The Primary mission of the Department is to provide comprehensive idea and knowledge of the Assamese language, literature as well as composite culture of Assam from a holistic point of view. The Department seeks to carry out it in the context of language, literature and culture of the North East India in general and Assam in particular. The students get the opportunity to get acquainted with the origin and historical development of the Assamese language and literature. They also will be familiarized with the theoretical developments in the East as well as in the West from the earliest times to present day. Recently the Department has also expanded the parameter of study by introducing some new disciplines and courses.

The Department has received grants from the UGC under the Special Assistance Programme (SAP). Various events such as seminars, lectures and academic excursions are organized under this programme.

The Assamese Department completed sixty years of its existence in 2008. It has a glorious past having had some stalwart litterateurs of Assam like Banikanta Kakati, Birinchi Kumar Barua, Maheswar Neog, Satyendra Nath Sarma, Golok Chandra Goswami, Upendra Nath Goswami, Nirmal Prabha Bordoloi and Sailen Bharali as faculty members.

The Department has introduced the credit grading system from 2009-10. The syllabus has been accordingly revised.

Centre for Sankardeva Studies was established in 2006 under the auspice of the Department with a view to undertaking research on Medieval Assamese Literature in general and Sankardeva and his works in particular.


The Asomiya Sahity Cora (Forum for Assamese Literature) actively engages in co-curricular activities, organizing lectures, poetry reading sessions, workshops and student activities at different levels.

Endowment Lectures

The Banikanta Kakati Memorial Lecture was started in 2002 and is organized biennially. The department has been organizing the lecture in collaboration with Barpeta Sahitya Sobha, Barpeta, Assam.


The Departmental Library has over 4500 books that are accessible for students and teachers.

The Department has a language laboratory that enables students make themselves familiar with the practical aspects of phonetic.


The Department offers a two-year M.A. course in Assamese. Earlier, the Post-Graduate Course was divided into two groups- Group A (Literature) and Group B (Language). Students of each group had to appear in 8 (eight) papers. While the Study of Culture was common to each group, a few of the papers were optional. The optional papers covered the entire range of the literary and the linguistic phenomena around the globe, with particular reference to such phenomena of/in Assam. The syllabus was revised from time to time to keep pace with the changing trends in language, literature and culture.

With the introduction of the semester system for the Post-Graduate Course in 2001, the students of each group were to appear in 16 (sixteen) papers in four semesters, i.e., in four papers per semester. The syllabus made for the semester system included several new components such as Cultural Studies with particular reference to Assam, the Study of the Tibeto-Burman Languages, Dialectology, Comparative Literature, a general outline of Indian literature as a whole, Western Literature, and Western Influence on Assamese Literature among others. The syllabus prepared in 2001 was revised and updated in 2007. In 2008, the Credit-Grading system was introduced. The syllabus has been revised and re-modeled in 2009.

The Credit Grading system covers the Master of Arts (M.A.) Programme (previously called ‘Course’) in Assamese in 4 (four) Semesters. The total marks for the Programme (to be completed in four semesters) is 1600 of which 80% (= 1280) is external and 20% (=320) is internal. Each Semester has 5 ‘Courses’ (previously called ‘Papers’). Each Course is of 80 marks. 80% (=64) of the total marks of a Course is external and 20% (=16) of the total marks of the Course is internal. This means, each question paper in an examination will be of 64 marks. The remaining 16 marks will be calculated internally.

The Internal Assessment marks for each Course will be calculated as shown below:

Sessional Examinations 8 marks
Seminar(s) 4 marks
Home Assignment(s) 4 marks
Total 16 marks

All Courses except 3-04, 3-05, 4-02, 4-03, 4-04 and 4-05 are common for all students. Courses 3-04, 3-05, 4-02, 4-03, 4-04 and 4-05 are optional. Students will have to study either 3-04A, 3-05A, 4-02A, 4-03A, 4-04A and 4-05A or 3-04B, 3-05B, 4-02B, 4-03B, 4-04B and 4-05B. Those who study the first group mentioned above will be considered as having ‘Specialization in Assamese Literature’ (or ‘Specialization in Group-A’). In the same way, the students who study the second group mentioned above will be considered as having ‘Specialization in Assamese Language’ (or ‘Specialization in Group-B’). Credit Point for each Course will be 8 (eight).

Intake Capacity - M.Phil - 10


The Department has been publishing an annual research journal in Assamese namely “Anvesan” since 1994. Upto 2000, the Department has published 14 (Fourteen) valuable books either in English or in Assamese. Within 2002, two souvenirs were also published.

souvenirs were also published. After 2002 (during the X plan), the Department has published the following books in Assamese
Bhasa Jijnasa (collection of research articles on languages) , Ed. by Lilabati Saikia Bora and Dipti Phukan Patgiri,2002.
Asamiya Chuti- Galpar Prabah ( Text book for the course B.A.& M.A.), 2003
Asamiya Bhasar Upabhasa. Ed. Dipti Phukan Patgiri, 20

Projects Completed under the X Plan:

D.P.Patgiri conducted a Rs.3,50,000.00 UGC Research Project (RP) on Assamese, Bengali and Oriya Morphology: A Comparative Study’ during 2001-04.

D.Moral, who passed away in February, 2008, conducted a Rs. 98,000,00.00 Ministry of IT, Govt. of India RP jointly with CSE Department of IIT, Guwahati on ‘Technology of NE Language of NE with Particular Reference to Assamese’ during 2001-07.

D.Moral conducted a Rs. 75,000.00 CIIL RP on ‘Linguistic Information Service (Bodo)’ during 2004-06.
U.C. Rabha conducted a Rs.75000.00 CIIL RP on ‘Linguistic Information Service (Rabha)’ during 2002-04.
P. J. Mahanta conducted a Rs.1,15, 000 Dept. of culture, Govt. of India RP on ‘Sattriya Dance of Assam’ during 2002-04.


Lilabati Saikia Bora
Bibha Bharali
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Assamese Language and Linguistics:Language (Area of interest: Phonology, Dialectology, Lexicography)
Banani Chakravarty
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) Sociolinguistics, Social history of language, Nineteenth Century Assamese Language and Literature & Colonialism and Language
Dipti Phukan Patigiri
MA (Dibrugarh) PhD (Dibrugarh) DLitt (Utkal) Assamese Language and Linguistics, Comparative Study of Assamese and Oriya Language
Bimal Mazumdar
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Assamese Literature and Folklore Studies
Dipamani Baruah Das
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Assamese Literature
Kamaluddin Ahmed
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Modern Assamese Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, Translation Studies, T.S. Eliot
Dipamani Haloi
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Language
Kanak Chandra Saharia
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Folklore Studies, Early Assamese Literature History and Cultural History of Assam with Assamese Script Studies.
Pranjal Sharma Bashishtha
MA (in English, BHU) PhD (Gauhati) Western Literature and Criticism, Postcolonial Literature, Modern Assamese Poetry, Translation Studies
Malinee Goswami
MA (in Sanskrit, Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Sanskrit Literature and Criticism
Prafulla Kumar Nath
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Comparative Indian Literature and Culture, Early Assamese Literature
Rekha Rani Devi
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Modern Assamese Literature (Special interest in Assamese Novel)
Taranee Deka
MA (in English, Gauhati) MA (in Assamese, Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Literature, Critical theory & Cultural Studies
Pranita Devi
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Language and linguistics (Specially in Assamese Language , Tibeto-Burman language & Austric language)
Upen Rabha Hakacham
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Tibeto- Burman Language and Linguistics, Tribal Culture and Folklore Studies


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  Gauhati University, Guwahati - 781 014
  Assam, INDIA
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