New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) University’s Department of History and Culture has been rated as a Centre of Excellence in a survey, according to the statement issued by an official.
As per sources, a survey called 'Arts and Humanities Research Mapping, India' was conducted by India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore. The survey listed 32 'centers of excellence' from all over the country. An initial list of over 70 institutions was prepared and information about their research and related activities were collated and compiled from various sources out of which 32 were selected.
According to the media coordinator of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) these centers have been chosen for the merit and strength of their research programmes. Also, due to the multi-pronged activities they have initiated in order to advance their chosen areas of research among other factors.
The report stated that the Department of History and Culture at Jamia since inception, has been led by a group of distinguished historians, who have emphasized the teaching and writing of the social and cultural history of medieval India, as a way of both understanding and bringing about progressive change in South Asia.
Furthermore, as per the report the strengths of the Department is its emphasis on languages other than English in which historical sources are found. In keeping with its focus on the knowledge of source languages, many of the faculty is familiar with the classical languages such as Sanskrit and Persian which forms the backbone of research into early medieval and pre-colonial Indian history.