Department of Ancient History and Culture came into existence in July 1985 as
the pioneering department of its kind in Rohilkhand region. It has sufficient
infrastructure including two lecture theatres, office and Audio Visual teaching
aids such as Over Head Projector, Slide Projector, epidiascope & VCR with
computer CD programme are there in the deptt. The deptt. also possess two
computers to facilitate the work.
The Department has the objective of imparting education in the field of
Ancient History along with archaelogical excavations in the Panchal region. It
is offering Masters in Arts, Master in Philosophy and Doctor in Philosophy
degree to students. As per the norms of the U.G.C. under 12 f, there are seven
sanctioned posts in the department consisting one Professor, two Readers and
four lecturers. In addition, one photographer, one cartographer and one
archaelogical expert are also working to take care of archaelogical programmes.
One Post Doctoral Fellow has also been there in the deptt. There are 15 students
enrolled for M.A., 10 in M.Phil programems of study and 22 registered scholars.
The department has produced 28 Ph.D.’s.
Faculty members have achieved recognition in India and abroad due to
substaintial contribution to knowledge. They have published more than 250
research papers, five proceedings of conferences organized by the department, 15
research monographs, one photo album concerning history of Bareilly and two
soveniers. A museum catalogue published by the department contains articles on
the history and culture of the region. It also publishes a journal viz.
“Yavanika” well acclaimed and recognized in the field of Graeco-Roma history.
The faculty members have been awarded various international fellowship.
A significant achievement has been establishment of Panchal Museum containing
a member of antiquities. There are 130 sites discovered by the department. The
department has collaboration with Greek institution thereby faculty members and
students regularly visit Greece. Another district feature of the department has
been memorial and endowment lecture. Besides, refresher courses sponsored by the
U.G.C. have been organized every eyar since 1995-96.
Prof. U.P. Arora was conferred upon the highest award of Greece namely. The
Golden Cross-Order of Merit by the President of Greek for his outstanding
contribution and spreading Greek studies in India. Onassis fellowship has also
been awarded to him. Another faculty members has been elected as fellow of Royal
Numismatic Society of British Meusum, London.
The future plan of the department includes diversification in teaching
programmes and extension of archaeological excavations in Panchal region