curious minds.
Seminars / Conferences: At regular intervals state level and national level seminars / conferences held in which distinguished scholars deliver public talks.
Text & Performance: As an important part of the university curriculum the students are encouraged in text-based drama performances.
Audio Visual Classes: Designed with the purpose of familiarizing the students with tech-supported class -room experiences through the screening of contemporary/cult movies.
Access to E-Journals: Realizing the benefits of E-journal each and every effort is made to introduce the students with the recent development in the field of research and critical enquiry.
Interdisciplinary Workshop: Arranged regularly to develop the student’s critical thinking beyond disciplinary borders.
Exchange Programme: Such efforts are made to create a conducive environment where students from various neighbouring colleges under the University of Kalyani and from other universities as well – can share and exchange each other’s ideas and thoughts.
Assignments & Assessments: Keeping in mind the needs of CBCS course-pattern students are regularly assigned to have their writings duly assessed by the respective teachers and topical discussions are arranged for further improvement.