Centre for Historical Studies and Archaeology
The Centre for Historical Studies and Archaeology offers the students an advanced system of knowledge full of new epistemological and ontological foundations and research explorations in the realm of historical studies. The reconstruction and the understanding of the past is of paramount importance to protect and preserve the cultural and intellectual heritage and also to know about the true spirit of a nation. India, as a nation, has traversed a tortuous trek on the cultural, civilizational and historical course. India abounds in stupendous historical events in different spheres of human existence from cultural to socio-economic and politico-administrative fields. Moreover, India has a distinction of waging the greatest mass movement in the form of the National Freedom Struggle, unparalleled in the world history, and unique amongst the third world countries. The colossal sacrifices of Indian masses, intelligentsia, commoners including peasants, tribes have been unprecedented in the world history. The uniqueness and vastness of India’s past prompts the Centre to endeavour towards further exploring the erstwhile historical phenomena entailing newer and innovative approaches exploiting the ever growing interface between education and technology. The Centre endeavours to explore new frontiers of research and knowledge-creation within the existing pool of knowledge in History. Inculcation of commitment to India’s culture and tradition within the contending frameworks of contemporary ‘Idea of India’ remains the central focus of Centre’s teaching-learning method.
Vision:The vision of the Centre is to spearhead the research activities particularly in the field of Indian culture and the Indian Nationalism. As the university is located in Gaya, the heart of Buddhism, the Centre has the unique advantage of utilizing the sources in the Buddhist studies in the pursuit of the further research in this field and also establishing academic relations with the educational institutions in other Asian countries having stronger Buddhist influence and thus promoting exchange of ideas globally. Further, this region has also remained at vanguard in the Nationalist Movement right from the revolt of 1857 to the revolt of 1942. So, the region is naturally abundant with rich historical sources to attract new researches in this field and the Centre looks forward to take this advantage. Apart from the research activities, the Centre also envisions to provide employability in other sectors than the formal sector through exploring new programmes in collaboration with tourism sector and the professional institutions working in the field of arts and architecture.
- The primary objective of the Centre is to emphasise the importance of theory and analytical concepts in reconstructing the past.
- To promote researches in hitherto unexplored areas with a focus on the primary sources in languages ranging from Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit to modern Indian languages, along with the archaeological sources.
- To focus on the study of contemporary Indian History along with exploring the history of other countries.
- To focus on historiography and the philosophy of history and to follow new global historiographical trends such as oral history, gender history, intellectual history, cultural history, subaltern history and the post-modernistic perspectives.
M.A in History : The Centre offers Master programme in History which comprises of four semesters for the period of two years. Through a suitably structures and balanced syllabus incorporating various dimensions of historical studies, the programme emphasises on fostering sophisticated and complex perspectives on the past. The programme is well tailored to train the students on expanding knowledge base in historical studies with analytical and conceptual clarity. The students are supposes to be equipped with new approaches towards historical studies and utilize them in the comprehension of the existing challenges. To make the discipline relevant the programme visualizes a two way communication between the present and the past.
Features of the Teaching-learning
- Apart from conventional chalk and talk method, the use of ICT based smart class room facility such as LCD projectors.
- Multi-disciplinary approach through option of acquiring credits in other disciplines such as Sociology, Economics, and Political Sciences.
- Adherence to the system of tutorials.
- Field trips to the places of historical and archaeological significance to get first-hand knowledge.
- Constant dialogue in the discipline through the coordination of the conferences, seminar series, invited lectures of the distinguished scholars to disseminate advanced knowledge in the discipline.
- Group discussion and individual seminars to enhance the skills of communication and the personality development of the students.
Faculty Members :
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Name, Qualification & Designation
PhD (Patna University)