Courses

1. Ph.D. Programme

2. M.A. History

   
 
Head

Prof. K. Arjun Rao

M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D.

   
 
Chair Person, BOS

Dr. G. Anjaiah

M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D.

   
 

Osmania University was established in 1918 and it was named after its Founder H.E.H. Mir Osman Ali Khan the VII Nizam and also the last ruler of erstwhile Hyderabad State. The establishment of the University was unique experiment in Higher Education in modern India where for the first time the medium of instruction was an Indian Language, Urdu. The total area of campus is about 1500 acres.

The first important building of the University campus is Arts College building. It was completed in the year 1939. This majestic building built in granite of Pinkish-hue; it is a magnificent piece of Architecture and standing symbol for the history of Educational progress in this part of the country and the confluence of cultures in the Deccan. This monumental building attracts the attention of all the visitors, from far and near, to the city of Hyderabad and it is a tourist attraction.

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 Hussain Khan (1951-58), Sri. Muneeruddin (1958-60), Prof. P.Sreenivasa Chari (1960-64), Sri. K. Sajjanlal (1964-66), Prof. R.Subramanyam (1966-69), Smt. 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 (2000-2003) and Prof. A. Satyanarayana (2003-2005), Prof. P.Prasangi (2005-2007), Prof. K. Ramakrishna (2007-2009), Prof. M. Venkateshwar Rao (2009-2011), Prof. I. Lakshmi (2011-2013), Prof. R. Varalakshmi (2013-2015), Prof. G. Sudarshan Reddy (2015-2017). At present Prof. K. Arjun Rao is heading the Department. The faculty of the department has successfully completed over 21 major research projects funded by different agencies like the UGC, ICHR, Nehru Memorial Museum, New Delhi, Government of Andhra Pradesh, A.P. State Archives and some of their reports have been submitted and published.


Prof. Sarojini Regani, served as Director, State Archives and Research Institute, Tarnaka and also served as Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Osmania University. Prof. Y. Vaikuntham, served as Vice-Chancellor of Kakatiya University from 1995-1998 and was the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Osmania University from 2000-2003. Prof. R. Soma Reddy, served as Principal, University College of Arts & Social Sciences, Osmania University from 1995-1996.


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 two UG (Nizam College & Women's College, Koti) and three P.G. (University College of Arts & Social Sciences, Nizam College & University College of Post-Graduation) Centres.


Since its inception, the faculty of the department has successfully guided over 114 Ph.D. Scholars and 75 M.Phil Scholars and most of them are occupying important academic positions in India and Foreign Universities. M.Phil course was discontinued from 2008 onwards. The contributions of the faculty of the department are considered to be significant.


The department is also 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 M.A. Final Examination and the "M.L.N. Reddy Memorial Gold Medal" to the Women candidate who secures highest marks in M.A. (Regular) Examinations.


Departmental Research Support (DRS/SAP) Phase-I:
The Department has been sanctioned Departmental Research Support (DRS/SAP) Phase-I Project by University Grants Commission, New Delhi, for carrying out research on the thrust area on "Socio-Economic Conditions in Andhra Desa, 17th & 18th Centuries, A.D." for a period of five years and extended for a further period of one year i.e., 01.09.1994 to 31.08.2000 (Rs. 16,00,000/-).


Departmental Research Support (DRS/SAP) Phase-II:
The Department has been sanctioned Departmental Research Support (DRS/SAP) Phase-II project by University Grants Commission, New Delhi, for carrying out research on the thrust area on "Socio-Economic Conditions in Andhra Desa from 17th Century to the first quarter of 20th Century", for a period of five years i.e., 01.04.2001 to 31.03.2006 (Rs.19,20,000/- + Project Fellows Rs.3,600/- p.m. (Two)).


Departmental Special Assistance (DSA/SAP) Phase-I:
The Department has been sanctioned Departmental Special Assistance (DSA/SAP) Phase-I programme by University Grants Commission, New Delhi, for carrying out research on the thrust area on "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 (Rs. 37,00,000/- + (Actual) Project Fellow (One)).


