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    INDIAN   HISTORY   CONGRESS           


Platinum Jubilee

                                                                       10-13 December 2011


Professor J.S. Grewal                                                                                                   

Local Secretary                                                                                  Department of Punjab Historical Studies                                                                                                                          Punjabi University, Patiala-147002                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


M: 0730793439 Ph: 0172-2747046


                                           LOCAL SECRETARY’S CIRCULAR


Dear Colleague 


We have great pleasure in inviting you to the 72nd Session of the Indian History Congress being held at our Campus on 10-13 December 2011. This Session will be a special occasion for us as it will be part of the PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS of the Indian History Congress.


There will be a Conference on the COMPOSITE CULTURE OF INDIA, dedicated to the PLATINUM JUBILEE of the Indian History Congress, with Sessions on 11, 12 and 13 December. Other programmes of Platinum Jubilee Celebrations will be notified in the Secretary’s second circular, which you will receive in October.


Punjabi University, Patiala

The Punjabi University is situated on the Rajpura-Patiala National Highway, a few kilometers before Patiala. It is less than 50 kilometers from the Ambala Cantt Railway Junction where every train from the Delhi side stops. The nearest airport at Chandigarh is about 60 kms from the University Campus.



The weather in the first half of December will be pretty cold and the temperature is generally between 10oc and 15oc; it might go down to 5oc. Delegates are advised to bring with them a blanket and thick woollen clothing.




We hope that you will make your OWN RAILWAY RESERVATION for onward and return journey well in advance. 


There are four Express trains to Patiala (11057 Dadar-Amritsar Express; 11058 Amritsar-Dadar Express; 14731 Delhi-Bathinda Express; and 14732 Bathinda-Delhi Express). Our volunteers will receive the Delegates at Patiala Railway Station. The Delegates coming to the Patiala City Bus Stand will also be received by our volunteers there. 

Every train from New Delhi/Delhi to Amritsar, Jammu Tawi and Kalka stops at Ambala Cantt Junction. Our volunteers will be at the MAIN ENTRANCE of Ambala Cantt Railway Station from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on 9 December and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on 10 December. They will make arrangements for your transport from Ambala Cantt to the University Campus.


For your information, public transport for Patiala is available at Ambala Cantt Bus Stand (opposite Ambala Cantt Railway Station) from 4:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., plying at half hourly intervals and stopping at the Main Gate of the Punjabi University on the National Highway. All Delegates coming to the University Campus by road will be received by our volunteers at the Main Gate.


The Delegates coming by air to Chandigarh can hire taxis at the Airport for the University Campus at Patiala. 



The Registration Counter will function from the afternoon of 9 December till mid-day on 11 December. After Registration the Delegates will be taken to their places of stay.



Hostel and guest-house accommodation is being arranged for Delegates. Bed rolls and a quilt will be provided. Owing to limited accommodation available you are requested NOT to bring any FAMILY MEMBER with you.


If you wish, we can book accommodation for you in hotels at Patiala. Some advance payment may be necessary for booking. Please contact the undersigned well in advance if you wish to stay in a hotel.


Delegate Fee

In addition to the Membership fee, there will be a Delegate fee of Rs 600/- which should be remitted by Demand Draft in favour of ‘Indian History Congress, Patiala’, payable at Patiala, and sent to Professor K.S. Dhillon, Local Treasurer, Indian History Congress, Department of History, Punjabi University, Patiala-147002 (M: 09417385002; Ph: 0175-3046192).


PLEASE fill up the enclosed FORM for Delegate Registration and send it along with the Delegate fee (by D.D.) to the LOCAL TREASURER.


The Delegates wishing to participate in the special programmes for PLATINUM JUBLIEE CELEBRATIONS should send Rs. 700/- instead of Rs. 600/-. A Member who has already paid Rs 600 as Delegate fee can pay the additional amount of Rs.100.





