The Department conducts field workshops and surveys to identify new source materials and to locate new problems of historical research. The Memory Clinic is a distinct programme of the Department and these residential camps are held in different places in the nearby districts. Data and objects identified during these residential workshops are digitised for the forthcoming online archives. These clinics enable students and the faculty to come into contact with alternative sources and fresh evidences. This helps research scholars to identify new evidences and fresh research subjects. The Government of Kerala has accepted the proposal of the Department to implement Community Archives programme of the Department.
A new venture of the History Department is the Kerala History Digital Archives. Sri Abdul Majeed, former Senior Archivist of the Kerala State Archives has joined the Department on contract terms to develop the Archives. The Department is preparing the online Kerala History Digital Archives with the help of KELTRON Department. There will be provision for the public to interact with the Research Deparment in the Online Archives and they can donate documents, images and other archival materials to the Digital repository. We are planning to develop image, audio, video, palm leaves and document sections in the Digital Archives. We have also got assurances for sharing digital materials with other repositories.
The Library of the History Department now has nearly 40,000 books. These include rare manuscripts and latest publications. The Library Hall witnesses weekly quiz programmes and lectures by experts and invited guests. A separate section to help students to attend UGC JRF Examination is now arranged in the Library Hall. Smt. Meena, Smt. Sajna and Sri Radhakrishnan are the staff of the Department Library. This library is the largest History library in South India. Latest books acquired in the Department are displayed in the New Arrival Board. Research scholars and students from other institutions can use the library for reference and they have to bring reference letter accompanied by a request.
MA Course in History was started in 1964 when the Department was a PG Centre of the Kerala University at the Guruvayurappan College, Kozhikode. Now the Department is running MA History Course which now has an intake of 26 students. The course is scheduled in four semesters and students can avail different scholarships. The Department offers good library facility, computer lab with 24 hours internet connectivity and special facility for UGC JRF coaching. Students have to submit a research disseration in the fourth seester of the course. University Campus offers hostel facility for PG students.
The Department is offering M Phil Course in History which now has an intake of seven students. The course is designed in two semesters with three papers including the optional one. The M Phil students can avail different scholarships sponsored by the Kerala and Indian governments. The Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship and Moulana Scholarships are also attainable for research scholars according to thieir community and income status. M Phil students are admitted based upon an entrance test and marks scored in the PG examination. Six faculty of the Department are M Phil research guides.
The PhD Course in History was begun after few years of the founding of the Department. There are six research guides in the Department and students are availing UGC-JRF, ICHR, KCHR, RGNF and Moulana Scholarship. M Phil Degree holders and NET/JRF holders are excempted from PhD Entrance Test. The recent UGC regulation impllemented in the University permits a Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Profsssor to guide eight, six and four PhD students respectively. RGNF Fellowship holders can do PhD in addition to the sanctioned strength under a research supervisor.