“Study the past and you would define the future”
About the Department
The Department of Historical Studies with a glorious background since 1916, implements the subjects catering to the needs of the students in the current scenario which helps them to appear for various competitive examinations and for the enhancement of their personality skills. The faculty members of the department, each specialized in different facets of history is striving in their unique way to motivate and inspire the students to equip themselves to achieve higher goals and to fulfill their ambition. The Department has been equipped with 8 classrooms, one Research Scholar’s room and one Staff room and we are equipped with Computers, Printer, LCD Projector and a Digital Camera. Our staff present research papers in the International and National Conferences and has published articles in reputed journals both the State, National and International levels. They also act as a resource person and give various invited lectures and talks in other educational institutions. The Department of Historical Studies has organized many Seminars, Workshops, Awareness programme, Inter-collegiate, Inter-department and Intra-department competitions since its inception. The Women’s Champion Club for the College is been taken care of by our department in order to make the women students gender sensitized. At present the Department is functioning with 10 regular faculty members comprising of 8 with Doctorates and 2 with M.Phil qualification. Every year, the Department produces 24 M.A. and 150 B.A. Graduates. So far, 13 Doctorate Degrees have been awarded and 14 students are currently pursuing their Doctoral research in a successful manner. The staff of the Department has won awards for their involvement in teaching and research. And, the students involve very actively in various programmes in and outside College and have won many laurels in academics, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities at the State, National and International levels.
QMC History Department (2017-2022) : https://youtu.be/ff0bK12BjHM
Inception of the History Department 1916
Introduction of Under Graduation 1916
Introduction of Tamil Medium ` 1969
Introduction of Post-Graduation 1973
M. Phil Degree 1993
Ph. D (FT & PT) Degree 2012
Historical Overview of the Department
Queen Mary’s College is the oldest Government women’s institution in Tamil Nadu catering to women’s higher education for nearly a Century. It was inaugurated in the year 1914 and initially the college offered intermediate course only. In the year 1916 Degree courses were introduced and History was introduced as the first subject along with Economics. The Department of History is not only the earliest but also a centenary department which has completed its 100 years of service to women’s education in 2016. The Department celebrated its centenary year 2016 with a great pomp and show. Over a century the Department of History, one of the earliest departments of our College has drawn young women from the marginalized sections of the society into the ambit of higher education and had made a difference in their lives. The effort taken by our efficient academicians towards the path of progress and service helps it from UG degree to a research department. The department celebrated Centenary Association on 31st August 2016. To commemorate this landmark in the life of our college and department, centenary logo was released. From its inception the department has been offering under graduate programme. Post graduate degree was introduced in the year 1973. At the research level M. Phil degree was introduced in the year 1993, since then the department is carrying out research and the thrust areas are Women’s Studies, Social, Political and Cultural aspects of Tamil Nadu. At present the department has equipped itself, and has become a research department offering full-time Ph.D. Degree since 2012. The study of History embarks the students to deal the present with a proper perspective and approach the future with confidence.
Thrust areas of Research
- Modern Indian History
- Political History
- Intellectual History
- Environmental History
- Tribal History
- Women Studies / Gender History
- Social, Economic and Cultural History of Tamil Nadu
- Contemporary social aspects and problems
- Empowerment of women through development of skills in order to make them Educated, Employed, Empowered and Emancipated Womanhood. Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.
- To care for the academic welfare of the socially marginalized women students with an innate interest and deep sense of commitment.
- Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.
- Empowerment of women through development of skills in order to make them Educated, Employed, Empowered and Emancipated Womanhood.
BA & MA - Historical Studies
The outcome of the UG program in Historical Studies would be to create an individual with very high knowledge in the subject concepts, develop good communication skills through frequent seminars and digitally conversant through presentations, get inclined to analyze and solve problems, have a quest for enquiry and learning. The program also gives abundant opportunity for students to pursue disciplinary cum systematic learning, enhance and explore her communication skill set, undergo thorough training in analyzing problems, motivated to learn through questions and updated topics, work in teams, to take initiatives, become digitally efficient, embrace moral values (PO8), be aware of the resources available to equip knowledge, earnest to be self-learner and project their findings globally. However, it is up to the student to take her thought initiative forward to reach her goal and to come out in flying colours.
The outcome of the PG programme in Historical Studies would be to create an individual with very high knowledge in the subject concepts, develop good communication skills through frequent seminars and digitally conversant through presentations, get inclined to analyze and solve problems, have a quest for enquiry and learning. The programme also gives abundant opportunity for students to pursue disciplinary cum systematic learning, enhance and explore her communication skill set, undergo thorough training in analyzing problems, motivated to learn through questions and updated topics, work in teams, to take initiatives, become digitally efficient, embrace moral values, be aware of the resources available to equip knowledge, earnest to be self-learner and project their findings globally.
- The policies and procedures of our Departmentare intended to be consistent with the policies of the University of Madras, as posted by the Office of Academic Affairs, and of the Queen Mary’s College, and with the various requirements of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between united Academics of our institution and the University of Madras.
- It is understood that internal governance policy and any policies developed through internal governance, both within this unit and as specified, are subject to the approval of the appropriate authority and the Head of the Institution.
- The Head of the Department will provide leadership for the Department by initiating the consideration of new policies, acting on policies determined by the Department, representing the Department in all its relations with the College and University at large, keeping the Department informed about all matters pertinent to its welfare, supervising the work of the department, and chairing its meetings.
- The Department Head will fulfill the legal responsibilities and obligations of the office in co-ordination with the other faculty members of the Department.
- Department Meetings and programmes are open to all members of the Department, including faculty, staff, undergraduate, post-graduate and research scholars.
- The Department will adopt a model for its administration that facilitates informed, transparent decision-making in the overall interest of the institution through which all members of the department have the opportunity to express opinions and make proposals. It will manage associated information, communication, and recommendations.
- Competency-based Education – using technology (N-list) to personalize a student’s navigation and to master the content.
- Video Streaming/Flipped Classroom/eLearning Trends.
- Open curriculum – MOOCs has been recommended to the student community.
- Digital textbooks are being referred to the students for easy accessibility and to enhance knowledge.
- New Pedagogies are being followed by the faculty members for teaching.
- Mentorship program
- ICT enabled teaching learning
- Teachers participation in faculty development, syllabus restructuring, evaluation, examination reforms etc.
- Holistic student centric practices in the college.
- Gender sensitization programs in college.
- Clean and environment friendly campus.
- Contribution of alumni in college development.
- Celebration of important days in the college like International Women’s Day, Gandhi Jayanti, Madras Day etc.
- Outreach programmes conducted at Inter-collegiate and Inter-departmental levels.