Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies

Gauhati University Institute of North-East India Studies (GUINEIS) came into existence on the 1st of February 2010. The institute is mandated to facilitate, support and promote inter-disciplinary discourse and research on issues related to ‘the land, nature and people of Northeast India’, and disseminate the output for the benefit of all stakeholders including policy makers.

Besides the regular teaching and research programs, the institute currently carries out its academic activities through an annual seminar/symposium, lecture series, hosting of scholars for furthering research and publication of its annual journal. The institute plans to use its space in the university website for wider outreach of its dissemination activity.

The institute is housed in a building named after eminent historian and lifelong dedicated academic Professor H K Barpujari. The classrooms, the library and the lecture hall of the institute are now being upgraded and expanded. The institute is also in the process of setting up its internet-connected computer laboratory. The institute also has a Digital Archive equipped with audio-visual recording facility in its premise. Primarily meant for documenting and conserving the rich cultural heritages of the region, the facility is utilized by other departments of the university for relevant academic purposes.

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The following are the academic activities of the institute:

  1. Conducting regular teaching and research programmes (detailed in the ‘Courses and Programmes’ section)
  2. Documentation and preservation of the rich cultural heritages of the Northeast India in the Digital Archive of the institute
  3. Organization of an annual seminar/symposium
  4. Organization of lectures under a bi-monthly lecture series
  5. Publication of an annual research journal
  6. Providing short term attachment opportunities to research scholars of eminent educational institutes of India and abroad.

Postgraduate Course

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Writing and Translation (PGDCWT) Guineis 2 2 20

Eligibility: Graduate in any discipline.
The syllabus of the PGDCWT programme has been revised in 2016. To get the revised syllabus,

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate Inter and Multi-Disciplinary M. Phil in Northeast Studies Guineis 1 15

Eligibility: Post Graduate in any discipline (with necessary marks).
The syllabus of the M. Phil programme is under preparation.

The PhD programme, which used to be the flagship of the institute in the first three years (2011-14) after its establishment, has been phased out as per suggestions made by a disciplinary committee in 2014. The scholars admitted have been shifted to the respective departments of the Supervisors.


Madhurjya Prasad Bezbaruah [ Director (In-Charge) ]
MA (Delhi) PhD (Gauhati) Microeconomics, Econometrics, Environmental Economics, Agricultural Economics

Assistant Professor

Pranjal Sharma Bashishtha [ Additional Charge ]
MA in English (BHU), MA in Assamese (Gauhati), PhD (Gauhati) Western Literature, Critical Theory, Postcolonial Drama, Modern Assamese Literature, Translation

Associated Faculty

Rumi Choudhury [ Research Officer ]
MA in Assamese (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) B.Ed. (Gauhati) Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Translation Studies (Lucknow, MGAHV) Assamese Language and Culture, Translation
Debasis Bezbaruah [ Guest Faculty ]
MA in English (Gauhati) MA in Mass Communication (Gauhati) Media and Culture, Mass Media, Folk Media, Audio-Visual Production
  1. Classes of the 2016-17 batch of the PGDCWT programme will commence from 11 August 2016.
  2. The upcoming 2016 edition (Issue 03) of GUINEIS JOURNAL, the annual interdisciplinary research journal of the Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies is under preparation. For the necessary notification, click here.
  3. Prof. Abani Kumar Bhagawati of the Department of Geography at Gauhati University will deliver a lecture under the bimonthly colloquium series towards the end of August 2016.
  4. A Symposium will be held at the institute in the first quarter (hopefully in January itself) of 2017.


Department of Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies (GUINEIS)
Herambakanta Barpujari Bhawan
Gauhati University
Guwahati- 781 014

Phone : (+91) 88760-02047 (TikendrajitBaishya)
Email :
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Inner Line Permit as an Instrument of Safeguarding Ethnic Identity

Digital Archive:

There is a digital archive (cum studio) in the GUINEIS premise. The archive has equipment for production, documentation and preservation. Facilities for audio-visual recording, sound recording and audio-visual editing are there in the archive. There is a studio floor with acoustic treatment and a UPS back up system on the first floor of the institute’s building.

The proposed revised syllabus of the PG Diploma in Creative Writing and Translation includes digital creative writing, such as audio visual production for various creative works. This part of the syllabus is highly practical-oriented and designed for enabling students to get jobs in the commercial and media sectors.

The digital archive is conditionally accessible to the departments and institutes of Gauhati University and to the Other University/Institute researchers availing the short term attachment opportunities of the institute.

Recent Activities:

  1. A Symposium on ‘Inner Line Permit as an Instrument of Safeguarding Ethnic Identity’ was organized AT GUINEIS on 12 February 2016. To get a report on it, click here.
  2. An Advisory Committee for GUINEIS was constituted on 15 March 2016. The Committee met for the first time at GUINEIS on 14 May 2016.
  3. A student of Hyderabad Universityhas successfully completed his term of attachment with the institute in July 2016.

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