Epigraphy is the study of Inscriptions and Rocks, Pillars, Temple Walls, Copper Plates etc. It is one of the most fascinating and instructive studies. Inscriptions are the main source for reconstructing the history and culture of ancient civilizations.
The option of Epigraphy and palaeography was planned by the then Head of Department Late Mahamahoupadhyaya Laxmidhar Kalla in the early years of the existence of the Department. It began 1956 with only four students. The years that followed witnessed popularity of the discipline both for its contemporary appeal and inclusiveness.
This discipline's mainly focus on Sanskrit inscriptions related to Historical dynasties i.e. Early Mauryan Age, Mauryan, Shak, Kushan, Gupta, Satvahana, Gang, Kalchuri, Chalukya, Pratihar etc. It covers all the aspects of Indian Culture, such as religion, languages, trade, literature etc.
Numerous Ph.D. & M.Phil. works have been carried out in Epigraphy and Paleography.