Public Relations Department, Assam was established in June 1940 at Shillong, the then Capital of the State. It was named Publicity & Rural Development Department at the time of inception. The main objective behind setting up of the Department was to disseminate war propaganda in the wake of the Second World War and to bolster public morale in support of the Allied Power. Sir Syed Abdullah was then the Prime Minister of Assam (At that time Chief Minister of Assam was called Prime Minister). The head of Publicity Department was also called Publicity Officer.He had two Asstt. Publicity Officers one for Assam Valley and the other for Surama Valley.The annual budget of the department at that time was Rs 36,000.00 (Rupees thirty six thousand) only.The District of Sreehatta (Sylhet) was also a part of Assam. Surama Valley is now known as Barak Valley excluding Sylhet District. The first Publicity Officer of the department was an officer from Assam Civil Service – Yahia Khan Choudhury. The prime task of the department at that time was to focus on the war related news and informations by way of Press Note, Articles, and Booklets.
In November 1997, the Government of Assam vide Notification No.AR31/ 97/2 Dated 1.11.97 created a new Department namely “Information &Public Relations Department” by bifurcating the existing Home Department and the new I&PR Department was made the Administrative Department for Directorate of Information & Public Relations . Consequent upon creation of the new Department, the Government of Assam vide Notification No., AR31/97/6 Dtd. 28.4.1998 also upgraded the Directorate of Information & Public Relations from a Level-II Directorate to a Level- I Directorate.