School of Social Sciences

Department of History

Welcome to the Department of History at Bharathidasan University.

The present Department of History was established in 1995 as Centre for History. The department has been offering Post Graduation, PhD and M.Phil from 1995 and five year Integrated Masters from 2008. During the short span of Twenty eight years, the Department has received the national professional attention. The faculty of the department had made visible contribution as teachers, researchers and supervisors. With good exposure to the national and international academic environment, faculty of the department have been excelling teaching and in the field of their expertise. The department has been a place intense intellectual activity. Established historians like, Dr. B. Sheik Ali, Dr. M.G.S. Narayanan, Dr. R. Champakalakshmi, Dr. Y. Subbarayalu and Dr. Rajan Gurukkal, Ramachandra Guha, Dr.Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Dr.M.S.S. Pandiyan Dr. A. Venkatachapathi and Dr. Surendra Rao, Dr. Shiren Moosvi, Dr.Ishrat Alam, Dr.John Bosco Lourdusamy and many more distinguished scholars on various capacities as Vice-Chancellors, heads of social science research institutions and as established scholars in their own field of research have visited the department and directly and indirectly have contributed to the growth of the department.

Our former faculty Dr. N. Rajendran had made an immense contribution to the department by being a long serving faculty. He has been Head of the Department for long and twice has been a member of Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR). He is also a well-know figure in the southern region and has served as expert in various capacities in professional academic bodies and as well academic institutions. He served as the Vice-Chancellor of Alagappa University, Karaikudi Tamil Nadu. Dr.A.Singaravel and Dr. T. Pitachai who unfortunately passed away made their contribution in their own way. In 2008, Dr. T. Asokan (PhD, Bharathidasan University) and Dr. Y. Srinivasa Rao (PhD, IIT Madras) joined the department. We are life members of Indian History Congress (IHC) has also are serving in various capacities in the regional professional bodies. Dr. Y. Srinivasa Rao is a member of Society for the History of Technology. (SHOT), South Indian History Congress and Tamil Nadu History Congress.

Since its inception, the department has been conducting various academic programmes such as national and state level seminars, workshops, training programmes and refresher courses on history and on themes of interdisciplinary nature. The department has so far has conducted 41 seminars, 7 workshops, 2 training programmes on human rights, 10 Refresher Courses, 1 Symposium, 7 Endowment Lectures and 31 lectures on Jawaharlal Nehru as the Centre for Nehru Studies (CNS) has been with the department since the inception of the center. It also hosted conferences of state level history associations. The department has produced 28 PhDs. Scholars have been doing well as teachers and as researchers.

The Department of History has been regularly publishing at international, national level. Few books and nearly 50 articles are published so far. Prof. N. Rajendran’s book on “National Movement in Tamil Nadu was published by OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. His other book Nationalism and Swadeshism in Tamil Nadu, (Tamil) published by the Clio Publications, Tiruchi has been given the best book award by Collector Tiruchirappalli. He published another book Historiography (Tamil), Clio Publications, Tiruchi, aspire to assist the P.G & M.Phil. students. His monograph Shifting Paradigms of Nationalism, Ethnicity and Language in Tamil Nadu, has been published by the Indian Council of Historical Research Southern Centre, Bangalore. He edited a book entitled Sources: Construction and Reconstruction of History, published by the Indian Council of Historical Research Southern Centre, Bangalore. Besides, articles are published in reputed academic journals and national newspapers. More than 45 such articles have been published which includes the recently published articles such as: “Uprising in the South (1857)” which was published as a part of the cover story in the Front line on 29th June 2007 issue and in Rethinking 1857 “The Revolt of 1857: Rebellions Prelude and Nationalist Response in Tamil Nadu”, edited by Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Chairman, ICHR, and published by the Orient Longman; Moreover, Prof. N. Rajendran has served as the editor of Tamil Nadu History Congress Proceedings for six continuous years from 2002 to 2007. Prof. N. Rajendran of the Department of History has been the honorary consultant for the District Gazetteer Project of the Tamil Nadu State Archives, Government of Tamil Nadu. Prof. N. Rajendran has been nominated member, Indian council of Historical Research, Human Resource Development Ministry New Delhi. Prof. N. Rajendran has served as the Chairman for Tamil Nadu Plus Two History text Book, Government of Tamil Nadu. The Department has also completed 1 major 5 UGC Minor Research Projects. Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) sponsored projects are being carried out by Dr.Y.Srinivasa Rao and Dr,T.Asokan. Dr. T. Asokan and Dr. Y. Srinivasa Rao too have research articles published to their credited. Dr. T. Asokan has published 2 Books and 9 Articles. Dr. Y. Srinivasa Rao published entitles as ‘Electricity, Politics and Regional Economic Imbalance in Madras Presidency, 1900-1947’ in Economic and Political Weekly ‘Colonialism and the Development of Electricity: The Case of Madras Presidency, 1900-1947’ Science, Technology & Society, along with Dr. John Lourdusamy, ‘Electrification of Madras Presidency, 1900-1947’, Review of Development and Change, and ‘Separation of Child from Mother: Exclusion of Poor from Environment’, in Nagaraju G, Sahoo S and Sahoo A.K, (eds.) Trends in Sociology: Development, Education and Diaspora, Abijeet Publications, New Delhi. He also writes popular articles on contemporary issues in web portals such as Countercurrents and Roundtable India. Faculty of the department have also have been delivering lectures as resources persons in Human Resource Development Centre and in other academic programmes. Dr. Srinivasa Rao has delivered 77 such lectures and visited United States and United Kingdom to participate in the international academic gatherings. Dr. Asokan has delivered 64 and did Live Phone in Programme on “How to Conquer the Disability to Excel in One’s life” and on “Maruthu Brothers” in All India Radio, Tiruchirappalli.