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About Department

The Department is established in the year 1968 and offers two year Master's degree course in History with specializations in Ancient Indian History, Medieval Indian History and Modern Indian History. Department has also been offering M.Phil and Ph.D. programme in regular mode. Padma Shri K. C. Panigrahi was the first head of the Department and Head of the Heads (Chairman, PG Council). The M.Phil course designed to provide theory and practical knowledge of research work in History was introduced in 1979-80. One-year course in Tourism and Indian Monuments [DTIM] was introduced in 1984 as first of its kind in the state. Only Post-Graduates in History, Culture & Archaeology are eligible to seek admission into the course (DTIM). This course is unique in India in the field of Tourism and Monuments and imparts instructions on different aspects of Tourism and Monuments of India in general and Odisha in particular with field study and destination oriented practical course.

The Department has Archival Cell which contains a large number of Gazetteers, Reports, journals, magazines, Odia literature, Proceedings, Private Papers, Text books of recent trends, and Rare Books relating to history, laws, medicine, religion, politics, science, art and culture. The reference section caters to the needs of scholars who utilize the materials preserved in the Archival Cell.

Highly committed teachers have been engaged in teaching and research in various fields in general and regional history in particular since the inception of the Department. In recognition to the academic achievements of the department the UGC has sanctioned the Special Assistance Programme (at DRS level) to the department from the academic session 1999-2000. The Department has successfully completed Phase-I and Phase-II level and the UGC has upgraded the SAP, from Phase-II to Phase-III level further for a period of five years i.e. from 01.04.2009 to 31.03.2014. The UGC has also sanctioned the ASIHSS program in addition to SAP, for its achievement in the first phase of SAP for a period five years from 2006-07.

The Department has been organizing National, International and State Level Seminars, conducting Refresher Courses/Conferences/Workshops from time to time. The teachers of the Department have earned International fame by visiting foreign countries as Visiting Fellow/Professor and participating in International Seminars and Conferences at regular intervals. The faculty members have been associated with the U.G.C., the U.P.S.C., different State P.S.Cs and such other prestigious organizations at national and state levels. Further, the teachers have been taking up academic assignments as Resource Persons and Visiting Professors of different universities.

Besides these, the department was also publishing a bi-annual research journal entitled Studies in History and Culture (ISSN: 0971-9326) of international standard since 1993. Since 2006-07, the Department is publishing a yearly edited volume, Studies on Orissan History under the ASIHSS programme. During the last several years the departmental activities in the fields of teaching and research have increased considerably. In 2018 department has completed 50 years and celebrated Golden Jubilee year by organizing Distinguished Lecture Series and honoring and felicitating the former faculties of the department. The First International Seminar (ICH 1.0) was organized by the Department in February 2020 under the World Bank Project. Department has also organized its first History Alumni Meet (HAM -I) in 2020

List of External Mentors

  1. Prof. Amiya Kumar Pattnayak, Former Vice-Chancellor, Utkal University of Culture, Mob-9437065902
  2. Prof. Manmath Padhy, Former Vice-Chancellor, Khallikote Cluster University, Berhampur, Mob-9437165797
  3. Prof. Byomakesh Tripathy, Vice-Chancellor, Utkal University of Culture, BBSR and Professor of History, IGNTU, Amarakantaka, MP, Mob-888919248
  4. Prof. Rekha Pande, Former Professor of History, University of Hyderabad, Mob-9849428030

Prof. L. N. Raut, Retd. Professor of History and Former Chairman, P.G. Council, Berhampur University


About Course Programme

The Department of History was established in 1968 with two years Master Degree Course in History. In order to encourage research activities the M.Phil. Course was introduced in 1979-80. The department also offers Ph.D. programme under the supervision of the faculty members.

The Post Graduate curriculum is reoriented in consonance with modern development as per the guidelines of U.G.C. Though the emphasis remains on strengthening Historical Knowledge of the students topics on History of Science and Technology, Historiography, Contemporary world, Regional History are introduced in the Curriculum of the History. The Department offers three Specializations to students in the Second year mainly

i) Ancient Indian History
ii) Medieval Indian History and
iii) Modern Indian History

The Department also offers a course as Tourism and Indian Monuments. The duration of the course is one year. Any students who completed MA in History/ Archaeology/ Indian Culture are eligible for admission.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

Department of Higher Education, Govt of Odisha has been conducting Common PG Entrance Test (CPET/2020 onwords) for PG admission into various Universities and Colleges in the State. Under SAM portal HE is inviting application for the MA in History and other subjects, annually. MA course consists of four semesters.

Class Schedule

The weekly academic programme of the Department accommodates the following as part of the time table set during 10.30 - 4.30 p.m. (lunch break 1.30-2.30pm)every day: UGC NET/OPSC/SSB/classes after class hours

  1. Regular Classes
  2. Proctorial Classes
  3. Digital class and ITC training
  4. Week-end Seminars
  5. G-Discussion and Communication
  6. Consultation on dissertation preparation.
  7. Guidance on Library and Reference


The course shall be of one year duration comprises of two semesters.

