The Department of History, Janki Devi Memorial College organized a talk “Delhi: Cities and Settlements” by Dr. Swapna Liddle on the 2nd of August 2017 at the College Library Hall. Ms. Smita Mitra, Teacher-in-Charge of the Department gave the Inaugural Speech in which she briefly sketched the historical significance of Delhi.

Dr. Liddle spoke on the heritage of Delhi, it’s physical landscape and the impact it has had on the cultural and intellectual life through the Ages. Delhi, because of its strategic location between the Himalayas and the Doab region has acted as a corridor throughout History. It has been at the centre of trade routes. Hence, the city itself as a settlement can be analysed in layers starting from the Prehistoric Age to the coming in of the British.

With the coming of the British, the temporary capital of Delhi was established in the Civil Lines (1911). Hence, Delhi continued to be a symbol of seat of power. Dr. Liddle concluded her speech by stressing on the need to understand the many layers of the physical landscape of Delhi itself.

The talk was followed by a question answer session and a vote of thanks.


The Orientation Ceremony for the new Certificate Course on "Travel and Tourism" being conducted by the Department of History, JDMC in collaboration with Department of Adult Continuing Education and Extension, DU was held on Friday, 8th September 2017 from 10:30 am in the college seminar hall.

The ceremony was graced by the Chief Guests – Prof. Rajesh and Prof. V.K. Dixit, and special invitee Dr. Rahul Yadav.

Prof. Rajesh from DACEE highlighted the importance of extension and outreach activities. He talked of a variety of Tourisms – economic/ social/ cultural / medical/ historical and stressed on the need to link theory with practice particularly, for a subject like history where classroom teaching should be supplemented with visits to historical sites.

Prof. Dixit (DACEE) talked about the UGC mandated need based short term courses like "Travel and Tourism", "Community Radio". He informed the students that Tourism industry is a flourishing one and a course such as this would help the students to be better placed in terms of job opportunities.

Dr. Rahul Yadav (DACEE) outlined the syllabus and the time frame of the course in detail. He stressed on the new job opportunities that are to be created in travel industry as well as the need to focus on communication and skill development.

The floor was then open to the students to make further enquiries.


HERITAGE, HISTORY ASSOCIATION organised its annual visit to the National Musuem for the First Year History Honours Students on 14th September, 2017.The Aim of this visit is to apprise the students about the rich phases of historical growth of our country by surveying the historical artefacts and other archaeological remains preserved in the museum for posterity.


HERITAGE, HISTORY ASSOCIATION organised an educational trip to Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar on 22nd Sept, 2017. The students were given an in-depth knowledge about these two Heritage sites and their architectural styles. This was followed by a Project presentation by the students.


HERITAGE, HISTORY ASSOCIATION organized its Dr. Vijay Nath Memorial Lecture Series on the 12th of October 2017in memory of Late Dr. Vijay Nath. The theme of the lecture series was "Reconstructing Buddha through the prism of 'Tripitakas' and 'Jatakas'."

The speakers were Prof. Hira Paul Gangnegi (Ex-HOD, Dept of Buddhist Studies, DU) and Prof. Hari Shankar Prasad (HOD, Dept of Philosophy, DU). The event was also graced by Late Dr. Vijay Nath's son-in-law Mr. Sai Srinivas.

The Principal Dr. Swati Pal stressed on the need to adopt Buddha's way of living and the relevance of it in present times.

Prof. Gangnegi introduced the students to the complex theme of ‘Reconstructing Buddha’. He began with explaining the etymological definition of ‘Buddha’ itself – i.e. wisdom. Prof. Gangnegi highlighted the need to address suffering which Buddha mentioned repeatedly and the essence of which has been captured in the ‘Tripitikas’. ‘Boddhi-chitta’ he stressed is the most important element to be kept in mind.

Prof. Hari Shankar Prasad weaved the philosophy of Buddha from funny anecdotes from his life. He stressed on Buddha’s philosophy which requires one to address the problem of cognition through knowledge ‘Vidyacaran’. Hence, by questioning everything – our existence is reduced to the ‘mind’ which should be combined with ‘compassion.’


The Department Of History celebrated TOURISM DAY on 13.10.17 in keeping with the spirit of PARIYATAN DIWAS which was celebrated this year by the Govt Of India. On this occasion the students represented 14 major states of India by displaying not only the cultural richness and heritage of these states, but also presented the delicious cuisines of these states to the honourable judges. The students representing the North-Eastern region, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh received the First, Second and Third Prizes respectively.


