The Department of Philosophy was established in the year 1948 under the headship of Dr. Rakesh Ranjan Sharma. The department has reached its present state with the invaluable academic contributions from eminent scholars like Dr. Rakesh Ranjan Sharma, Sri. Bhabananda Dutta, Smti. Nilima Dutta, Professor B. Pahi, Professor K. Saratchandran, Professor K. K. Bagchi, Dr. A. P. Rao, Dr. K. R. Patnaik, Professor G. C. Khan, Professor K.C. Das, Professor M. K. Kutty, Professor D. K. Chakravarty, Professor Nilima Sharma and Professor S. S. K. Singh during its formative years.


  • To provide philosophical knowledge as per the global trend in the subject
  • To provide the environment for the flourishing of the philosophical mind
  • To help develop an analytical outlook
  • To provide education based on epistemic, aesthetic and spiritual values for the holistic growth of the student

Old Departmental Data

The department encourages original research on a variety of fields such as:

(a) Indian Philosophy (Classical and Contemporary)
(b) Philosophy of Religion and Comparative Religion
(c) Analytical Philosophy
(d) Social and political philosophy
(e) Logic (Indian and Western)
(f) Philosophy of Mind
(g) Moral Philosophy
(h) Existentialism And Phenomenology
(i) Environmental philosophy
(j) Philosophy of Human Rights
(k) Feminist philosophy
(l) Applied ethics
(m) Philosophy of Value
(n) Philosophy of culture
(o) Philosophy of science
(p) Philosophy of Education

Postgraduate Course

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate MA in Philosophy Philosophy 4 2 72

Semester Course No: Course Name:
Semester 1 PHI 1016. Core: Theory of Knowledge- Indian
PHI 1026. Core: Theory of Knowledge- Western
PHI 1036. Core: Logic- I
PHI 1046. Core: Phenomenology and Existentialism
Semester 2 PHI 2016. Core: Theory of Reality-Indian
PHI 2026. Core: Theory of Reality-Western
PHI 2036. Core: Analytic Philosophy
PHI 2046. Core: Comparative Religion
Semester 3 PHI 3016. Core: Meta-Ethics
PHI 3026. Core: Logic-II
PHI 3036. Core: Philosophy of Religion
PHI 3046. Elective: Descartes
PHI 3056. Elective: Vedanta philosophy
PHI 3066. Elective/ Open: Philosophy of Gandhi
Semester 4 PHI 4016. Core: Post Modernism
PHI 4026. Core: Contemporary Indian Philosophy
PHI 4036. Philosophy of Mind
PHI 4046. Elective: Kant
PHI 4056. Elective: Buddhist Philosophy
PHI 4066. Elective/ Open: Logical Reasoning
Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate Ph.D in Philosophy Philosophy


The admission procedure and eligibility are as per Gauhati University norms.

Course structure: Ph.D. Course-work is of six months duration as per UGC Guideline. After completion of the course there will be an examination. The syllabus includes the following papers:

Paper Topic Total Marks
1 Methodology (in two halves) 100
2 Computer acquaintance (practical) 100
3 Indian Philosophy (in two halves) 100
4 Western Philosophy (in two halves) 100
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Begum Bilkis Banu [ Head of the Department ]
MA (NEHU) PhD (NEHU) MPhil (NEHU) Philosophy of Mind, Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Logic
Manisha Barua
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Contemporary Indian Philosophy, Comparative Religion and Gandhian Thought
Sauravpran Goswami
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) Logic, Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Contemporary Western Philosophy and Philosophy of Science

Associate Professor

Shakuntala Bora
MA (NEHU) PhD (NEHU) Philosophy of Mind,Philosophy of Upanisads, Philosophy of Jiddu Krishnamurti, Philosophy of the Gita, Philosophy of the Mahabharata(Mokshadharma)
Akoijam Thoibisana
MA (NEHU) PhD (IITG) Phenomenology and Existentialism, Philosophy of the Body, Philosophical Studies of the North-East India

Assistant Professor

Jahnabi Deka
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Logic, Analytic Philosophy

