Journalism & Mass Communication

The Department was begun in 2008 and the first batch of M.A. students completed their Masters in 2010.
Courses offered : M. A.

Urdu

The department of Urdu was started in the month of June, 2019. Before 2019, there was no specific arrangement for Post Graduate in Urdu. For this reason the students interested in studying Urdu as a P.G subject were not able to fulfill their desire.

 

The syllabus of M.A Urdu which contains classic and modern Urdu literature is according to CBCS. For the very first time “Urdu Computer” and “Mass Media and Translation” have also been introduced in the syllabus for the benefit of the students educationally and technically in their studies. Apart from that the legends of Urdu poetry like Mir Taqi Mir, Mirza Ghalib and Allama Iqbal have also been included as a “Special Paper” in the syllabus. It also partly covers the chapters included in central and state level competitive exams.

 

The class of M.A Urdu has already started and the courses of M.Phil and Ph.D. in Urdu will start very soon. At present there are two teachers in the department who are taking classes.

 

The names of the teachers of Urdu department as follows:

1.  Dr. Tasleem Arif

2. Dr. Raziuddin

Sociology

The Post-Graduate Department of Sociology, WBSU was established in 2008. Located in the fifth floor of the academic building of the university it presently has three faculty members (one assistant professor and two professors) supported by guest faculties (from other universities, colleges and research institutes) and a temporary teaching assistant.

 

Interdisciplinary approach with a special focus on gender-equity is a defining feature of the post-graduate programme offered by the department. Interdisciplinarity can only enrich the understanding of the world for each discipline, after all, offers but a partial perspective. The post-graduate course comes to traverse multiple disciplines ranging from Women’s Studies, Post-Colonial Studies, Social Anthropology, Semiotics, Politics, Literature, Rural Studies, Cultural Studies, Economics, Statistics, Mass Communication, Film Studies to Demography and Law while engaging with Sociological Theory and Research Methodology. Gender-equality, besides being a fundamental human right, is essential for the sustainable growth of a developing nation like India. The post-graduate course in Sociology tends to develop analytical tools to think independently and investigate the central questions around gender equality and how they influence power and knowledge structures.

 

The department considers the students as its most valued asset. They are often first-generation learners coming from semi-rural, economically challenged, marginal families or groups. In certain ways their experiences of living every-day in peripheral situations help us grasp the socioeconomic realities of the contemporary times. The students provide the impetus to find out ways of harnessing diversity, creating fairness, and ensuring that the learning environments engage and achieve the best outcomes for all individuals, not just a few. The teachers attempt to uphold a sense of self-respect among the students linking up their personal lives with the social and theoretical interpretations.

 

The faculty members of the department combine their commitment to research with a devotion to teaching. In the class-room teaching the students receive personal attention from their professors. The interactive teaching-learning process is supplemented by regular tutorials, group-discussions; dissertations and presentation of assignments. The CBCS semester system of the post-graduate classes is carried out in a continuous evaluation system. The written examination is complemented by internal and external assessments of group-discussion, paper writing, content analysis, poster, flow-chart, power-point presentation, and viva-voce. The regular teaching-learning of the department goes together with a series of conferences, seminars, workshops and special lectures where the students come to interact with the eminent national and inter-national scholars and have an exposure to the wider discourses of the discipline.

 

Initiated with only nine PG Students, the department treaded a long journey while also offering its PhD Program since 2011. Currently, the department has 11 scholars pursuing their research work. Two scholars have received their degrees in the year 2018. The department has a small yet successful set of alumni placed in government and private colleges, schools, government and non-government organizations and corporate offices.

 

The department provides a steady leadership to the sociology departments of the nineteen undergraduate colleges affiliated to the university. Holding a number of workshops and brain-storming sessions in different colleges the department has played a primary role in initiating the CBCS curriculum in the Undergraduate Colleges. The department has also facilitated the setting up of sociology departments in various colleges and the development of an integrated UG curriculum, pedagogic structure and examination-evaluation system.

