MMemorializing Paipya Ghosh

Honouring Papiya

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Memorializing Papiya


  • Papiya’s Family has supported Awards in her memory in the Educational Institutions where she studied and taught.

    • St. Joseph’s Convent, Patna for an Annual Inter-School Debate Competition, commencing on 8 October 2007, Papiya’s birthday. The Trophy was bagged by the team from St. Joseph’s Convent in 2007. It remained with St. Joseph's Convent in 2008. The competition was held on 17th October 2008.

    • Patna Women’s College for the Topper in B.A. History - Ms. Aakanksha Poddar was presented the Award on 25 January 2008.

    • Department of History, Patna University for the Topper in MA History 

      • Ms. Khusboo Singhania was presented the Award on 19 January 2008

      • Ms. Shubhra Das was presented the Award on 11 December, 2008

    • Hindu College, University of Delhi for the Topper in MA History

      • Ms. Indu S. was presented the Award on 15 February 2008.

      • Zainab Hyder Razavi was presented the Award on 16 February, 2009.

    • The Professor Papiya Ghosh National Award has been instituted with the Indian History Congress from 2009.


    The PURNUJJAL PAPIYA GHOSH MEMORIAL FUND and PURNUJJAL PAPIYA GHOSH MEMORIAL TRUST (  ) have been set up to support these Awards and other related activities, inter-alia, to promote academic excellence. (Purnujjal is the synthesis of Papiya’s parents’ names – Purnima and Ujjal).

  • As a befitting tribute, the Syndicate of Patna University has approved, on 3 May 2007, setting up of the ‘PAPIYA GHOSH CENTRE FOR GENDER STUDIES’ to promote research in this area of topical importance.

  • An Annual Award has been instituted in Papiya's memory by Saurav Sen, her nephew, from 2008, in the Department of History, Oxford University (UK) for the best M. Phil Dissertation.

    • Alexandra Lowe was presented the Award for the best M.Phil Dissertation, 'The Political Legitimacy Implications of Donor-Government Relationships in Malawi'

  • A Treatment Facility, in memory of Papiya, has been dedicated by Manas and Keya Sen, Papiya's brother-in-law and sister at the Indo-American Cancer Institute and Research Centre, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh, India).

  • A Memorial Fund for Ph.D and Short Term Fellowships in Papiya’s memory has been set up at the CENTRE FOR STUDIES IN SOCIAL SCIENCES, CALCUTTA (an Institution under the Govt. of India) for young women Academicians from non-metropolitan areas of the country, at the initiative of  friends and family. It has been supported by, among others, the Dorabji Tata Trust. Contributions to the Corpus, which are tax-exempt, have been invited from benefactors and well-wishers. For details of the proposed Fellowship, Dr. Partha Chatterjee, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences (CSSS), may be contacted. The Address and other contact particulars are:

    R1 Baishnabghata Patuli Township,
    Kolkata (India) – 700 094.
    Tel : 00-91-33-24627252 / 24625794 / 24625795
    Fax : 00-91-33-24626183.
    E-mail :  or


    • Nisha P.R. has been awarded the two-year Ph.D Fellowship by the Fund and has commenced work from September 1, 2008. She has been admitted for a Ph.D at the Department of History, University of Delhi under the supervision of Dr. Dilip M. Menon. Nisha is working on "A History of the Circus and Circus Performances in Twentieth Century Kerala".

    • Epsita Halder and Bitasta Das have been awarded the Short-Term Fellowships for six months by the Fund. Epsita is a Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and is working on "Understanding Lived Islam Through the Marsiya Tradition". Bitasta Das is enrolled in the Ph.D. Programme of the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), Bangalore and is working on "Unravelling Ethnic Tensions : Colonialism, Post-colonialism and the Identity Question in Assam".

    • Part of its activities, a conference on 'MINORITY CULTURES' was held at the Cente on 25-26 June 2009, where 12 papers were presented by the Scholars from India and Bagladesh.

    • The CSSSC - Papiya Ghosh Fund Has Decided to Award 2 Short Term Fellowships for 2009-2010 to the following Doctoral Students:

        • Sandali Thakur of Pune University
        • Sreebitha P.V. of Hyderabad University  
    • Dr. Mridula Mukherjee, Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, (NMML) New Delhi, has conveyed that NMML, where Papiya was a Fellow, would initiate a suitable proposal for memorializing her after a process of consultation.