Associated Faculty

Girish Sharma
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Indian Logic, Kant, Contemporary Indian and Tribal Studies
Mausumi Bhattacharjya
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Religion
Nabanita Barua
MA (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Logic, Contemporary Indian Philosophy
Sibnath Sarma
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Vedanta, Philosophy of Religion, Wittgenstein
Aditi Devi Choudhury (Environmental Ethics) FDP (UGC) Fellow
Anamul Hoque (Philosophy of Religion) MANF (UGC) Fellow
Anosh Narzary (Philosophy of Tribal Culture)
Banajit Sharma (Environmental Ethics ) FDP (UGC) Fellow
Banti Borah (Philosophy of Religion) FDP (UGC) Fellow
Budul Chandra Das (Epistemology ) FDP (UGC) Fellow
Chandraprova Khaund (Environmental Ethics)
Deep Narayan Das (Continental Philosophy)
DipenTayung (Philosophy of Tribal Culture)
Dipika Barman (Contemporary Indian Philosophy)
Jahirul Hussain (Philosophy of Religion) FDP (UGC) Fellow
Jaya Rani Das (Continental Philosophy)
JunaleeGogoi (Gandhian Studies)
Juthika Das (Environmental Ethics) ICPR Fellow
Jutika Devi (Philosophy of Religion)
Kabita Payengpegu (Comparative Philosophy)
KanikaBezbarua (Indian Epistemology)
Khanindutta (Contemporary Indian Philosophy)
Kirtinath Kalita (Contemporary Indian Philosophy)
Manashi Bora (Philosophy of Action) ICPR Fellow
Manju Kalita (Philosophy of Mind) FDP (UGC) Fellow
Mausumi Bhattacharjya (Comparative Religion) UGC Fellow
Merry Halam (Contemporary Indian Philosophy) FDP (UGC) Fellow
NabaJyoti Doley (Philosophy of Tribal Religion)
Nazneen Ahmed (Philosophy of Mind) MANF (UGC) Fellow
Nijara Saikia (Contemporary Western Philosophy)
Paran Goswami (Modern Western Philosophy) ICPR Fellow
Parmita Chowdhury (Indian Philosophy) JRF (UGC) Fellow
Rajlakshmi Kalita (Classical Indian Philosophy)
Rumi Kaman (Indian Ethics) JRF (UGC) Fellow
Rupjyoti Borgohain (Buddhism)
Sajiya Sultana Begum (Philosophy of Religion) ICPR Fellow
Simi Bora (Existential Ethics)
Sulabh Ch. Das (Philosophy of Religion) FDP (UGC) Fellow
Suman Deka (Normative Ethics)
Trishna Sarma (Indian Philosophy)
Zaney Ali Sheikh (Continental Philosophy)
Manoranjan Bez (LDA/Office Assistant)
Jogesh Das (Peon)


Department of Philosophy
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
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Departmental Library

The department maintains computer and internet facilities for students and research scholars.



The department publishes its own research journal GUJP and Anvesika, a student journal of philosophy

Books by Faculty

  • Of Knowledge, Freedom and Reason (Edited by Professor Sauravpran Goswami), Publication Cell, Dept. of Philosophy, GU, 2010
  • Dimensions of Philosophy: Tradition and Modernity (Edited by Professor Sauravpran Goswami), Publication Cell, Dept. of Philosophy, GU, 2010
  • Rethinking Swaraj (Edited by Professor Sibnath Sarma), Dept. of Philosophy, 2001
  • Perspective In Contemporay Philosophy (Edited by Professor (Retired) Dilip Kumar Chakravarty), Ajanta Publications, New Delhi, 1998



  • ICPR sponsored lecture. (17th-19th February)
  • Regional Seminar on "Religion in Secular India: Role and Relevance" (14th-15th September)
  • World Philosophy Day Celebration (20th November)


  • Lecture on Religious Harmony (By M. D. Thomas)
  • Release of Books: (20th March)
    (a) Freedom and Reason: Essays in Honour of Professor Dilip Kumar Chakravarty
    (b) Dimensions of Philosophy: Tradition and Modernity, Essays in Honour of Professor Nilima Sharma
  • Inauguration of Computer and Internet Centre for students and Research Scholars (11th May)
  • 85th Indian Philosophical Congress (26th October-29th October)
  • ICPR sponsored National Seminar on "Values Embedded in Indian Philosophy" (November)
  • Refresher Course (November-December)


  • ICPR sponsored National Seminar on "Philosophy for Social Integration" (March)
  • First Bhabananda Datta Memorial Lecture (3rd August): Professor Hiren Gohain
  • World Philosophy Day Celebration (Gopal Chandra Khan, Retired Professor Burdwan University)


  • ICPR Sponsored Lecture (By Professor Leonard Harris, Purdue university)
  • Second Bhabananda Datta Memorial Lecture (3rd August): Professor Nilima Sharma
  • ICPR Sponsored National Seminar on "Relevance of B. R. Ambedkar's Ideas" (8th November-10th November)
  • Refresher Course (10th December- 30th December)


  • ICPR Sponsored Workshop on "Teaching of Philosophy in Colleges and Universities of Assam: Problems and Prospects" (29th April-1st May, 2013)
  • Third Bhabananda Datta Memorial Lecture (20th August): Prof. Minoti Borthakur


  • ICPR Sponsored National Seminar on "Neo Vedantism of Radhakrishnan" (12th to 14th March)
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