The Centre for Comparative Social Theory

Philosophy

The department of philosophy started functioning since the inception of this university in 2009 with emphasis towards teaching of philosophy at Post-Graduate levels.

Sanskrit

The department of Sanskrit imparts higher education on Sanskrit language, literature, grammar and philosophy. Being the mother of all Indian languages and the most important among the IE family of languages, the study of Sanskrit can open the floodgates of knowledge both sacred and secular. The objective of the Sanskrit department of the university lies in making the students aware of the holistic approach to life and knowledge

Courses offered
M.A.(Special papers offered- Veda, Paninian Grammar, Sahitya and Indian Philosophy specially Nyaya, Vedanta; M.Phil and Ph.D.

History

The Post Graduate Department of History, founded in September 2008, offers a two-year full-time M.A. course with an intake capacity of 77, the thrust area being Modern Indian History. The Master’s programme in History is aimed at competence-building, among those who undertake it, in a holistic, comparative and interdisciplinary perspective; it is intended to help students situate ‘humanity’ in its social and historical milieu. The syllabus attempts to offer critical yet flexible courses, with special emphasis on interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives, which should prove to be both academically viable and socially relevant. From 2019, the  Department has introduced the CBCS syllabus in the Masters’ Programme.

 

The Department also runs M.Phil and Ph.D. Programmes in History and conducts course work as part of the programme. Finally, the Department organizes seminar sessions, special lectures and conferences to promote research interest amongst students of PG and Ph.D. courses and teachers of affiliated colleges. Students are also encouraged to make academic enquiries into local history. The thrust areas of teaching and research of the Department include Historiography and Methods in History; State and Polity in Indian History; Social and Cultural History; Economic History of India; Popular Culture; Contemporary South Asia; and History of Modern Europe.

 

The Department has built up effective collaboration with the Centre for Studies in International Relations and Development (CSIRD), Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (MCRG), and Asia in Global Affairs (AGA), Kolkata, in running its optional courses, and conducting seminars and workshops. The Department had earlier run courses in collaboration with the Centre for Archaeological Studies and Training (CAST) and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS).

 

The faculties of the Department undertake research projects, and organize and present papers at national and international seminar/conferences. They also have a large number of publications to their credit, which include authored and edited books, papers in national/international refereed journals, and chapters in edited book/conference proceedings.

 

Courses offered: M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.

Film Studies

The Department of Film Studies offers Two years (Four Semesters) M.A. course in Film Studies. This course is a blending of Academic and Professional outlook. The aims and objectives of the Department are to develop the skills of a student to appreciate and analyse a film and to provide a comprehensive idea about how to make a film.

Courses Offered with Specialization :
M.A. in Film Studies with specialisation in Photography, Documentary and Short Fiction Film.

Student Database (Intake Capacity, Net/Gate/Set etc, Employment Details and Any Other Relevant Info) : 27 (Twenty Seven). Though there is no provision of NET/SET Examination at present in this subject, still a good number of pass out students of this department are at present attached with Film and Television Industry of Tollywood and Bollywood. A few of them are working as Part Time and Contractual Faculties in Colleges under University of Calcutta where Film Studies is being taught as subject under General Course.

M.Phil/Ph.D :
M.Phil/Ph.D. Course has not been initiated in this Department yet.

