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Ancient Indian History and Epigraphy


The Department of Ancient Indian History and Culture was founded in 1962 initially to conduct research in Indian History, Epigraphy, Archaeology and Architecture. The Department has adequately contributed to research on History and Culture of India in general and Karnataka in particular and bought out a number of scholarly publications. In 1972, the Department was renamed as Department of Studies in Ancient Indian History and Epigraphy. Since then it has been discharging its responsibilities towards academic excellence through teaching, research guidance, explorations and excavations.


History is an embodiment of experience and achievement and it is ever relevant in the present. Learning Ancient India’s rich legacy has been pivotal in promoting national pride and patriotism. It has also played a significant role in constructing corrective measures for transformation of the individual and the society. Conservation and propagation of Indian heritage, both visible and perceptible, is advantageous in the context of global growth, without sacrificing cultural identity and integrity.


Our mission is to keep the message of Indian experience and achievement alive and active for the benefit of the modern society through: learning and researching historical, literary, epigraphic, archaeological, art and architectural heritage; documenting heritage in its various dimensions and creating a visual and descriptive knowledge base; and promoting heritage awareness by consultative and participative modes.

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