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University of Madras-School of Historical Studies

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University of Madras-School of Historical Studies is situated at Humanities Schools Road, Nagamalai Puthukottai, Tamil Nadu 625514, India in Chennai.

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M.A Ancient History and Archaeology
  • 2 Years
  • Master of Arts-M.A.
  • Politics / Law / Humanities
M.Phil - Historical Studies
  • 3 Years
  • Master of Phillosophy-M. Phil.
  • Politics / Law / Humanities

University of Madras-School of Historical Studies - UMSHS Chennai - UMSHS

The School of Historical Studies consists of Department of Indian History and Department of Ancient History and Archaeology. The University of Madras created the Department of Indian History and Archaeoogy as the first faculty of the University in 1914 and it was headed successively by eminent historians like Dr.S.Krishnaswamy Iyengar, Prof.K.A.Nilakanta Sastry, Prof.K.K.Pillay and others. The Department was bifurcated into Departments of Indian History and Ancient History and Archaeology in 1959. Dr.T.V.Mahalingam was the first Professor of ancient History and Archaeology, a renowned Archaeologist and Epigraphist. The Department of Ancient History and Archaeology has special interests in Epigraphy and Numismatics, Tamil Culture, and Applied Archealogy. If offers Masters and Ph.D. Programmes. The Department of Indian History specializes on Economic History and Urban Studies. If offers Master, M.Phil, and Ph.D. Programmes. The Department of Indian History has noble aims such as fostering Historical Studies and promoting Historical Research. It has also been attempting to focus on the cultural heritage and traditions of India so as to imbibe in the minds of students the cultural values of this Nation, through class-room lectures and various academic exercises and through different kinds of Seminars, Symposiums and Conferences. This would prepare the students to become good and potential citizens of this Nation and to play a great role in Regional, National and International arena.

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The University of Madras, the Mother University of many a university in our Tamil Nadu and neigbhouring states has started language departments from 1907. Dr.S.R. Ranganathan, the first University Librarian emphasized the need for the language collection in 1930s and started collecting valuable documents in various languages. These collections were made use of by Faculty Members, Research Scholars and students for their knowledge development and Research work. When the language departments were moved to the Marina Campus, the language collections were separated from the Madras University Library and moved to the Marina Campus in the late 1970s to form an Oriental Research Institute Library where books on Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Samskrit, Hindi, Arabic, Persian, Urdu were housed. The Library at present caters to the needs of Faculty members, Research Scholars and Students in carrying out Research not only in their own language but also for comparative studies. Important and rare books of all the major branches of Literature are available in the Library. A separate reference section is also available.


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