History is a growing science which records the unique events in the life of mankind. The term history is derived from the Greek word istoria which means enquiry, research and exploration of information. It presents before us an exciting picture of events across the countries. It links the past with the present and enables us to see how man has been living comfortably and safely. The greatness of the subject is defined by Francis Bacon as “History is a discipline that makes men wise”.
In ancient period the Greeks and Romans made history as a definite branch of knowledge. In the medieval times religious convictions dominated in the historical writings. By the beginning of the modern times history was relieved from the dominance of the religion, which resulted in widening of the scope of history. In the recent past historical writingsgave importance to social, cultural and economic activities.
The Department of History has been existing from the inception of the college in 1956. Initially, history was taught as one of the papers of Pre-University course and as an ancillary paper for B.A.Economics course. In the year 1968 the Department of History was started and history began to be taught as a major paper at U.G level. The Department of History was elevated to a P.G Department during the academic year 1987-88. B.A. History Tourism (Vocational) course was introduced in the academic year 1999-2000. The Department is equipped with a good library consisting of valuable books and journals. The Department has been offering M.Phil course under self financing scheme since the academic year 2006-2007. Prof K.Sikkandar, the iron man of the college was the first Head of the Department. He also served as the Principal from 1979 to 1980 and from 1988 to 1991. Through his able leadership, he made the college as one of the well disciplined college in Madurai Kamaraj University. Based upon the foundation the co-education was introduced in 1990 successfully. His administrative ability brought name and fame to the college. Such a great man was succeeded by Prof.R.Pandiya Raj who elevated the status of the college through his fluency in English language. He had been a source of inspiration to many teachers and students to achieve high goals in society.
After the retirement of Prof. R. Pandia Raj, Prof. K. Jayaram assumed the leadership of the Department. He was succeeded by Prof.S.Duraisamy, an alumnus of the Department. He served as a member of the Academic Council and Board of Studies of the Madurai Kamraj University. The next Head of the Department was Prof.P.KajaMohideen who was also an alumnus of the Department. Under his able guidance the Department organised various inter collegiate competitions, cultural programmes, seminars, tours and other co-curricular activities. During his tenure as Head of the Department, Dr. M. HowdhMohideen, a faculty of history department served as the Principal of the college was awarded with ‘A’ grade by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in the 2nd cycle of accreditation in 2012.
The next Head of the Department of history was Mr. Rajaram who served in that capacity only one year. He was followed by Mr. M.A.C. Mohamed Saleem who served as the Head of Department, during his tenure Endowment lectures were organised. The Department currently headed by Dr. S. Varghese Jeyaraj, who is an eminent historian. The books written by him on various topics have been prescribed as textbooks in the colleges and universities of India and research papers published and presented by him have been used by a number of research scholars in research programmes. He is also invited by many colleges to deliver guest lectures on various historical topics. At present, the Department is adorned by four Ph.D holders, three National Eligibility Test (NET), two State Eligibility Test (SET) cleared staff and an M.Phil. degree holders. The Department has been receiving the Best Department Award at the college level from the Management continuously for more than 20 years. Our students have obtained many university level ranks in the examinations. Mr. T. Anas Babu, staff of the department is pursuing Ph.D research.
Many of the students from the Department of History are well placed. They serve the various departments as administrators, officers, professors, teachers and revenue, police and commercial tax officials.Worth mentioning among them are Dr. Basheer Ahmed Jamali, Professor of Arabic, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi and Mr. M. Sermarajan, I.P.S I.G., Intelligence Bureau.
|Dr. S. VARGHESE JEYARAJ, M.A., M.T.M., M.Phil., Ph.D.,||Head & Associate Professor|
|Hajee. Dr. M. BASHEER AHAMED MEERAN, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,||Associate Professor|
|Sub. Lt. Dr. M. PEER MOHAMED, M.A., B.Ed., M.Phil., Ph.D.,||Associate Professor|
|Ms. L. PANDIAMMAL, M.A., M.Ed., M.Phil.,||Assistant Professor|
|Hajee. A. ABOOBACKER SIDDIQ, M.A., SLET||Assistant Professor|
|Mr. C. P. MUHAMMED KABEER, M.A., NET||Assistant Professor|
|Mr. S. SHACK ABDULLAH, M.A., M.Phil., SET||Assistant Professor|
|Mr. T. ANAS BABU, M.A., NET||Assistant Professor|
|Ms. K. C. RAIHANATH, M.A., B.Ed., SET, NET||Assistant Professor|
|Dr. M. AMZAD ALI, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., B.L.,||Assistant Professor|
|Mr. M. JAMAL MOHIDEEN, M.A.,||Assistant Professor|
|Ms. S. PARAKATH NISHA, M.A.,||Assistant Professor|