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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.

List of External Mentors

  1. Dr. Ramesh Chand Sharma, Retd. Professor, University of Delhi.
  2. Dr. Niladri Sekhar Dash, Professor and Head, Linguistic Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
  3. Prof. Arulmozi, Centre for Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies, School of Humanities, University off Hyderabad.
  4. Dr. Tariq Khan, Lecturer-cum-Research Officer, Head National Translation Mission, Central institute of Indian Languages, Manasgangothri, Mysore.
  5. Dr. L. Ramamurthy, Professor, Dept. of Linguistics, Central University of Kasargod, Kerala.
  6. Dr. Gilvan Muller de Oliveira, Professor, Head and UNESCO Chair in Language Policies� for Multilingualism.


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. The 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

Any graduate can take admission into MA in Linguistics course through the Common Post Graduate Entrance Test(CPET) conducted by the Higher Education Department, Government of Odisha, details of which can be accessed at

Class Schedule

Class Timing: 10.30 AM to 05.30 PM and 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.

Course Schedule

All the classes are held in the University Campus between 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 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

How to Enter into the Course Programme

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

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Dr. Anup Kumar Kujur
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Anup Kumar Kujur has been teaching in the P.G. Department of Linguistics since 2012. He holds M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in Linguistics from University of Delhi and Ph.D. (full-time) from Annamalai University. He has cleared UGC-NET/JRF. His areas of research are Sociolinguistics, Morphosyntax, Typology, Language Documentation, Language Teaching, North Dravidian.

Dr. Mendem Bapuji
Assistant Professor and Coordinator
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Dr. Mendem Bapuji teaches at the Department of Linguistics, Berhampur University, Odisha, India. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department. Apart from teaching Core Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, his research interests include Language Endangerment Studies, Language Contact and Convergence, Communication Disorders and English Language Teaching and Testing. Prior to joining the Department at the Berhampur University in 2021, he has taught as Guest Faculty in the Centre for Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad. His Doctoral thesis (2019) from the University of Hyderabad was on A Descriptive Grammar of Ollari Gadaba: An Endangered Dravidian language.

Dr. Bobita Sarangthem
Assistant Professor
MA (Manipur University) Ph.D (Manipur University)
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Dr. Bobita Sarangthem is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics, Berhampur University, Odisha, India. She teaches some of the core papers in linguistics and also applied linguistics to the post graduate students. Her areas of interest are Tibeto-Burman languages, Language Description, Language Documentation, Language Endangerment and Ethno-Linguistics. Earlier she worked as Assistant Professor (Contractual) at Centre For Endangered Languages, Tezpur University, Assam. She was awarded the Degree of Philosophy (2012) entitled ��Sizang (Siyin) Grammar from Manipur University


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
  7. UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Linguistic Human Rights, held at the Dept. of Linguistics, Berhampur University, Odisha, September 20, 2017.
  8. National Seminar on 'Indigenous and Endangered Languages - Concerns for Documentation and Revitalization' held at Berhampur University Odisha on March 18-19, 2017.
  9. National Workshop on 'Preparation of Grammar and Multilingual Dictionary for Indigenous Languages' held at Berhampur University, Odisha, March 20-27, 2017.
  10. National E-Conference on "Odisha as a mini Linguistic Area" held at the Dept. of Linguistics, Berhampur University, Odisha, 24th & 25th March 2021.


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


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Dr. Mendem Bapuji
Assistant Professor and Coordinator
Email : [email protected]