The Department of History, established in 1948, along with the very inception of Gauhati University itself, is a pioneer in the Northeastern region of India. The Department aims at academic excellence and fosters higher education and research through interaction with other universities as the way forward to world development. The courses offered have implications and challenges for an active future contribution to an understanding of the current social reality entrenched in historical roots. The programmes seek to connect with the collective history of various communities. The main thrust is on historiography, regional history, marginalized voices that includes gender studies. Attempts are made to expose the students to new ideas and trends in histor y- writing through lectures and interaction with renowned scholars, discussions, seminars, and study tours.

The Faculty has been actively engaged in research and projects funded by UGC, ICHR, and ICSSR with particular emphasis on the North eastern region.


The Department of History began with about thirty students in 1948 at the Cotton College premises in Pan Bazar, Guwahati. The first academic session started in 1949-50. A decade later, in 1959, the Department shifted, along with the other departments, to the newly constructed buildings of the present University Campus at Jalukbari. The strength of the students and teachers gradually increased within the next few years and in 1962, there were around a hundred students and five teachers. With the introduction of the Semester System and a new syllabus in 2003, revised every three years, the Department now has an intake capacity of 66 students and a faculty of nine members. Eminent historians like K. K. Handiqui, H.K. Barpujari S. K. Bhuyan D. P. Barooah, P.C. Chowdhury and Professor M. M. Sharma are associated with the department. Prominent alumni include Prof. J .B. Bhattacharjee, Prof. ImdadHussain, Mr. Shankar Barua (IPS), Prof. Manorama Sharma, Prof. Shiela Bora, Prof. S. D. Goswami and others.

Old Departmental Data

The research areas in which the department is actively involved are:

(a) Traditional Institutions and Customary Laws
(b) Religious Ideas and Traditional Beliefs
(c) Tribal and Ethnic Identity
(d) Art and Archaeology
(e) Indigenous Knowledge Systems
(f) Social and Economic History
(g) Indian National Movement and Northeast India
(h) Peasant Struggles
(i) Women and Gender History
(j) Environmental History
(k) Missionaries in Colonial Assam
(l) Urban History
(m) Toponymy
(n) Partition Studies

Postgraduate Course

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate M.A. in History History 4 2 66
Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate M.Phil in History History 1 6
Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate Ph.D. in History History 3 10


Meeta Deka
MA (NEHU) PhD (NEHU) MPhil (NEHU) Modern India, North East India
Paromita Das [ Head of the Department ]
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Ancient India
Rajib Handique
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Dibrugarh) Modern India, Environmental History

Associate Professors

Barnali Sarma
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Modern India
I Syeda Mumtaza Khatun
MA (Dibrugarh) PhD (Gauhati) Medieval India
Rena Laisram
MA (Delhi) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (JNU) Ancient India

Assistant Professors

Doungel Letkhojam Haokip
MA (Manipur) PhD (Manipur) Ancient India
Kishor Mohan Bhattacharyya
MA (Gauhati) Modern India
Munmi Sen
MA (JMI) MPhil (JNU) Modern India
Radha Das
MA (JNU) MPhil (JNU) Ancient and Early Medieval India
Binita Deka (Toponymy)
Boloram Das (Modern) UGC Fellow (FIP)
Bornali Sarma (Religion - Modern)
B Sadeka Yasin (Urbanization)
Khagen Gogoi (Medieval) UGC Fellow (FIP)
Mridutpal Goswami (Industrialisation)
Nandini Sarma (Modern) UGC Fellow (FIP)


Department of History
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
Phone : (+91) 361-2570239
Email : history@gauhati.ac.in
Web   : gauhati.ac.in/history.php


The Department has a Seminar Library cum Research room with about 2000 (two thousand) books. It has a computer laboratory with internet facilities and access to online Journals. The Department also has a Counseling Cell.

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