Currently the Department of History offers M.A. and M. Phil courses and opportunities for doctoral research. The range of teaching and research includes Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Indian History. Given its geographical location most of the research concerns the study of the broad North-Western Region (including the present Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh). Our researches have included inquiries into the polity, economy, society and culture since the earliest times in a pan Indian, integrated and inter-disciplinary perspective. Apart from being involved in post-graduate teaching and research guidance, the faculty of the History Department has been actively engaged in wide-ranging research activities covering a large number of national and regional subjects. The faculty has made a substantial number of publications and this has been recognized both nationally and internationally. The HPU history community benefits from close proximity to the Department of State Archives, Himachal State Museum, Department of Language and Culture (all at Shimla) and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla that is the leading research institution of country focusing on the humanities and social sciences. Some members of the department have been closely associated either as fellows, editors or members of academic and administrative committees of the IIAS, Shimla. Faculty members have been, and are, also associated with other universities and various State and Central government organizations e.g., Archaeological Survey of India, SCERT, NCERT, etc.
Students in our Department enjoy and benefit from a mentoring environment that allows them to reach their full potential and place them in a better position to be successful. History is always exciting at Himachal Pradesh University!