Vision, Mission & Objective


With the establishment of Ravenshaw University and appointment of faculty members for the department since 2010, the department has been keenly pursuing a two-pronged strategy of integrating high- end research in the domain of contemporary historical studies to the teaching practices of all the academic programmes of the department. At the other level, it prioritizes cutting edge research by the faculty members of the department in tune with their areas of specialization.


Aligning with the changing disciplinary practices, the faculty members have been pursuing researches in local, regional history and identity politics in the post colonial contexts as well as issues pertaining to post- colonial subalternity in the context of South Asia. Besides, the interests and focus on exploring the history of health, medicine, medical ethics, science, and technology have been equally significant.


The other major strands of research and scholarship have remained wedded to Epigraphy, Buddhist archaeology, changing nature of religious landscape, socio-economic transition in pre and early “modern” South Asia with unflinching academic rigour.

 Plans in Pipeline 

  • DSA (in Pipeline)
  • MoU with , Geelvink Musea, Netherlands, 2020
  •  MoU with Aarhus University, Denmark , 2018
  • MoU with Birmingham University, UK, 2012
  • Centre for Odishan Studies (Proposed)
  • Centre for Gandhian Studies (Proposed)
  • Centre for Tribal and Environmental Studies  (Proposed)
  • South Asian Vernacular Resource Centre : Critical focus to promote empirically informed and policy relevant research on South Asian History, Society and Culture
  • Credit Course on History, Health and Ethics (Proposed)
  • Centre for Study of Buddhism, Epigraphy and Cultural Transaction in Indian Ocean (Proposed)

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