Seminars/Workshops Organised :
1. Special Invited Lecture on ‘Screenplay in Film’ by Mr. Tarun Majumdar in 2009.
2. Special Invited Lecture on ‘History of Film’ by Father Gaston Roberge in 2009.
3. Special Invited Lecture on ‘Cinematography in Film’ by Mr. Soumendu Roy in 2010.
4. Special Invited Lecture on ‘Film Theory’ by Father Gaston Roberge in 2010.
5. Special Invited Lecture on ‘Film Language’ by Mr. Dhiman Dasgupta in 2010.
6. Special Invited Lecture on ‘History of Film’ by Prof. Biren Das Sharma in 2010.
7. Two Day National Level Seminar titled ‘In Search of Indian Film Theory’ was held during 17th-18th May, 2010.
8. A fortnight long Training Programme and Workshop on ‘Editing of Film’ was organised in 2010.
9. Special Invited Lecture on ‘Music in Film’ by Prof. Gautam Ghosh in 2011.
10. Special Invited Lecture on ‘Cinematography in Film’ by Prof. Adinath Das in 2011.
11. Special Invited Lecture on ‘Production & Direction in Film’ by Mr. Atanu Ghosh in 2011.
12. A fortnight long Training Programme and Workshop on ‘Editing of Film’ was organised in 2011.
13. Seminar titled ‘Animation : A Heart to Heart Talk’ was held on 14th May, 2012.
14. Three month long Practical Training Session on ‘Film Editing’ was conducted in 2012.
15. Special Invited Lecture on ‘Acting’ by Dr. Shankar Ghosh in 2013.
16. Workshop on ‘Cinematography’ by Mr. Abhisekh Ganguly on 2nd April, 2014.
17. Special Invited Lecture on ‘Film Theory & Film Budget ’ by Mr. Sushanta Mukherjee on 8th April, 2014.
18. Special Invited Lecture on ‘Film Direction & Critical Appreciation’ by Mr. Raja Mitra on 17th April, 2014.
19. Special Invited Lecture on ‘Acting’ by Mr. Debashis Bose on 19th November, 2014.
20. Seminar on ‘Hundred Years of Indian Cinema’ by Prof. Debleena Roy on 16th March, 2015.
21. Workshop on ‘Basics of Videography’ by Mr. Abhisekh Ganguly on 17th March, 2015.
22. Seminar on ‘Amar Chokhe Bikash Roy’ by Dr. Shankar Ghosh on 25th March, 2015.
23. Seminar on ‘Script to Screen’ by Mr. Raja Mitra on 2nd April, 2015.
24. Workshop on ‘Handling of Actor’ by Ms. Sophie Maulik on 7th April, 2015.
25. Seminar on ‘Sahitya Theke Chalachchitra : Prasanga Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne’ by Prof. Mau Dutta on 6th May, 2015.
26. Workshop on ‘Videography with Light’ by Mr. Abhisekh Ganguly on 12th May, 2015.

Existing Guest Faculties :
1. Prof. Partha Raha – (a) Retired Associate Professor and Former Principal, Netaji Nagar College for Women, Kolkata; (b) Guest Faculty, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Calcutta; (c) Guest Faculty, Media Studies, Film & Television, Kalyani University; (d) Chairman, U.G. Board Studies in Film Studies, University of Calcutta.

2. Prof. Ashoke Viswanathan – (a) Former Guest Faculty, Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University; (b) Guest Faculty, Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata, (c) Guest Faculty, Film & Television Institute of India, Pune; (d) Guest Faculty, Department of Mass Communication & Videography, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.

3. Prof. Gautam Chakraborty – (a) Guest Faculty, Film & Television Institute of India, Pune; (b) Guest Faculty, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad; (c) Guest Faculty, Roopkala Kendro, Kolkata; (d) Guest Faculty, Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata.

4. Prof. Partha Pratim Burman – (a) Guest Faculty, Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata; (b) Guest Faculty, Weign & Leigh Institute, Kolkata; (c) Guest Faculty, Roopkala Kendro, Kolkata.

5. Prof. Sarmistha Dutta Roy – (a) Head of the Department and Lecturer (Part Time) of Department of Film Studies, Muralidhar Girls’ College, Kolkata.

Former Guest Faculties :
1. Prof. Biren Das Sharma – (a) Associate Professor, Department of Direction and Screenplay Writing, Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata.

