R.K. Talreja College of Arts, Science & Commerce

Permanently Affiliated to Mumbai University

The oldest Multifaculty college in Thane District (Estd. 1961) |

About US

The Department offers a Major in History at Undergraduate and Post Graduate Levels. We offer various courses in modern and medieval history, research methodology, archaeology, numismatics, art history that enables a holistic understanding of the subject.

The Department benefitted immensely from the deep knowledge of the eminent scholars like Prof. S Barve, Dr. M V Kale, Dr. G T Sawant, Dr. H S Gorge, Dr. L Y Aucharmal and Prof. Rajesh Sharma.

Every year the History department organises field visits to various historical sites and museums, guest lectures and ancient scripts’ workshops that enhances the learning experience of our students.

Faculty Details

Prof. Nand Vagarya

Associate Professor

Dr. Rupali Mokashi

MA, M Phil, PhD, PGDHE
Assistance Professor


A. Papers: 1. जुनागढ येथील रुद्रदामनचा शिलालेख (Junagadh rock inscription of Rudradaman) in Marathi Vishvakosh
2. अजिंठा : वाकाटककालीन शिलालेख in Marathi e-Vishvakosh
3. समुद्रगुप्त याचा अलाहाबाद स्तंभलेख in Marathi e-Vishvakosh
4. Female Patrons of Early Buddhism in Ancient India: An Epigraphical Analysis, Journal of Historical Archaeology & Anthropological Sciences, Volume 1 Issue 4 – 2017, July 03, 2017 (Citation: Mokashi R (2017) Female Patrons of Early Buddhism in Ancient India: An Epigraphical Analysis. J His Arch &Anthropol Sci 1(4): 00021. DOI:10.15406/jhaas.2017.01.00021
5. शिलाहार राजा तिसरा अनंतदेव याचा किरवली शिलालेख, Traimasik, Bharat ItihasSamshodhan Mandal, Vol-93, April 2016-March 2017, Pune, pp. 16-20
6. शिलाहार राजा झंझ आणि शिवमंदिराची आख्यायिका: पुराभिलेखीय अवलोकन, Traimasik, Bharat ItihasSamshodhan Mandal, Vol-93, April 2016-March 2017, Pune, pp. 21-36
7. Brahmi Inscriptions from Kondane Caves, Ancient Asia, Journal of the Society of South Asia,8: 3, pp. 1–7, DOI:, April 2017
8. An inventory of newly Discovered Ass Curse Stelae (Gaddhegal Stones) from Maharashtra, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, Vol-87, 2013-2014, ISSN- 0972-0766
9. King Jhanjha and the Legend of Shiva Temples: An Epigraphical Analysis, Research Deliberation- An International Journal for Humanities and Social Science, (refereed journal) Volume-II Issue -I, May 2016, ISSN-2395-7778
10. The Chalukyas of South Konkan as Gleaned through the Inscriptions, Historicity, February 2016, ISSN: 2393-8900 Impact Factor: 0.4521 UIF (online)
11. Contribution of Narayan Jagannath Vaidya towards Reforms in the Education System of Sindh and the Legacy of Narayan Jagannath Vaidya (NJV) High School of Karachi, Samshodhak, Itihasacharya V K RajwadeSamshodhan Mandal, year 83, Volume 4, December 2015, ISSN 2394-5990
12. Emergence & Evolution of CāndrasēnīyaKāyasthaPrabhū as a Caste: An Epigraphical Assertion: Prag Samiksha, Vol-3, August 2015, ISSN: 2321-659X
