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The Department of 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, tribeshave been unprecedented in the world history. The uniqueness and vastness of India’s past prompts the Department to endeavor towards further exploring the erstwhile historical phenomena entailing newer and innovative approaches exploiting the ever growing interface between education and technology. The Department endeavors 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 Department’s teaching-learning method.

VISION:

The vision of the Department is to spearhead the research activities particularly in the field of Indian culture. As the university is located in Gaya, the heart of Buddhism, the Department 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 Department looks forward to take this advantage.

Objectives:

  • The primary objective of the Departmentis 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.

Department Overview

Established in

2018

Employee Strength

Faculty- 04
Staffs - 01

Student Strength

Research Scholar & JRF-10
PG-Students - 43
MPhil/PhD Graduated -

Placement 2021
(Job, Higher Studies)

x (tentative)

Publications, Books & Patent
(Last 5-Years)

Publications-
Books -

 

 

Board of Studies (BoS)

BoS is a statutory body for each department/centre, primarily responsible for syllabus design and regular update. As described in the Ordinance section 25.10,

The functions of the Board of Studies shall be:-

  • To recommend to the School Board, courses of studies offered by the Department/Centre and continue updating syllabus;
  • To take all steps in accordance with the provisions of the Regulations about teaching and evaluation of various courses/programmes of the Department/Centre;
  • To recommend to the School Board measures for the improvement of teaching and research in the Department/Centre;
  • To constitute panels of experts to be considered for appointment as Examiners, Board of Examiners for various courses/academic programmes and M.Phil./Ph.D. thesis representing various specializations of Departments/Centres; and
  • To perform such other functions as may be assigned to it by the School Board, the Academic Council, the Executive Council and the Vice-Chancellor.

Department Committee (DC)

As enshrined in the Ordinace-26, the Department/Centre Committee (DC/CC) shall consist of the Head of the Department/Centre, as Chairperson ex-officio, and all faculty members of the Department/Centre.

26.2 The Department/Centre Committee shall have the following functions, namely–

  • To make proposals to the Board of Studies on academic programmes concerning teaching and research, and the creation, specialization and abolition of teaching posts;
  • To propose schemes for the maintenance and improvement of the standards of various programmes of study and research of the Department/Centre;
  • To apportion the teaching and co-curricular work of the Department/Centre among the teachers thereof and monitor the proper execution thereof;
  • To consider and decide on the assignment and utilisation of the space, equipment and other assets of the Department/Centre and other matters of general and academic interest of the Department/Centre;
  • To consider and recommend perspectives and major thrust areas for research and to propose research projects to be taken up by the members of the Department/Centre, individually/collectively;
  • To review and apprise the SRC/URC with the current status of research in Department/Centre;
  • To suggest to SRC/URC norms related to qualifications and research experience of a faculty to be recognized as a research degree supervisor and to constitute Department/Centre Research Degree Committee (DRC/CRC);
  • To suggest to University Admission, Teaching and Evaluation Committee (UATEC) on any issue related to admission, teaching, continuous evaluation in courses and students’ assessment of courses, offered by the Department/Centre to improve quality of education.
  • To constitute such Committee(s) comprising members of the Department/Centre, and if necessary external experts, for framing and implementation of rules and regulations related to admission, teaching, continuous evaluation, maintenance of students’ records including alumni affairs as well as promotion of research and development; and
  • To perform such other functions as may be assigned by the Ordinances or Regulations, or by the Vice- Chancellor/Dean/School Board from time to time.

Department Research Degree Committee (DRDC)

Departmental/Centre Research Degree Committee (DRDC/CRDC) deal with all matters connected with the Ph.D. Programme of the Department and report the matter to the University Research Degree Committee (URDC), as per University Ordinance-33. It consists of the Head of Department/Centre as Chairman and other faculties in the department.