Participation in the Session of the Indian History Congress is open only to Members. For the Rules of Membership and the prescribed form and other requirements, you are advised to visit the following websites of the Indian History Congress at or contact Professor Arun Bandopadhyay, Secretary, Indian History Congress, Department of History, University of Calcutta, Alipore Campus, 1 Reformatroy Street, Kolkata-700 027 (M: 09830503840; e-mail:     


Annual Members intending to attend the Congress are requested to pay the annual renewal fee of the Indian History Congress (which is Rs 150/-) while new Members should pay initial membership fee of Rs 160/- by Demand Draft drawn in favour of ‘Indian History Congress’ payable at Kolkata, and send it along with the prescribed form and enclosures to the Secretary at the address given above. In case the sum is remitted by money order, it should be sent to the Treasurer, Dr Raj Sekhar Basu, at the following address: Treasurer,  Indian History Congress, Department of History, University of Calcutta, Alipore Campus, 1 Reformatory Street, Kolkata-700 027.


Please note that CHEQUES will NOT be acceptable.


Submission of Papers


Members planning to present papers should either e-mail their papers and summary of 300 words to with copy to  or send two hard copies of their papers and summary (if possible with CD) by registered/speed post to Professor Arun Bandopadhyay, Secretary, Indian History Congress, Department of History, University of Calcutta, Alipore Campus, 1 Reformatroy Street, Kolkata-700 027. For details of the requisite length and style please refer to the first circular of the Secretary.  


Please do mention your Membership Number, and inform the Local Secretary in ADVANCE if you require VISUAL AIDS like OHP/Slide projector/LCD for your presentation.


Prizes for Best Papers

There are eight prizes for the best papers submitted at the Indian History Congress Session in a  particular section or field by Members who are not above the age of 45 years on the last date for the receipt of papers submitted for the prize (5 November 2011). Please note, however that there is no age-bar for Prize no.8 below.

1.    Professor Vijay Kumar Thakur Memorial Prize of Rs. 4,000 for the best paper submitted for Section I (Ancient India).

2.    Professor J.S. Grewal Prize of Rs.4,000 for the best paper submitted for Section II (Medieval India).

3&4. Professor Partha Sarathi Gupta Memorial Prize of Rs. 4,000 and Professor J. C. Jha Prize of Rs. 4,000 for the best two papers submitted for Sections III (Modern India), IV (Countries other than India) and VI (Contemporary India).


5.    Professor B. B. Chaudhuri Prize of Rs. 4,000 for the best paper submitted on Economic and Social History of India (Ancient, Medieval and Modern).

6.    Professor Sudhir Ranjan Das Memorial Prize of Rs.4,000 for the best paper submitted for Section V (Archaeology). 

7.    Professor Papiya Ghosh Memorial Prize of Rs 10,000/ for the best paper submitted for section VI (Contemporary India).

8.    Dr I.G. Khan Memorial Prize of Rs.5000 for the best paper submitted on History of Science and Technology (No age-bar).

9.   Professor M. Athar Ali Memorial Prize of Rs.5000 will be awarded for the best paper submitted at the 72nd session (No age-bar and no application need be made).

NOTE: A Member who wishes her/his paper to be considered for any of the prizes (at nos. 1-8) above is requested simply to indicate on it the award/(s) for which s/he wishes it to be considered and (in case of every prize except No.8) attach a photocopy of some document bearing the date of birth (e.g. photocopy of relevant page of passport, high school certificate, or letter of Principal of College or Chairman of Department).

The announcement of the papers selected for these prizes will be made at the 73rd session.


Special Panels

The following Special Panels will be held concurrently with the Indian History Congress Session:

INDIAN ARCHITECTURE AND ARTISANS. Organised by the Aligarh Historians Society on 11-12 December 2011.


HISTORY AND LITERATURE. Organised jointly by the Punjabi University, Patiala, and the Institute of Punjab Studies, Chandigarh on 12 December 2011. 


If you require more information about any of the above points please contact us through email at or ring up 07307934396.


Looking forward to your participation and with all good wishes,


  Yours sincerely



                               (J.S. Grewal)

5 September 2011                                                                                   Local Secretary








72nd Session (Platinum Jubilee)

(10-13 December, 2011)

Punjabi University, Patiala



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