13. Gaddhegal Stones: An Analysis of Imprecations and Engraved Illustrations: International Journal of Innovative Research and Development, August 2015, ISSN- 2278-0211 (online double-blind peer reviewed-GIF: 0.675 for 2015)
14. Property Rights of Hindu Women in the Context of Ownership, Transfer and Transmission of Property: An Epigraphical Analysis: Research Deliberation- An International Journal for Humanities and Social Science, (refereed journal) May 2015, ISSN-2395-7778, pp. 22-38
15. The Interlude of Jaitugi: Evaluation of the Sandor Inscription, Prag Samiksha, Vol-II, Issue-II, February 2015, ISSN 2321-659X
16. Expressions of Faith: Courtesans as Gleaned through Ancient Indian Donative Inscriptions, International Journal of Social Science and Humanities Research, Vol. 3, Issue 2, pp: (491-497), April – June 2015, ISSN 2348-3164 (online)
17. Finding space for Upasikas in the annals of ancient Indian Buddhism: Inscriptional evidence of the lay female devotees: Conference Proceedings, Buddhism at Grassroots, 13th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women, Vaishali, India, Conference Proceedings published by Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women, USA, 2013
18. Women in Deccan as gleaned through inscriptions: 200 BCE- 1200 AD ISSN 1754-0909
19. Panvel Copper Plate of Śilāhāra King Chittarājā (śaka 947): Traimasik, Quarterly of Bharat ItihasSamshodhak Mandal, Pune, Volume 90, No. 1-4, July 2013-April 2014, pp. 45-50
20. Daṃḍadaśapārādha and Kumārīsāhasadaṃḍa: Criminal Code for Protection in Women of Ancient Deccan As Gleaned Through Inscriptions: Itihas Darpan, Volume XIX (1), Akhil BharatiyaItihasSankalan Yojana, New Delhi, 2014, ISSN 974-3065x.
21. छित्तराजा याचा नवा ताम्रपट, Traimasik, Bharat ItihasSamshodhak Mandal Quarterly, Year-89,July 2012-April 2013, Pune.
22. Female patronage at Buddhist Rock Cut Caityas at Kārle and Bhāje: International Journal of Social Science and Interdisciplinary Research, Volume 2, October 2013, double peer reviewed, ISSN:22773630, GIF: 3.503
23. Kalyāṇa Copper Plates of Śilāhāra King Chittarāja (1019 CE): Ancient Planet Online, Patras, Greece, Volume 4, February 2013, ISSN_ 2241-5157.
24. Water as Recorded in the ancient Indian Inscriptions: Proceedings of the UGC Sponsored State Level Seminar On Water Management by the Department of Economics, University of Mumbai, 8th September 2012, ISBN-978-81-903978-2-8
25. Unveiling Bhikkhunīs in Oblivion: Ancient Bhikkhunī Sangha as revealed in the inscriptions of Rock Cut Caves of Western Deccan: PRESENT, California, USA, 2012, ISSN 2156-0099.
26. Ữ PHẬT TỬ XUẤT CÁCH TẠI ẤN ĐỘ CỔ ĐẠI – Rupali Mokashi – DịchViệtSưcôViênNgạn (Vietnamese Version_Women in annals of Buddhist History)
27. Institution of marriage as perceived through the inscriptions: Studies in Indian Epigraphy, The Epigraphical Society of India, Mysore, 2012.
28. Devadasis as seen in the Inscriptions: Dr. M. D. Sampath Felicitation Volume, published by Journal of the Ancient Sciences and Archaeological Society of India, 2008. 

