The Department of Hindi is one of the oldest departments in the University of Kashmir. established in the year 1956. In a non-Hindi speaking area like Kashmir, hindi language and literature was introduced by the department and a good number of people joined the department consequently. The department been headed by eminent persons in the field of literature and language such as Prof. H.P. Gupta, Prof. Tiwari, Prof. Mohini Koul ,Prof. R.K. Sharma, Prof. B.L.Koul, Prof. Mohd. Ayoub Khan “Premi” , During turmoil, despite the migration of all senior faculty members department managed to thrive under the headship of Prof. Zohra Afzal , Prof. Dilshad Jeelani , Prof. Ruby Zutshi. The able guidance of successive Vice-Chancellor’s of the University, the department is able to flourish & uphold its traditions of teaching & research and is progressing under the dynamic leadership of present head Prof. Zahida Jabeen.
In 1963 the department was approved as a research centre where M.Phil and Ph.D courses were introduced, Till now 68 Ph.D and 64 M.Phil degrees have been awarded..
The department offers the following programmes:
- PG. Diploma
Presently 20 scholars are pursuing Integrated Ph.D. Programme.
Before the turmoil a large number of P.G students have passed out from the department and even during the turmoil, the department didn’t face any zero year. A good number of students presently pursue their P.G in Hindi and P.G Diploma every year. 236 M.A dissertations have submitted by P.G students till now and many students have qualified NET/SET examination. Forty five issues of the Departmental Research journal VITASTA had been published by the department. Vitasta provides a platform to local and national / international students, scholars and teachers to express their ideas. It has been approved by the UGC under registration number 41281 with ISSN No.0975-6663.
The department has a core faculty of distinguished teachers with an excellent research and teaching record committed to share their knowledge and guide their scholars and students. The Faculty members have published 100 national / International research papers and 20 books.. Faculty members of the department have attended National/ International and regional conferences, seminars, symposia and other functions hosted by the university. The department also has a dedicated supporting staff working alongside the Head and faculty.
The Department seeks to establish itself as a centre of excellence by remaining committed in providing ongoing opportunities for students to meet their academic and non- academic needs in the area of Hindi Language and Literature.