About Course Programme

The M.Phil. programme in History consists of THREE papers spread over Two semesters as per the details stated below:

SEMESTER ONE: (1st of January to 31st of June every year)

Theory Papers:

Paper I & Paper II each carrying 100 marks

SEMESTER TWO: (1st of July to 31st of December every year)

Paper III : dissertation carrying 100 marks

How to Enter into the Course Programme

The Chairman, P.G. Council issues an e-advertisement in the University website seeking application for admission to M.Phil.every year in the month of November/December.

The process of selection involves the following phases:

1) Entrance Test
2) Vive Voce Test of the candidate's short-listed through the Entrance Test.
3) The final selection shall take into consideration the follwing:
a) Career Points
b) Teaching Experience
c) Publications

Curriculum / Syllabi

The first semester shall be of two theory Papers.
i) Research Methodology
ii) Historiography.
The second Semester shall be for preparation and submission of dissertation.

The weekly academic programme of the Department accommodates the following as part of the time table set during 11.30 - 4.00 p.m. everyday:

  1. Regular Classes
  2. Proctorial Classes
  3. Classroom paper-reading sessions
  4. Week-end Seminars
  5. Discussion
  6. Consultation on dissertation preparation.
  7. Guidance on Library and Reference


About Course Programme

An advertisement seeking application for the Ph.D. programme is published in the website of the University from time to time.

The process of selection consists of the follwing phases:

  1. University Research Entrance Test
  2. Viva voce test for candidates short-listed through the URET.
  3. If selected, the candidates will have to complete a coursework of SIX months.

For other details including terms and conditions for exemption of Coursework and/or URET as well as other updated information, please see the recent ADVT. in the University website.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

An advertisement seeking application for the Ph.D. programme is published in the website of the University from time to time.
The process of selection consists of the following phases:

For other details and updated information, please see the recent ADVT. in the University website.

Course Schedule

The weekly academic programme of the Department accommodates the following as part of the time table set during 10.30 - 4.30 p.m. every day.
The Scholars are required to undertake course work of one semester consisting offour papers of 100 marks each.
Paper I- Research Methodology
Paper II- Historiography
Paper III- Research and Publication Ethics and 5 Seminar Presentations on Review Articles.
Paper IV- Elective papers


How to Enter into the Course Programme

As per the University Statute.

  1. University Research Entrance Test(URET). UGC NET/JRF/ are exempted from URET Test.
  2. Viva voce test for candidates short-listed through the URET/NET/JRF/

Download Curriculum / Syllabi


Dr. Sadananda Nayak
Associate Professor & HOD
Ph.D., Berhampur University
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Dr. Sadananda Nayak, Reader, holds a Ph.D. degree from Berhampur University, Berhampur, Odisha. He has 17 years of teaching experience since 1999. He has joined as a Reader in the Department in March, 2016. Earlier, he was teaching at Sambalpur University as a Lecturer. His research interest includes Regional History, Dalit Christian History and Socio-cultural history. He has guided 9 M. Phil. students and guiding doctoral students. He has published 3 books and 40 articles in various International and National Journals. He has more than 30 papers presented in different Seminars with various aspects of History and interdisciplinary subjects. He is a member of Indian History Congress, South India History Congress, Odisha History Congress and Institute for Social Development and Research (Ranchi).

Dr. Ramakanta Bhuyan
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Berhampur University
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Dr. Ramakanta Bhuyan was the product of the Berhampur University. He was qualified UGC NET on 2011 and appointed in the Department. He was holding his Ph.D from Berhampur University. He has 4 years of Research and Teaching experience in the Department. He is the member of Indian History Congress, South Indian History Congress and Odishan History Congress. He has published many research articles in various Journals. His interest areas of Research are Incient Indian History, Tribal Studies, social and cultural History and Regional History.

Dr. Sankarsan Malik
Assistant Professor
M.A., Mphil, PhD., University of Hyderabad
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Sankarsan Malik has received his M.A., Mphil and P.hD in History from the University of Hyderabad. He has been teaching in Department of History, Berhampur University since 2016. His research interests are in Women's History, 18th century studies, Cultural History of Odisha.



The Department has Archive and Library with a unique and rare collection of more than 12000 important books and more than 11000 Text and research books. Library is well equipped with furniture and digital devices such as projectors, computers, and audio sets for teaching learning activities. Department Library has hundreds of back volumes and proceedings of Indian History Congress and reputed journals (The Indian Economics and social history review, Bengal past and present, Quarterly review of history, Medieval history journal , studies in history, The journal of Orissan history, Calcutta historical journal, The Orissa historical research journal, Indian archives, the journal of historical and social analyses, south Indian history congress, Epigraphia Indica, Orissa dist. Gazetteers, Glory of India, etc).

Student Project Work

  • MA students are required to submit a dissertation in partial fulfillment of the degree of MA, and M. Phil.

