When the country was in the midst of the Quit India Movement, some leading personalities of Assam resolved to start a night college in Guwahati. The motto adopted was Learning while Earning. Accordingly, B. Borooah College was started in 1943 and, since then, the college has been engaged in imparting quality higher education. The Dept. of English was established with the inception of the college in 1943. The Dept. takes pride in acknowledging the fact that the first class in the history of the college was an English class. The class was taught by late Suren Mohan Das, one of the founder teachers of the college and the first Head of the Dept. In 1944, the renowned litterateur and Parliamentarian Hem Baruah joined him. A few months later, Hem Barua became the first full-fledged Principal of the college, but he continued to teach English. The Dept was then well-managed by Mr. S. K. Dasgupta, an articulate teacher who went to become the Head of the Department after the superannuation of S. M. Das. Since then, the Dept. has been well served by a number of dedicated teachers.
Major (then Honours) classes in the Dept. began in 1972-73 under the headship of S. K. Dasgupta. Udhab Kakoti was the first student but, due to financial constraints, he dropped Honours midway. D. Tamuly was the first successful student of Honours who passed out with a second class in 1976. At present, 60 seats in Major are offered and the selection is done through an entrance test.
Professor Biren Talukdar to the onerous duty of heading the Department on a part time basis with skeletal staff. Professor Thaneswar Boro has joined the Department in 1965 on full time basis and become the Head of the Department. Later he joined Politics. Since then with this Department got some good faculty members and is running smoothly consistently with encouraging result in pass as well as Major courses.
|1||Jayashree G. Borthakur (HOD)||M.A, M. Phil|
|2||Mamata Das||Language and essay||M.A|
|3||Dr. Abhigyan Prasad||Language & Linguistics||M.A, Ph.D|
|4||Mr. Manabendra Sarma||Literary Theory||M.A|
|5||Mrs. Pinky Das||Indian English||M.A, B.Ed|
|6||Mr. Lakshminath Kagyung||Indian English||M.A, M.Phil.|
|7||Mrs. Kabita Chiring||Language & Linguistics, Film Adaptations||M.A, MPhil|
The Dept has been organizing an annual All Assam short story writing competition for college students since 2008. It has received enthusiastic response from different colleges situated all over Assam. The success of the first edition of Scribbles prompted the Dept to start a similar competition for poetry writing. Accordingly, BORAGI was started in 2009. The winners are given cash awards and a certificate each, and their entries are published in Quills, a literary magazine published by the Department.
The Dept organizes educational tours from time to time for the benefit of the students.
Zephyr: It was the Wall Magazine of the Dept and was published three times a year up to 2005-2006.
Quills: From 2006 onwards the Dept began publishing Quills: A Folio of Literary and Creative Writings.
A departmental Library was restarted in 2005 after the fire of 2005 destroyed the earlier one. The fund for the library has been generated with the Faculty members contributing Rupees Hundred per month towards the Departmental Library fund and the students contributing a one time Rupees Hundred towards it. The Library in 1January 2010 houses 500 books approximately. Students are encouraged to carry out reference work under the guidance of the teachers of the Department.
2 days Workshop on Translation (3 - 4 June)
In collaboration with Anwesha, an NGO, a two days Workshop on Translation was conducted by the Department on Short Stories on Women centered themes in Assamese. The workshop was inaugurated by eminent academician and President of the Governing Body of B.Borooah College, Prof. Tabu Taid. The keynote address was delivered by Prof. Madan Sarma of the Department of English and Foreign Languages,Tezpur University. The resource persons for the various sessions were Prof. Tillotama Misra, Retd. Professor and Head of the Department of English, Dibrugarh University, Prof. Rohini M Punekar Head of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Guwahati and Santanu Phukan, Associate Professor, Cotton College. The 22 participants from outside the institution included housewives, journalists, school teachers, faculty from various colleges of Guwahati and Research Scholars. Over and above 10 students from the college were selected to participate in the workshop. The coordinator of the workshop Dr. Abhigyan Prasad gave the vote of thanks.
