The department of History was established in the year 1926 . The detail history of the department is not well known. But from the past students and teachers it was established that at the early stages only the male Muslim students were admitted in the dept. But after independence this college was thrown open to all male students. Since 1990 this department started to admit girl students also. Many great scholars served this department as teachers. Prof K. Zakaria was one of the Principals (1938-1942) of this college and was a Historian. Prof Amalesh Tripathi, Tapan RoyChaudhuri, M. Saber Khan, A.W. Mamud, H Garridas Mukherjee served this department. Well known historians of our time - Prof Basudev Chattopadhyay, Hemadri Sankar Banerjee, Tapan Kumar Mukherjee- were distinguished students of this department.
B.A.Honours in History onder CBCS system of the University of Calcutta
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Any subject of study needs justification and its advocates must explain why it is worth attention. Most widely accepted disciplines - History being certainly one of them - attract some people who simply like the information and modes of thought involved. But persons less spontaneously drawn to the subject need to know what the purpose is.
But whenever questions are asked about what we can learn from History, it invariably leads to Spanish Philosopher George Santayana's much quoted remark 'Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it'. In other words, learning important lessons from it should help us to avoid previous mistakes and misdeeds from happening again. History enables us to develop better understanding of the people and society we find ourselves in. Understanding of historical events and trends helps us to develop a much greater appreciation for current events. An exclusive reliance on current data would needlessly handicap us. For instance how can we evaluate war if the nation is at peace - unless we use historical materials? Major aspects of society's functioning like migration, missionary activities, military alliances etc. can not be set up as precise laboratory experiments. Consequently, data from the past often guides us to figure out why complex societies behave in a particular fashion. Moreover the past causes the present, and so the future. Whenever we try to find out why something happened, we have to look for factors that took shape earlier. Only through studying History we can grasp how things change and which elements of a society persists despite change.
Department of History of Maulana Azad College, Kolkata; always strives to ensure that following learning outcomes are being achieved at the undergraduate level - 1. Students shall be able to demonstrate thinking skills by analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating historical information from multiple sources. 2. They will develop the ability to differentiate between fact and fiction, while understanding that there may be more than one historical truth. 3. They will develop an informed familiarity with multiple cultures, general chronology of human existence. 4. They will produce well-researched written work primarily based on secondary literature, using appropriate evidence-based argument, logical structure, correct grammar and proper references. 5. They will develop the capacity to recognise the diversity, complexity and moral dilemmas inherent in the study of History.
Students of History, by studying different societies of the past and contemporary period, acquire a broad perspective and flexibility required in real life situations. A Graduate degree in History also improves basic writing and speaking skills - relevant for public and private sectors - whereas the capacity to identify, assess and explain trends is essential, although it does not lead directly to a specific job for most of the students. A history major can lead to diverse kinds of careers. Some of the more popular ones include civil service, all kinds of NGOs, research and the media; tourism, heritage consultancy and preservation; museum, libraries and achieves etc.
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