Gokhale Memorial Girls' College offered the English Honours Course for the first time in the academic Session 1965-1966, under the aegis of the University of Calcutta. The Institution is named after Gopal Krishna Gokhale, a distinguished teacher, educationist and freedom fighter. He fervently believed that a wide diffusion of female education in all its branches is a crucial determinant of the true welfare of a nation. Greatly inspired by his ideals and educational aspirations for women, Sarala Ray founded the Institution as a memorial to Gokhale, to serve the cause of education of girls in the country. Gokhale Memorial Girls' College offered the English Honours Course for the first time in the academic Session 1965-1966, under the aegis of the University of Calcutta. Some of the notable teachers of the department are, Prof. Bashabi Fraser, Dr. Anjali Chakraborty, Dr. Sunanda Roychoudhury, Dr. Sudeshna Kar Barua, Dr. Elizabeth Susan Paul, Smt. Banani Ghatak. The department has been home to some of the budding scholarly minds as our students have been mostly very well placed in higher academic institutions.
The vision of the Department is:
To develop and empower our students through education. Our teaching fosters knowledge and skills, promotes values of equality, secularism and national integration, moulds character through discipline and rigour and creates an open and discerning mind. Being a girls' college, the department especially aims to develop our students in such a way that they are not only able to stand up for themselves in the society but as well empower women around them through their vocation. In keeping with the broad vision and mission, the objective of the Institution is to enrich the society by creating women - intellectually astute, economically independent, socially aware, politically conscious, morally superior yet graceful, gentle and sensitive.
The department seeks to execute its vision into proper actions through:
The wholehearted active participation of the students and a close network of teaching and learning helps the Department to move ahead.