There was a flurry of linguistic activity and publication at the Deccan College in the 1950 to 1970. These activities included the beginning of the Sanskrit Dictionary Project. This is a major long-term project for the preparation of an Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Sanskrit on Historical Principles. The other activities included the description of the dialects of Marathi language in central, western and southern India and descriptions of some dialects of Kannada in addition to doctoral studies of a number of other Indian languages.
The Linguistics Faculty, which now includes one Professor, one Associate Professor, two Assistant Professors, two Teaching Associates (temporary posts) and two Research Assistants, conduct research activities alongside their teaching assignments. The Department concentrates on the core branches of Linguistics as well as on applied aspects of the discipline; the Department has particularly specialized in the analyses of languages of all the four language families of the subcontinent.