The establishment of the Department of Urdu came in the year 1963. Initially it was started as a General Department. During the course of time, the Urdu Department grew popular for its standard of classes and subsequently the Honours courses started in 2001. Known for its activities in diverse fields, the Urdu Department of CGC has been regularly organizing seminars and meetings at both national and international level in which distinguished Men of Letters around the nation and the world have graced the occasion by their participation and appreciated the endeavor of the Department by their valuable remarks. 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. Moreover, the department has also organized various other programs with the collaboration of University Grants Commission and West Bengal Urdu Academy.
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 poetess too.
To encourage the students for better results in their exam, the Dept. of Urdu rewards its toppers in Urdu Hons and Urdu General respectively with two different awards, which 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 scores 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 Murshidabad, the erstwhile and a very important centre for Urdu Language of West Bengal.
The recent reformed syllabus of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) introduced by the University of Calcutta has opened new arenas for the learners and enhanced scope for a bright future of the students. With the inclusion of advanced and modern papers on Film, Theaters and Radio, the students are being more attracted towards these subjects. The department has taken an initiative in training the students that will benefit them in near future in the field of theater and film as well.