      Her contact particulars are :
      Tel : 00-91-11-23015333 & FAX : 00-91-11-23793296.
      E-mail :  or 

    • IIAS (Indian Institute of Advanced Study), Shimla, where, too, Papiya was a Fellow, is contemplating a similar initiative.

    • Papiya’s posthumous, pathbreaking publication “Partition and the South Asian Diaspora – Extending the Subcontinent”, has been presented by the Family to several reputed Libraries, Institutions and eminent persons in India and overseas, to ensure its wide dissemination.

    • A Compilation of Papiya's published works has been published by OUP in January 2008, entitled, “Community and Nation – Essays on Identity and Politics in Easter India”.

    • Papiya's Ph.d Thesis on “Civil Disobedience Movement in Bihar, 1930-34 has been published by Manak in March 2008.

    • Papiya’s unpublished Articles have featured in reputed Academic Journals of Khuda Baksh Oriental Library, Patna and Jamia Milia Islamia University, Delhi. (See Section on "Publications" - Sl. Nos. 25 & 28).

    • A Collection of Essays in honour of Prof. Papiya Ghosh, on the Theme of ‘Bihar’s Journey from the 20th to the 21st Century’, with contributions from eminent persons in different fields is being planned in association with SAGE.

    • Papiya's last major work, the manuscript of which was retrieved from her stolen computer lying in the Patliputra thana Patna, has been published by Routledge. It is entitled, 'Muhajirs and the Nation- Bihar in the 1940s'. It was formally launched on the 8th October 2009, her birthday, by Shri Somnath Chatterjee, Former Speaker Lok Sabha at the India International Centre, New Delhi.

    • Papiya’s vast collection of Books and Journals have been donated by her Family to the Department of History, Patna University and the East-West Centre, Patna.

    • To celebrate her truly inspirational life, a book, “Toast to Papiya”, with unique insights and wide-ranging memories with contributions from Family and friends and some of her own writings has been published in April 2008.

    • A 3-day Commemorative Programme was organized to honour Prof. Papiya Ghosh in Patna University, between 3rd – 5th December, 2007. It comprised a Memorial Lecture by former Professor of Delhi University, Prof. Uma Chakravarti on “New Scripts : the Nineteenth Century Educational Project for Women”, a Memorial-Debate on “Judicial Activism is not the Solution to India’s Governance Problems” and an Essay Competition on “India’s Role, as the World’s largest Democracy – Future Prospects”. National Research Prof. Vina Das of the Centre for Development of Women’s Studies, Delhi formally inaugurated the PAPIYA GHOSH CENTRE FOR GENDER STUDIES. Dignitaries who attended the Programme included the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Y.C. Simhadri, former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, B.K. Roy and Advocate, Patna High Court, B.K. Choudhary. Minister of State (Higher Education), Govt. of India, Mrs. D. Purandeshwari, who had to cancel her participation at the last minute, had her Speech read out on the occasion, inter-alia, wishing the PAPIYA GHOSH CENTRE FOR GENDER STUDIES a successful future.

      Prof. Simhadri, VC and Prof. Nawal K. Choudhary, Head Department of Economics, Patna University, took the initiative to host the Programme.

    • Raziuddin Aquil and Partha Chatterjee, eds, History in the Vernacular ( Delhi: Permanent Black, 2008 ) have dedicated their book to the memory of their friend and colleague, Dr. Papiya Ghosh.

    • " A Memorial Article  in honour of Papiya was authored by the eminent Historian, Prof Irfan Habib of Aligarh Muslim University, on the occasion of the Afro-Asian Philosophy Congress at Mumbai University , on , THE PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY.It was delivered , on his behalf by Prof Shireen Moosvi of AMU , on 21st Oct '10.  


    • Prof. Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate, released the Commemorative Volume on Papiya Ghosh , entitled Resurrection of the State, A Saga of Bihar-Essays in Memory of Papiya Ghosh on 4th February 2013 at a well attended Function organised by ADRI (Asian Development Research Institute), Patna. The Volume is published by Manak Publications, Delhi, (2013) and is edited by Sunita Lall and Shaibal Gupta.

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