Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies


In the post independent period different efforts were taken by the Indian thinkers as well as intellectuals to enhance the integrity among the Indian people. The Sahitya Akademi had published a series of regional literature under the title - Indian Literature. The All India Radio had also broadcasted a programme as Indian Literature under which the literature created in various regional languages were incorporated. By this time the Universities and the academicians of the country also involved in this process and tried to establish the concept of Indian literature . Under the leadership of Sir Ashotosh Mukharjee , the then Hon'ble Vice Chencellor of Calcutta University, the Department of Modern Indian languages was established for the first time among the Universities of India to build a bridge among the Indian Languages. Afterwards in all the leading Universities of India also started the Department of Modern Indian Languages.

The Department of Modern Indian Languages of Gauhati University was established in the year 1967 as a research department to promote this idea . The Department was shaped by Prof Satyendranath Sarma, the Tagore Professor of this department, an outstanding scholar in the field of literature, indology, culture and civilization of Assam. After a decade of existence, the department had horizontally expanded introducing several diploma courses. The M. Phil course in Assamese was also introduced in 1983-84. Later on, the importance of literary studies along with the languages is gradually realized by the scholars of Indian literature and the department also felt the necessity of expanding its vision towards the literary field. Keeping in mind the growing importance of the study of Comparative Indian Literature the department introduced the M. Phil programme on this subject in 2008. Again to make this mission more effective, the department has taken a bold step to introduce the full-fledged master degree course in Comparative Indian Literature from the year 2015 along with the existing Ph.D research programme and other one year P.G. diploma courses such as Assamese, Odia, Tamil etc.,

It is a pride for the department that it has successfully completed its 49 years of journey and has planned to celebrate the GOLDEN JUBILEE in this year (2016) with various academic programmes.

Old Departmental Data


Our flagship course is the Postgraduate Course in Modern Indian Language leading to the MA Degree, which is also the most recent one. Apart from this, we conduct three regular postgraduate courses – a diploma course in Assamase, Oriya, and Tamil language, MPhil, and PhD course in Modern Indian Language.

Postgraduate Course

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate MA in Comparative Indian Literature MIL 4 2 15
Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate One-Year PG Diploma in Assamese, Oriya, and Tamil, Assamese, Oriya, and Tamil, 1 15 in each subject
Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate Mphil in Comparative Indian Literature MIL 1 15
Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate PhD in MIL MIL


Dilip Borah
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Comparative Literature and Culture
Jyotsna K Biswal Rout
MA (Utkal) MPhil (Utkal) PhD (Utkal) DLitt (Utkal) Comparative Literature and Culture
Mukul Chakravarty [ Head of the Department ]
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Language and Culture

Associate Professors

Anuradha Sarma
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Comparative Indian Literature, Literary Studies & Language

Assistant Professors

B Vijayakumar
MA (Annamali) MPhil (Annamalai) PhD (Bharathidasan) Tamil Language
Dhurjjati Sarma
MA (Delhi) MPhil (Delhi) Literary Criticism and Theory, Comparative Indian Literature, Cultural Studies
Khagen Sarmah
MA (Tribubhan) PhD (Tribubhan) Nepali Language

Associated Faculty

Umesh Deka (Ex Professor)
MA (Gauhati) LLB (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Comparative Literature and Culture


Department of Modern Indian Language and Literary Studies
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
Phone : +91-9435552035
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Seminar Library

The department has a Seminar Library with good no of books on various Indian languages, PhD and M Phil Thesis for the use of Research Scholars.

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