The Department of History was established in 1955 with a mission to offer post-graduate
degree in history, and to project the history, culture and heritage of north Karnataka
(the erstwhile parts of Mumbai and Hyderabad Karnataka) through research, to be
able to assert the regional cultural identity and trace the evolution of Kannada
culture. Until the establishment of Gulbarga University this Department catered
to the needs of Post-graduate students of the entire North Karnataka region, including
the region in the neighbourhood of the Tungabhadra valley. The old guards of the
Department were known as much for their scholarship as for their commitment to the
growth of the department.
The region’s art historical heritage, its inexhaustible epigraphical data, historical
traditions and the infinite number of pre-historic sites provided a clear vision
to the Department. Realizing the importance of archaeology and its contribution
to the growth of historical knowledge, and that it had developed into a major discipline
in the West, an integrated course was designed to impart combined education in history
and archaeology. The department was reorganized as Department of History and Archaeology
in 1972. Between 1985 and 1994 the Institute of Indian Art History, carried out
major surveys, documentation and publication of works on art, architecture and religion.
The Institute had built-up a library of its own, now with the KRI. The Government
of Karnataka sponsored this Institute until it was merged with the Department of
History and Archaeology in 1994.
History taught through formal and organized courses should not limit to participants
alone. It should be a lifelong learning process to explore the fundamentals of living
on earth. The target is to reach all sections of society through formal and informal/distance
modes of education and efficient governance to develop a knowledge-based society
to fight against social exclusion and to promote social justice.
The department aims at facilitating its students in understanding and learning of
the history of mankind as the guiding principle for the development of society.
In the modern knowledge based society it is intended to make citizens enjoy learning
history. In addition to making history as an inspiration to individuals and communities
to transform themselves and their society, it also aims at making it relevant in
the competitive world of multi-disciplinary study and research.