अलौकिका (ALAUKIKA) Param Mitra Publication, Thane, ISBN: 978-93-80875-07-1 published on 22nd December 2010.
Articles in book:
1. Understanding Various Facets of Economy During the Reign of the Shilaharas of North Konkan, in Socio-Economic Dynamics of Indian, Society: A Historical Overview, ed. Tilak Abhay, Vivek Group Publication, Mumbai, 2018, pp. 263-275
2. Mother – The soul of Indian family structure: An Epigraphical substantiation in Dynamic Aspects of Religion in India, ed. Anjali Chauhan, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015.
3. Virgal: Epitome Of Valor Of Unsung Heroes As Cherished By Women in Cultural Contours of History and Archaeology (Festschrift In honour of Prof. P. Chenna Reddy), Volume V- Art, ISBN:9789350500699, 2014.



1. Recipient of the Justice K. T. Telang Research Fellowship by the Asiatic Society of Mumbai for the research Project on “Rekindling the History of Śilāhāras of North Kokaṇa as gleaned through the recent Epigraphical Revelations” (2013-2014).
2. Member, Mm. Dr. P. V. Kane Institute for Post Graduate Studies and Research, The Asiatic Society of Mumbai

Invited Talks
1. Hindu Women as depicted in the inscriptions of ancient Deccan: A Paradigm Shift in the Historiographic Perception of Hindu Women: Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, University of Oxford, UK, 9th May 2013.
2. Glimpses: Women in Deccan as seen through inscriptions: Stuttgart, Germany as a part of Mumbai – Stuttgart Twin City Festival, arranged by the University of Stuttgart and the Hermann GundertGesselschaft, Stuttgart, Germany on 10th July 2008.
3. Women in Ancient India as gleaned from the inscriptions, Mythopia, Mumbai, 17 November 2019
4. Analysis of Early Brahmi Inscriptions, The Asiatic Society of Mumbai. 17th October 2015.
5. Field Trip to Kuda Caves to analyse the Brahmi Inscriptions, Centre for Archaeology, Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, University of Mumbai, 13th September 2015
6. Mathura through Ages: Epigraphical Analysis of the Social History: Centre for Archaeology, Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, University of Mumbai, 31st July 2015
7. Emergence and Evolution of Brahmi Script, for the Advanced Diploma in archaeology at the Department of Extra Mural Studies, University of Mumbai, 11th November 2014
8. ‘Epigraphy as the Source of Ancient Indian Culture’ for the Certificate Course in Ancient Indian Culture of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, 8th November 2014
9. Emergence and Evolution of Brahmi Script: The Asiatic Society of Mumbai, 11th October 2014.
10. ‘प्राचीन भारतीय शिलालेखांतील स्त्रिया’ for the Rotary Club of Kalyan, 21st August 2014
11. Interpreting Social History through various inscriptions of the Śilāhāras of Northern Kokaṇa: Centre for Archaeology, Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, University of Mumbai, 8th June 2014.
12. ‘गद्धेगाळ: प्राचीन कोरीव लेखांतील शापवचने’ at Sahyadri Mitra Snehasammelan’, Dadar, Mumbai,13th April 2014
13. Indian Epigraphy: Inscriptional Base of Historical Research: Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, University of Mumbai, 23rd March 2014.
14. ‘Indian Epigraphical Sources’ at K M Agarwal College of Arts, Commerce & Science, Kalyan, 5th October 2013
15. Early Indian Epigraphy: Inscriptional Base of Historical Research: Department of History & Sanskrit, RamnarainRuia College, Mumbai, 8th August 2013
16. शिलालेखातील स्त्री जीवन, Sathaye College, Vile Parle, Mumbai, 4th February 2012.
17. Secret Information Management, UGC sponsored Refresher Course in Commerce, organized by the Academic Staff College, Mumbai, 25th February 2007 

Prof. Hema Ravi Pinjani

M.A. , SET ,B. Ed
M.A. , SET ,B. Ed

Papers Published

State Level Seminar

  • State Level Multidisciplinary Seminar, on ‘Women’s Rights use and Misuse’ on 22nd & 23rd January, 2010 at K.B. College of Arts & Commerce for Women, Thane.(2009-10)
  • State Level Interdisciplinary Seminar, on Water Management, titled “The Historical Evolution of water conservation- Ancient, Medieval & Modern Times” on 8th Sept, 2012 at Seva Sadan College of Education, UNR. (ISBN-978-81-903978-2-8 , (2012-13),page no. 117-123

National Seminar

  • Presented Paper in UGC sponsored two day National Conference, on ‘Policy Initiatives to ensure equality and the role of civil society in Empowering Women’ at Joshi Bedekar College, Thane, on 9th & 10th January, 2015.(ISBN 978-81-922741-0) (2014-15),page no. 103-106
  • National Conference on Role of Political, Socio-cultural & Revolutionary Associations in Evolution of Indian Nationalism, titled “The Emergence of Women’s organizations and Indian Nationalism”, on 4th April, 2013 at Pragati College. (ISBN 978-93-5097-973-). (2013-14), page no.23-27
  • National Seminar on emerging opportunities in future Higher Education, titled “Evaluation Reforms”, on 11.10.2011 & 12.10.11 at Seva Sadan College of Education. (ISBN- 978-81-922534-0-4). (2011-12)page no. 342-345
  • National Seminar, titled “Inclusion of Human Rights Education Curriculum at University Level” on 24.02.07, at Seva Sadan College of Education. (Paper printed in College Souvenir) (2006-07)
  • Presented Paper in one day National Seminar, on ‘WOMEN: Silent Victims over the ages in their own forts’ at R.K. Talreja College, Ulhasnagar on 20th March, 2015.

