The Department of Assamese was established to encourage study and research of Assamese language, literature and culture from a holistic point of view.

The Department seeks to carry out this objective in the contexts of language, literature and culture of the North East India in general and of Assam in particular.

The students of the Department are provided the opportunity to get acquainted themselves with the origin and development of Assamese language, literature and culture. In the process, they are also given ideas about the theoretical and practical developments in the East as well as in the West from the earliest times to the present day.

Recently the Department has expanded the parameter of its study and research by introducing a few new programmes (such as the M. Phil programme) and courses (such as a course in Translation Studies).

The Department has received grants from the UGC under the Special Assistance Programme (SAP). Various events such as seminars, lectures and academic excursions are organized under this programme. Presently, the Phase-II of SAP is going on in the Department.

The Department completed sixty years of its existence in 2008. It has a glorious past. Many stalwarts of Assamese literature, language and culture including BanikantaKakati, Birinchi Kumar Barua, MaheswarNeog, SatyendraNathSarma, Golok Chandra Goswami, UpendraNathGoswami, NirmalPrabhaBordoloi and SailenBharali worked as faculty members of the Department.

Old Departmental Data


We offer three postraduate courses -- M.A. in Assamese (with Specialization on Literature/Language), M.Phil (in Literature, Language, Culture, Comparative Literature), Ph.D. (in Literature, Language, Culture, Comparative Literature)

Postgraduate Course

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate MA in Assamese Assamese 4 2 88

Admission into the MA in Assamese programme in the Department is given in July every year.

Each Semester in the Programme has five courses (previously called 'papers'). A few of them in Semesters III and IV are optional. The programme follows the CBGS pattern.

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate MPhil in Assamese Assamese
Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate PhD in Assamese Assamese


Bibha Bharali
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Assamese Language and Linguistics:Language (Area of interest: Phonology, Dialectology, Lexicography)
Dipti Phukan Patigiri
MA (Dibrugarh) PhD (Dibrugarh) DLitt (Utkal) Assamese Language and Linguistics, Comparative Study of Assamese and Oriya Language
Kamaluddin Ahmed
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Modern Assamese Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, Translation Studies, T.S. Eliot
Kanak Chandra Saharia
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Folklore Studies, Early Assamese Literature History and Cultural History of Assam with Assamese Script Studies.
Malinee Goswami
MA (in Sanskrit, Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Sanskrit Literature and Criticism
Taranee Deka [ Head of the Department ]
MA (in English, Gauhati) MA (in Assamese, Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Literature, Critical theory & Cultural Studies
Upen Rabha Hakacham
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Tibeto- Burman Language and Linguistics, Tribal Culture and Folklore Studies

Associate Professors

Bimal Mazumdar
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Assamese Literature and Folklore Studies
Prafulla Kumar Nath
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Comparative Indian Literature and Culture, Early Assamese Literature
Pranita Devi
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Language and linguistics (Specially in Assamese Language , Tibeto-Burman language & Austric language)

Assistant Professors

Banani Chakravarty
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) Sociolinguistics, Social history of language, Nineteenth Century Assamese Language and Literature & Colonialism and Language
Dipamani Baruah Das
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Assamese Literature
Dipamani Haloi
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Language
Pranjal Sharma Bashishtha
MA (in English, BHU) PhD (Gauhati) Western Literature and Criticism, Postcolonial Literature, Modern Assamese Poetry, Translation Studies
Rekha Rani Devi
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Modern Assamese Literature (Special interest in Assamese Novel)
Dhruba Jyoti Doley (Mising Language of Assam and Adi Minyong Language of Arunachal Pradesh) UGC Junior Research Fellow
Prabhat Bhuyan (Prose style of Lambudar Borah and Ratneswar Mahanta) UGC Senior Research Fellow
Sanjib Borah (Modernity in Assamese Short Stories) UGC Junior Research Fellow


Department of Assamese
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
Phone : (+91) 9854515034
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