Rural Studies

The Department of Rural Studies (Previously the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development) was established in 2009 with a strong interdisciplinary focus offering Two-year Master Degree course in Rural Studies as ‘Master of Rural Studies (MRS)’. Ph. D. programme was also initiated in the year 2011. The Department seeks to combine socially relevant and thematically updated curriculum with emerging innovations to ensure quality teaching as well as meaningful research.

 

In tune with the interdisciplinary mandate, the Department looks forward to drawing students (Honours Graduate) from different disciplines. Thematically, the course outline exposes the students to the following: (a) Social, institutional and economic issues including globalization which are extremely relevant for in-depth understanding of the rural reality of India in particular (b) A technocratic lens to understand the operational elements within the rural context (c) Environmental issues that are of contemporary relevance (d) A regional framework for holistic appreciation of rural issues.

 

Besides, the Department also imparts training in statistical and spatial analysis tools through use of software and organizes extensive fieldwork in the rural areas/villages. In addition, the Department also takes initiatives towards a one month internship Programme as a part of its course curriculum in order to enhance institutional linkages. This has emerged as strong capacity building element which helps students to get absorbed in the job market as well as to pursue meaningful research.

 

Significant Milestones of the Department


Category Details
Advanced Research Awarded PhD: 03
Submitted: 01
Currently registered: 06
Awards / Fellowships DST INSPIRE: 03
Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship : 01
Professional achievement of students of the Department Govt. Sector: Assistant Professor in University; Assistant teacher in school; Assistant Manager in Coal India; Department of Agriculture (ATMA); Central Institute of Brackish water Aquaculture; State Department Projects (Utkarsh Bangla etc); Department of Panchayat & Rural Development; Municipalities, MGNREGA Cell; Agriculture Training Centre.

Non-Government Sectors: Placed in NGOs like PRADAN, NEWS, MANT, CINI, Pratichi Trust, DRCSC ,CARE etc.

 

Faculty:
Dr. Jayanta Sen, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, WBSU (Coordinator)
Dr. Chinmoyee Mallik, Assistant Professor, Department of Rural Studies, WBSU
Dr. Biswajit Pal, Assistant Professor, Department of Rural Studies, WBSU

Psychology

The Post Graduate Department of Psychology, founded in February 2009, is a two-year full-time M.A/ M.Sc. Programme. The major focus lies on inculcating in its students the ability to look at psychological and psychosocial phenomena through the lens of a keen social scientist. In their journey, the students of the department are encouraged to question, debate, diverge and concur in order to develop an understanding of the discipline that analyzes thought, feelings and behaviour. Although the programme is a laboratory-based one, it is committed to inculcate in its students the understanding of both, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. The offered courses endeavor to establish a service-oriented, holistic bio-psycho-social, non-reductionistic perspective that encourages growth, builds competencies, and develops a broad interdisciplinary approach in its wake. The syllabus attempts to offer critical yet flexible courses, designed in with special emphasis on evidence-based practice, contemporary therapeutic and organizational inputs, hands-on training with internships at hospitals and industrial set ups to encourage the growth of service providers, which should prove to be both academically viable and socially relevant. Students are also encouraged to conduct outreach programmes for increasing the level of awareness regarding mental health issues in and around the university and its affiliated UG colleges.
The Department also runs a Ph.D Programme in Psychology since 2014 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.
The thrust areas of teaching and research of the Department include in-depth psychometry, psychodiagnostics, quantitative and qualitativeresearch methods, cognitive psychology, biopsychology, neuropsychology, developmental, industrial and clinical psychology with specialization in OB and Counselling. Over the years linkages have been established with Centre for Creative Art Therapies, University of Haifa, Israel and art therapy has been included in the coursework with extensive training being provided for the same. A host of NGOs including Missionaries of Charity, Sappho, Anjali, Mental health Foundation, Indian Cancer Societyand many more. Effective collaboration with the Departments of Psychology, in University of Calcutta, Gokhale Memorial Girls College, and Barrackpore Rashtra Guru Surendranath College have led to fruitful research outcomes and pragmatic insights.

Courses offered : M.A./M.Sc. in Psychology (Specialization in Counseling Psychology and Organisational Behaviour & Industrial Psychology.

Geography

The first batch of post graduate students got admitted in the Department of Geography in December 2008. The department tries to provide a stimulating research and learning environment together with quality teaching by appointing eminent guest faculties from different Universities and Institutions. The objective of the course is to introduce the students to the philosophical and methodological foundations of the subject and to sensitise the students with development issues, policies and programmes designed for regional development. The integration of the course with geology, ecology and environmental sciences gives the course an interdisciplinary approach. The Department emphasises on applied geography and field work which aim at giving hands-on-training on application of theoretical knowledge in solving real life geographical problems. The thrust areas of the department are Geomorphology, Application of Remote Sensing and GIS and Regional Development and Planning.

