ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of History came into existence in 1984 under the sixth plan with one Professor, one Associate Professor, and two Asst. Professors. There was a long felt need from both the student community and educated to open this basic social science discipline in this University which has been the only University situated in the center of the Telangana region.
STUDENTS & COURSES:
We are offering M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D Degree Programmes in History with Annual intake of 70 into M.A. Programme. Out of these 70 students, 35 are allotted to University College, Department of History & Tourism Management and 35 to PG College, Subedari under self-finance. Keeping in view of the tourism potential of the region and also to promote professional expertise for the newly emerging tourism industry, the Department of History, Kakatiya University, has started a two-year Post-Graduate degree course, Master of Tourism Management, in the academic year 1999-2000 with an intake of 35 students under self-finance scheme. Besides teaching, the Department is also engaged in research work offering M.Phil and Ph.D Programmes. So far 60 Ph.Ds, 80 M.Phils are awarded. We have also started B. Vocational course in Travel & Tourism at UG level in University Arts & Science College, Subedari, Warangal (2013-14) with an intake of 60 students.
Our students of History joined as Teachers, Lecturers & Professors in Kakatiya University, Dravidian University, Telugu University, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, National Institute of Tourism & Hospitality Management (NITHM) - Hyderabad, Indira Gandhi Tribal University, Chattisgarh and some have joined in administrative service after getting through A.P. Public Service Commission examination under Group I and II.
So far 400 students have successfully completed M.T.M. course and some of them have been well placed in the prestigious organizations like NITHM, ICFAI University, Alliance France, Andhra Pradesh Tourism and Travel Development Corporation, Department of Tourism, Government of Andhra Pradesh, and Ramoji Film City, JET Airways and AIR Deccan, etc. Our MTM Students have joined in different Tourism related offices in Tourism industry in all the major cities of India and settled in Singapore, Malaysia, UK, USA, Dubai etc.
Five of our first batch students have joined the teaching faculty in our Department as contractual, part-time lecturers to teach M.T.M. students. Three others have joined in the teaching faculty in Intermediate Vocational Colleges. One got an opportunity in SITA as Marketing Manager. Two of them have joined in Eenadu School of Journalism and Andhra Jyothi as trainees in tourism related journalism and are working as senior sub-editors with attractive salaries, during the training period; one has started a travel agency (Surya Travel Agency, Warangal).
CONTRIBUTION OFTHE FACULTY MEMBERS:
Our Department has also shown its organizational skills by hosting the prestigious Indian History Congress in 1993, Andhra Pradesh History Congress in 1990 and South Indian History Congress in 2000, and also a two-week workshop on Indian National Movement in 1992 sponsored by I.C.H.R. Besides organizing these conferences, the Department has also organized more than 30 seminars of National and Regional level sponsored by various funding agencies like UGC, ICHR and ICSSR. One day Interdisciplinary Lecture on “Beat generation writers and America in the 50’s” by Professor Barry Richard Burg, (U.S.A.) Director, American Studies Research Centre, Hyderabad, organized by the Department of History, in collaboration with English Department on the occasion of the Vicennial Celebrations of Kakatiya University, under the U.G.C. Scheme of “Forum for Interdisciplinary Activities” on 18th October 1996. Capacity Building Programme for Faculty in Social Science for15 days i.e., from 16-01-2014 to 31-01-2014. The staff members are also active in the executive bodies of various professional organizations like Indian History Congress, South Indian History Congress, Andhra Pradesh History Congress, Indian Institute of Public Administration, Indian National Trust for Art and Culture, Indian Council for Social Science Research, Indian Science Congress and Indian Council for Historical Research.
The faculty members have been regularly attending the Seminars / Conferences / Workshops held in other Universities with their research scholars, presenting papers and participating in the deliberations. Thus, the Department has so far built up a respectable image in the academic circles. Our faculty members have produced reading material for Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Telugu Academy, School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education, Kakatiya University, for under graduate and post graduate and A.P. History Congress Volume on History & Culture of Andhra Pradesh.