The Department of English, Jadavpur University which was founded in 1956 continues till date to be one of the most prestigious departments in the country. With the honor of being the only English department in the country to be awarded CAS (Centre for Advanced Study) status by the UGC (University Grants Commission) for the third time in a row for the next five years. It thus remains the only department in India to enjoy such a status.
The Department was recognized by the UGC for the status of Departmental Special Assistance (DSA) in 1991 and became a Centre of Advanced Study (CAS) in 2004. After that, there has been no looking back. With excellent faculty members and motivation for research related works, the department has been able to live up to its name and expectation.
Three other departments also made it to this list from Jadavpur University: the Department of Economics, Philosophy and Comparative Literature. The Centre initiatives research work in new areas for developing scholarship and fostering academic exchange. UGC thus funds the library acquisitions, conferences, visiting faculty, travel, equipment and infrastructure related with the department.
Asmitabha Manna, a student of the Department of English says, “It was expected that JU would receive such a status owing to its faculty.” Most have the same reaction as they expect nothing less from their department and the institute. If the good work continues such honors would be bestowed again and again.