TATHASTU,the History Department's Maiden Festival was held on 27th and 28th October, 2017 which focussed primarily on academics and culture. The two-day Festival was inaugurated by the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Govt., Mr Manish Sisodia, Chairperson, Dr Kusum Krishna and the Principal Dr Swati Pal.

The Inaugural Session began with a Panel Discussion on the theme- ' Imaging Gender in the matrix of Power, Love & Hate’. The distinguished panelists were Prof Vijaya Ramaswamy, Prof Kumkum Roy, Prof Anshu Malhotra, Dr Smita Sahgal and Dr Tara Sheemar.

The Inaugural session also featured the formal release of Dr Tara Sheemar’s book titled "Plunging the Ocean".

Day-1 also witnessed inter-college competitions in Quiz (Prelims) and Free-style dance. In the evening there was a Bharat-Natyam dance recital by the noted dancer, Dr Sneha Chakradhar.

Day-2 featured inter- college competitions like the Quiz Finals, Poster-Making, Treasure- Hunt, What-if and Photography competitions. All these competitions saw wide participation of students from different colleges of Delhi University and other educational institutions.The Photography Competition on the theme “Mood”was online and attracted more than 110 entries.

The grand finale to Tathastu on Day-2 saw scintillating Kathak performances by Guru Jaikishan Maharaj and his troupe.

1.  The History Association organised the screening of a film set in the Mayan period "Apocalypto" on 22nd September 2016, directed and produced by Mel Gibson. The movie potrays a clash between two cultures wherein the aboriginal indigenous inhabitants' of the territory were invaded by the city dwellers. It deals with a wide range of themes such as survival and cultural onslaught. This was a very well attended event and students enjoyed the movie.

2.  The First Year History (Hons) students were taken on an educational trip to National Museum on 1st Oct 2016. It helped them to interact and acquire practical knowledge about the themes related to their course such as Prehistory, Harappa, Mathura- Gandhara art traditions and Mughal miniature paintings.

3.  Historical excursion to the Qutb Complex and JamaliKamali Mosque was organized for the Second Year (Hons)students on 20th October 2016. The aim of the trip was to provide knowledge and realise the physical presence of 'Sultanate Architecture' - the architectural style of the Mamluks, the Khaljis and the Tughlaqs. The students visited the Qutbcomplex which included the QutbMinar, the Quwwatul-Islam Mosque, the Alai Darwaza, the Alai Minar and the Iron pillar. The JamaliKamali Mosque and Tomb was constructed in the memory of two Sufi saints.

4.  The Association organised the second series of Dr.Vijay Nath Memorial Lecture on 27th October 2016 in memory of one of our most esteemed and venerated colleagues, Dr Vijay Nath. The lecture was delivered by Prof VinaySrivastava on "Caste System". The lecture was very well attended and students enjoyed the inter-disciplinary approach of historical processes and the evolution of caste system in India.

5.  The Third Year History (Hons)students went for an educational trip to the PuranaQila,KhairulManazil, Humanyun's Tomb and the NizamuddinAuliyaDargah on 8th November 2016. The students enjoyed the Sufikawwali performance at the Dargah.

'Heritage' History Association organized a talk on 28th February 2017, titled, 'Feminist History: Issues and Objectives'. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Shalini Shah. The talk dealt with the position of women in Ancient India through a study of voices of resistance against patriarchy in Indian texts. The talk was well attended by students, faculty members and our principal.


On the 19th of January, The History Association - Heritage screened the movie Mammodirected by Shyam Benegal. Itis a riveting tale of one of the most painful episodes in the History of India. Mammo, the character,manages to paint a picture of the emotions estranged ones go through. Uprooted by partition, probably the greatest tragedy of our times, Mammo tries to get back to her roots. Mammo absolutely refuses to let any political boundary take away from her what makes her life worth living - her sister, her grandson and her city. The movie was an entertainer and was thoroughly enjoyed by students.

Movie screening Mammo

'Rise and Fall of Islamic Civilization' on 8th of February 2017

History Association 'Heritage' organized a talk on 8th February 2017, titled 'Rise and Fall of Islamic Civilization'. The lecture was delivered by Dr.KumkumSrivastava. The talk dealt with the various aspects related to expansion of Islamic civilization with reference to social, economic, political, cultural and religious factors. Dr.Srivastava also focused on the causes responsible for the fall of Islamic civilization. The speaker highlighted the internal dynamics, politics and corruption within the highly successful and glorified expansion of Islamic realm. The talk was very well attended by good number of students, faculty members and our honourable principal.

Talk on 'Rise and Fall of Islamic Civilization'

Talk on 'Rise and Fall of Islamic Civilization'