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Post Graduate Department of Sociology

Vision :

    With globalization social lives of individuals and social groups is becoming more complex. It is a challenge to comprehend and address the present Indian society. The Department of Sociology seeks to explore this contemporary Indian milieu. Our vision is to establish the Department of Sociology as an excellence in the field of education. We aspire to instill values of dignity, equality and social justice through our courses.

Mission :

    The Department of Sociology organizes various teaching and research programs. The mission is to promote innovative academic activities to promote the educational excellence. The department has designed courses to produce competent students. The objective of research carried out extensively in the department is to benefit the larger society.

Objectives :

• To produce socially sensitive students
• To foster critical thinking among students
• To encourage students to apply theoretical and conceptual knowledge of sociology in everyday life

Introduction :

    The Nehru Institute of Social Sciences was established in 1969 as a post graduate department for inter-disciplinary learning. A Masters course in social sciences with a specialization in Sociology was offered from 1996. As per the tenth plan allocations for the Vidyapeeth and the suggestions of the then UGC Chairman Prof. Nigvekar (ref. No. D. O. No. F. 2-5/2002 X plan) it was decided that all four departments that comprised the Nehru Institute of Social Sciences be separated into autonomous departments. Thus, a separate Post-Graduate Department of Sociology came into being with effect from September 2005. It has since then embarked upon its journey towards becoming a centre of higher learning and research in Sociology.

    The M.A Course in Sociology attracts students from all over India. TMV remains the favorite destination of students also from South East Asia and Africa. The M.Phil (Vidyanishnat) and Ph.D (Vidyavachaspati) programs have adequate number of students. Each student is admitted after undergoing a rigorous selection procedure. Students are selected on the basis of their experience in research, academic merit and interview with the selection committee every year. As students from different social sciences background besides that of sociology are eligible for admission, the research areas selected by students cover multifarious fields and contribute to the research work of the department. For M.Phil and Ph.D students we have a panel of examiners from within the department and from other recognized Universities. Generally per guide is allotted 8 M.Phil and 4 Ph.D students. As recommended by the UGC GR we have introduced Choice Based Credit System in the department in the academic year 2013-14. Each student has to undergo internal assessment of 40 marks and exam of 60 marks. The medium of teaching is English but assistance is provided in Marathi for students with a vernacular background. The Vidyapeeth library has a rich stock of books in social sciences and it also subscribes to recognized social science journals and weeklys. Presently there are 16 experts who are on the panel as Ph.D and M.Phil guides. The sociology syllabus is designed as per UGC guidelines. ICSSR and UGC have supported various projects in the department. Various minor research projects have also been undertaken by the department faculty which has been supported by the Vidyapeeth through unassigned grants.

Board of Studies :

The Department of Sociology is part of the Board of Studies for the Faculty of Moral and Social Sciences. All faculties are members of this Board which meets twice a year. The Board discusses and finalizes various academic issues such as - examination schedule, paper setting panel and assessment, introduction of new courses, revision of the syllabi and others.


Contact Details:

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List of Courses:
Ph. D. (Sociology)
M. Phil. (Sociology)
M.A. (Sociology)

Research Activity
1. Ongoing Research
Dr. Vishal Jadhav
• Documenting Talims in Pune, Minor Research Project

2. Past Research
Dr. Jagan Karade
• Minority Educational Institutions in Maharashtra: A Critical Analysis

- Supported by: UGC, New Delhi Duration: 2009 - 2011

Swaroop Waghmare:
• Impact of Occupational Therapy on Mentally Ill Patients: A Comparative Study.
-This is a Minor Research Project supported by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune.

Sumati Unkule :
• The Changing Nature of Marriage and Family in India: Case Study of IT Professionals in Pune City.
-This is a Minor Research Project supported by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune.
• The Socio-Economic Study of Domestic Workers in Pune City.
-I am a research associate with this project. This is being carried out in collaboration of Dr. Shruti Tambe, Associate Professor in Department of Sociology, University of Pune. This is supported by University of Pune.
• The Socio-Economic Study of Tambat Professionals in Pune City.
- I am a research associate with this project. This is being carried out in collaboration of Dr. Shruti Tambe, Associate Professor in Department of Sociology, University of Pune. This is supported by INTACH, a NGO in Pune.

Dr. Vishal Jadhav
Intersectional Exclusions and Poverty and Poverty Alleviation Legislations: A case of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) and the National Security Act. (Joint project with Dr. Sujata Patel).
- Supported by: Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum
Construction of Masculinities through sports: A case of the Talims in Maharashtra.
- Supported by: Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune.
• BHAU –DIDEE: An evaluation’ for the Municipal Corporation of Aurangabad.
- Supported by: Aurangabad Municipal Corporation
• Social Capital, Caste Politics and Poverty Reduction
- Supported by: SEPHIS, CLASCO and CROP

Academic Plan
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Department Achievment:

Mohammad Mahmoudi, (M.A. part II) : A paper titled “Modern Approach of Social Structure” has been selected for the oral presentation in the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL SCIENCES at Colombo, Sri Lanka on March 25-26, 2014.

Faculty Achievment:
Sumati Unkule 1. Was invited to address the students on ‘Research Methodology’ in Tarabai Shinde Women Studies Center, University of Aurangabad.

2. Presented a paper titled ‘Teaching Sociology and Gender: My Experiences and Experiments’ at RC 10 Gender Studies Mid Term National Level Conference on Interrogating Gender Studies: Teaching, Research held at University of Pune.

3. Presented a paper titled ‘Synergizing Gender Empowerment and Gender Sensitization: A Need of an Hour’ at National Level Conference at Modern College, Ganeshkhind, Pune.

4. Presented a paper ‘Issues of Access to Elementary Schooling’ in the ‘39th All India Sociological Conference’ in Mysore, from 27th to 29th December, 2013.

5. Was invited to Bishop’s Junior College as an External Examiner for the viva of class XII students.

6. Was invited to deliver a lecture on ‘Participatory Action Research’ in University of Pune for its M.A. Sociology students.

7. Was invited to deliver a lecture on ‘Sociology: Uses and Application’ in Siddhi Vinayak College, Karve Nagar for its F.Y.B.A sociology students.
Swaroop Waghmare 1. Was invited as a guest lecturer in Abeda Inamdar Senior College, Pune to talk on ‘Critique of Classical Sociological Tradition’ as a part of M.A. syllabus.

2. Was invited in H.G.M Azam College of Education as a judge for the street play competition.

Departmental Facilities

• Well stocked library with books ranging from the old classics of Sociology to the latest     published material.
• Library has an easy access, including access to online journals
• AV room
• Seminar Hall
• State of art infrastructure

Course Highlights

• Lectures are conducted in both English and Marathi language
• Study material is made available for English and Marathi medium students
• Field visits
• Film Club
• Interaction with eminent research scholars in respective field of sociology
• Guest Lectures