History of the department : The Centre was created as an Area Studies Centre with special focus on South and Southeast Asia.
The nodal countries for research were Bangladesh, Myanmar and Philippines.
The popularity of the centre far exceeded the expectations of the University.
In 1991 the Centre was converted into a full-fledged department offering MPhil and PhD degrees.
The demand for those degrees prompted the University to begin two year MA courses from 2003.
Special award/ recognition from UGC or related statutory body : The department houses a Centre of South and Southeast Asian Studies which is recognized and funded by UGC.