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History of English Department

The Department of English is as old as the University of Dhaka: it opened when the University started functioning on July 1, 1921. C. L. Wren, a distinguished scholar who later became Professor of English at Oxford was appointed the first Head of the Department.

The Department of English contributed immensely to the spread of education in the then East Bengal. It has also played its part in the education of women of this country. Lila Nag, a student of the Department, was the first woman graduate of Dhaka University, and her admission to the Department of English was an epoch-making event in the history of women’s emancipation in our country.

The teachers and students of the Department played an active part in the Language Movement of 1952 and the War of Liberation in 1971. Two teachers – Dr. Jyotirmoy Guhathakurata and Mr. Rashidul Hasan and a number of students were martyred in the War of Liberation in 1971.


History of EDAS

Welcome, English Department Alumni! Whether you have just graduated or way back in 1921, whether your degree is a Bachelor’s or a Master’s, you are considered an alumnus, and this website is here to serve you. The English Department Alumni Society, founded in 1986, aims to support the Department and promote communication between the Department and its alumni as well as among its members. Browse, blog and watch this space for updates on EDAS activities.

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