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Prof. Satish Deshpande (Head)
College Address Delhi School of Economics,
University of Delhi,

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The Department of Sociology was established by the University of Delhi in 1959 as a constituent of the Delhi School of Economics. To begin with, the Department trained students for two courses: M.A. and Ph.D. In 1966 a two-year course for the M.Litt. degree was introduced. This has been replaced since 1976 by an M.Phil. degree course of a year's duration. In 1968, the Department was recognised as a Centre of Advanced Study (CAS) in Sociology by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The department receives a renewable five-year grant from the UGC under the CAS scheme. The UGC also provided a five-year grant under its ASHISS (Assistance for Strengthening of the Infrastructure of the Humanities and Social Sciences) program for departmental infrastructure as well as research on State and Society. At present the strength of the faculty includes eight Professors, ten Readers, one Lecturer, and two Research Associates. In addition, there are eleven members in the office staff.

The Department has a coordinated programme of teaching and research covering a variety of fields, including some developed for the first time in the country. Studies have been published or prepared on community power structures, local-level politics, trade unions, co-operatives, textual and contextual studies of Hinduism, religious symbolism, family and kinship, and social and religious movements. Studies have also been conducted in the fields of stratification, gender, environment, the sociology of development, historical sociology, urban sociology, and medical sociology. The sociology of masculinity, demography, popular culture, education, migration, the sociology of violence and documentary practices of the state are some of the new areas that faculty members are working on at present.

The Department has been visited by a large number of distinguished scholars from India and abroad, who have delivered lectures and given seminars, some of them as Visiting Professors and Fellows. The faculty of the Department has also been associated with many institutions in India and elsewhere as Visiting Professors and Fellows, and as participants in seminars and conferences. The Department draws students from different parts of India and universities abroad for all its courses.

All members of the faculty are actively engaged in research, which has resulted in the publication of a large number of books, reports, and research papers in different fields of sociology. The Department has also undertaken several research projects during the last four and a half decades. Several faculty members are involved in international research projects and are members of distinguished professional bodies. Various members of the Department have been actively associated with the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and the UGC in preparing surveys of research and teaching in the discipline.

From its very inception, the Department has encouraged a view of learning in which students are given an opportunity to participate actively in discussions. To supplement the classroom interaction between teacher and M.A. students through lectures, the Department has an active M.A. tutorial programme. In this system, each student is assigned a tutor who discusses particular topics and allocates reading and writing exercises in accordance with the needs of a student. Thus a student has a continuous feedback on his or her progress. Small groups of students meet their tutor every week for discussion and each student writes one long essay per course every semester. Since 1994-95 a system of continuous internal evaluation has been introduced, where the marks of one tutorial essay submitted in each course are counted towards the final examination.

The Department has introduced a system of individual advisors for students admitted under the reserved categories. The system is entirely voluntary and the advisor helps the student by providing individual guidance on books to read, correction of written work, etc

Faculty Members


Chatterji, Prof. Roma +91-11-27662280 roma.chatterji0@gmail.com
Dasgupta, Prof. Abhijit 91-011-27667858 dasgupta90@hotmail.com
Deshpande, Prof. Satish 011-27667858  
Palriwala, Prof. Rajni +91-11-27667858 rpalriwala@sociology.du.ac.in
Patel, Prof. Tulsi +91-11-27667858 sociology_dse@yahoo.com
Sundar, Prof. Nandini   nandinisundar@yahoo.com
Thapan, Prof. Meenakshi   Citizencivic.09@gmail.com
Xaxa, Prof. Virginius   virg1978@gmail.com

Associate Professors

Abraham, Dr. Janki +91-11-27667858 Janaki.abraham@gmail.com
Agrawal, Dr. Anuja   aagrawal@sociology.du.ac.in; anujaagrawal@gmail.com
Arif, Dr. Yasmeen   arif.yasmeen@gmail.com
Chopra, Dr. Radhika +91-11-27667858 radhika.chopra@gmail.com
Mukhopadhyay, Dr. Rita Brara +91-11-27667858 ritabrara@yahoo.com
Radhakrishna, Dr. Meena 27667858 meena.rkna@gmail.com
Ray, Dr. Rabindra +91-11-27667858 ray.rabindra@gmail.com
Vasan, Dr. Sudha +91-11-27667858 sudha.vasan@gmail.com

Assistant Professors

Kamei, Dr. Aphun +91-11- 27667725 Extn.112 k.aphundse@gmail.com
Kumar, Mr. Tila 27667858 tilasocio@yahoo.com

Courses Offered


M.A. Programme

This is a two-year full-time course.
Academic qualifications: Eligibility will be determined in accordance with academic qualifications listed below. Equivalence of degrees of universities other than that of the University of Delhi will be determined in accordance with the rules in force. Applicants must have completed 15 years of formal education under the 10+2+3 scheme or its equivalent.
1. Candidates who have obtained 50% or more marks in the B.A. (Hons.) Sociology examination of the University of Delhi or any other recognised university (with at least 6 papers in sociology).
2. B.A. (Hons.) examination in a Social Science/Humanities subject such as Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, History, Psychology, Geography, Philosophy, Education, Social Work, Journalism, Linguistics or any other examination in a Social Science subject recognised as equivalent thereto, or B.Sc. (Hons.) examination in Anthropology of the University of Delhi, with 55% marks in the aggregate of the main subject.
3. B.A./B.Com (Pass) examination of the University of Delhi or any other examination recognised as equivalent thereto with one of the following subjects, comprising at least two papers of the B.A. (Pass) standard: Sociology, Social or Cultural Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, History, Geography, Philosophy, Education, Social Work, Journalism and Linguistics with 55% marks in the aggregate. In addition, the candidate should have obtained 55% marks in the aggregate of papers in any of the subjects specified above other than Sociology/Social or Cultural Anthropology. In case the subject happens to be Sociology/Social or Cultural Anthropology, the requirement is 50% in the aggregate of the papers in this subject.
4. B.Com (Hons.) examination or B.A. in Business Administration/Public Administration of the University of Delhi or any other examination recognised as equivalent thereto, with papers having a Social Science content such as Economics, Sociology, Geography with 55% marks in the aggregate and 55% marks in the aggregate of papers having a Social Science content.
5. B.A. (Hons.) in English of the University of Delhi or any other examination recognised as equivalent thereto, with 55% marks or above.
6. B.A. (Hons.) examination of the University of Delhi or any other examination recognised as equivalent thereto, in any Indian or foreign language other than English, with 58% marks in the aggregate of the main subject.
7. B.Sc. (Hons.) including B.Sc. (Home Science), or M.B.B.S. or B.Tech./B.Sc. (Engineering)/B.E./B.Sc. (General) of the University of Delhi or any other examination recognised as equivalent thereto, with 60% or more marks in the aggregate of the main subject.
Admission Test:
1. All eligible candidates will have to take an admission test conducted by the Department of Sociology, on the basis of which a consolidated merit list based on a weighted average of marks obtained in the qualifying examination and marks obtained in the Admission Test will be prepared. Admission will be given strictly according to merit.
2. No candidate shall be admitted unless he/she secures a minimum of 40% marks in the admission test.
3. Eligibility requirements for SC/ST/OBC candidates will be modified according to UGC/Delhi University/Supreme Court guidelines
1. For the admission test, students are expected to be familiar with basic concepts of sociological analysis and issues in the sociology of India. The test will be administered in English.
2. Candidates awaiting the declaration of the final results of their qualifying undergraduate examinations may apply for admission and will be permitted to sit for the admission test. Such candidates are required to inform the Department about their final results as soon as these are announced and their cases will be considered within the framework of the admission schedule of the University.
3. Students awaiting B.A. results are advised to intimate the roll number, the undergraduate course of study and the expected date of declaration of results within ten days of the Admission Test.
4. The total number of admissions in the M.A. programme will be 85 for the academic year 2010-11.
Registration forms would be available in the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics from the fourth week of May onwards. Interested applicants are requested to collect the form from the department office (on the first floor) between 10:00 a.m.– 4.30 p.m. The registration form duly completed and accompanied by a DD of Rs. 150 in favour of the Registrar, University of Delhi must reach the department by 29th June, 2010.
Candidates, who due to adverse financial circumstances cannot meet this expenditure, may apply for exemption to the Head of the Department with evidence of financial difficulties.
The candidate is required to detach the Admission Ticket from the Registration Form and retain the same. The Admission Ticket must be brought for the Entrance Test as proof of identity. No candidate will be admitted to the examination hall without the Admission Ticket.
Admission of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Caste Candidates:
15%, 7.5% and 27% seats in all postgraduate courses are reserved for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes respectively. Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe / Other Backward Classes seeking admission to the postgraduate courses will also be required to get their names registered along with other candidates. The Registration Form duly filled in and accompanied by all relevant certificates, shall be submitted to the office of the Department of Sociology within the prescribed registration dates.
No seat will be reserved for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Other Backward Classes candidates in a postgraduate course where the number of seats is less than 7. Where number of seats is 7 or more but less than 15, 15% of seats will be reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates (if no Scheduled Caste candidate is available, the seat would go to a Scheduled Tribe candidate, if available). Where the number of seats is 15 or more, reservation @ 15%, 7.5% and 27% for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes candidates is made respectively.
For the candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe the minimum eligibility requirement for admission to postgraduate courses is the minimum pass marks of the qualifying examination concerned for the University of Delhi. In the case of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe candidates who have passed the last qualifying examination from other Universities, they should have secured at least the same percentage of pass marks at the qualifying examination as prescribed for the equivalent examination of Delhi University for purpose of admission to the postgraduate course of this University.
Where the admission is based on screening/written test for postgraduate courses, the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Other Backward Classes candidates would also be required to appear in the same but their merit list will be drawn separately and operated as per the reservation quota.
If the requisite number of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Other Backward Classes candidates is not available by the last date fixed by the University for admission to each course, the remaining seats will be de-reserved and filled from the general category.
1. The OBC status is to be determined on the basis of the central list of OBCs notified by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on the recommendations of the National Commission for Backward Classes available at the website of the Commission (http:/ncbc.nic.in/backward classes/ index/ html)
Procedure for Admission:
Applications for admission to the M.A. course should be made on the prescribed form, available from the Department of Sociology, and should reach the Head of the Department not later than June 29, 2009. The following documents should be attached to the application form:
1. Attested true copies of certificates showing the marks in each part obtained at the last public examination.
2. An attested true copy of a certificate of good conduct from the Principal of the college last attended.
3. An attested true copy of the matriculation or any other certificate showing the candidate’s date of birth.
4. One copy of a recently taken photograph (passport size) of the candidate.
5. One copy of the certificate in proof of SC/ST/OBC status where applicable.
Those applying for admission to the M.A. course are required to note the following:
Combining the M.A. course with the law course is not permitted.
The decision of the Admission Committee will be final in the selection of candidates to the M.A. courses.
Admissions will be provisional in the first instance, and will be confirmed by the Admission Committee of the University only on verification of the certificates submitted.
If the candidate fails to produce the relevant documents in support of his/her eligibility for admission by August 14, 2010, his/her provisional admission will stand cancelled.
All provisional admissions will be finalised by August 14, 2010.
Every student admitted to the Department has to be enrolled as a student of the University of Delhi as such, and must have an Enrolment Number. A student who holds a degree of the University of Delhi would already have an Enrolment Number, and therefore, does not need to obtain another.
Every student coming from a University other than the University of Delhi has to obtain an Enrolment Number by applying on the special form provided for the purpose.
Fees and Other Dues
Schedule of Fees*
Tuition fee (May to April) Rs. 216/-
Admission Rs. 10/-
University Enrolment: Rs. 150/-
Annual charges Rs. 8/-
Library (annual) Rs. 6/-
Library Development fee Rs. 200/-
Library Deposit (refundable) Rs. 1000/-
DSE Library Service fee Rs. 1000/-
Cultural fee Rs. 5/-
Athletics fee Rs. 20/-
D.S.E. Amenities fee Rs. 100/-
D.S.E. Students Union fee Rs. 125/-
University Development fee Rs. 300/-
D.S.E. Development fee Rs. 500/-
W.U.S. Health Centre fee (annual):  
(1) Resident students Rs. 240/-
(2) Non-resident students Rs. 120/-
Examination Fee Rs. 600/- (for a semester)
Examination Form Rs. 10/-
Marks Sheet Rs. 100/-
Identity Card Rs. 10/-
N.S.S. Fund Rs. 20/-
Sexual Harassment Rs. 10/-
Foreign Students (only) US$100 (per year)
*Fee structure is subject to change as per the decisions of the University from time to time.
The students are advised to check out various fee concessions and scholarships with the university
Rules for Payment of Fees:
1. Tuition fees for the period May-April and other charges are to be paid on the day of admission.
2. Examination Fees are to be paid by 15 October.

M.Phil. Programme

The duration of the M.Phil. course is one year. It is a full time course, and will commence on September 1, 2010.
Eligibility Conditions
Admission is open to those who have obtained a Master’s degree in Sociology or an allied subject from a recognised Indian University, and have a good academic record with a first or high second class Master’s degree, or have an equivalent degree of a Foreign University in the subject concerned. (Note: High second class would mean at least 55% in the subject or equivalent grade).
Applicants must have completed 17 years of formal education, namely 10+2+3 scheme or its equivalent for graduation and 2 years of post-graduation.
Part I of the M.Phil. programme comprises course work and consists of three papers. Students must choose one paper from Stream I: Theories and Methods and two papers from Stream II: Specializations. The papers offered in each stream will be a selection from the papers listed below. Students will be informed of the specific topics and readings that will be covered each year in any paper by the course teacher. Additional courses may be offered.
Fees and other Dues*
Admission fee Rs.10/-
Tuition fee Rs.216/- (July to June)
Enrolment fee Rs.150/-
Annual Charges Rs.8/-
University Library fee Rs.6/-
Library Deposit (refundable) Rs.1000/-
Library Development fee Rs.200/-
DSE Library Services Rs.1000/-
DSE Amenities Rs.100/-
Athletics fee Rs.20/-
Cultural fee Rs.5/-
University Development fee Rs.300/-
D.S.E. Development fee Rs.500/-
Examination fee
Part I Rs.800/-
Part II Rs.1000/-
Examination Form Rs.10/-
Marks Sheet Rs.100/-
W.U.S. Health Centre
Resident students Rs.220/-
Non-resident students Rs.120/-
N.S.S. Rs.20/-
Identity Card Rs.10/-
Sexual Harassment Rs.10/-
Foreign Students (only) US$ 100 (per year) -

Ph.D. Programme

The Ph.D. Programme is administered by the Departmental Research Committee (DRC), a statutory committee mandated by University ordinances that also govern its membership, and under the overview of the Board of Research Studies in the Social Sciences (BRSS).
Eligibility Requirements and Admission Process
Admission to the course for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Sociology will be governed by Ordinance VI B-Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) of the University of Delhi.
1. A candidate for admission to the course for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must have a good academic record with first or high second class Master’s degree of an Indian or a foreign university in the subject concerned or in an allied subject.
Note: High second class would mean at least 55 percent marks or equivalent grading in the subject.
Candidates with the above qualifications admitted to the Ph. D. are required to fulfil requirements of course work as stipulated by Ordinance VI-B and by the DRC from time to time before confirmation of their registration.
2. A candidate who has secured more than 60 percent marks in the aggregate in Part I of the M.Phil. programme has the option to seek direct admission to the Ph.D. programme.
3. A candidate who has obtained an M.Phil. degree of this University, or any other University, with at least 50 percent marks or equivalent grading in the subject is also eligible to apply for admission to the Ph.D. Programme.

