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Master of ARTS (M.A.)in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology
 
Duration of the Course
The M.A. Degree course is of two years duration and consists of four semesters. In each semester students offer four papers. For examination each paper consists of 100 marks. The course is open to full-time regular students only. External students are not eligible for admission.

A student will be permitted to carry over a backlog of not more than two papers to the next semester. However, in exceptional cases the Departmental Committee may waive this condition and permit the student to enroll for the next semester.
 
Eligibility for Admission
B.A. degree, with Ancient Indian History, Culture and / or Archaeology / History / Sanskrit / Prakrit / Pali / Anthropology / Geography / Fine Arts / Architecture with a minimum of 55% marks or B+ or equivalent grade of a recognized University.
B.Sc. degree, with Anthropology / Geography / Geology / Botany / Physics / Chemistry as a major subject with a minimum of 55% marks or B+ or equivalent grade of a recognized University.
   
Procedure for Admission
For Indian Candidates
Candidates seeking admission to M.A. course shall apply on a prescribed form. The application form duly filled in by the candidate in his own hand and a passport –size photo affixed together with attested copies of the documents listed below, must reach the Asstt. Registrar, Academic Section of the Institute by 10th June.
 
  Marks-lists of the following qualifying examinations : SSC, HSC, B.A. / B.Sc.
  Character certificate from the Head of the Department / from which the candidate has obtained his qualifying degree
Note :
 
  Application incomplete in any sense will not be considered for admission
  If the final degree examination result is not declared the candidate shall submit statement of marks of previous year (second year) degree examination mark sheet.
Admission to a course will initially remain provisional. It will be confirmed when all the documents specified below are submitted and accepted. A notice for the submission of eligibility application alongwith the below mentioned documents will be issued after the provisional admission process is over. Failure to submit the documents then will be viewed seriously by the authorities and action will be taken as per rules against the defaulting student.
 
  Migration Certificate (no objection certificate from the University last attended).
  Mark-list of the last qualifying examination.
  Degree / Passing certificate of the last qualifying exam.
  Character certificate from the Head of the Department / Institute from which the candidate has obtained his qualifying degree.
  Gap certificate (if applicable).
  Documentary proof regarding date of birth.
A letter of confirmation of the admission will be issued to the candidate after all the documents specified in (b) above have been submitted, verified and found in order.
For foreign candidates
Candidates seeking admission to the M.A. course shall apply for admission in the prescribed form. The application form duly filled in by the candidate in his own hand with a passport size photo affixed together with attested copies of the following documents must reach the Assistant Registrar, Academic Section by 20th May.
 
  Statement of Marks of the last qualifying degree examination. (Bachelor’s degree)
  Degree / Passing certificate
  Migration Certificate (no objection certificate from the University last attended).
  Character certificate from the Head of the Department / Institute from which the candidate has obtained his qualifying degree.
  Documentary proof regarding date of birth.
Note :
Incomplete Application will not be considered for admission.
Having been found prima facie eligible for admission to the course, the student will be given a provisional admission letter by which he/she can obtain Students Visa for study at this Institute. ( A student will not be admitted to the course without a proper Student Visa).
On obtaining the Students Visa the candidate shall arrive at the Deccan College and submit the eligibility application along with original and photocopies of the certificates listed in (a) above as also the Students Visa.
The medium of instruction for all these courses at the Institute is English. It is therefore essential that the student has sound knowledge of English. To test this the student shall appear for Proficiency Test in English Language. Only those students who pass the test shall be admitted to the course. The following students shall be exempted from appearing for the test:
 
  Who are native speakers of English Language.
  Who are seeking admission through the Government of India Scholarship Scheme (ICCR S’ ship holders)
  Who have migrated from an Indian University and have passed the English Language Test of that University.
  Who have passed the test conducted by this Institute during their admission to an earlier degree/diploma course at this Institute.
Foreign students will have to undergo a medical check-up at a medical centre to be specified by the Institute. Only those students who are found medically fit will be admitted to the course.
   
Examination Structure
A minimum of 75 percent attendance at lectures, laboratory work and field work in each paper will be necessary for qualifying to appear in the examination. The examination for each semester shall consist of :
 
  Internal Assessment, and
  University Examination.
The ratio of (A) and (B) shall be 20:80 marks
 
Internal Assessment
Internal Assessment, for each paper, will consist of :
Home assignment/ Class test/ Field or Laboratory report ------- 20 Marks
University Examination
The University Examination will consist of a written test of 80 marks for each paper except dissertation.
Terms of Passing
To be eligible to pass in a paper a student should secure minimum pass marks i.e. 40% marks (Internal Assessment and University examination marks taken together).
 
Note : Examination for the backlog papers of a semester will be held only when that particular semester-end examination is being held for regular students. Syllabus for the Master in Arts (Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology)

Syllabus of the Course
 
Semester I (Compulsory)
Arc 101 :
Political History of India (up to 1200 A.D.)
Arc 102 : Social and Economic History of India (up to 1200 A.D.)
Arc 103 : Introduction to Archaeology
Arc 104 : Prehistory of South Asia: Palaeolithic and Mesolithi
   
Semester II (Compulsory )
Arc 201 : Religious History of India.
Arc 202 : Methods in Archaeology
Arc 203 : Protohistory of South Asia
Arc 204 : Science in Archaeology
   
Semester III ( Any Four )
Arc 301 : Art and Architecture of India-I ( 300 B.C. to 600 A.D.)
Arc 302 : Ancient Indian Iconography
Arc 303 : Ancient Indian Paleography and Epigraphy
Arc 304 : Archaeology and Literature
Arc 305 : An Outline of World Prehistory
Arc 306 : Environmental Archaeology (Bio archaeology)
Arc 307 : Biological Anthropology
Arc 308 : Advanced Archaeological Theory and Research Methodology
Arc 309 : History of Indian Archaeology
Arc 310 : Harappan Civilization
Arc 311 : Museology-I : Basic Principles and Practice
Arc 312 : Cultural Heritage Management
 

 
 
Syllabus for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Archaeology
Semester I ( Compulsory )
Arc 501 : Principles of Archaeology
Arc 502 : Social & Economic Institutions of Ancient India
Arc 503 : South Asian Prehistory
Arc 504 : Epigraphical Records of Ancient India
Arc 505 : Introduction to cultural Heritage Management
Arc 506 : Research Methodology
   
Semester II (Compulsory)
Arc 507 : Field Archaeology
Arc 508 : Archaeological Science
 
Optional (Any two)
Arc 509 : South Asian Protohistory
Arc 510 : Introduction to Ethnoarchaeology
Arc 511 : Earth Sciences in Archaeology
Arc 512 : Dissertation
Arc 513 : Open Paper
   
   
Note : Field work is compulsory for students of MA and PGD Semester II.