Department of History and Ethnography Head: Prof. K. Robin (2nd February 2019 - 2nd February 2022)
The department was established in July 2002 as one of the five new post-graduate departments in the university. The department started functioning effectively from 22 July 2002. The department offers courses leading to MA, M.Phil, and PhD Degrees.
The MA in History covers the major geographical and chronological fields in the discipline ranging from world prehistory to the contemporary period; at the same time emphasis is being laid on Modern Indian History to enable them to demonstrate an understanding of the broad context of human experience as well as a systematic and analytical comprehension of one area of historical concentration. Throughout the two-year M.A. programme, students are comprehensively introduced to the varied themes and methods of reading, writing and interpreting history, and in the final semester, they get to experience a practical approach to history by undertaking individual and group projects.
The M.Phil/PhD Programme in History aims to train applicants for careers at the highest levels of the historical profession, such as college and university teaching and research. The Programme is aimed to impart research scholars the theories, methods, and techniques of conducting historical research. It also introduces recurring themes and issues in historical writing in time and space which will be invaluable for understanding the multidisciplinary nature of an academic research.