Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Department of History & Philosophy

Overview & History

Mission and Vision

Our Mission

NSU is a Centre of Excellence in higher studies and has been producing quality graduates having strong fundamental values for the last 25 years. In order to provide the students with a broader sense and distinctive strength to contribute to society, the Department of History and Philosophy, under the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, was founded on 1 January 2015. This was the time when the University was making a fundamental change in the concept of higher education and putting much emphasis on the teaching of liberal arts to all of its undergraduates.

The Mission of the Department of History and Philosophy is thus to provide a holistic approach towards a better understanding of the history, society and culture we live in. The Department promotes liberal learning and liberal education through transmittal of a sense of the past to new generations, especially the multiple heritages of the people; introduction to and understanding of the diversity of peoples throughout the world; transformation of academically ambitious students into lifelong, independent learners, responsible, morally committed professionals, and thoughtful citizens; and presentation of new scholarly research and in the wider world of the public to help frame local, national and global issues. From the point of view of the national interest the History part of the Department runs a mandatory course on the Emergence of Bangladesh. Moral Philosophy, Ethics and Social Psychology are other special fields of study.

Our Vision:

The Department of History and Philosophy envisions setting the standard for universities in Bangladesh for liberal arts and social sciences education in the twenty-first century. Our vision is to set an exemplary precedence in terms of scholarship and research, innovative academic courses and curriculum, pedagogical development, which would combine both historical studies and current affairs in its curriculum. Through this innovative approach we are committed to creating and sustaining the conditions that will enable students to experience an unparalleled educational journey that is intellectually, socially, culturally and personally transformative. The department is particularly dedicated to teaching how human societies change over time: in daily lives; through commerce; in response to crisis; and in interaction with other cultures. In addition, the courses strive to put the present into context, to cultivate students' intellectual curiosity, and to elevate aspirations. The faculty takes seriously its responsibility to teach critical thinking and communication skills at the same time as imparting knowledge necessary for students' personal and professional development.

Careers in History and Philosophy

If you are looking for a career oportunity in the Department of History and Philosophy, then kindly send you CV to the Chairman of DHP:

Visiting Faculty

Md. Remon Talukder


Ms. Mahmuda Begum

Faculty Assistant

Academic Calendar
Weekly Schedule
Events, Seminars & Presentations

List of Seminar

1. Historiography of Bangladesh by Professor Dr. sharif Uddin Ahmed, date 23rd April 2015.

2. Morality and Ethics in Bangladesh by Professor Dr. Mohammad Mozahidul Islam, date-16/06/2015

3. Revisiting the Concept of Sustainability: Economic, Social and Environmental by Professor Dr. Mohammad Kamrul Ahsan , date-30/07/2015

4. Virtues and Emotion: Aristotle's Vs. Islamic View by Professor Dr. Munir Hossain Talukder, date-30/08/2015

5.Is there a place for ethics instruction in liberal arts education?by Professor Norman Kenneth Swazo , Ms. Ridita Rahman Khan & Mr. Tawsif Elahi, date-01/11/2015

6. Refugees of Eastern Borders: Many Histories (1946-1977) by Anindita Ghoshal , Rishi Bankim Chandra College Kolkata, West Bengal, India, date-15/11/2015

7. Famines in Britain and India, 1550-1800: Connected Cultural Histories of Food Security by Dr. Ayesha Mukherjee, University of Exeter, UK, date-22/11/2015

Undergraduate Courses

Attention GED Courses!!!!!

Department of History & Philosophy(DHP)

Department of History & Philosophy plans to offer the following GED courses during   Spring-2016 Semester.

Previous  Code

Present  Code

Title of the Course



Bangladesh History & Culture



Indo-Bangla History/South Asian History



Islamic History



World History



Introduction to Philosophy



Logic and Reasoning



Introduction to Ethics



Business Ethics



Introduction to Psychology



Introduction to Social Psychology


For further information, contact this number 01736494614 of the Department of History & Philosophy.

Graduate Program and Courses

Being the first private university in Bangladesh, the Department of History and Philosophy of North South University is on its way in setting up the precedence of introducing for the first time a Master’s Degree Program in History and Asian Studies in the country and the subcontinent. The Program will lead to the receiving of Master’s in Social Science (MSS) Degree by the students. It offers three components: a distinctive focus on Bangladesh and South Asia, a broader Asian perspective (South East and Far East), and a chance to specialize in either history or develop skills in regional area studies. Courses would draw on the insights offered by disciplines such as History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Environmental Studies and apply them in Bangladesh and Asian contexts. Secondly, students would be able to interact and exchange ideas with some of the leading South, Southeast and East Asian specialists within the larger framework of History and Asian Studies Program. Thirdly, in order to understand the complex and often contradictory social and cultural realities, students would acquire necessary knowledge in bridging successful Asian experiences in regional context.

