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Year of Establishment : Self-Financed Two Years M.A. Course- 2005, Full-Fledged Department- 2015

History of the department : The establishment of the Department of Comparative Indian Language and Literature (CILL), University of Calcutta, is the fruition of a legacy initiated by Sir Asutosh Mookerjee, who was the main force behind the Department of Indian Languages started at 1919 at this university. Mookerjee envisioned the study of multiple literatures in colonial India as a means of bridging the differences among languages, identities, people.

As a continuation of that legacy, the self-financed CILL course was introduced in 2005, commemorating the glorious 150 years of the University, with Bengali as the nodal department. The Hon'ble Government of West Bengal and the University of Calcutta have converted the self-financed course in CILL into a full-fledged department of the University in 2015. Here, Bengali serves as the basis of comparison; other Indian literatures composed in many languages, from ancient to contemporary times, being studied in comparison to that.


Faculty Members :
Name Designation Area of specialisation Email/Phone number
Abhishek Bose
Assistant Professor & Hod Bhakti Movement and Vaishnavism; Theatre and Performance studies; Aesthetics and Literary Theory; Poetry; Orature; Western Impact and Indian Literary Movements
Mrinmoy Pramanick
Assistant Professor Comparative Indian Literature, Comparative Literature- Discourse and Discipline, World Literature, Translation Studies, Literary Historiography and Dalit Literature
Dipanwita Mondal
Assistant Professor Translation Studies, Partition Literature, Indian English, Comparative Indian Literature

Courses :

Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
M.A. P.G. Degree B.A. (Honours) in any Language and Literature with Knowledge in Bengali 34
Ph.D. Research M.A./M.Phil. in any Language and Literature 4
M.Phil 3


Research Scholars
MPhil Scholars
Name of the Scholar Topic Period of Research Name of the Supervisor
Ayan Ghosh Translating Sri Sri’s Mahaprasthanam into Bengali and English: A Comparative Analysis of Methodologies 2019-2020 Smt. Dipanwita Mondal
Dishari Mukherjee Rabishankar Bal Rachita Dojakhnama Upanyaser Akhyanriti, O Sahityer Antarpath Bishayak Ekti Anusandhan 2019-2020 Dr Mrinmoy Pramanick
Suman Pal Banglay Armenia Samajer Aitihasik Abasthan Ebang Bangali-Armenia Samparka: Nirbachita Bangla Sahitya AbalambaneEkti Anusandhan 2020-2021 Dr Mrinmoy Pramanick
Uttara Mitra Deshbhag Parabarti Nirbachita Smritikathay Narijagaran ebang Tader Pratirodher Kahini 2019-2020 Dr Abhishek Bose
PhD Scholars
Name of the Scholar Topic Registration Name of the Supervisor
Aratrika Ganguly Understanding Migration, Identity and Modern Slavery in Making of Coolies in Colonial India: with Reference to Selected Indian Literary Texts 14/10/2020 Dr Mrinmoy Pramanick
Pratim Das Imagination of South-East Asia in Indian Travel Writing: Towards a History of Inter-Asian Exchanges with Reference to Selected Indian Literary Texts (1947-2017) 14/10/2020 Dr Mrinmoy Pramanick
Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department :
  • Ancient Indian Literature, Contemporary Indian Literature, Indian Aesthetic, Bhakti Movement, Modern Literary Theory and Criticism, Translation Studies, Comparative Literature, Partition Literature

Research Project:

  • South-East Asia : Colony and Beyond (Reading Critical Geo-Politics and Bengali Polysystem)
  • UGC-UPE-II Project
  • Principal Investigator : Dr. Mrinmoy Pramanick
  • Project Fellows : - Aratrika Ganguly, Arpita Dey & Pratim Das
  • Project Budget : 29, 45, 600/
Major activities :
  • An Interaction with Professor France Bhattacharya, organized by Department of Comparative Indian Language and Literature and M.Phil. course, Department of English, University of Calcutta, at Room No. 28, 2nd Floor, Asutosh Building, at 2:30 P.M. on 8TH December, 2015.
  • Interactive Session with Prof. Jiang Jingkui, Head of the Department of Hindi, Peking University, China, in Collaboration with Sahitya Akademi on 4th January, 2016 at 2:30 P.M. at the Chandramukhi Kadambini Sabhagriha, Central Library.
  • A talk on “Trailakyanath and 19th Century Comic Tradition” by Prof. Nandini Bhattacharya, 28th July, 2016
  • A half-day Seminar on “Uttar-Purba Bharater Sahitya O Sanskriti” by Soumen Sen and Mukti Choudhury, on 22nd September, 2016
  • National Seminar on "Celebrating Birth Centenary: Kaifi Azmi, Subhash Mukhopahdyay and Amrita Pritam", 31st January - 1st February, 2019
  • National Seminar on "Centenary Celebration of the Establishment of the Department of Modern Indian Languages at the University of Calcutta", 6th-8th March, 2019
  • Six day Workshop on Research Methodology on Comparative Literary Studies, 12nd March to 7th March, 2020
  • 4 Special Lectures were organised in 2019-2020
  • 23 Special Lectures were organised on different areas of Indian Literature in 2020-2021
  • A Refresher Course was organised on Comparative Literary Studies: Indian Dimension, 2nd March-15th March 2021
  • A Writing Workshop was organised from 18th March - 25th March 2021


Campus : College Street Campus

Address for communication : Department of Comparative Indian Language and Literature, University of Calcutta, 87/1, College Street, Kolkata-700 073