The department of History believes in promoting historical understanding and knowledge among the students. The professors are not only dedicated towards their duties, but also emphasizes on adopting new and advanced skill of teaching-learning process. The department is divided in two campuses, Park Street and Raghabpur. The Park Street Campus offers History under the B.A. General department in the undergraduate level whereas the honours course in History is being offered in the Raghabpur Campus. The Raghabpur campus has been described as the rural one and since its inception in 2014 enrolling primarily the first-generation learners of nearby regions along with the Kolkata based students. The Post Graduate department started its journey on 9th August, 2023 in the Park Street Campus. The formal inauguration took place on 7th August. Both UG and PG syllabus comprise traditional learnings and new thoughts based on current research thus making the curriculum accommodative, challenging and also student-friendly. Students are encouraged to attend seminars, lectures, visit heritage sites and museums which is an essential part in their knowledge formation. 

Below the Departmental Activities are mentioned-

  1. A departmental lecture on Understanding Sufism in South Asia was organized by the Postgraduate Department of History on 15th February, 2020 at Raghabpur Campus. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Amit Dey, Professor, Department of History, University of Calcutta.

  2. A national workshop on Revisiting epidemics and pandemics in India organized by the Postgraduate Department of History and IQAC, St Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata on 30th July, 2020.

  3. A 5-day International Faculty Development Programme was organized by the Postgraduate Department of History and IQAC, St Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata on 24-27th November 2020. 

  4. A Half- Day State level seminar was organized by the Postgraduate department of History on Tides of Revolution; Revolts, Nationalism and Beyond in the colonial India on 05/04/2023 at Raghabpur Campus. The speakers were Dr. Manas Dutta, Assistant Prof., Department of History, Aliah University, Kolkata, who delivered lecture on "˜The Great Revolt of 1857 and the Idea of Total War in India and Dr. Mimasha Pandit, Assistant Prof., Department of History, Mankar College, Bardhaman, who spoke on "˜Performing Swadeshi: Practicing Everyday Nationalism in Bengal, 1905-1912.

  5. A departmental lecture on History and the Historical Traditions: Mahabharata as an Itihasa Text was organized by the Postgraduate Department of History at the Park Street Campus on 15/09/23. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Kanad Sinha, Assistant Professor, Department of Ancient Indian and World History, Sanskrit College and University, Kolkata

  6. A Half- Day seminar on Rethinking Connectivities: Maritime Networks in the Indian Ocean World was organized by the Postgraduate Department of History on 29/02/24 at the Park Street Campus. The speakers were Prof. Ranabir Chakravarti, Former Professor, School of Social Sciences and Dr. Suchandra Ghosh, Professor and Head, Department of History, University of Hyderabad. Prof. Chakravarti spoke on The Indian Ocean Maritime History and the Subcontinent prior to c. 1500 CE while Dr. Suchandra Ghosh discussed about The Ports of Barbarikon and Barygaza :Tracing their Local and Global Connectivity.

  7. STUDY TOUR REPORT - MURSHIDABAD, 2024

    Postgraduate Department of History, St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata, organized an interdisciplinary study-tour to Murshidabad from 17th - 20th March, 2024, jointly with the Department of Political Science. The tour was arranged for the semester six students and seven students from the department joined the program. Number of total students- 22. From the History department, Prof. Debarati Ganguly accompanied the students and from the Political Science department, Prof. Tuhin Chitrakar and Prof. Subhrapratim Roy joined. All of us gathered at the Kolkata Station in the afternoon of 17th March. The train started its journey at 4.30 p.m. and reached Murshidabad at around 9.30 p.m that night. Govt. Youth Hostel was booked for the stay and the experience was good. The students visited all the popular historical places for the next two days e.g Hazarduari Palace and Museum, Katra Masjid, House of Jagat Seth, Kathgola Palace, Khosbag Garden, Jafraganj Cemetery, Tomb of Azimunnisa, Fauti Masjid, Motijheel, Madina Mosque, Jahan Kosha Cannon, Nashipur Rajbari and Kiriteshwari temple. The trip ended with us leaving for the railway station in the evening of 20th March. We reached Kolata at 9.50 p.m. Such field visits are important parts of Historical Studies. I am hopeful that the students gathered significant information adding practical experiences to their historical knowledge. It not only helps students to acquire knowledge, but also tour like this can make them aware of an important chapter of the Bengal history. The excursion shows their enthusiasm and eagerness to know the past heritage and history thus making the experience memorial and beneficial.

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