Dept of Social Sciences
The Dept of Social Sciences was established in the year
1969 with a view to impart social science education at the post-graduate
Dr. Praveen Jadhav (Head, Department of Economics)
Department of Political
Department of Sociology
The M.Phil (Vidyanishnat) and Ph.D (Vidyavachaspati) programmes
have adequate number of students. 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 recognized Universities outsides.
Normally a maximum of 8 students per guide for and M.Phil and 4
for Ph.D is the norm.
Internal students of the M.A. Programme have internal assessment
of 20% and a final examination of 80% totaling 100. Each internal
student has to undergo the mid-term examination and appear for two
tutorials and also a minimum of 80% attendance of classes is the
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 weekly's.
The M.Phil Students names list and numbers are presented in the
annexure. Presently Dr. Anupama Keskar is the only recognized guide
for M.Phil and Ph.D students and therefore outside guides have been
incorporated to facilitate and assist the programme.
The sociology syllabus is at present constructed as per UGC guidelines
and comprises of papers. However as the department had less faculty
members all coursed cannot be taught in the classroom. The professors
post (open) is at present vacant and needs to be filled. The department
work will benefit by having a professor as the academic and administrative
head. If not filled in time, there is the possibility of losing
the post altogether, which will a loss to the development and progress
of the department.
There is also a need for a research assistance well versed in research methodology, statistical analysis and well used to handling computer software for processing data. The department can take up major research projects with this help and financial support from the ICSSR and UGC. At present the minor research projects undertaken by the faculty have to be funded by the Vidyapeeth through unassigned grants alone.
2. The department plans to conduct programmes in April for external
students. This will help them to prepare better for examinations
and also give them attune them with the examination pattern.
3. The syllabus has a paper on Gender and Communication, which can be initiated with adequate faculty and availability of infrastructure such as OHP, LCD, Video player and other such equipment. Visual media is extremely supportive in teaching subjects such as the above mentioned.
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P. G. Department of Geography
The P. G Department of Geography was established in 2004 where initially only the M. A / M. Sc Geography Course was started. In 2006 the department started with its research program by offering M. Phil and Ph. D courses. Today the admissions at the M. Phil and Ph. D courses are purely based on the UGC regulations 2009. Many eminent scholars in the field of geography and allied subjects form the backbone of the Department. The Department has till date to its credit 9 Ph.Ds and over 70 M. Phils.
The UGC funded major research project – ‘Appraisal and assessment of Juve Jaitapur mangrove swamps: A biogeomorphic study’ headed by Dr. Umesh Keskar is in the final stages of completion.
The P.G. Department Of Geography of the Department of Social Sciences aims to introduce the new trends in Geography and to introduce the new methods of surveying GIS, Aerial photography etc., Environment and Geography.
Regular course timing from 9 to 5 and hostel accommodation are the highlights of the department.
P. G. Department of Geography offers the following programmes :
M. Phil. (Geography)
Ph. D, (Geography)
Dept of Social Sciences