professor
Dwijen Bhattacharjya

This professor has earned a CULPA silver nugget

Jan 2006

Dwijen is probably the nicest professor I've encountered at Columbia. Class goes fast and will probably be a problem for non-native speakers. For native speakers though, class is a trip. Dwijen consistently provides offbeat, hilarious (sometimes offensive) commentary. By the end of the semester, however, you'll be surprised at just how much you learned. I recommend this class and professor very highly.

Aug 2005

Bhattacharjya is a great person. The pace of the class varies tremendously depending on the skill level of the students in it, and as another reviewer said--without background in Bengali, it will be really hard to follow even at Intro I. While his grading system is sometimes confusing, he is such a nice person that he never wants his students to ultimately do badly. He is willing to help you find a tutor, provide you additional extra credit work. He is also a great source for information on South Asian politics and culture. The class is always fun, and you never doubt that Bhattacharjya really cares about his students and wants themto do well.

Oct 2003

He is very nice, and if you are a native speaker its a hilarious class because of all his comments. However if you are not, find someone who is and sit next to that person because this professor doesnt always answer questions or explain what is on the board. Getting a tutor is also a good idea if for some reason you are getting bad grades (which is highly unlikely because this guy is a very generous grader). Also he buys dinner for the entire class at some point in the semester from local Indian restaurants.

Jan 2000

This is one of the lightest workloads you will ever encounter. Dr. Bhattacharjya is extremely nice and will rarely assign homework. However his grading system is more confusing than the tax code. He rarely answers questions in class and only gives A's to certain people. If you want to take learn the language and get an A, this is not the class for you.