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History of Department
The Department of History started in 1948 after partition, when professors from D.J. Sind College came to Bombay. Professor C.L. Mariwalla single handedly started the Department and was soon assisted by Professor Kulkarni. In 1956, Mrs. Nirmala Gupta joined the Department followed by Mrs. L.R. Mansharamani. The Department taught full major history at the B.A. level. However in 1962, this permission lapsed due to some difficulty and History of Ancient India and Medieval India was taught upto inter-arts level.
In 1978, Mrs. Nirmala Gupta became Head of Department and in a short time History was started at the T.Y.B.A level. Later Foundation Course I was also handled by the Department. In 1993, Mrs. M.C. Dias became the Head of Department and part major history continued and the department also acquired the applied component Travel and Tourism and Foundation Course II. In August 2005, Principal Dr. Narain joined the history department. In 2010-11, History was restored to its former status with full majors being taught at T.Y.B.A level.
The Department of History was introduced when Jai Hind College was established in 1948. In the Third Year, History is offered as a Major and Part Major. The Faculty of the Department also handles the teaching of Foundation Course in all three faculties – Arts, Science and Commerce as well as the Applied Component Paper on Travel and Tourism. The department launched the History Association in 1999 and undertakes various activities through this forum. A module for the study of International Relations has been developed that caters to the needs of the BMS students in order to make them aware about Contemporary Issues.
The Secondary Education Commission states:
All decisions regarding teaching procedure and methodology however need to be governed by the objectives of teaching History as a subject. At Jai Hind College we strive to achieve various ideals and objectives not only through the syllabus but also through the activities of the History Association.
The Department aims to enable the pupils to assess the values and achievements of the events in the past and those happening in the current scenario. We aim to promote tolerance, impart mental training by developing an accurate comprehension and expression of National and World issues. Another major aim of the department is to provide training to students on how to deal with controversial issues with a view to search for the truth and formation of ideas and opinions. An even important objective is to promote an understanding of not only the local and national socio-political environment but also to promote international understanding. The department also endeavors to develop technical and presentation skills amongst the students and at the same time helps to promote research skills as well.
In keeping with the above mentioned aims and objectives the methodology used by the teachers of the history department involves the lecture method with the help of Power Point presentations, Discussions, Assignments and Projects. One of the major aims of history is to make students aware of their society and stimulate in them a sense of social responsibility. Socialized Recitation Method is an attempt in this direction. It aims at creating a simulated environment in which the students participate and thereby become aware about the working of organizations and other important bodies. The Mock UN sessions are an example of such an activity, even presentation of papers at the annual History Association Seminar comes under the purview of this method. Source or Historical method is also an integral part of the teaching methodology used by the department. Besides this the department organizes field-trips annually and organizes seminars and talks where eminent personalities are invited and the students get an opportunity to hear their views and interact with them.
Activities of the Department
The Department over the years has held various activities to promote a better understanding of History as a subject and not relegate it just to an exercise in giving factual information to the students. Workshops on numismatics have been organised and a few students are sent to the Heras Institute to help them develop Research Skills pertaining to the use of primary and secondary sources.
The History Department believes in taking teaching beyond the classroom and therefore organizes annual field trips to places of historical importance related to the syllabus thereby giving the students an opportunity to visit temples and architectural structures related by bygone eras and thus making history come alive. The Department receives invitations to events and workshops organized in the city by the Mumbai University Private organizations like the Cama Institute and the Nehru Centre and other city colleges. The Department tries to send faculty and students to such programs to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the subject.
Eminent personalities like Shirin Ratnakar, Nandini Sardesai, Anand Patwardhan and Vikas Dilaware have visited the College and interacted with students where they shared their expertise with them. The History department organizes seminars annually where many such experts deliver lectures in their area of specialization.
The Department prepares students to make presentations on topics associated with the syllabus by conducting research and an in depth study so that the students may develop an interest in the subject and thereby not be just passive listeners.
The department is also involved in CSR [Corporate Social Responsibility] activities where the students and the staff visit an NGO- Navjeevan Centre to assist them in providing better basic facilities for the children of the sex workers.
To teach History objectively so as to understand the past to enrich our present and future.
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FYBA (History of Bombay)-Paper I:
SYBA (History of Asia)-Paper II
SYBA (History of Ancient India)-Paper III
SYBA (Travel & Tourism) - Applied Component
TYBA (History of Medieval India)-Paper IV
TYBA (History of Modern India)-Paper V
TYBA (History of Marathas)-Paper VII
TYBA (Contemporary World)-Paper VIII
Foundation Course-Social Awareness and Personality Development (Paper I-FYBA/Bcom/BSc)
Foundation Course-Human Rights, Science, Technological Development (Paper II-SYBA/Bcom)
Foundation Course (Paper II-SYBSc)
SYBA (Travel & Tourism)-Applied Component
TYBA (Archaeology, Musueology and Library Science)-Paper VI
TYBA (General Knowledge and Current Affairs)-Paper IX