The Department of History was established in R. D. National College in 1949. The department is headed by Dr. Jennifer Rodrigues. The department has highly qualified faculties.

Department of History offers 6 papers (Major) of History. Since its inception, along with academics, it has excelled in establishing co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Guest lectures by eminent scholars, Screening of Historical documentaries and movies, Heritage Walk, study tours, workshops and seminars are regularly held by the department to engage students beyond classroom learning.

'Wall Calendar', Debate, Group discussion, are the common activities of the department. Apart from this The Department also conducts skill-based workshops and seminars. To cultivate and enhance the research culture department also conducts research based paper Presentation


Dr. Jennifer Rodrigues (HOD)
Dr. Kiran D. Sawant


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Courses Offered

Course Syllabus Programme & Course Outcome
BA in History Syllabus View


PUBLICATIONS OF DR. KIRAN SAWANT: (R.D. National College, Mumbai)
Paper Published:
  1. Published a paper entitled: “Socialists and Quit India Movement in Bombay (1942-45)” My Country India: Nostalgia and Anticipation, ISBN: 978-93-81212-26-4, Delhi, 2013.
  2. Published a paper entitled: Genesis of Trade Union Movement in 'Bombay' Indian Streams Research Journal, Solapur, 2013, ISSN NO -2230-7850.
  3. Published a chapter in a book “First World War Centenary(1914-2014)”, titled 'World War First and Its Impact on the Indian National Movement' Bharti Publications, New Delhi, 2015, ISBN: 978-93-81212-68-4 (Paper is also catalogued in prestigious Library of Congress, United State)
  4. Published a chapter “SOCIALLY MARGINALISED- 'City within a City' in a book “Subaltern Movements in India Issues, Perspectives and Challenges” AKHAND PUBLISHING HOUSE, Delhi, ISBN 978-81-948850-0-9.
  5. Course Writer for a book “History of Modern India (1857 to 1947)” University of Mumbai (IDOL) Published, 2018, ISBN No.978-81-929557-0-4.
  6. Course Writer for a book “Aadhunik Bhartacha Itihas (1857-1947)” Translation Work of “History of Modern India (1857 to 1947)” December, 2018.
  7. Minor Research Project: “Reminisces of Freedom Struggle With Special Reference to Bombay” (Sanctioned by-University of Mumbai- 2021)
Invited \Guest Lectures and Paper Presented:
  1. Presented a paper entitled 'Mrunal Gore-A Veteran Socialist' in Youth Congress, 2015.
  2. Invited Speaker on Sahyadri Channel, Sakhi Sahyadri, “Application of Non-Violence in 21st Century with special reference to Mahatma Gandhi”, 27 November 2018.
  3. Presented a paper entitled 'Quit India Movement: Socialists in Bombay (1942-45)' at the 73rd Session of the Indian History Congress Organized by University Of Mumbai 28-30 December, Mumbai-2012.
  4. Invited as a Guest Speaker to talk on “Rediscovering Mahatma Gandhi in the 21st Century” at M.D. College, Parel, Mumbai on 7th October, 2021.
  5. Invited as a Guest Speaker to talk on “Rediscovering Mahatma Gandhi in the 21st Century” at Satish Pradhan Dnyanasadhana College, Thane, (Department of history) on 12th October 2021.
  6. Participated in a State Level Workshop on Re-thinking Curriculum of History, Organised by University of Mumbai, Phule - Ambedkar Chair, 10 February, 2017.
  7. Participated in a Workshop on “Revised Syllabus for F.Y.B.A. Semester I & II” organized by Ramnarain Ruia College, in Association with Board of Studies in History and Archaeology, University of Mumbai, August, 2016
  8. Participated in a National Web-Seminar on “Bhartiya Sanskuriti Awam Sangrhalaya” jointly organized by Department of Museology, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkanthak, M.P. in Association with Ishan Promote Art Culture and Improve Society, U.P. , 4th October, 2022.


After months of intricate planning and hard work, B.A. and B.Com. Departments of R.D. & S.H. National College came up with their own festival this year named 'Illuminavi'. The festival took place on the 16th and 17th of January, 2018. Around 32 colleges participated and the college received a footfall of approximately five hundred students each day. The theme decided for the first year of the fest was 'fan fiction'. The two day festival was conducted with extravaganza activities like performing arts, literary arts, fine arts and sports.

The first day of Illuminavi started with the welcome speech by Vice Principal, Dr. Neha Jagtiani by quoting “Illuminavi means-discover the light. I hope you all discover the light within you”

Mr. Kayzad Dadachandji, coordinator of B.Com. addressed the students stating, “In addition to enjoyment, it is my sincere hope that you all learn something from this festival”

The first day of the event started with the cricket event on the basketball court of the college witnessing amazing zeal in the students. The other sport events included volley ball, table tennis, and chess. The debate event was a tough competition between the intellectuals of all colleges. Along with it were treasure hunt, face painting, mono acting and sketching events. The solo dance and group dance events made everyone in the auditorium cheer and encourage their participants. Ms. Suchitra Pillai and Ms. Aakriti Anand graced the occasion with their presence for the events. The fashion show was the last event of the day and made sure to touch a benchmark and keep everyone thrilled for the second day.

The second day began with all the football players competing for their contingents on the basketball court. There was a very interesting event memeable, which was a meme competition. The next event, tale of a true fan went well with the theme of the fest. The jam and Ad-Mad made sure the competition and crowd were in high spirits. 'Aamchi Mumbai' was the photography event which gave a taste of the beauty of Mumbai to all its participants. The events Mr. and Mrs. Illuminavi and the street play grabbed the audience's attention, making the entire fest memorable.

Illuminavi ended with the valediction of the event with the H.R. College of Commerce and Economics earning the trophy. The hard work and dedication of the entire team was highly appreciated and was indeed, a grand success.