Departmental Special Assistance (DSA/SAP) Phase-II:
The Department has been sanctioned Departmental Special Assistance (DSA/SAP) Phase-II programme by University Grants Commission, New Delhi, for carrying out research on the thrust area on "Regions, Culture and Histories in Pre-Colonial Deccan", for a period of five years i.e., (01-04-2015 to 31-03-2020) (Rs. 53,00,000/-)


The Department has organized the Indian History Congress, A.P. History Congress and South Indian History Congress from 1977 to 1986 and a National Seminar on "Communities, Castes and Cultures in the Deccan", held under DSA/SAP Phase-II Programme on 29-30, October 2014. Recently a Two-Day National Seminar on "Revisiting the People's History: Architect of the Telangana Armed Struggle - Devulapally Venkateshwara Rao" was sponsored by Devulapally Venkateshwara Rao Research Centre, Hyderabad and Organised by Department of History, Osmania University on 19-20, June 2017.


The Department of History, Osmania University, having its own Seminar Library consisting of more than 5,200 books. The Seminar Library also acquired primary sources like Persian Farmans of Qutub Shahi and Asaf Jahi period. The Digitalized hard bound copies of Golkonda Patrika acquired from ICSSR Library (SRC), O.U. under DSA/SAP Phase-I making expenditure of more than one lakh are also available in the Seminar Library. Research Scholars are benefited with the above sources.


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.


After the formation of Telangana State in June, 2014, the Department of History, Osmania University, has introduced History and Culture of Telangana from pre-historic times to till the formation of Telangana State with an objective of providing an overall idea about the History of the Telangana Region to the general public and to the students of History. As per the instructions of University Grants Commission, Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) Semester System was introduced by Osmania University at Undergraduate and Post-Graduate level. Accordingly the B.A. (History) CBCS Syllabus was reorganized and approved by the University from the Academic Year 2016-17. The Department of History, Osmania University, has also Revised M.A. (History) Regular Syllabus and introduced CBCS including Inter Disciplinary from Academic Year 2016-17. M.A. (History) Semester Wise paper titles are given below:
 

Courses Offered

  • Ph.D. Programme

  • M.A. History

Paper Titles of M.A.(History)

 

M.A.I-Semester

M.A.II-Semester

Core - 1: History of India: From Earliest times to 1206 CE

Core - 1 : History of India: 1206-1858 CE

Core - 2:  World History: 1453-1871 CE

Core - 2 : Historiography and Historical Methods

Core - 3:History and Culture of Telangana: From Earliest Times to 1724 CE

Core - 3 : History of Telangana: From 1724-2014 CE

Elective I-A: Ancient Civilizations

Elective I-A: History of Modern World: 1871-1964 CE

Elective I-B: History of China: 1839-1949 CE

Elective I-B: History of Russia: 1861-1991 CE

Elective II-A: Tourism and Culture

Elective II-A:Environmental History of Modern India

Elective II-B: History of USA: 1776-1945 CE

Elective II-B:History of Japan: 1850-1945 CE

 

M.A.III-Semester

M.A.IV-Semester

Core - 1:Social, Economic and Cultural History of Medieval India: 1206-1707 CE

Core - 1 : National Movement in India: 1858-1947 CE

Core - 2:Social and Economic History of Modern India: 1707-1947 CE

Core - 2 :  History of Contemporary India: 1947-2000 CE

Core - 3: History of Dalit Movements in India: 1900-1947 CE

Core -3: Tribal and Peasant Movements in India, 19th & 20th Centuries

Elective I-A:History of Science and Technology in Modern India: 1800-1964 CE

Elective I-A:  Constitutional History of India: 1773-1947 CE

Elective I-B:Architecture in the Deccan

Elective I-B: Archives and Museums

Elective II - I.D - Cultural History of India

  

Elective II-A:Women Studies in Modern India

Elective II-B: Project Work

 

TEACHING FACULTY
 PROFESSORS

Dr. K. Arjun Rao, Head
M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D.
Specialization: History of Modern Andhra.

Dr. G. Arun Kumar
M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D.
Specialization: Modern Andhra

ASSISTANT PROFESSORS

Dr. G. Anjaiah, Chairman, Board of Studies
M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D.
Specialization: Medieval Indian History

Dr. B. Lavanya
M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D.
Specialization: Medieval Indian History
 OFFICE STAFF
Dr. K. Veeresha - Technical Assistant
Ms.V.P. Akhila Anateshwari Devi - Computer Operator/Typist
Mr. H. Badappa - Office Attendant