Welcome to History

The Post-Graduate Department of History was founded on 1st December 1959 at the then Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. It was shifted to Vani Vihar, Bhubaneswar in July 1962 when the University moved to its present premises from Cuttack. Ever since the Department is functioning in the Old Arts Block of the University. The founder faculty members of the Department were Prof. M.N. Das, Prof. Prabhat Mukherjee, and Prof. B.C. Ray. Prof. M.N. Das became the first Head of the Department and establishment himself as a famous scholar of Modern Indian History. Prof. Ray and Prof. Mukherjee pursued Regional History, particularly, the History and culture of Odisha and published monumental works. One among the largest Departments of the University, it functions at present as an autonomous Department of Learning and Research.

                The output of research in the Department, both in the qualitative and quantitative sense, has also got due recognition by the community of scholars and academics all around. The PG Department of History gave way to the formation of a new Department to disseminate the ideas, research and expertise on Orissan Culture and Archaeology and formed the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology in July 1996.The University hence, has accorded it the status of an autonomous Department since January 1995. The Department has successfully celebrated the Golden Jubilee Year of its foundation during the session 2009-10. The Centre for Ambedkar Studies, sponsored by the UGC under XI plan, was set up at the PG Dept. of History, UtkalUniveristy on 2nd May 2007.

Prof. M. N. Das Memorial Lecture has been set up by the PG Dept. of History, Utkal University on the occasion of its Golden Jubilee Celebration with effect from 2009.


  • The History Department aims to make the students aware of the past and its legacies through teaching, research and extension activities in Indian history in the context of world history.  We believe that only a critical understanding of the past will enable the students to understand the present and help them look towards the future.


  • Transform the students into citizens who are critically informed about the past and its consequences for the present 
  • Empower students to cope with the challenges of globalization by instilling in them a life-long passion for learning about the past. The knowledge about the interconnections between the global, national,  regional and local history will equip the students to face the challenges with confidence.


Sl.No. Programmes Number of seats
1 MA 64
2 M.Phil. 10
3 Ph.D. 6
4 M.Phil. (Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy)
5 Ph.D. or D.Phil. (Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy)

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6 MA-History
7 M.Phil history
8 Ph.D history
Objectives & Outcomes
Sl.No. Programme Download
9 M.A-History
10 M.Phil-History
11 Ph.D -History
12 Constitutional Government and Democracy in India(Add On Course)
13 Globalization & Culture (Add On Course)

  • Classroom: 04
  • Smart Classroom:01
  • Class Room (with LCD facility): 01
  • Department Seminar Library: 01 (1890+ books)
  • Research scholar room: 01
  • HOD’s office: 01
  • Faculty sitting rooms: 07
  • Office room: 01
  • Toilets: 03
  • Girls Common Room: 01
  • Museum of History and AIHCA: 01
  • Seminar Hall: 01

Major Instrumental facilities

  • Projector-01

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