The Iswar Saran Degree College took the lead in introducing Defence and Strategic Studies as a subject in 1970 at the initiative of Dr. B.N. Joshi, the then principal. Dr. Jitendra Bahari and Dr. Brij Gopal Gautam were the founding members of the department. Dr. S.P.S. Tomar was the former faculty of the department. The present senior faculty of the department, Dr. Dheerendra Dwivedi who was educated at University of Allahabad joined the department in 2000 and is an expert on National Security and International Relations. The other faculty members of the department are Dr. Manvendra Kumar Verma and Mr. Uday Pratap Singh.
The Department started teaching the subject at Postgraduate level in 2016. The courses offered in Defence Studies at the college were drafted and improved from time to time in consultation with the mother department at University of Allahabad. Presently the department also runs the Ph.D. course.
The department has an excellent lab facility for the undergraduate students. There is a practical lab for conducting experiments and exercises related to different type of maps and depiction of battles with the help of sand models. The department has a well-organized library with the help of central library of the college.
We have reputed Alumni Dr. Amit Kumar Vishwakarma, Dr. Raghvendra Pratap Singh, Mr. Vishnu Jaiswal, Mr. Bhairam Saroj are in the field of Education. Adv. Pankaj Tripathi is in the field of Law. Mr. Mridul Mayank Tandon & Mr. Dinesh Yadav are in the field of Administration.
The Department has organized a UGC sponsored National Seminar on “Role of Media in War and Terrorism” on November 13-14, 2010.
The Department has organized a UGC sponsored National Seminar on “Role of Media in Nation Building” on March 01-02, 2014. .