2. Prof. Adinath Das – (a) Cinematographer, Chitrabani, Kolkata.

3. Mr. Judhajit Sarkar – (a) Film Director, (b) Former Faculty, Media Science, N.S.H.M., Kolkata.

4. Rev. Fr. Gaston Roberge – (a) Founder-Director, Chitrabani, Kolkata and Film Scholar, (b) Assistant Professor, Department of Film Studies, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.

5. Prof. Gopalan Mullik – (a) Former Head of the Department, Department of Film Studies, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.

6. Mr. Utpal Sarkar – (a) Professional.

7. Mr. Atanu Chakraborty – (a) Professional, Sound.

8. Mr. Rupchand Kundu – (a) Film Production Designer & Director, Kolkata.

9. Mr. Barun De Joarder – (a) Freelance Cinematographer, Kolkata.

10. Mr. Sabyasachi Banerjee – (a) Visiting Faculty, Kolkata Film & Television Institute, Kolkata; (b) Reality Director, Co-Director, Assistant Director of Photography, Reality Camera Person, Assistant Camera Person, Documentary Maker.

11. Mr. Prabal Bose – (a) Cinematographer, Kolkata and Mumbai.

12. Mr. Sushovan Chatterjee – (a) Cinematographer, Kolkata.

13. Mr. Manas Bhattacharya – (a) Cinematographer, Kolkata.

14. Mr. Sukanta Majumdar – (a) Sound Designer, Sound Artist & Audiographer.

Other Information :
Documentaries and Short Fiction Films made by the students of this Department have received praiseworthy reaction from the domain of film critics. The Documentaries, Short Fiction Films produced and directed by the students of this Department have been screened in various Film and Documentary Festivals organized by several Institutions, N.G.O.s including the Kolkata International Film Festival. The students of this Department have participated and presented papers in various seminars, conferences including West Bengal State Science and Technology Congress 2013 organized by Council and Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of West Bengal and International Conference organized by Durgapur Institute of Technology. A series of Special Invited Lectures has been organized by the Department to celebrate the ‘Hundred Years of Indian Cinema’ in 2014.

Achievements of Students
A. Professional :
(i) Students of this Department have made documentaries on ‘Brick Industry of Barasat’, ‘Impact of West Bengal State University on the Livelihood of Surrounding Area’ and ‘Computer and Education’ which have received praiseworthy reaction from the domain of Film Critics.

(ii) A Short Documentary Film produced and directed by the students of this Department was screened in the Kolkata International Film Festival in 2011.

(iii) Two of the pass out students of 2008-2010 session and one of the student of 2009-2011 session of this department are working in Production and Direction in Bengali Film Industry of Tollygunge, Kolkata.

(iv) The documentaries made by the students of this Department was exhibited in the First Documentary Festival organized by ‘Aasmania’(A N.G.O.) held during 14th-15th January, 2012 in Kolkata.

(v) Mr. Shapath Roy Choudhury, a pass out student worked as Assistant Director of ‘Sajarur Kanta’ A Bengali Feature Film directed by Mr. Saibal Mitra in 2015. He is working at present in other projects.

(vi) Ms. Poly Das, a pass out student is assisting Bollywood Director Soojit Sarkar in his directorial ventures.

(vii) Ms. Debotroyee Nandy, a pass out student is working as Desk Reporter in ‘Prayag’ Newspaper published from Kolkata.

(viii) Ms. Juthika Nazir, a student of 2014-2016 is working at present as Presenter in Yuvavani (A.I.R.) Kolkata.
B. Academic :
(i) Mr. Jayanta Basu and Mr. Uttarayan Sengupta two students of 2008-2010 session are working as Part Time Faculty in Department of Film Studies in Netajinagar College for Women, Kolkata.

(ii) Mr. Jayanta Basu, one of the students of 2008-2010 session of this department has initiated his Ph.D. Research Work on ‘Cultural Studies’. His name has been registered as a Ph. D. Research Scholar of ‘Ancient Indian History and Culture’ under the Department of History, University of Calcutta.