April - 1st Inter college students Seminar
With the objective of providing the students with a platform to interact with students from other colleges and to equip them with the knowledge of presenting papers, the department came up with the idea of holding an inter-college students’ seminar. Manabendra Sarma was appointed the convener of the seminar committee. In total five colleges participated – Goalpara College, R.J. Junior College, Arya Vidyapith College, Handique Girls College and the host College. The inaugural session was presided over by Dr. S.N. Barman. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Abhigyan Prasad. The various sessions were presided over by Madhulika Singh, Head, Department of English, Arya Vidyapith College and Stuti Goswami, Guest Lecturer, B.Borooah College. The best paper award went to Ankita Das for The Representation of Childhood in Blake’s Poetry. Certificates were issued to all participants and books presented to a few presenters of meritorious papers.
Angana Misra, Assisstant Professor, resigned from her post in May to join her spouse at Bangalore.
Seventeen students of the Department were taken for an educational excursion to Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, Kulu, Manali. For many of the students it was a first time trip outside their native place and they returned home after experiencing a slice of India first hand. It is hoped that this experience will equip them to face life better. Jayashree Borthakur, Associate Professor and Dr Abhigyan Prasad accompanied the students.
April -2nd Inter College students’ seminar
Seeing the encouraging response to the First inter-college students’ seminar the department decided to hold the second inter-college seminar. Pinky Das and Lakshminath Kagyung, conveners of the seminar cell of the department made adequate arrangements. In total 24 papers from students of seven colleges were presented. The participating colleges were Arya Vidyapith College, R.J. College, Dispur college, Goalpara College, Guwahati College, Handique Girls College and the host college. The inaugural session of the seminar was presided over by Prof. D.P.Baruah, the vice-principal of the college. The keynote address on What is Literature and the Essence of Literature was delivered by Jayashree Borthakur, Senior Faculty member of the host college. The various sessions were chaired by Jyoti Prasad Pegu, Asst. Professor, Department of English, Gauhati University, and Manjuri Sarma, Head of the Department English, Dispur college. The best paper was presented to Himashree Swargiary and Pooja Das for The Crisis of Writing and the Search for an Alternative Mimesis.
Shift from Sensibility to Romanticism
Dr. Bibhash Choudhury, Reader, Department of English, Gauhati University was invited to deliver a lecture to the students on Shift from Sensibility to Romanticism. Dr Choudhury, writer of English Social and Cultural History was able to establish instant contact with the students and his lecture was followed by a lively interaction with them. This Lecture was mainly arranged for the 2nd semester students, but all students benefitted from it.
Director and Playwright Niranjan Bhuyan delivered a talk on Brechtian Theatre.
The 6th edition of the Departmental Magazine Quills , A Folio of Literary and Creative Writings, was published In December.
Kabita Chiring joined as Assistant Professor on the 26th of December.
Artima Khakhlary and Manasi Devi came out successful in their degree examination with each securing First Class
Waiting for Godot and Hamlet were screened to give the idea of film adaptation of canonical texts to students. Moreover, it is hoped that seeing the plays being performed on screen will give the students a better understanding of the play.
Lecture - 22.02.2014
Dr. Asha Kuthari Chaudhuri Associate Professor of the Department Of English, Gauhati University was invited to deliver a talk on Modernity and the Indian Theatre.
Seventy one students of the department were taken on an educational tour to Rampur, Near Agia, Goalpara to see how the Badungduppa Theatre Group functions and performs. They felicitated Sukracharjya Rabha, the leading experimental theatre activist of North East India. The tour was a novel experience for the students who got to see how the group performed under the shadow of Saal Trees without the help of any artificial aids of light and sound. Benches made of betel tree and bamboo catered to the seating arrangement for the audience. The group put up a moving performance for the students. The background score was provided by the folk instruments of the Rabha community. More such excursions to expose the students to the ethnic and folk culture of Assam are being planned for the future.
A screening of the film based on Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice.