The Department of Sociology was established in 1919. Sociology is the most versatile subject of the Social Sciences. It trains students to grasp the social structures, understand the social processes, map the dynamics of social change and make sense of individual and collective experiences in their proper social context. The department places emphasis on integrated learning based on class room lectures, interactive tutorials, use of audio-visual material, seminars, extension lectures and coordinated-multipronged internal assessment. Equipped with skills our students move on to successful postgraduate programmes such as social work, sociology, mass communication, human resource management, development studies, and law in the best universities all over the world. Our students find placement in diverse fields such as the media, publishing houses, the corporate sector, the public sector, NGOs (national and international), research, and many other sectors related to development. The uniqueness of Sociology demands that creative and imaginative methods are adopted to teach students. The Department believes in the adage that Sociology surrounds us and that the only way to be truly sociological is to have dialogue with one another. Therefore, the classroom teaching is not top down but is done in an interactive way through the use of chalk and talk, newspaper analysis. Visual methods provide a means to understand the practices of representations as cultural texts, to develop interpretations of meanings in socio-cultural contexts, and to decode images of social relations and individual experience. These methods applied along with reading the relevant texts drive student motivation and interest in learning, induce sociological imagination and critical thinking. There are also invited lectures, panel discussions and seminars .
It is a three year bachelors course offered by the Department in different stream.
It is a two year post graduation course offered by the Department.
The department offers PhD course for 3-5 years depending upon the area of research.
Departmental Associated Activities
The department organises various National level Seminars.
Various reports and journals are published by the department.
Department of Sociology
Area of research : Sociological Theory, Research Methodology, Rural Development
Professor & Head
DR AJIT KUMAR PANDEY
DR ASHOK KR KAUL
Area of research : Industrial Sociology, Sociology of Ageing
DR AK JOSHI
Area of research : Rural Sociology, Dalit studies
DR OMPRAKASH BHARTIYA
Are of research : Sociology of Development, Women’s Studies