(iii) Mr. Raj Dutta and Ms. Chirashree Roy, two Students of 2012-2014 session presented papers in West Bengal State Science & Technology Congress in 2013.

(iv) Mr. Raj Dutta, a student of 2012-2014 session presented paper in International Seminar organized by Durgapur Institute of Technology in 2013.

Future Plan in Research and Teaching :
a. In Emerging Areas :
The Department has identified four divisions as emerging areas in Film viz. Camera and Light Division, Edit Division, Sound Division and Direction Division.
b. Introduced :
The Department has already introduced the writing technique of Television Script and Screenplay of Film under Direction Division in the syllabus of M.A. in Film Studies.
c. Proposed :
The Department has already submitted budget proposal required for purchase of Equipments along with supporting infrastructure and accessories in Research and Teaching of Film Studies to the University Authority. It includes Canon EOS 60D kit 18-200mm Camera, 50mm : f/1.8 Lens; Editing Suite-Mac-Pro with FCP Edu. Version, Sound Editing Software-Windows with Premier CS8 and Nuendo; Tascam DR-100 MKII Recorder, Zoom H5 Portable Handy Recorder, Sennheiser ME66 Microphone, Sennheiser G2 Lapel, HD180Over-Ear Headphone, Sennheiser Boom Rod; Transcend Store Jet 25 H3 1TB External Hard Disk with Power Adapter, Creative Inspire T6160 5.1 Multimedia Speaker; Panasonic PA-DMPBD-77GA-K (Black) DVD Player, Sony 40 Full HD LED 40R482B Digital Television, 136’’ Diagonal Giant White Screen with Stand etc.

Linkages with Other Institutions :
1. Roopkala Kendro, Kolkata (An Indo-Italian Institute for Film & Social Communication).
2. I.I.I.M., I.T. Wing of Department of Youth Welfare, Government of West Bengal.

Individual Faculty Profile
1. Name, Designation, Educational Qualification :
Pallav Mukhopadhyay; Assistant Professor in Department of Journalism & Mass Communication and Coordinator, Department of Film Studies; M.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication and Doing Ph. D. Research under University of Calcutta.

2. Research Interest and Areas :
Terrorism & Media, Communication, Information & Culture, Bengali and Hindi Mainstream and Middle Stream Film, Gender Studies etc.

3. Papers Presented in Seminars (Max 5) :
1. ‘Role of Newspapers in Covering Maoist Terrorism in West Bengal : A Case Study’ in 36th All India Sociological Conference organised by Indian Sociological Society in 2010.

2. ‘Impact of Terrorist Strike in Mumbai (26/11) on Indian Media : A Case Study’ in 1st International Conference of South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV) organised by South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV) in 2011.

3. ‘Role of Media in Projecting Development Needs of Women : A Case Study’ in International Conference on “Relevance of Policy Reforms on Development : Challenges before Emerging Economies” organised by Department of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia in 2011.

4. ‘Representation of Environment in the Newspapers of West Bengal : A Case Study’ in International Seminar on “Global Environmental Issues : Challenges to Industry, Ecology and Society” organised by Integrated Research and Development Foundation (IRDF) in 2011.

5. ‘Digital News Media – Opportunities and Challenges : An Analysis’ in International Seminar on “Issues of Journalistic Ethics and Freedom in the Contemporary Age of Digital Media” organised by Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Calcutta in 2012.

4. Publications (Best 5) (since 2009) :
1. ‘Impact of Globalization on International News Flow : A Critical Appraisal’ in International Journal of Communication Development, Edited by Dr. Durgesh Tripathi, Vol.2, Issue 1, April-June, 2012, p. 3-12, ISSN 2231-2498.

2. ‘Are Media really fulfilling its Social Responsibility in Indian Democracy? – A Critical Perspcetive’ in Research Process (International Journal of the Social Research Foundation) Edited by Sanjay B. Salunke, Vol. 1 Number 1 January-June, 2013, p. 80-95, ISSN 2321-211X.

