Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies

Gauhati University Institute of North-East India Studies (GUINEIS) came into existence on the 1st of February 2010. The institute is mandated to facilitate, support and promote inter-disciplinary discourse and research on issues related to ‘the land, nature and people of Northeast India’, and disseminate the output for the benefit of all stakeholders including policy makers.

Besides the regular teaching and research programs, the institute currently carries out its academic activities through an annual seminar/symposium, lecture series, hosting of scholars for furthering research and publication of its annual journal. The institute plans to use its space in the university website for wider outreach of its dissemination activity.

The institute is housed in a building named after eminent historian and lifelong dedicated academic Professor H K Barpujari. The classrooms, the library and the lecture hall of the institute are now being upgraded and expanded. The institute is also in the process of setting up its internet-connected computer laboratory. The institute also has a Digital Archive equipped with audio-visual recording facility in its premise. Primarily meant for documenting and conserving the rich cultural heritages of the region, the facility is utilized by other departments of the university for relevant academic purposes.

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The following are the academic activities of the institute:

  1. Conducting regular teaching and research programmes (detailed in the ‘Courses and Programmes’ section)
  2. Documentation and preservation of the rich cultural heritages of the Northeast India in the Digital Archive of the institute
  3. Organization of an annual seminar/symposium
  4. Organization of lectures under a bi-monthly lecture series
  5. Publication of an annual research journal
  6. Providing short term attachment opportunities to research scholars of eminent educational institutes of India and abroad.

Postgraduate Course

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Writing and Translation (PGDCWT) Guineis 2 2 20

Eligibility: Graduate in any discipline.
The syllabus of the PGDCWT programme has been revised in 2016. To get the revised syllabus,

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate Inter and Multi-Disciplinary M. Phil in Northeast Studies Guineis 1 15

Eligibility: Post Graduate in any discipline (with necessary marks).
The syllabus of the M. Phil programme is under preparation.

The PhD programme, which used to be the flagship of the institute in the first three years (2011-14) after its establishment, has been phased out as per suggestions made by a disciplinary committee in 2014. The scholars admitted have been shifted to the respective departments of the Supervisors.


Madhurjya Prasad Bezbaruah [ Director (In-Charge) ]
MA (Delhi) PhD (Gauhati) Microeconomics, Econometrics, Environmental Economics, Agricultural Economics

Assistant Professor

Pranjal Sharma Bashishtha [ Additional Charge ]
MA in English (BHU), MA in Assamese (Gauhati), PhD (Gauhati) Western Literature, Critical Theory, Postcolonial Drama, Modern Assamese Literature, Translation

Associated Faculty

Rumi Choudhury [ Research Officer ]
MA in Assamese (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) B.Ed. (Gauhati) Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Translation Studies (Lucknow, MGAHV) Assamese Language and Culture, Translation
Debasis Bezbaruah [ Guest Faculty ]
MA in English (Gauhati) MA in Mass Communication (Gauhati) Media and Culture, Mass Media, Folk Media, Audio-Visual Production
  1. Classes of the 2016-17 batch of the PGDCWT programme will commence from 11 August 2016.
  2. The upcoming 2016 edition (Issue 03) of GUINEIS JOURNAL, the annual interdisciplinary research journal of the Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies is under preparation. For the necessary notification, click here.
  3. Prof. Abani Kumar Bhagawati of the Department of Geography at Gauhati University will deliver a lecture under the bimonthly colloquium series towards the end of August 2016.
  4. A Symposium will be held at the institute in the first quarter (hopefully in January itself) of 2017.


Department of Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies (GUINEIS)
Herambakanta Barpujari Bhawan
Gauhati University
Guwahati- 781 014

Phone : (+91) 88760-02047 (TikendrajitBaishya)
Email :
Web :

Inner Line Permit as an Instrument of Safeguarding Ethnic Identity

Digital Archive:

There is a digital archive (cum studio) in the GUINEIS premise. The archive has equipment for production, documentation and preservation. Facilities for audio-visual recording, sound recording and audio-visual editing are there in the archive. There is a studio floor with acoustic treatment and a UPS back up system on the first floor of the institute’s building.

