Maynaguri College

Dept. of Political Science

B.A. Courses

Department of Political Science

Year of Establishment: 1999 (Memo no: 2450/R-99(S)16.11.99)

About The department

The Department of Political Science is one of the oldest departments of Maynaguri College. It was established in 1999 when the college started its journey, offering Political Science to B. A. (General) students.

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Vision of the Department –To Educate, Empower and Lead: Creating conscionable Citizens)

The Department envisions creating a pool of public spirited and forward looking students who would contribute towards a positive social transformation leading to a more inclusive and egalitarian democratic society.

Mission of the Department--To develop the ability to imagine beyond the given

Objectives of the Department

Why study Political Science?

Studying political science grounds students in the importance of political participation and prepares them to take part in the political life of their communities and the nation. The study of political science also helps us understand the factors that contribute to social injustice and human rights violations. It enables us to analyze policies and institutions that perpetuate inequality and oppression, and develop strategies to promote greater fairness and equal opportunity.

A political science degree will help learners to understand political decision-making and all the theories, ideas and ideologies that influence this process.  The learners will also learn how to address and approach issues ranging from local conflicts to global challenges.

These will serve a learner well if she/he/they indeed pursue a job in politics, public policy or any number of public or private organizations. However, they can also be transferred to any other career path that she/he/they might take.

The things a learner will learn from the discipline of Political Science will also make them savvier about the politics taking place every day, both in their communities and on the world stage. They will graduate with knowledge of:

Career Options for Political Science Graduates:

A degree in Political Science can prepare a student for a wide array of career options. While their skills could open any number of doors across industries, graduates with a keen interest in politics often become:


  • Maynaguri College is located in the rural belt of northern parts of West Bengal. Given the socio-economic background of the population that inhabits this area, most of our students who enroll in various courses are first generation learners. As a result, drop-out rates are very high in various courses. The Department of Political Science has consistently motivated the learners to continue their education and complete their degrees. The Dept. accordingly boasts of a successful track record of sustaining low or near zero drop-out rates in the Honours courses.
  • Every year quiet a significant number of students (who have graduated with Honours degree from this Dept.) have got admissions in Post-graduate courses in some of the premier institutions of higher education within the state (apart from the University of North Bengal) like Jadavpur University, Presidency University, University of Kolkata and others.
  • Students who have graduated from the Dept. have consistently cleared NET/SET examinations every year.
  • During the COVID pandemic, teachers regularly conducted online classes initially through Skype and later through Google Meet so that the teaching learning process did not suffer due to the countrywide lockdown. Those online class lectures had been methodically recorded and students make frequent use of those vast repertoire of academically rich resources along with the online study materials and readings that were circulated.
  • In the Post-Covid phase, the Dept. has shifted its departmental activities to hybrid mode (both online & offline). Teachers take both online and offline classes to complete their scheduled courses. Seminars/Special Lectures/Invited Lectures are conducted in both online and offline modes.
  • The Department gives a very strong focus on mentoring the students towards increasing their productivity as a human resource. The Departmental teachers have been consistently playing their roles with elan as experience-driven guides, whose objectives have been to offer insights that help in the process of self-discovery, problem solving and growth of the mentee. The Faculty of the Department has been meticulously trying to refine the skills of the students and have been working towards achieving short- and long-term career goals of the mentee.
  • Under Graduate students of the Final Year are also mentored by the Faculty to act as Student Mentors to the First and Second Year students. This practice has significantly strengthened the bond and spirit of team work within the department and has served well to inculcate and hone both the academic & leadership skills of the Final Year students.
  • Regular Class Tests and continuous internal evaluation in the form of Surprise Tests, Quizzes, Group Discussions, Student Seminars and Departmental Debate competition are conducted by the Department for providing the learners with a holistic the teaching-learning experience.
  • Parents-Teachers meetings are conducted periodically by the Department to apprise the Parents/Guardians of the academic progress of their wards. Parents/Guardians of students who remain absent frequently or for a prolonged spell are especially asked to be present with their wards in such meetings to motivate them to encourage their wards to be regular in their classes.
  • The Department diverts special attention towards assessing the learning levels of the students in two ways at the time of the commencement of their programme. Students enrolled in the Course are identified as slow and advanced learners based on their +2 marks and their academic performance during the first week of their classes. This helps to identify the slow learners and to design special remedial or tutorial sessions to bridge the gap between the slow learners and the advanced learners.
  • Bridge Courses are also conducted at the departmental level to lift the students to the level of higher education. Bridge courses are conducted at the beginning of the academic year for the students enabling them to cope with the programme to which they are enrolled.
  • Remedial Classes are conducted by the Department with an aim to improve the academic performance of the slow learners, absentees and students who participate in state and national level sporting events. This practice helps the struggling learners to improve their subject domain and helps them catch up to their peers. The Department encourages a Group Study System with the help of the advanced learners towards this end.
  • The Department regularly conducts Special Lectures/Invited Lectures with eminent professionals and academics of national (in hybrid mode) and international repute (in online mode).
  • In order to motivate the Faculty in their research pursuits and academic publications, the Dept. has started Saturday Discussion Group consisting of all the Faculty members of this Dept. Every third Saturday of the month, atleast one Faculty member presents a paper on the latest event/issue (national/international politics) and all the other Faculty members then engage in debates and discussions on the same issue. This Saturday Discussion Group has benefitted the Faculty immensely in bringing out their publications as well.
  • Since the new mantra of India’s knowledge economy is ‘information’, students are required to keep themselves abreast of the latest issues of national and global politics. In order to encourage the students to themselves write academic articles on such topics, the Department has started a student run and managed blog titled ‘Beyond Headlines’

Future Plans:

Infrastructure available in the Department:

Programs Offered

BA (Honors) in Political Science
BA (General) in Political Science

Intake Capacity


Pol. Science1st sem2018
Pol. Science1st sem2019
Pol. Science2nd sem2019
Pol. Science3rd sem2019
Pol. Science (Hons & Gen)part 12019
Pol. Science1st sem2020
Pol. Science4th sem2020
Pol. Science (Hons & Gen)part 12020
Pol. Science1st sem2021
Pol. Science2nd sem2021
Pol. Science5th sem2021
Pol. Science6th sem2021
Pol. Science1st sem2022
Pol. Science2nd sem2022
Pol. Science3rd sem2022
Pol. Science4th sem2022
Pol. Science5th sem2022
Pol. Science6th sem2022
Pol. Science (Gen) 2nd sem2023
Pol. Science (Hnrs)2nd sem2023
Pol. Science (Hnrs)4th sem2023
Pol. Science (Gen)4th sem2023
Pol. Science (Hnrs)6th sem2023
Pol. Science (Gen)6th sem2023

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Departmental Library Books : 125 books, updation of the catalogue work is in progress.

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