(ISBN 978-93-83342-13-6) (2014-15) page no. 101-105


Papers Presented in Workshop / Conference / Seminars

National Seminar

  • “Women who rock the cradle pen the World, on 01.02.12, Pragati College. (2011-12)
  • Gandhiji Advocated for Women Empowerment, on 27.01.12, at V. K. Krishna Menon College. (2011-12)
  • “Psycho-political issues of Migration of Sindhi Community’ at M.D. College on 28.01.11 & 29.01.11. (2010-11)
  • Presented paper ‘Inclusion of Human Rights Education curriculum at University Level’ on 24th February, 2007 at Seva Sadan College of Education, Ulhasnagar. (2006-07)
  • Konkan Ithihas Parishad, titles “Socio-Cultural & Economic Study of Sindhi Community with special reference to Ulhasnagar” on 14.01.12 & 15.01.12, at Dnyanasadana College, Thane. (2011-12)
  • Indian History Congress, University of Mumbai, titled “ The Growth of Ulhasnagar into Modern Township & as an Industrial Centre”, on 28.12.12, 29.12.12 & 30.12.12. (2012-13)
  • Presented Paper in UGC sponsored one day National Conference, on ‘Education: A Strategy for Empowering Women’ at Pragati college of Arts & Commerce, Dombivli, on 25th July, 2015. (2015-16)

International Seminar

  • Presented paper in UGC sponsored two day Interdisciplinary International conference, on ‘The Sindhi Hindus – Migration & Resettlement, at C.H.M. College, Ulhasnagar, on 19 & 20th December, 2014. (2014-15)
  • Presented Paper in one day International Seminar, titled, “The Race Against Time of the Migrated Sindhi Hindus” organized by Youth History Congress, at M.D. College of Arts, Science & Commerce Parel, Mumbai on 25th January, 2016. (2015-16)

Articles in Published Journal

  • Article Published in ‘RATIONALIST: International Multi disciplinary peer-reviewed Research Journal’ title ‘The Other half is the better half in the Milieu of Politics’ In Volume-I, Issue-II, April12-June12.

Mr. Pravin Borker

Assistance Professor


1. Borkar Pravin, 'Pt Jawaharlal Nehru the pioneer of Non alignment Policy', Role of Nehru in Nation Building, 82-89, 2010
2. Borkar Pravin, 'Significance of Gandian principal in Indian Democracy', Gandhism in Independent India, 156-164, 2011
3. Borkar Pravin, 'Role of National Service Scheme (NSS) in Youth Empowerment', Empowerment of Youth, 164, 2011
4. Borkar Pravin, 'Relevance of Gandhian Non-violence in 21st Century', Significance of Mahatma Gandhi's Methodology in 21st Century, 56, 2015
5. Borkar Pravin, 'Ambedkarvadi itihas paddhat aani vishleshan', Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar : A True Builder of Nation and Global Leader, 184-191, 2016
6. Borkar Pravin, Rahul Sankrityayan yanchya najaretun Mahatma Gandhi', Gandhism : Past, Present and Future, 265, 2017 


1. Borkar Pravin, 'Rahul Sankrityayan yanche bouddh dharm vishyak chintan- ek vishleshan', Historicity International Research Journal, Vol.1, Issue.IV, 13, 2014
2. Borkar Pravin, 'A study on the historical writings of Rahul Sankrityayan', International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, Vol.III, Issue. 10(1), 2015
3. Borkar Pravin, 'Mahatma fulyanche itihas lekhan v tyacha bhartiy itihasavaril prabhav', Discourse Analysis, Vol.5, Special Issue, 2015
4. Borkar Pravin, 'Adv. Dadasaheb Kumbhare yanche kary aani kartuttv', Historicity, Vol.3, Issue.2, 2016
5. Borkar Pravin, 'Rahul Sankrityayan ka itihas lekhan aur drustikon', IJMR, Vol. VI, Issue 9(1), 2017
6. Borkar Pravin, 'Mukhya pravah itihas lekhan v Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar : ek samiksha', Historicity, 12-16, 2017,
7. Borkar Pravin, 'Bouddh dharmachya lopachi chikitsk mimansa', AIIRJ, 146-152, 2017 

Books/ Book chapters 

1. Aadhunik Maharashtracha itihas (1848-1960) - Himalaya publication, Mumbai ISBN : 978-93-5051-428-3
2. Prachin Bhartacha itihas - Himalaya publication, Mumbai ISBN : 978-93-5142-116-0


Non Teaching