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History Department: S.S.J. Campus, Almora

Department of History at S.S.J. Campus Almora of Kumaun University was established in the year 1949 and department of History at D.S.B. Campus, Nainital in the year 1951. Ever since both the departments have done pioneering work in the regional history and Archaeology of Uttarakhand especially in the field of Socio-economic history, folk culture, oral tradition, freedom struggle, women studies and science and technology in the central Himalayas.

Both the departments have also developed museums which are a unique repository on the history of local culture, freedom struggle, administrative history, archaeological artifacts with a rare collection of statues, coins, photographs, personalities, news papers and private letters related to local history.

The history departments of both the Campuses have organized several National and International seminars. In addition to this, the faculty members have presented papers in several National and International seminars/Conferences. Faculty members have also delivered lectures at various places like University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA), LBS Academy Mussorie, Uttarakhand Academy of Administration, Nainital, Central Command, Indian Army, Lucknow, J.N.U., Pantnagar, Meerut etc. Professor Shekhar Pathak, an ex-member of the department, was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri in 2007. Approx. 65 books have published by the faculty members.

The department has consistently worked towards encouraging research in various fields of History, keeping in pace with changing paradigms of historiography, with special emphasis on the largely uncharted territory of regional history. Over the years, it has organized seminars, workshops and symposia graced by scholars of National and International stature.

Research and Extension: Research Scholars enrolled: 30

RScholars receiving fellowship at present: Rajiv Gandhi Fellowships and ICHR Fellowships.

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History Department: DSB Campus, Nainital

Department of History DSB Campus, Nainital, started in the year 1951. Ever since the department has done pioneering work in the regional history, history of freedom struggle, women studies, history of science and technology in the Central Himalaya. The department of history is as old as the Campus itself. The department offers courses at both UG and PG Level and the faculty also supervise research work. Semester mode is underway at PG Level and from the current session it has been introduced in B.A. The department evolved distinct syllabus with proper stress on local history of Uttarkhand. The department has also developed museum which are a unique repository on the history of local culture, freedom struggle, administrative history and archeological artifacts with a rare collection of statues, coins, audio/visual documentation of places, personalities, news papers and private letters related to local history. The former professors of History department have great contribution in the development of the department like Prof Ajay S. Rawat who is renowned historian and recipient of Order of the Golden Ark, the Netherlands and Prof. Shekhar Pathak a renowned historian and recipient of Padmashree.

The Department of History envisages its research and applications in the following fields:

  1. History of Science and Technology, with special focus on indigenous knowledge systems, as per the guidelines of UGC.
  2. Aspects of Himalayan Folk Culture.
  3. Historiography/Himalayan history writing.
  4. Tribal History
  5. Gender History

The department at DSB Campus has classrooms and departmental library. Department recently created common hall for lectures and study centre for research scholars. Department is also functioning for the newly established Centre for Gandhi and Diaspora Studies, a proposal has been submitted to state government.

Himalaya Museum:
The Himalaya Museum was established in 1987 under the auspices of the Department of History, Kumaun University, Nainital. It was inaugurated by Prof. Yashpal, the then Chairman of the University Grants Commission. Since its inception the museum has been actively involved in the task of collection, compilation recording, and documentation. It has put up many important exhibitions in various places, including the university campus, and has organized a number of seminars and conferences, with the assistance of the department of History.

The Museum building exhibits important document related not only to the archaeology and History of Uttarkhand but also to its folk literature, regional journalism, agricultural implements, coins, household articles, musical instruments, personality, People, Documents and the independence movements. Statues and Veerkhambs (Victory Pillars), etc. The renovation of the Himalayan Museum is being carried on with the help of the Asian Development Bank and it is proposed that in the future the artifacts available in the museum will be displayed on a national and international level.

Head of Department

Name : Dr. Savitri Kaira Jantwal

Phone : 9897302219

Email : historydsbcampus.ntl@gmail.com

Prof. Savitri Kaira is renowned historian working on the area of women history. She is first person to completed Ph.D. and D.Lit. on the topics ‘ The role of women of Uttarakhand in the national Movement’ and The role of Women in Uttarakhand Movement’ Role of Women in Uttarkhand Movement and other Local Movements from Kumaun University. She is an identified Rajya Andolankari and played an important role in the Uttarkhand State Formation Movement. She is recipient of many awards, published many research papers and guide several research scholars. She has shouldered numerous administrative assignments of the University. She is also actively involved in social activities especially upliftment of marginalized women of the state.

Courses offered
  1. B.A.
  2. M.A.
  3. Ph.D.
Faculty Members of SSJ Campus, Almora
S.No Name Designation Specialization Email Phone Photograph Academic Profile
1 Dr. C.M. Agrawal Professor Medieval India, History, Woman Studies chandram.agrawal@gmail.com 09412908438 Dr. C.M. Agrawal View Profile
2 Dr. Daya Pant Professor Medieval & Modern Indian History, History of Uttarakhand pantdayak@gmail.com 09412952216 Dr. Daya Pant View Profile
3 Dr. Anil Joshi Professor Urban History/History of Journalism AnilJoshi@gmail.com Dr. Anil Joshi View Profile
4 Prof. Vidyadhar Singh Negi Professor Ancient Indian History & Archaeology vsnegi@gmail.com Prof. Vidyadhar Singh Negi View Profile
5 Dr. S.K. Tamta Professor Ancient Indian History & Archaeology sktamta@gmail.com Dr. S.K. Tamta View Profile

Faculty Members of DSB Campus, Nainital
S.No Name Designation Specialization Email Phone Photograph Academic Profile
1 Dr. Savitri Kaira Professor and Campus Head Modern Indian History skairajantwal@gmail.com 9897302219 Dr. Savitri Kaira View Profile
2 Dr. G.S. Negi Professor Tribal History of India prof.girdharnegi@gmail.com 9411164016 Dr. G.S. Negi View Profile
3 Sanjay Ghildiyal Professor Historiography of Modern India sanghill@gmail.com Sanjay Ghildiyal View Profile
4 Dr. Sivani Rawat Asstt. Professor Medieval and Modern Indian History rofshivirawat@gmail.com 9411163076 Dr. Sivani Rawat View Profile
5 Dr. Reetesh Sah Assistant Professor/ Assistant Director (UGC-HRDC) Indian History, History of Uttarakhand, Environmental History, History of Science & Technology dr.reeteshsah@gmail.com 9412086515 Dr. Reetesh Sah View Profile

History Department: DSB Campus, Nainital
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