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About Department

Discover the excellent study and research opportunities at one of the unique department of its kind in the state of Odisha.

We offer a wide range of Linguistics programmes on campus such as MA Linguistics, Ph.D. and Linguistics and Diploma in Russian Language.. Linguistics at Berhampur University since 1983 focuses on study of language and its use in society. Each of the world’s 6000 languages is a scientifically structured and valued system with its own sounds, its own grammar, its own identity and style. Language is one of the most valuable and characteristic assets of human beings and linguistics studies complex social and psychological behaviours and interactions. We use language to think with, to share our feelings and emotions, to collect information, to plan our activities, to make computers work for us, to gossip and ultimately to structure our societies. As a linguist, you will learn to make connections between theoretical, descriptive and applied issues in human communication. You will be able to investigate some of the following questions that you have been pondering about since long.

  • How do people learn to speak?
  • How many different sounds can be made with our vocal tract?
  • What happens inside our brain before we generate sentences?
  • Can computer read, write and translate human languages?
  • Can we help a Dyslexic child or an Aphasia patient regain language?
  • Why and how languages change?
  • How one language is different from another?

In Linguistics, you will learn how to investigate such questions. You will become an expert on language and communication. You will be able analyze any language of the world. You will be able to document and preserve the endangered languages before they become extinct and will give valuable contribution to the mankind.

Our MA and Ph.D. degree can lead to careers in Speech Pathology, Audiology, Computational Linguistics, Neuro-Linguistics, Language Documentation, Language Policy Planning, Language teaching, Publishing, Journalism, Adult and Child Literacy to name a few.

One year Diploma Course in Russian Language (DRL)

If you are a graduate and want to take your career to a new height, here is an opportunity to learn a foreign language. We have been providing the One year Post graduate Diploma course in Russian language since 1997 and are one of its kinds in Odisha. Learning Russian language will develop your skills in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing in Russian. You will be also exposed to Russian life and culture. Successful completion of the course will enhance your employability in various corporate sectors. You will also find careers in Hospitality sector, Journalism, Tourism, Translation and Interpretation.

Master Degree (M.A.)

About Course Programme

Department offers 2 years Master’s Degree and 1 year Post Graduation Diploma in Russian Language. All the major subjects are taught in the department along with the special papers as we have many choices now. This 2 year program is consisted of 4 semesters having 20 papers.

The MA Programme is a crucial preparatory programme, in terms of theoretical and practical, for prospective linguistic researches and designed to build career in different aspects of government and non-government jobs.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

Admission into MA in Linguistics course is based on the marks secured in all examinations starting from HSC, +2 and Degree basing upon the aggregate percentage of marks as decided by P.G. Council, Berhampur University. It is normally held in the month of May-June.

Curriculum / Syllabi

Click Here to Download Syllabus for Linguistics 2015-16 (CBCS)

Click Here to Download the CBCS Syllabus for DRL 2015-16

Click Here to Download the CBCS Syllabus for DRL 2015-16 ( Paper 1-2 Paper 3-5 Paper 6-7 Paper 8-10 )

Class Schedule

All the classes are usually held between 10.30 AM to 04.30 PM and sometimes extra classes are conducted to meet the requirements of needy students.


About Course Programme

Ph.D. is purely a research course. Students are selected through URET/UGC-NET/UGC-JRF. The Dept. provides a supporting atmosphere to carry out advanced research in the diverse aspects of Linguistics. Consequently, the department has witnessed very committed researchers producing original work by implementing various updated research methodologies.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

Applicants should have a Master’s Degree in the relevant discipline with at least 55% of marks or an equivalent grade (50% of marks or equivalent grade for SC, ST and Physically challenged candidates) of Berhampur University or any other University/Institution recognized by the University/UGC. College teachers and professionals with 15 years of experience should have at least 48% of marks at Master’s Degree level.

Candidates shall make an application available at the university to appear at the UNIVERSITY RESEARCH ELIGIBILITY TEST (URET).

Candidates who have qualified in NET conducted by the UGC, the State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) and candidates who have got an M. Phil. Degree (those who have been admitted into the M. Phil. Course through an Entrance Test) are exempted from appearing at this URET, should also apply for Ph. D. registration along with the required fees. They are also required to appear an interview along with the other candidates qualifying URET, to be conducted by the Staff Council of the concerned Department, as provided in the Regulations; failing which their cases shall not be considered.

Curriculum / Syllabi

Click Here to Download Syllabus for 2014-15

Course Schedule

All the classes are held in the University Campus between 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. during all working days.