Asia is on the fast track to emerge as a key region in a changing world order. With its offerings of historic competencies as well as inter-disciplinary studies, this Master’s program provides a useful gateway for any student seeking a career within the versatile and expanding field of interactions between Asia and other parts of the world. By adopting and successfully implementing this program, the Department of History and Philosophy envisions to be counted as one of the best comprehensive universities of Asia in terms of teaching and research by the year 2021 that also corresponds with the broader vision of North South University. 

Research Areas


Name and Designation

Research areas


Dr. Sharif Uddin Ahmed

Professor &Chair

Area of Research:  Urban  &   Institutional  History of South  Asia

Major-Publications:A study in Urban History & Development, 1841-1885 published by Curzon Ptess Ltd, London, 1986; History & Heritage,1841-1921 (in Bengali), Academic Press &Publishers Limited Dhaka, 2002;



Dr. Norman Kenneth Swazo , Director,Undergraduate Studies



Area of Research: Ethics in International  Affairs; Biomedical  Ethics /Research Ethics;  Recent

European  Philosophy  (emphasis on Heidegger); Political Philosophy ; Comparative Philosophy /Comparative Religions; History of  Philosophy.

Major-publications: Crisis Theory & World Order: Heidegger Ian  Reflections (New York:SUNY Press,

SUNY’s Series in Global Politics September 2002.


Dr.Niladri Chatterjee

Assistant Professor

Area of research : Modern South Asian History, History of Bengal, The Indian Rebellion of 1857, Political Ecology and Environmental History, Political Economy of Public Health Policy in a Transnational Historical Perspective.

Major publications: The European Response towards the Indian Rebellion of 1857 in Rivista degli Studi Orientali (ISSN:0392-4866),published by the dipartimento Istituto Italiano di Studi orientali,Sapienza Universita di Roma.December 2014


Ms. Sarah Fardeen


Area of Research: Research  interest  lies in the  psychosocial  field. Mental  health development of the South Asian population.



Asiful Basar


Area of Research: Economic History ,south Asian Studies, Climate & International discourse.

Major publications: Climate Change, Loss of livelihood & the Loss of Rural Livelihood: A Story from coastal Bangladesh, VDM Verlag Dr. Muller GmbH & co.KG, ISBN Number:978-3-639-32829-5


Dr. A.K.M. Shahnawaz


Area of Research: Cultural Heritage of world Civilization, Art, Architecture & Archaeology of Bengal, Socio-cultural History of Bengal.

Major Publications: Mudraya O Shilalipite Maddhayajuger Banglar Samaj-Samskrity (Society & Culture of Medieval Bengal On Its Coins and Inscriptions) Dhaka, Bangla Academy, 1999


Dr.Mohammad Mozahidul Islam


Area of Research: Bangladesh Politics, politics of Food Security, Historiography.

Major Publications:  The Toxic politics of Bangladesh: A bipolar competitive neopatrimonial state? Asian Journal of Political Science, 21(2):148-168.(published by Routledge: Taylor and Francis)


Dr.A.K.M.Golam Rabbani


Area of research:  Islamic History and Culture, Muslim World, History South Asia (Ancient to Modern), Bengal and British India, Urban Studies, Urban History, Politics and Planning, National History and Heritages.

Major –Publications:


Dr.Ashfaque Hossain


Area of research:  History of the liberation war of Bangladesh, Aspects of colonial and post-colonial globalization, Maritime History, colonial Bengal and South Asian history.

Major Publications: A short History of the Emergence of Independent Bangladesh (In Bengali, Dhaka: New Age Publication,2014


Rashida Akhter Khanum



Area of Research: Ethics , Epistemology, Environmental Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy and Philosophy of Science

Major Publications: Contemporary gender Issues, Dhaka: A H Development Publishing House, 2012.


Dr. Mostofa Nazmul Mansur


Area of Research: Logic (traditional, Symbolic and Mathematical), Philosophy of Language, Western Philosophical Thoughts, Ethics, Epistemology, Indian Philosophy, Introductory Psychology

Major Publication:W.D.Ross’  Account of What Makes Right Actions right: an Examination, Copula:Jahangirnagar University Studies in Philosophy, Vol.XXXI,pp. 1-13.