3. ‘Representation of Poverty in Indian Mainstream Hindi Films (1947-1990) : A Case Study’ in Film International Edited by Daniel Lindvall, Vol. 11 No. 3-4, 2013, p.123-133, ISBN 9- 771651-682006.

4. ‘Representation of Women in Mainstream Bollywood Hindi Films : A Case Study’, 40-64’ in Indian Texts & Representations : De-Stereotyped Perspectives Edited by Kaustav Chakraborty, Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Deutschland/Germany, 2013, p. 40-64, ISBN : 978-3-659-33265-4.

5. “Commoditization of News : A Challenge to Serious Journalism in India” (Book on Journalism, Sole Authorship) Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Deutschland/Germany, 2013, ISBN : 978-3-659-50993-3.

5. Awards received during the last 6 yrs at WBSU :
Awarded as “Best Research Paper” on Popularization of Science in 17th W.B. State Science & Technology Congress in 2010 and 20th W.B. State Science & Technology Congress in 2013 respectively organized by Council & Deptt. of Science & Technology, Govt. of West Bengal.

Education

The dept of education started its journey from 2008. It offers M.A. and Ph.D course in education. The compulsory papers offered by the department are philosophical foundation of education, Psychological foundation of education, Sociological foundation of Education, Comparative Education, Methodology of Educational Research, Educational Technology, Educational Management, Curriculum Studies, Pedagogical Analysis and Practical. The special papers are Guidance and Counselling, Teacher Education, Special Education Educational measurement and evaluation. Various special lectures were held in which eminent personalities were present. Two State level Seminars and one international level seminar were organized enriched by the presence of well-known national and international educationists. Co- curricular activities like fresher’s welcome, Observance of Teachers day and Autumn Festival, Fare-well ceremony of the outgoing students. Departmental picnic, intra-departmental games etc.are also organized by the Department.
Courses offered: M. A., & Ph. D.
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Political Science

The Department of Political Science of the West Bengal State University started its journey from the year 2009 with a growing number of students enrolling in the department every year. The university is crucially located in the densely populated border-district of the North 24 Parganas, West Bengal with its tremendous potential to provide access of higher education to students coming from distant constituencies, marginal communities and penurious socio-economic and cultural background apart from the ones coming from central to adjacent localities like Bangaon, Barasat, Barrackpore, Basirhat, Dum Dum to Howrah, Hoogly and Kolkata.

 

Imparting critical knowledge, enhancing general awareness and helping in the creation of keen and sustained interest regarding society and politics amongst the students are the primary aims and objectives of the department. In order to fulfil the same, the department makes conscious attempts to motivate its students to think, write and speak analytically; to channelize their potentials towards meaningful socio-academic activities like public speaking, debates, paper and poster presentations, essay writings or social service; and to orient and guide them for various competitive examinations and related career opportunities.The vision is to create a conscious and informed citizenry out of our students for which the department has been keen and conscious.

 

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Hindi

Brief Profile of Department: The Department of Hindi started functioning in the Academic Session 2009-10. The Department prepared its own syllabus for Post Graduate Hindi following the UGC Model curriculum. The Department offers PG and Ph. D. Programmes for the students and scholars. Apart from the compulsory papers there is provision of option to offer Special Papers viz, Bhakti Kavya and Premchand. The Department believes to develop the literary taste of the students. Much stress has been given to an over all understanding of the origin and development with its current literary trends and interpretation in Hindi Literature in the curriculum. The continuous evaluation has been designed in such a way that the students shall be able to develop a sense of confidence after successfully completing the Master Degree. Seminars, workshops, Neo-writers’ conferences, special lectures are also being organized with the joint collaboration of Central Hindi Directorate, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India , New Delhi to enrich the literary knowledge of the students and scholars.
Courses offered:
M. A. With option of Special Paper – Bhakti Kavya, Premchand
Ph. D.