MIL and Literary studies

In the post independent period different efforts were taken by the Indian thinkers as well as intellectuals to enhance the integrity among the Indian people. The Sahitya Akademi had published a series of regional literature under the title - Indian Literature. The All India Radio had also broadcasted a programme as Indian Literature under which the literature created in various regional languages were incorporated. By this time the Universities and the academicians of the country also involved in this process and tried to establish the concept of Indian literature . Under the leadership of Sir Ashotosh Mukharjee , the then Hon'ble Vice Chencellor of Calcutta University, the Department of Modern Indian languages was established for the first time among the Universities of India to build a bridge among the Indian Languages. Afterwards in all the leading Universities of India also started the Department of Modern Indian Languages.

The Department of Modern Indian Languages of Gauhati University was established in the year 1967 as a research department to promote this idea . The Department was shaped by Prof Satyendranath Sarma, the Tagore Professor of this department, an outstanding scholar in the field of literature, indology, culture and civilization of Assam. After a decade of existence, the department had horizontally expanded introducing several diploma courses. The M. Phil course in Assamese was also introduced in 1983-84. Later on, the importance of literary studies along with the languages is gradually realized by the scholars of Indian literature and the department also felt the necessity of expanding its vision towards the literary field. Keeping in mind the growing importance of the study of Comparative Indian Literature the department introduced the M. Phil programme on this subject in 2008. Again to make this mission more effective, the department has taken a bold step to introduce the full-fledged master degree course in Comparative Indian Literature from the year 2015 along with the existing Ph.D research programme and other one year P.G. diploma courses such as Assamese, Odia, Tamil etc.,

It is a pride for the department that it has successfully completed its 49 years of journey and has planned to celebrate the GOLDEN JUBILEE in this year (2016) with various academic programmes.

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Department of MIL & Literary Studies
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
Phone : +91-94355-52035
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Associate Professor

Anuradha Sarma
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Comparative Indian Literature, Literary Studies & Language

Assistant Professor

B Vijayakumar
MA (Annamali) MPhil (Annamalai) PhD (Bharathidasan)
Tamil Language

Assistant Professor

Dhurjjati Sarma
MA (Delhi) MPhil (Delhi)
Literary Criticism and Theory, Comparative Indian Literature, Cultural Studies


Dilip Borah
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Comparative Literature and Culture


Jyotsna K Biswal Rout
MA (Utkal) MPhil (Utkal) PhD (Utkal) DLitt (Utkal)
Comparative Literature and Culture

Assistant Professor

Khagen Sarmah
MA (Tribubhan) PhD (Tribubhan)
Nepali Language


Mukul Chakravarty Head of the Department
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Language and Culture