The Department of
History, Osmania University was established in the year
1919 with Sri Qazi Badiuddin as its first Head.
The Department was headed
by eminent scholars and historians like Prof. H. K.
Sherwani (1946-51), Prof. Yousuf Hussian Khan (1951-58),
Prof. P. Sreenivasa Chari (1960-64), Prof. R.
Subramanyam (1966-69), Zubeda Yazdani (1970-71), Prof.
R. Narasimha Rao (1971-76), Prof. Sarojini Regani
(1976-80 & 1983-84), Prof. Alladi Vaidehi (1981-82),
Prof. Y. Vaikuntham (1985-89), Prof. P. Jhansi Lakshmi
(1989-91 & 1993-94), Prof. R. Soma Reddy (1991-93),
Prof. K. Sarojini Devi (1995-97), Prof. S. Bhanumathi
Ranga Rao (1997-99), Dr. V. Sadanandam (1999-2000),
Prof. G. Venkat Rajam (2000-03) and Prof. A.
Satyanarayana (2003-05), Prof. K. Ramakrishna (2005-07),
Prof. P. Prasangi (2007-09). At present Prof. M.
Venkateshwar Rao is Heading the department. At these
scholars have made substantial contributions towards the
growth and development has successfully completed over
15 major research projects funded by different has
successfully completed over 15 major research projects
funded by different agencies like UGC. ICHR, Nehru
Memorial Museum, New Delhi, Government of Andhra
Pradesh, A.P. State Archieves and some of their reports
have been submitted and published.
Prof. Sarojini Regani,
served as Director, State Archives and Research Institue,
Tarnaka and also served as Dean, Faculty of Social
Sciences, OU. Prof. Y. Vaikuntham, served as
Vice-Chancellor of Kakatiya University from 1995-1998
and was the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, OU from
2000-03. Prof. R. Soma Reddy, served as Principal,
University College of Arts & Social Sciences, OU from
The Department of
History, Osmania University, is one of the oldest and
largest Department in India. In History Department,
under-graduate courses were started in 1919 and Post
Graduate programme was started in 1924. The Ph.D
and M.Phil programmes were started subsequently. The
Department has three UG and three PG centres.
Since its inception, the
faculty of the department has successfully guided over
58 Ph.D students and 60 M.Phil students and most of them
are occupying important academic positions in India and
Foreign Universities. The contributions of the faculty
of the department are considered to be significant.
The Department also is
bringing out its own Journal called "Osmania Journal of
Historical Research" from 1981 onwards. It is funded by
UGC Unit, Osmania University, whenever we publish under
Un-Assigned Grant Account.
The Department awards
"Prof. R. Narasimha Rao Gold Medal" to the student who
secures first rank in the MA Final examiniation and the
"MLN Reddy Memorial Gold Medal" to the women candidate
who secures highest marks in MA(regular) examinations.
The Department has been
sanctioned Departmental Research support Project in 1994
by University Grants Commission, New Delhi, for carrying
out research on "Socio-Economic Conditions in Andhra
Desa in 17th & 18th Centuries, A.D." and now once again
University Grants Commission, New Delhi, has upgraded
Departmental Special Assistance Programme (DSA/SAP) to
our Department for carrying out research on the thrust
area "Socio-Economic Transformation in Telangana
Regional Change in Historical Perspective", for a period
of Five years i.e. 1-4-2007 to 31-3-2012.
The Department has
organized the Indian History Congress, A.P. History
Congress and South Indian History Congress between 1977
to 1986 and recently a National Seminar on "Tribal
Situation in India: A Comparative Perspective", held
under DSA/SAP Programme on 23-24 March, 2010.
I am also happy to inform
you that the Department of History, Osmania University
is holding a Three-Days International Seminar on
"Hyderabad State: Society, Economy and Politics 1724 to
1956" during 17-19th December, 2010.
At present Prof. Y.
Vaikuntham (Retd.) has been awarded UGC Emeritus
Fellowship for a period of two years from 2009-2011.
Prof. A. Satyanarayana, has been awarded Visiting
Fellowship by Jacob University, Bremen, Germany for two
semesters from 16 August, 2010 to 15 August, 2011.
The Department of
History, OU has revised MA(History) regular syllabus and
introduced Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) including
Inter Disciplinary from 2009-2010 Academic year. The
Titles of the papers as per below.