Dr. Jasim Uddin



Area of Research: Applied Ethics-which comprises Environmental Ethics, Business Ethics, Ethics & Biotechnology & Engineering Ethics.

Major Publications: 1. Interconnectedness: Ecological and Ontological Realities, Philosophy and Progress, Development Centre for Philosophical Studies (DCPS), Dhaka University (DU), Vol.-June-Dec.2011.

2. Social Ecology as a Critique of Deep Ecology, the Journal of Social Studies, DU, Vol.-2-2009


Dr. Mohammad Kamrul Ahsan


Area of Research: Normative and Applied Ethics (especially Environmental Ethics, Ethics of Sustainable Development, Business Ethics, Professional Ethics, Animal Ethics and Bioethics); Environmental Philosophy; and the History of Normative Philosophy.

Major publications:


Dr. Md. Munir Hossain Talukder



Area of Research: Comparative Environmental Philosophy & Ethics, Bioethics, Applied Ethics, Asian Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics and Technology.

Major Publications: 1. ‘In defence of Geo-Cultural Identity: An Argument Against Kymlicka’s View of Multiculturalism and Minority Rights’, Central European university(CEU) Political Science Journal, Vol.4,no.1, pp1-22, January, 2011. Publisher: Central European University, Hungary.

2. ‘On Patient –Physician Relationships: A Bangladesh Perspective’. Asian Bioethics Review, Vol.2, no.2, pp65-84, June, 2011. Publisher: National University of Singapore, Singapore.


Dr. Hamida Akhtar Begum


Area of Research: Social behaviour like Attitudes, Values, Aggression and Violence, Risk-taking, Aging, Social Psychology of Psychological research, Environmental stress, Poverty, and Gender and Development.

Major Publications: 1. ‘Emerging new Accent:  A Perspective of Gender and Development in Bangladesh’, 1993. 2. ‘Exploring Mental Disorders in Bangladesh’, 2005.


Dr. Shamim F. Karim



Area of Research: Psychology, Education & Child Development Women and Development Counselling & Mental Health.

Major Publications: ‘ A Cross-cultural Study of Theoretical Values of Adolescence’;  Asian Journal of Psychological and Education (APRC, Agra, India), Vol.30, no.1-2 page 1-6, 1997.







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Office & Services

To know more about the Department, please contact:


Department of History and Philosophy

NAC 10th Floor, Room Number 1047,
Block B, Bashundhara, Dhaka 1229, Bangladesh.

Telephone        +880 2 55668200. EXT 2111 



Faculty Office Hours

Faculty Office Hours..

Greetings from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of History and Philosophy.  I am pleased to inform you that as a result of the new policy of the University, History and Philosophy have now become an integrated part of general education. This was done in order to make the University a broad based center of higher education with substantial components of liberal arts courses. Hence the need was felt to have a separate department to cope with the new situation. This new department was officially launched from 1 January 2015.

I joined the new department as its Chairman along with Professor Dr. Norman Kenneth Swazo and   Dr. Khondoker Iftekhar Iqbal as Associate Professor. All of them had higher degrees from Europe and America. There were also substantial numbers of Adjunct Faculties who are also highly qualified.

At present the Department offers eight (8) courses namely –

            a. Bangladesh: History Culture Heritage
            b. Indo-Bangla History
            c. Islamic History  
            d. World History
            e. Introduction to Philosophy
            f. Logic and Reasoning 
            g) Introduction to Ethics  
            h)Introduction to Psychology
            i)  Introduction to Social Psychology; and  j) Business Ethics.

During the last Summer Semester the Department had 40 sections with 20 Full-time and Part-time Faculty members. From Spring 2016 we are offering courses to fifty-five sections (55).

The Department has already marked its presence at NSU through various activities. It has submitted a plan to the University to establish the NSU Archives where all records, documents and data of the University will be preserved for future use. It is going to publish an Annual Research Journal of History and Philosophy. At present it organizes a monthly seminar where faculty members present their research papers. Already seven such seminars had been held.

The Department is participating vigorously the Celebration of 24 Years of Glory of NSU. It will organize special seminars and public lectures.

The Department is also going to organize soon two International Seminars on The Muslin – A Unique Cultural Heritage of Bangladesh and Morality and Ethics in Bangladesh.

The Department has also planned to offer a Degree Program in Ethics and Social Responsibility   which is awaiting approval of the University Grants Commission. It is also planning to offer a Masters’ Degree Program in History: Culture and Heritage.

Dr. M. Emdadul Haq