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Abhijit Gupta: Reader, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
The Victorian novel, science fiction, modernist poetry and graphic novels.
To play corridor cricket with his students once the college hours are over.
Mantra for change
Encourages students to be themselves and not clones of their teachers.
Abhijit Gupta wrote a thesis on 19th century women novelists in 1996 for his doctoral degree, but has since moved out completely from that line of research. Over the past few years, he has been studying printing in 19th century Bengal, and also has been working in what may broadly be called digital humanities.
His teaching is a mix of the old and the new: Victorian and 20th century literature on the one hand and new genres like graphic novels, sciencefiction and modernist poetry on the other. The department of English at the university is the only one in the country which teaches a half-course on graphic novels to all undergraduates. At various times, he has taught courses on literature and censorship, the French Revolution, R.L. Stevenson and Herman Melville.
Outside the campus, he works with students in running an NGO which tries to generate employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth in three districts of rural Bengal. Their work consists of researching and designing training courses, raising funds, administering training and making regular visits to the project sites.
-by Abhijit Dasgupta
Won Hoogeveen International Open Chess Tournament
The Times of India, Oct 26 2015
GM Abhijeet wins in Holland
Indian GM Abhijeet Gupta justified his top billing as he won the Hoo geveen Inter national Open Chess Tourna ment after de feating compatriot Neelotpal Das in the ninth and final round here. In what turned out to be an easy victory in the final round, Gupta needed just 20 moves to outwit Das, who was hit by an avalanche of white pieces resulting in serious material deficit. Gupta scored seven points out of a possible nine and ended half a point ahead of nearest rivals Deep Sengupta and the Dutch duo of Benjamin Bok and Jan Werle, who all scored 6.5 points each. Sengupta finished second on tiebreak while Bok ended third.
It was not such a smooth ride for Gupta as he lost to another compatriot -Ankit Rajpara -early in the second round. However, he came storming back with three straight victories and towards the end, defeating Jan Werle in a key game to stamp his authority on the tournament.