About Department of History, Saurashtra University Rajkot
The department of history was established in 1969. At present there are 3 full-time faculties imparting guidance to post-graduate students, studying in M.A. (4 Semesters, with an intake capacity of 60), M.Phil. (2 Semesters) with an intake capacity o
), M.Phil. (2 Semesters) with an intake capacity of 09 and doctoral students pursuing their Ph.D.
The focus of the department is on teaching Regional History, Indian History, World history and Tourism. The Department also imparts guidance to those teachers who are working with affiliated colleges in historical research methodology and research projects. The Department has to its credit 200 published research papers and 25 books till date. It is infra-structurally sound with its own library and modern teaching equipment. The future plans of this Department are to start Post Graduate Diploma courses in Archaeology, Musicology and Archives. Plans of established its own Museum is in the advance stages and the department already has a small Museum.
The Saurashtra University was created on a rigorous demand, for a separate university out of Gujarat University (Ahmedabad), from the eminent educationists and freedom fighters of the Saurashtra region. The demand was more prominent after the creation of Gujarat state on May 1, 1961. The Saurashtra University Act was passed by the Legislative Assembly of Gujarat in the year 1965(Gujarat Act No. 39 of 1965). Saurashtra University, established on 23rd May, 1967, having two headquarters in the initial stage i.e. Rajkot and Bhavnagar. After the incorporation of the Bhavnagar University, Rajkot became the sole headquarters of the Saurashtra University. The campus of the University is spread over 363 acres of land. The present jurisdiction of the University includes Amreli, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Surendranagar, and Morbi districts. It has 29 Post Graduate Departments on its campus and 238 affiliated colleges.
The University has important seats of learning spreading knowledge in the respective fields i.e. Nehru Chair, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Chair, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Chair, Swami Dayanand Saraswati Chair, Gulabdas Broker Chair, etc. The University runs a centre of learning and research in the name of Shri Zaverchand Meghani i.e. Meghani Lok Sahitya Kendra. The University in collaboration with Commissionerate of Industries, Government of Gujarat, and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has started National Facility for Drugs Discovery (NFDD) in the year 2009. The NFDD is a state of art centre of research and innovation. Later in the year 2014, the NFDD was transformed into Centre of Excellence (COE). COE is actively involved in generating funds from industrial consultancy.
The Saurashtra University is vibrant in terms of organising youth festivals, cultural programmes, job fairs, e-Tab distribution fairs, Ranji Trophy tournament, Pro Kabaddi League, Saurashtra Premier League (SPL), inter university championships, etc. The Saurashtra University students are performing well in various events at state and national levels.