Courses offered
The Department of Geography offers a two-year full-time M.Sc. course. The Department also offers PhD programme in Geography.

Economics

The Department of Economics of West Bengal State University started its academic journey from the very inception of the university (2008-09), imparting quality teaching and research in Economics to Post-graduate students (10 students out of 25 approved intake capacity initially) with six permanent faculties (out of seven sanctioned posts: Professor – 1, Associate Professor – 2, Assistant Professor – 4) under the guidance of renowned Economists, Prof. P. N. Roy, Prof. Asis Banerjee and Prof. Asim Dasgupta as Guest faculty of the Department. Prof. Jyotish Prakash Basu, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of this university and senior-most faculty member of the department, served as the former Head of the Department of Economics. The department offers M. Sc., M. Phil., and Ph. D. degree in Economics as post-graduate and post-masters courses. Our vision is To impart quality higher education in Economics in order to attain recognition in both national and international levels and to provide quality teaching–learning and research in contemporary economic theory and applications to the students through proper initiatives and sustenance activities so as to increase their employability and to equip with modern tools and techniques to serve different Government and Non-government institutes and business enterprises.

Courses Offered: M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D degree in Economics.
(Specialisation at PG Level: Econometrics & Financial Economics)

Zoology

Brief Profile/ History of Department:

(A DST-FIST, Govt. of India and DBT BOOST, Govt. of West Bengal –sponsored Department)
Department of Zoology was born in 2009, the year commemorating the 150th year of publication of the Origin of Species and the 200th year of Charles Darwin. The department follows a two dimensional approach in research and teaching, namely – molecular approach and organisable approach. At molecular levels, emerging concepts and empirical evidences in the realms of Cellular Biology, Immunology, Oncology, and Vector Molecular Biology etc are pursued as thrust areas. Behavioural Ecology, Socio-biology and Conservation Biology are the thrust areas at the level of Organisable Biology. The involvement of the department in the above mentioned research areas can be envisaged from the projects, publications and infrastructural grants such as DST-FIST and DBT BOOST during the last 5 years. The department has a strong societal dimension too where it plans research and implementations in the areas of local biodiversity documentation and conservation, justified sharing of folklore medicine to treat infectious and chronic diseases.Courses offered Masters, M.Phil, Ph.D (with specialization)

 

Elective papers in MSc:
Elective 1: Applied Entomology and Vector Biology.
Elective 2: Applied Conservation Biology.
Elective 3: Advanced Immunology and Experimental Therapeutics.
Elective 4: Advanced Molecular Oncology and Biochemical Techniques.
Elective 5: Behavioural Endocrinology.
Elective 6: Cell Signaling & Cancer Biology.

Statistics

Since the inception of the West Bengal State University, the Department of Statistics is striving to accomplish a high standard both in theory and applications of Statistics. The Department offers two years post graduate degree (M.Sc.) and Ph.D. in Statistics. The department also conducts various short courses and seminars/workshops on a regular basis. The Department extends consultancy services to Biological and Social Science departments of this university.

 

Courses offered:
M.Sc. in Statistics, M. Phil. in Statistics and Ph.D. in Statistics

 

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Physiology

Department of Physiology here deals with Human Physiology from both the classical as well as reductionist approach considering organismic scale as well as molecular approach. The faculties here have expertise in stem cell biology, stress physiology and systems biology. Here ergonomics, occupational, sports and environmental physiology are as much in balance with physiological therapeutics as with human cell biology and its different kinetics and modelling. Staff specialized in each of these disciplines have a comfortable interaction here.

Courses offered: M.Sc. & PhD in Physiology.

Physics

Department of Physics started its first batch of M.Sc. in August 2008 in the Camp Office at Barasat Govt. College with distinguished professors from National Research Institutes like SINP and SNBNCBS as guest teachers. Initially when our lab was not developed our first few batches of students performed experiments in SNBNCBS, SINP, Calcutta University and The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, India. Gradually laboratories are developed and the department becomes independent for teaching. However, students regularly visit major science institutions in Kolkata for their project work. One of the uniqueness of our department is the introduction of computer interfacing the experiments in the laboratory. The department emphasizes on student centric learning methods. Students have to write a review and present that in a seminar in their third semester and complete an 8 credit project work with dissertation and lecture in their fourth semester.
Present Faculty: 2 Associate Professors, 4 Assistant Professors

Courses offered M. Sc and Ph.D. in Physics
Specialization: Quantum Field Theory, Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics
Elective: Condensed Matter Physics, Biophysics, Nonlinear Dynamics

Microbiology

The Department had its inception in 2009. The secret of the success of the department lies in the academic environment and close ties between teachers and students. While one enjoys such flexibility a rigid discipline is maintained as far as the classes and projects are undertaken. This makes the department efficient as a research institute minus the official rigidity there in.Presently a number of Research Projects are being carried out by the different faculty members of this department. There has been some important work in the fields of bioinformatics, cancer biology, environmental biotechnology and diseases with emphasis on mycobacteriosis and zoonotics.