The proposed revised syllabus of the PG Diploma in Creative Writing and Translation includes digital creative writing, such as audio visual production for various creative works. This part of the syllabus is highly practical-oriented and designed for enabling students to get jobs in the commercial and media sectors.

The digital archive is conditionally accessible to the departments and institutes of Gauhati University and to the Other University/Institute researchers availing the short term attachment opportunities of the institute.

Recent Activities:

  1. A Symposium on ‘Inner Line Permit as an Instrument of Safeguarding Ethnic Identity’ was organized AT GUINEIS on 12 February 2016. To get a report on it, click here.
  2. An Advisory Committee for GUINEIS was constituted on 15 March 2016. The Committee met for the first time at GUINEIS on 14 May 2016.
  3. A student of Hyderabad Universityhas successfully completed his term of attachment with the institute in July 2016.

Call for Papers and Reviews

The upcoming 2016 edition (Issue 03) of GUINEIS JOURNAL, the annual interdisciplinary research journal of the Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies is under preparation. The peer reviewed journal bears ISSN: 2347-2669.

Quality research papers and reviews of standard books from teachers and research scholars of various disciplines─ such as humanities, social sciences, sciences, commerce, management, information technology, engineering, architecture and others─ have been invited for the journal. Papers or selected books for review should be onpreviously-unexplored topics concerning the North East India or any part of this region.

The papers/reviews should be original, unpublished, not already sent to some other publication, and devoid of plagiarism. A letter to the editor of the journal, stating these points, should accompany a paper/review. The letter should also state that the publication authority and the copyright of the paper/review will lie only with the editor of the journal(provided the paper/review is selected/published) and that all responsibilities relating to the data, interpretation, observation and comments furnished in the paper/review will be with the writer(s) of the paper/review only.

The first page of a paper/review to be sent to the journal should clearly indicate the title of the paper, the name(s) of the writer(s), their designation(s) and institutional affiliation(s), and their e-mail ID(s). Then, in case of a paper, there should be the ‘Abstract’ of the paper, written between 300 and 500 words. The ‘Abstract’ should be followed by at least 5-6 ‘Keywords’. It is only after the ‘Keywords’ that the main body of the paper should occur. Care should be taken to see that the main body of the paper/review should begin on a new page, say page 2 or page 3. This page should have the topic of the paper/review at the top, but should not have the name(s) of the writer(s). This is to ensure impartiality in the process of selecting the papers/reviews for publication. The main body may be divided into convenient sections, if needed. It should then be followed by the ‘End-notes’ and the ‘References’ respectively. In case of a review, all important data about the book reviewed should be there below the title and information about the writer(s) on the first page.

References and citations are a must, and they should follow the EPW style, which can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

When the EPW style does not help, style(s)of a standard publication (such as of Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Routledge, and others) may be used to suit the particular situations.

There are provisions for attaching black-and-white or coloured tables, graphs, diagrams, maps, and photographs in the papers/reviews. However, they should also be original like the literary content. If they are taken from other print or online publications, proper citations and references will have to be given properly. Responsibilities relating to violation of copyright of other publications in this regard, if any, will lie only with the writer(s) of the paper/review.

The papers/reviews should be neatly typed on MS Word 2010/2013 using Times New Roman, 12 point font in case they are in English and on Pagemaker 6.5/7.0 using Geetanjalilight/ GeetanjalilightUNI (Ramdhenu or Easy DTP), 14 point font in case they are in Assamese.

Papers and reviews can be submitted all year round. However, papers/reviews submitted after 30 September 2016 may be considered for the next issue of the journal.

Papers and reviews should be submitted to the editor of the journal though only.

The writers will not require to deposit any submission or publication or other fee.

A peer review committee will select thepapers/reviews for publication. The committee will check for plagiarism using a standard plagiarism checker, besides judging the worth of the papers/reviews for publication.

The list of the selected papers/reviewsfor the issue of the journal will appear on the Gauhati University website ( after the last date of submission of papers/reviews is over


The writers of the selected papers/reviews will be contacted though e-mailsfor necessary changes, if needed. Editing may be done even thereafter.

All communication would be done through only. No personal communication in any case will be entertained

GUINEIS Journal Volumes

Volume III (2016)

GO-DHULI - A Short Film গ'ধূলি চুটি ছবি

Raju, the Sweeper- A Short Film

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