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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE UNIVERSITY AND THE DEPARTMENT

The Kakatiya University which is accredited with a rating of A. by NAAC was established in the year 1975. The Department of History came into existence in 1984 under the sixth plan development 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.

The Department was headed by eminent scholars like Prof. S. Nagabhushan Rao (1984-88), Prof. Y. Sudershan Rao (1988-92), Prof. A. Bobbili (1992-96), Prof. L. Vidyasagar Reddy (1996-98), Prof. Syed Ayub Ali (1998-2000), Prof. P. Hymavathi (2000-2002), Dr. G. Bhadru Naik (2002-2004), Dr. S. Srinath (2004-2006), Dr. K. Vijaya Babu (2006-2008) and at present by Dr. T. Manohar (2008 onwards).

Eminent scholars like Prof. S. Nagabhushan Rao (1984-90), Prof. A. Bobbili (1990-92), Prof. Y. Sudershan Rao (1992-99), Prof. L. Vidyasagar Reddy (1999-2002), Prof. A. Bobbili (2002-2004),  Prof. Syed Ayub Ali (2004-2006), Prof. P. Hymavathi (2006-2008), Dr. S. Srinath (2008 onwards) served the Department as Chairpersons of Board of studies in History & Tourism Management.

COURSES / PROGRAMMES AND SUBJECT COMBINATIONS OFFERED

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 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 with intake of 12 into each programme. During the last five years (2009-2014) 26 Ph.Ds, 18 M.Phils are awarded and 6 M.Phil with Gold medals and 23 M.A. (History) Gold medals are awarded and 34 Ph.Ds and Twenty M.Phils are in progress. We have also conducted archaeological exploration of the region.

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 and some have joined in administrative service after getting through A.P. Public Service Commission examination under Group I & II.

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.,

So far 200 students have successfully completed M.T.M. course and some of them have been well placed in some of the prestigious organizations like NITHM, 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.

Five of our first batch students have joined the teaching faculty in our Department as 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).

Youth Advancement, Tourism and Culture Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh, for promotion of Andhra Pradesh Buddhist sites has sanctioned Minor Research Projects to work at Sanchi and Saranath (a comparative study and benchmarking with the prominent Buddhist sites in North India). Two others have joined as Tourism Information Officers, in A.P. Tourism Information Counter Chennai, two others in A.P. Tourism information counter Delhi and another as Sales Manager in “Gnapika” A.P. Tourism, Hyderabad.

Mr. Vemana has joined as a Teaching faculty member in ICFAI University, Hyderabad in 2009 and Mr.Raghu as Teaching faculty member in Indiragandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak, Chettishgarh in 2012. Both of them worked previously as District Tourism Officers in West Godavari and Prakasham districts respectively for 3 years after taking MTM degree from the Department.  Some of our students after obtaining MTM degree are pursing higher studies in foreign countries.

Courses Offered by the Department

Course Duration

Student Strength

Under Graduation (B.A) Three Years Degree Course

150

Post Graduation (M.A) Four Semesters

140

M. Phil Eighteen Months

12

Ph. D in History & M.T.M Two to Five Years

40

M.T.M

Four Semesters

70

Publications/Extension work:

The Department of History, Kakatiya University, regularly publish its own Journal entitled Kakatiya Journal of Historical Studies since 2006. Two projects were completed during the five years as follows: 1. Dr. K. Vijaya Babu, Pandavulagutta – A Tourist Site in Warangal District in March, 2001. 2. Prof. P. Hymavathi, Agro-based Industries and Technological Development in Medieval Andhradesa, 2005-07, UGC. 

Our faculty members have serve as Principal University PG College, Vice-Principal University College, Director Hostels, Joint Director Hostels, Development Officer, Building Division, Director, Ambedkar Study Centre, Coordinator, SC,ST Net Remedial Couching Centre and in various Academic Bodies such as ICHR, New Delhi, A.P. History Congress, South Indian History Congress and Indian History Congress at various capacities

READING MATERIAL AND Counseling SERVICES IN DISTANCE MODE

Due to the introduction of Telugu as medium of instruction at Intermediate, under graduate and Post-graduate levels in the state since 1970, there has been a great pressure for producing standard text books are and reading material for the students who opt to study through their mother tongue, Telugu.  The faculty of the Department prepared reading material and edited standard texts books published by Andhra Pradesh Telugu academy, Hyderabad and Kakatiya University.

Kakatiya University has setup the School for Distance Learning and Continuing Education for which the Department provided counseling for the students of B.A., and M.A. courses besides the preparation of the reading material for these courses.  The Department is also conducting M.Phil. Course for the SDLCE candidates, who attend classes during vacations and submit their dissertations under the supervision of the faculty.

The teachers of the department are also actively associated with various other organizations which conduct orientation and refresher courses for Lecturers and also school teachers.