About Course Programme

D.Litt. in Berhampur University gives scholars a multi-disciplinary set of opportunities to work in different areas of researches. The department allows the scholars to choose a topic from varied subjects pertaining to Linguistics to work under the supervision of a guide.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

Candidates having requisite qualifications and publications can contact the HOD for any query.

D.R.L.(Diploma in Russian Language)

About Course Programme

Eligibility- Graduate in any discipline with 45% of marks in aggregate at undergraduate level .For, SC,ST students 40% of% marks in aggregate at undergraduate level .

Admission process – Through Career Points (Class X,XII and Under graduation)

Duration -Two Semester (1Years)

Course Fee- As decided by University Authority

Click Here to Download DRL CBCS Syllabus for 2014-15


Dr. Smita Sinha
Reader & HOD
Ph.D., Berhampur University
Mob: +91-9090810485
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Dr. Smita Sinha has been teaching in the Dept. of Linguistics since 1985 as the Founding Member of the Department. Currently, she is Reader and Head of the Department. She has obtained her M.A and M.Phil degrees in Linguistics from University of Delhi and Ph.D from BU. She is a serious researcher and her area of interest ranges from Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Endangered Language Documentation, Tribal Linguistics, Language in Education to Communicative Skills and Gender studies. She is the author of i- Text book of Communicative English and ii-English Language Teaching: Problems, Prospects and Suggestions. She has co-edited (with Dr. Abha Gupta from Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA) two books i- At risk Population- Sociolinguistic and Educational Issues and ii- empowerment of Women – Language and other Facets. She has published more than 50 research articles and had guided several Ph.D and D.Litt scholars. She has received many National and International awards. She has presented papers in many national and international conferences and has traveled widely in Asia, Europe and North- America.Her hobbies include oil painting and swimming.

Dr. Ajay Kumar Panda
Sr. Lecturer
Ph.D. degrees in Russian Philology and Literature from Puskin Institute, Moscow
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Dr. Ajay Kumar Panda holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Russian Philology and Literature from Puskin Institute, Moscow. He joined the Dept. in 1996. Currently, he is the Senior Lecturer in Russian Languages. His area of research is Russian Language Teaching.

Mr. Anup Kumar Kujur
M.A. and M.Phil degrees in Linguistics from University of Delhi with UGC-NET/ JRF
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Mr. Anup Kumar Kujur holds M.A. and M.Phil degrees in Linguistics from University of Delhi with UGC-NET/ JRF. He joined the Dept. in 2012 as a Lecturer. His area of research is Theoretical Linguistics, Tribal Linguistics, and Communicative English

Dr.Govinda Chandra Penthoi
Guest Lecturer
Ph.D., Berhampur University 
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Dr. Govinda Chandra Penthoi holds M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics from Berhampur University with UGC-NET. He joined the Dept. in 2016 as a Guest Faculty. His area of research is Tribal Linguistics, Syntax and Theoretical Linguistics.


Department Library

Central Library

Computer Laboratory

Language Laboratory (Under Process of Restoration after Philin)


Research Area in the Department


Title of the Sanctioned UGC Project: “Documentation and Development of Indigenous Languages of South Odisha”. Under the UGC Scheme Promotion and Preservation of Indigenous and Endangered Languages During XII Plan.

Thrust Area of Research

  • Applied Linguistics,
  • Socio-Linguistics,
  • Indigenous and Endangered Languages Documentation


  1. Dr. (Mrs.) K. Pattanaik, Associate Professor of Microbiology, MKCG Medical College was invited to deliver a talk on “Spiritual Communication”.
  2. Dr. M. Mahapatra, Assistant Prof., Dentist, MKCG Medical College was invited to give a talk on “Problems related to cleft palate and the production of palatal sounds.”.
  3. Dr. P.K. Chairman, Asso. Prof. of Anatomy, MKCG Medical College was invited to deliver a talk on “Anatomy and Physiological of Vocal Organ”.
  4. Prospects of Higher Studies in Russia in the Conference Hall of the First Humanities Block by Dr. R. Wadhwa and N. Wadhwa, Official Representatives of Russian Peoples’ Friendship University, Moscow.
  5. Dr. G. Oty Agbajoh Laoye, Associate Prof. Monmouth University, New Jersey, USA, Date: 10.01.2014 at 09.00 a.m.
  6. Dr. Ronald and Dr. Andrea, Eberhard Karls University, Germany- Date: 21.12.13 at 12.00 p.m


Alumni Association was formed in 2014.By-Law and Registration are under preparation. For membership contact Head.


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Dr. Smita Sinha
Head, Linguistics
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