Partition of India in Print Media and Cinema

By Prof. Sarbani Banerjee   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 649
The course will acquaint students with the major literary works and cinema that were created in the wake of the Partition of India (1947). It looks into the ways Partition is captured through feminist interpretations by different authors and historians. The gamut of artworks selected for the course helps in understanding how the apocalyptic event affected the everyday lives of the common people. The initial classes will be devoted to explaining the historical events that led to the cracking of the Indian subcontinent.
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 IST
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1:  History of the Partition of India
Week 2: History and Memory
Week 3: Rural imagination of the Nation and National Events
Week 4: Womanhood and motherhood
Week 5: Woman in the Context of Partition
Week 6: Accounts of the Survivor
Week 7: Home and Nostalgia
Week 8 : Refugee, Desh and Nation
Week 9 : Displaced People, Abandoned Homes
Week 10: Refugee Woman and Patriarchal Society
Week 11: Partition Literature in the 21st Century
Week 12: Immigrant Populace in the Diaspora

Books and references

  1. Gyanendra Pandey, “Remembering Partition: Violence, Nationalism and History in India”. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.
  2. Ritu Menon and Kamla Bhasin, “Borders &  Boundaries: Women in India’s Partition”. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP.
  3. S. Settar and Indira Baptista Gupta, Ed., “Pangs of Partition”. 2 Vols, New Delhi:  Manohar.  
  4. Suvir Kaul, Ed. “The Partitions of Memory: The Afterlife of the Division of India”. Delhi: Permanent Black.

Instructor bio

Prof. Sarbani Banerjee

IIT Roorkee
Prof. Sarbani Banerjee earned her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Western Ontario (2015). Her areas of specialization include Postcolonial literatures and theory, Canadian literature and culture, Post-Partition Bengali literature and cinema, Diasporic literatures, and Women’s studies. She worked as Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Post Doctoral Fellow (University Grants Commission, 2017-20). Currently, she is Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT, Roorkee.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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