Functions of DRDC/CRDC are as follows:

  • Allotment of Supervisor, Co-Supervisor, recording reasons for not admitting a candidate.
  • Recommendation for extension of time for submission of thesis
  • Recommendation to peruse a part of research outside the University
  • Approval of the Course Work
  • Assessment and Grading in Course Work
  • Monitoring the research progress of the candidate
  • Approval of Research plan proposal/language
  • Sanction of duty leave to the Ph.D. candidate
  • Assessment of Ph.D. work through pre-submission seminar
  • Maintaining the record of research paper publications of the candidate
  • 11 Recommendation of panel of experts for thesis evaluation
  • Assessment of revised thesis for satisfactory compliance, if any
  • Arrangement of Viva-voce in the absence of the supervisor
  • Recommendation to waive the Viva-voce

Research Advisory Committee (RAC)

A Research Advisory Committee (RAC) is constituted for every research scholar admitted in PhD programme. The Committee would guide the research scholar to develop the study design and methodology of research and to To periodically review and assist in the progress of the research work of the research scholar. The committee shall have also have power to recommend the co-supervisor and cancellation of registration

Vision

  • Contributing to the nation-building through multidimensional researches in the magnificent cultural, civilizational and historical past of the nation, enriching the knowledge base in the discipline and inculcation in the students of the sense of patriotism and commitment to the culture and tradition of the nation. 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 Department 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 Department’s teaching-learning method.

Mission

  • 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. 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 department also attempts to design such courses 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, architecture and Heritage Management. Focus Area of Teaching-learning and Research  Promoting intensive research in traditional Indian knowledge system in Science, Philosophy, Arts, Architecture, Medicine etc.  Promoting intensive research in the traditional Indian concept and Methods of environmental and ecological preservation.  Decoding inherent scientific features of traditional Indian festivals and other cultural activities.  Undertaking Buddhist Studies with a view to collaboration with other Buddhist countries to promote internationalism.  Thrust on new areas of study in the Indian national movement with a view to bring forth the contributions of the unknown heroes and freedom fighters in the Indian national movement.  Thrust on exploring new areas of activities of the Indian national movement which have remained untouched so far.

  • Objectives of the Program: the Department offers Master programme in History which comprises of four semesters for the period of two years through a suitable structure and balanced syllabus incorporating various dimensions of Historical studies, the programme emphasises on fostering sophisticated and complex perspectives of the past. The programme is well tailored to train the students on expending knowledge base in Historical studies with analytical and conceptual clarity.
  • Program Outcomes: Through pursuing M.A. in History Programme the students will be familiar with the process of nation building. Moreover the students will have tremendous opportunity to revisit, rethink and re-interpret the glorious past from Indian Perspective. At the same time the students will be equipped with major skills and instruments of Historical Research in order to complement the existing Historical knowledge of the glorious past of our country.
  • Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from recognized University with minimum of 55% marks for General/OBC candidates and 45% marks for SC/ST candidates.
  • Intake: 45
  • Objectives of the Program: The Department offers Ph.D. Programme in History with an objective of strengthening of existing researches in Historical studies by facilitating the scholars to undertake Historical researches at grassroot level reflecting the pluralism and diversities of Indian Society.
  • Program Outcomes: The research scholars through pursuing Ph.D. in History Programme will be acquainted with current skills and instruments applicable globally in Historical Research. They will be sufficiently skilled to bring forth the multidimensional realities of the past through their painstaking research.
  • Eligibility: Masters degree in History with minimum 55% in aggregate or its equivalent Grade B in UGC seven point scale. A relaxation of 5% of marks from 55% to 50% or equivalent relaxation of Grade for SC/ST/OBC (Non-Creamy layer)/ Differently abled candidates.
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Course Assessment Design - MA

  1. Semester –I
  2. Semester –II
  3. Semester –III
  4. Semester-IV

 

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Department of Historical studies and Archaeology

  • Present Head
HOD Name Period Contact Image
Dr. Sudhanshu Kumar Jha 26.08.2019-Onwards Contact : +91 -631-2229-
Email: hod.his@cusb.ac.in
  • Former Heads
  1. Nil
Office Staff Email Id Contact Image
Vikram Pratap Singh vikram9708170707@gmail.com +91-7488257261