Institute of North East India Studies (GUINEIS)

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.


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 1 20

Eligibility: Graduate in any discipline.

The syllabus of the PGDCWT programme was revised in 2016. To get the revised syllabus, click here.

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).

To download the syllabus of the M. Phil programme please  click at Mphil syllabus.pdf.

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 put forward by a committee in 2014. The scholars admitted have been shifted to the respective departments of the Supervisors.

 Godhuli (গধূলি) - A Short Film


 Raju - The Sweeper - A Short Film

  • A 2-day National Seminar on "External Orientation of Northeast India: Possibilities and Roadblocks" was organized by GUINEIS with financial support from ICSSR Delhi, ICSSR-NERC Shillong and Gauhati University, on 9, 10 February 2018.


GUINEIS Colloquium Lecture Series

  • GUINEIS organises the Colloquium Lecture series at regular intervals. The inaugural lecture of the series had been delivered by Prof. Abani Kumar Bhagawati of the Dept of Geography, Gauhati University on the topic "North East India: A Geographical Perspective" on 10 September 2016. 
  • The 8th Colloquium Lecture was delivered by Dr. Hemjyoti Medhi, Department of English, Tezpur University on 25th March, 2019 on In search of frameworks/Outside the frame : women and the making of the public sphere in Northeast India. The position of women in northeastern societies was the focus of the lecture. The challenges faced by women and the discourse of women's rights in northeast India were presented.
  • the 7th Colloquium Lecture was delivered by Sarah Ferber, Professor of History at the University of Wollongong, Australia on Writing a History of In Vitro Fertilization and Assisted Reproduction : Questions of Discipline. The lecture focused on the history of IVF and assisted reproduction as a history of the present. As is well known, it was only in 1978 when the first two children were born as a result of IVF technology, one in England and one in India, in Kolkata. The contemporary subject matter of this history situates it apart from most traditional ideas of what makes a history. Assisted reproduction as it is now practised stands at the intersection of global biotechnology and the most deeply felt human aspirations. Even basic uses of AR traverse the biotech industry, the diverse cultures of clients and clinical providers, multiple legal and religious regimes, as well as mainstr3eam and online media. With that complex global scenario in mind, the interdisciplinary work of the emerging field of human reproduction studies was referred to argue that a history of AR can best be apprehended by engagement with scholarship in science, social science and humanities.
  • The 6th Colloquium Lecture was delivered by Leigh Dale, Professor of English and Australian Studies, University of Wollongong, Australia on Finding and Creating Area Studies- Australia and elsewhere. The lecture reflected on the prospects, limits, and enabling features of interdisciplinarity, with attention to questions about academic structures that might facilitate or inhibit its development. Some of the questions considered included, how we acknowledge the power of belief in geographical, historical, or religious determinism or exceptionalism, whilst offering a critique of the 'area' that we might wish to study; how we preserve and respect local cultural forms, whilst participating in disciplinary conversations about those forms that have participants from across the nation or planet, conversations in which critique is conventional. This lecture considered these issues in relation to various examples of interdisciplinarity, then briefly introduced two successful examples of Australian works that examine the collision of epistemologyin history-making: Bruce Pascoe's Dark Emu, which rereads journals of nineteenth-century British "explorers" for information about Indigenous cultures, and Alexis Wright's Tracker, ostensibly a biography of an influencial indigenous scholar-activist that models the function of story and story-telling in political culture and everyday  life. In these ways the potential contribution of material objects and creative forms to area studies were considered.
  • The 5th Colloquium Lecture was delivered by filmmaker Mauleenath Senapati on Cinema as a Discourse: Films of Northeast India on 29 November, 2018. Since the making of the first Assamese film, Joymoti, in 1935 by the cultural icon of Assam, Jyotiprasad agarwala, cinema of Northeast India has travelled a long way. This long journey of cinema continues despite individual struggles of respective filmmakers with little or no lucrative results. Cinema in Assam and Manipur has remained at the forefront of filmmaking with films made in both the states earning recognition across the country and abroad. Technological development has visibly inspired fresh waves within a young crop of professional evident from the creations of young filmmakers particularly from Assam and manipur. This lecture attempted to present cinema of Northeast India in the context to the discourses they present while evaluating their position as works of art in pan Indian scenario of cinema. 
  • The 4th Colloquium Lecture of GUINEIS was delivered by Dr Meenaxi Barkataki Ruscheweyh on the topic "Between the state and the dominant other: Ethnic compulsions of the marginalised in Assam" on 23 November 2017, Thursday. Dr Barkataki-Ruscheweyh, a Mathematician turned Social Anthropologist, is presently affiliated to Vrije Universiteit (VU), Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

A brief report on the lecture programme by Dr Rupon Basumatary can be accessed here.

  • The 3rd GUINEIS Colloquium Lecture was delivered by Professor Sheila Bora on “A Notional Boundary to Enclave Commerce and Politics – North East Emerges as a Space for Marginality and Isolation”. The talk threw light upon the evolution of the Northeast India region through the colonial period to the contemporary time from a historical perspective. Professor Bora is a Fulbright Scholar and was formerly with the Department of History of Dibrugarh University.

  • The 2nd GUINEIS Colloquium Lecture: Northeast India is richly endowed with both surface and sub-soil natural resources. Yet the same natural conditions cause havocs in the form of floods, riverbank erosion, landslides etc. impinging limbs, lives and property of its inhabitants. Sometime man-made factors interact/interfere with natural forces to make matter worse. The fact that the region happens to be a high seismic zone adds to the uncertainty of its geo-environmental conditions. Public opinion and policy making regarding socio-economic progress of the region should be founded on awareness of these geo-environmental realities. In this regard GUINEIS had invited the geologist Professor Parag Phukan, presently serving as the Head, Department of Geological Sciences of Gauhati University, to deliver the talk “Geo-Environmental Set-up of Northeast India: Implication for Socio-Economic Life” as the 2nd GUINEIS Colloquium Lecture on 11 February 2017. The lecture was well attended by PG students, Research Scholars and Teachers of GU as well as other neighbouring academic institutions.
  • A symposium on the topic Inner Line Permit as an Instrument of Safeguarding Ethnic Identity was organized by Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies (GUINEIS) on 12 February, 2016. A brief report on the symposium can be accessed from this link.

Memorial Lectures

GUINEIS had organized Prof H K Barpujari Memorial Lecture on 31 August 2017 and Prof Dipankar Moral Memorial Lecture on 28 February 2018. While in the former, Prof Manorama Sharma had dwelt upon the life and works of Prof H K Barpujari, in the latter Prof Ranjit Kumar Dev Goswami captivated the audience with his superb elucidation of the topic "Archiving Memories".



Nandana Dutta Head of the Department
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati)
American Studies, Postcolonial Literary Theory, Narratology, Women's Studies


Rumi Choudhury
MA (in Assamese, Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (GU), Adv PG Diploma in Translation (MGA Hindi Vishwavidyalaya)
Language, Literature and Culture of North East India, Translation Studies

Associated Faculty

Debasis Bezbaruah
MA (in Mass Comm, Gauhati), MA (in English, Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Media and Culture, Folk Media and Communication in North East India, Translation Studies, Creative Writing - Poetry, Drama