Prof. Nupur Dasgupta


I joined the Department of History, Jadavpur University in 1991. I specialized in Ancient Indian History with special thrust on archaeological sources. It has remained an area of interest to me and I have developed a special fascination for the application of the results from archaeological analyses to reconstruct the Early History of Science and Technology in South Asia. Over the years I have taught and conducted research on the Cultural History of Ancient and Early Medieval India, primarily looking at Urban History and Science and Technology, which spilled over to the modern times.

I had been awarded the Charles Wallace Fellowship in 2001 and worked at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. I conducted a Research Project on “Minor Metal Craft in West Bengal: Tradition and Changes from Medieval Period to the Present”, funded by the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, from 2004 till March 2007. I was the Joint Coordinator of an UGC Major Research Project on “Pharmacy in the Sanskrit Treatises on Rasayana in Eastern India” awarded in 2005 and funded up to March 2009. For the last five years or so I have been more and more drawn to two specific areas of research, the Social History of Medicine and Pharmacy from pre modern to the contemporary times and the Historiography of Ancient India.

Although I cannot claim to be a specialist in the area I have also developed a deep interest in the modern history of South East Asia through teaching at the post graduate level. I also teach an undergraduate course on Early Indian History up to 1300 CE; two special postgraduate courses on Social History of Science and Technology in Pre-colonial India and the pre modern world and share a third special course on Social History of Science and Technology in the Modern World. Finally I am in charge of two post graduate special courses and two M. Phil courses on Ancient and Early Medieval India, including Methodology and Historiography.