Other Facilities

  • Smart Class rooms
  • Computer Lab
  • Department Library for study and Research
  • Audio-visual teaching with Movie shows and Webinars
  • Access to e-Library resources: Worlds best articles available through UGC Inflibnet and Pro-Quest Database

Department Activity Clubs

  • Go Green Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Swachh Bharat Club
  • Creative Recreation Club
  • Anti-Ragging Peer Counseling


Ancient History, Medieval History, Modern History, Regional History, Cultural History, Women's History

Project Execution in the Department:

Special Assistance Programme

Phase I,(1999 to 2000)

Phase II (2004 to 2009)

Phase III (2009 to 2014)

ASIHSS Programme 2006- 2011


  • Centre of Excellence under SAP (UGC)
  • SAP, DRS-Phase-II
  • Organised two Seminars under UGC, SAP, DRS-III and
  • Hosted 33rd Session of Orissa History Congress.
  • National Seminar on "Uplift of the Downtrodden and Social Reform Movements in Orissa ", under the UGC, SAP (DRS, Phase -III) held on 28-29, September 2012.
  • XXXIII Annual Session of Orissa History Congress held on 21-22, January 2012.
  • National Seminar on "Social Protest Movements in Orissa since early times", under the UGC Special Assistance Programme (DRS- Phase -III) held on March 12-14, 2011.
  • National Seminar on "Anti-colonial Tribal Movements in Orissa under the UGC SAP (DRS-Phase III)" held on 19-21 March 2010.
  • National Seminar on "Evolution of Orissan Society and State since the early times", under the UGC, ASHISS programme held on 27-28 November 2010.
  • National Seminar on "State, Society and Social Mobility in Orissa since Early Times", held on 28th-29th December 2005.
  • 27th Session of Orissa History Congress held on 28th-29th December 2005.
  • UGC National Seminar on "Historical writings and Historians of Twentieth Century Orissa", held on 19th 20th February 2005.
  • National Seminar on "Orissan Historiography", and 24th Session of Orissa History Congress held on 30th September to 1st October, 2001.
  • National Seminar on "Problems and prospects of Tourism" held on 23rd 24th February, 2001.
  • National Seminar on "Situating Tribals in History" under UGC Special Assistance Programme held on 24th - 25th March, 2000.
  • National Seminar on "Society, polity and Culture of Eastern India: A Historical Perspective," held on 21st -22nd March, 1997.
  • XV Session of South Indian History Congress held on 24th 26th February, 1995
  • Seminar on "Maritime activities of Orissa: Reminiscences and Prospects", held on 30th September, 1993.
  • Seminar on "The Cultural Heritage of Ancient Orissa", held on 28th September, 1993.
  • Berhampur University Silver Jubilee Seminar on "Cultural Heritage of South Odisha" held on 14th December, 1991.
  • Sixteenth Session of Orissa History Congress held on 18th-19th September, 1990.
  • UGC National Seminar on "Freedom Movement in Orissa" on 22nd 24th December, 1988.
  • Indian Association for American Studies, XIIth Session, October 1978.
  • Orissa History Congress, Session V, March 1977.
  • Organized Workshop on "Gender Bias in Odia Society on 20th& 21st February 2017
  • Organized National Seminar on "Socio Cultural Aspect of Labour Migration in Odisha: A Historical Prospective on 25th and 26th March 2017
  • Organized Department Golden Jubilee Year 2018 on 29th & 30 March 2018
  • Organized National Seminar "Culture: through the Ages on 25 & 26, March 2019
  • Organized "Refresher Course for History Lectures of Colleges sponsored by World Bank from 04.02.2019 to 24.02.2019
  • Organized "Refresher Course for History Lectures of Colleges sponsored by World Bank from 20.01.2020 to 25.01.2020
  • Organized International Seminar "Reconstruction of Indian History: Society and Religion on 14 & 15, February 2020
  • Organised 1st History Alumni Meet on 16.02.2020
  • Organized National Seminar (virtual) on "Women's Status and Extend Inequalities in India at Present held on 24.07.2020. Prof. Rekha Pande, Director of SEED and Professor of History, University of Hyderabad has delivered lecture on this topic.
  • Organized Distinguished Lecture (virtual) on Gender Issues in Past-Present-Future held on 30.04.2020 . Lecture delivered by Sankarsan Malik, and Dr. S.N. Nayak. Student across the discipline and other departments participated in this Webinar Programme.
  • Organized Distinguished lecture (virtual) on "A Menstruation: A Practice Against Women's Progress held on 03.05.2020. Lecture delivered by Prabhabini Das, scholar and author of Menstruation Practice in Odia Culture.
  • Organized workshop (virtual) on Odia Movie titled "Duhita: Silent Tears of a Daughter held on 06.05.2020. As expert Subhasmita Jena, Director of the movie "Duhita and Dr. Adyasha Dash, Author of book 'Oriya Movies and women: 1936 to 2009' have joined as resource persons in this workshop.
  • Organized History Almuni Lecture Series (HAL-2020) from 30.07.2020 to 03.08. 2020 (Phase-1) & 4.08.2020 to 08.08.2020 (Phase-2)
  • Organized National Webinar on Implication of Gandhian and Ambedkarite Ideologies in Social Reform on 23rd & 24th March 2021
  • Organized National Seminar on Recent Trend and Aproaches in Indian History on 16th March 2022


First Alumni Meet (HAM) was held on Dt.16th February 2020


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Dr. Sadananda Nayak
Associate Professor & HOD
Email : [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]