The Department of Urdu, Calcutta Girls’ College was established in the year 1963. The Honours course started from the year 2001. Known for its activities in diverse fields, the Urdu Department of CGC has been regularly organizing seminars and meeting at both national and inter-national level in which distinguished Men of Letters around the nation and the world do grace the occasion by their participation and honor the endeavor of the Department by their encouragement. The Dept. of Urdu, in collaboration with the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) under the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India has organized many national level seminars on various new topics which subsequently opened the doors of new thinking and research on them.
The Dept. of Urdu, in order to inject the desire of learning and incite creativity in them, has arranged various workshops and literary events to suit their educational needs so that the students of the department don’t confine themselves merely to the bookish knowledge but also explore their abilities. Many students of the Urdu Department, after completing the course, are now successfully placed in various academic positions in different Universities, Colleges and Schools as well. Some are even acknowledged as promising writers and poets too.
In order to encourage the students for better results in their exam, The Dept. of Urdu rewards them with two different awards both of the final year students of Urdu Hons. and Urdu General. They are:
A prize entitled to be given annually to the student of Calcutta Girls’ College who gets highest marks in B.A. (Urdu Hons., Final Year) conducted by Calcutta University. This award is given in memory of noted Urdu poet and writer Late Prof. Aizaz Afzal, (Ex-Member, West Bengal Public Service Commission and also Ex-Head of the Dept. Maulana Azad College, Kolkata).
A Prize entitled to be given annually to the student of Calcutta Girls’ College who gets Highest Marks in B.A. Urdu General (Final Year) conducted by Calcutta University. This award is given in memory of noted Urdu Classical poet Bedil Murshidabadi, who was also the founder teacher of the Dept. of Urdu, Calcutta Girls’ College and belonged to the erstwhile and very important centre for Urdu Language of West Bengal, Murshidabad.