Department of History
Located at Pondicherry which remains a window of French culture, the Department of History of the Pondicherry University has distinguished itself as a frontline History Department across the country for the study of cultural interaction in the Indian Ocean region. The Department was established in 1988 to provide facilities for study and research in the social, economic and cultural history of India and the world. Teaching and research in the department are focused on the different aspects of Indian history, ancient, medieval and modern. Historiography, Theory and Practice of Historical Writing, History of Science, Technology, Environment and Medicine, Archaeology, Epigraphy, Numismatics and Global History are foremost among the thrust areas of study. The curriculum makes it possible for students to have comprehensive as well as in depth knowledge in history so as to enable them to clear competitive examinations like UGC NET and Civil Service Examinations and take up administrative, teaching and research careers with confidence in future. The Department provides modular courses which allow the students of the University to choose from a menu of courses according to their interests, career plans and ambitions.
The Department of History was established in December 1987 with following main objectives:
To provide facilities for study and research in social, economic and cultural history of India
To highlight the intellectual tradition and cultural heritage of India
To explore the history of countries other than India
To undertake the study of historiography and the philosophy of history
To provide knowledge of the theory and practice of historical writing