Courses Offered: M.Sc., Ph.D

Food & Nutrition

The functioning of the Department of Food and Nutrition got a fillip with the process of new teachers, one with considerable experience in university system, joining the department getting over around beginning of 2019, and initiating a slew of activities.

 

NEW INITIATIVES:

  • ● Improvement in teaching learning on a continual basis
  • ● Updating of PG syllabi with input from all stakeholders
  • ● Initiation of Research Programme
  • ● Operationalizing/ developing moderate facilities in academic block and laboratory wing.
  • ● Promotion of spirit of collaboration between university department and
    • • Industry,
    • • learned societies in the field,
    • • Other university units,
    • • Departments in affiliating colleges

 

 

● ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

The PG Programme:

    • Updating PG curriculum with industry input: A Round table was organized, being inaugurated by the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, with participation of senior academicians and dietitians from different hospitals, and inputs were incorporated in the syllabi effective from session 2019-21; an internship as dietitians in hospitals was proposed as a part of the programme.
    • • The intake capacity in M Sc programme in Food and Nutrition was increased to 30 (from only 12 students completing the M Sc programme in 2017-19 session) from the academic session 2019-21. The capacity: demand ratio was healthy. Written Admission Test – MCQ type – was conducted. There are students from different districts of the state of West Bengal joining the M Sc programme in 2019.
    • • Now the department is one of the large departments in terms of students’ intake, among the wet laboratory – based departments.
    • • All 30 students appeared in First end semester examination held in December 2019 after attending classes regularly with zero effective drop out.
    • • Blended mode of programme administratio; regular online lectures as per circulated schedule at present.
    • • Remedial lecture sessions organized regularly.
    • • Academic counseling is a regular practice.
    • • Mock test before End semester examinations held.
    • The GE course offered by the department is popular and third semester students pursuing M Sc under the university in Anthropology, Botany, Geography, Microbiology, Mathematics, Physiology, Psychology and like are attending regularly. This course is administered presently in online mode only.

 

PhD Programme:

  • • The department initiated the process for offering PhD Programme in the University department, candidates joining – all qualified in NET including a few with UGC-JRF.

 

UG Programmes: administration and facilitation

  • • The University departmental teacher(s) spend considerable time in administration of UG examination of Food and Nutrition being entrusted with facilitation of UG courses in affiliated colleges.
  • • The department served as a venue for undergraduate practical examination in 2019 for the first time; favorable feedback was received from all concerned.
  • • The number of review/special review (directly monitored by the highest authorities of the University) cases in the subject dropped significantly. The Coordinator / Convener directly interacted if students expressed such desire.
  • • Presently there are 10 affiliated colleges offering the UG programme; there has been rise in enrolment with effect from 2019-20 session.

 

Special initiatives for students:

  • Equal opportunity workplace: student with 80% locomotor disability in roll – provided support as per norms. Students of all strata of society, different socio-economic background, different districts of state study in the department.
  • Financial Support to the Needy meritorious students: University provides partial fee waiver to from its CSR fund to deserving students, first generation learners, over and above the government scholarships
  • • Departmental Students encouraged to take part in academic conferences and debates in University and elsewhere
  • • Receive additional exposure in Communicating Science, Management of Disasters, Yoga on a regular basis

 

Small success stories:

  • • The renowned scientist Professor Sunit Mukherjee, the close collaborator Dr Subhas Mukherjee, was honored for his life – long contribution in the field of Food and Nutrition with organization of a Conference –NuTriConf 2, on September 6, 2019. There were about 250 participants. The Keynote address was delivered by noted oncologist Dr S K Nath on Food habit and Cancer. There were oral presentations from senior research scholars/associates of other universities and institutes, registered dietitians, young faculty members and poster presentation by JRFs. Society for Nutrition and Dietetics (SND), Kolkata and also Nutrition Society of India (NSI), Kolkata Chapter Undergraduate colleges offering Food and Nutrition as Honours Programme participated wholeheartedly.
  • • Student qualifying in NET and also getting placement in industry
  • • One of the Assistant Professors awarded PhD
  • • A few candidates awarded PhD under the supervision of  Dr S Mukherjee
  • • Regular research publications

 

Conferences and Symposia held:

  • • NuTriConf 1 in January 2019
  • • NuTriConf 2 – September 6, 2019
  • • NuTriSymp 2019 – September 16, 2019
  • • NuTriSymp 2 – 2020, in association with IQAC – September 12, 2020

 

The Road Ahead: Addressing immediately the issue of Wet lab facilities’ strengthening and overcoming floor area constraints.

 

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