The Department of History was started in 1967, two years after the establishment of the University in 1965.The Department aims at making it is a Centre of Excellence for study and research in the field of Humanities & Social Sciences.The major objectives of the Department are:
- To introduce the students with major trends of changes and developments in the life and culture of the humanity.
- To acquaint the students to the emerging branches of historical studies and thought, and creation of a new generation of historians.
- To undertake extensive research on various aspects of history of Assam and the North-East India.
- To research on India’s inter country socio-economic and political relationships with the neighbours.
Shri Shri Aniruddhadeva Chair
The University established the Shri Shri Aniruddhadeva Chair in recognition of the service and contribution the Department with an objective to study the religion and ethno-history of this region. Thus, the Chair has become an eminent centre for socio-cultural studies. It organizes the Birth Anniversary of Shri Shri Aniruddhadeva and special lectures by scholars and social workers every year.
Buddhist Study Centre
The UGC sanctioned a grant for the establishment of Buddhist Study Centre during the 12th plan period.The Centre is attached to and developed by the Department of History. It is engaged in research on Buddhism, Buddhist Communities of North East India and Buddhist culture. It organizes seminars, lectures by eminent Buddhist scholars.