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Social Science Department

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

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