|Vidyasagar Research Centre
Vidyasagar College for Women received NAAC accreditation on the 10th of March, 2012. The NAAC Peer Team which had visited the College for purposes of assessment in December 2011 had recommended the establishment of a Centre for Studies named after the founder of the College, Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar.
It was decided at a brainstorming session of the Mentor Group that the Centre would be named Vidyasagar Research Centre for Studies in Education and Society.
The Mentor Group of the Vidyasagar Research Centre for Studies in Education and Society are :
Shri Debashish Mullick (GB President, Vidyasagar College for Women)
Smt Nabanita Chatterjee (GB Member and IQAC Member, Vidyasagar College for Women)
Dr Satya Upadhyay (Associate Professor, Department of Hindi)
Dr Ajanta Mitra (Associate Professor, Department of Bengali)
Dr Rapti Deb (Assistant Professor, Department of Sanskrit)
Dr Madhumita Dutta (Assistant Professor, Department of English)
Dr Prathama Ray Mandal (retired Associate Professor, Department of Bengali)
The main Objectives/ Goals of the Centre
The Centre’s main mission will be to provide a congenial atmosphere for academics in the humanities and social sciences to pursue short-term research projects that will enhance the current state of knowledge in the selected area of study. Priority will be accorded to applicants seeking to conduct research centering around the social and cultural history of 19th-century Bengal. Other thrust areas of research will include gender–based social and economic analysis; studies in the fields of education and pedagogy; environmental and development studies; studies on nationalist thought; and reassessments of the nineteenth-century Bengal Renaissance. Alongside these, analytical interest in contemporary economic and political issues and institutions will be encouraged.
- The Centre will aim to provide a research fund to internal/ external scholars. Funding will be offered for short–term fellowships (3–4 months) on topics related to the abovementioned themes for scholars in any discipline of the social sciences, humanities, or a related field.
- The Centre will seek to build a research network linking scholars, researchers, teachers, students and practitioners in diverse fields of specialisation in the social sciences, emphasising inter–disciplinary scholarship.
- The Centre will sponsor national/ international Seminars/ Conferences inviting scholars working in related areas in other institutions to deliver lectures.
- The Centre will house a library consisting of Vidyasagar-related literature and literature centred around 19th century Bengal and will provide access to online journals and publications as well.
- The Centre will eventually aim to build a digital archive, that is, an archive of films and documentaries mainly on 19th century Bengal and the Bengal Renaissance.