Time Table

Research/Project Activities

Atluri, Tara
Making Maps for Social Change. An activist/arts based initiative run through the Centre for Information Studies and Khoj International Arts Foundation, Delhi, Ongoing project beginning Jan. 2010.
Arif, Yasmeen
2009 - .Organizer and Participant in the “Frames of Violence” Project, Consortium of Asian Studies, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), USA. This is a collaborative project that explores multiple perspectives on violence including work of performance artists, media professionals and artists, spoken word artists, activists and scholars from across the world.
Brara, Rita, Roma Chatterji, Deepak Mehta, Rajni Palriwala, Rabindra Ray, Meenakshi Thapan.
The European Studies Programme, a project to develop fieldwork-based research and pedagogy on continental Europe. Funded by the EU. The inaugural workshop was held 28-30 January and two working papers have been brought out.
Patel, Tulsi
Undesired Daughters: the Paradox of modern India in collaboration with Neelambar Hatti from the University of Lund, Sweden.
Rising Caesarian section Births, R&D, Delhi University
Radhakrishna, Meena
Urban and Forest Nomadic Tribes: Contemporary issues and concerns – research project funded by DU.
Thapan, Meenakshi
Conducted fieldwork (with two M.A. final year students of the Dept. of Sociology) in a school for girls run by a Muslim Trust in Ahmedabad as part of an ongoing The Schools Project. Funded by the annual University of Delhi R and D Grant
Data collection through a survey for students in selected undergraduate colleges and universities in Chennai, Bangalore, Pondicherry and Delhi for work package II on Mental Maps of the World. Part of the EUFP 7 project on EuroBroadMap.
Fieldwork with potential transnational migrants in Delhi and Pondicherry (ongoing) for EU FP7 project on EuroBroadmap work package 3, Migrants and Borders.
Vasan, Sudha
‘Nation at the margins: nationalism, ethnicity and development’. Research project funded by DU. Field work was conducted in Ladakh and Delhi in 2009 and continues in 2010.
Collaborative Research Project with the University of Oslo, Norway
The Department is collaborating with the Center for Environment and Development, University of Oslo, Norway on the Research project on ‘Explaining Differential Immunization Coverage in India and Malawi. This project offers a Ph.D. fellowship for a four year period. Dr. Arima Mishra is the Principal Investigator for this project.

Post Doctoral students/Research Associates/Teaching Assistants

Post Doctoral Students:None
Research Associates:Two
Teaching Assistants:None

Student Strength

M.A.113 (Currently enrolled)
M.Phil.44 (Currently enrolled )
Ph.D.40 (Currently enrolled)


There has been considerable progress towards setting up the Resource Centre. Archival documents are scanned and digital copies are stored in the Resource Centre, including of primary field data. We have three technical assistants working full time and three students working part-time in the resource centre. They are in the process of creating a filing system for the digital material that is part of our repository and writing abstracts for M.Phil dissertations.

Recent and Future Events

1.  Two day workshop on 12-13 Feb, 2010 on Undesired Daughters: the Paradox of modern India was organized by Tulsi Patel in collaboration with Neelambar Hatti from the University of Lund, Sweden.  It was organized at India International Centre, New Delhi with participants form India and abroad. The workshop focused on the continuing trend in abortion of female fetuses with special reference to practices related with the trend in urban and middle class families and households.
2.  From 18-20 February 2010, scholars of South Asia and of civil war came together at a workshop on Civilians and Citizenship: Ethnographic and Political Economy Perspectives on Civil War in South Asia, at the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. The workshop was jointly organised by Nandini Sundar at the Sociology Department, Delhi University, and Aparna Sundar at the Department of Politics, Ryerson University, Toronto, and funded by the Wenner Gren Foundation, New York, Delhi University, and the CAS program within the Department of Sociology. Participants came from all over the world, including all the countries of South Asia. The overall discussant for the workshop was Prof. Felix Reategui of Peru, who drew out the comparisons between Latin America and South Asia.
In the last few years, South Asia has become the site of major civil or internal wars, with both domestic and global consequences. While internal wars in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Pakistan made headlines in 2009-10, all countries in South Asia have experienced civil wars, with significant implications for their political culture.  The insurgencies in these different countries differ in their ideology and motivations, as do the regimes under which these civil wars are fought. Despite these differences, they have had very similar effects on civilians, due at least in part to the shared prose and hardware of counterinsurgency.  Some of these commonalities derive from the spillover effects of these conflicts across national borders and active exchanges between states in the present.  However, a shared colonial past has also generated common tropes in the history and construction of these conflicts.

The workshop sought to focus on civilian perspectives, citizenship, states and sovereignty within South Asia as a region.  Civilians are generally conceived of as participants in militias, whether state-sponsored or against the state; as supporters or opponents of either incumbent or insurgent parties; as collateral damage, or as innocent victims of civil war and objects of humanitarian intervention. Only very rarely are they seen as citizens whose choices and predicaments influence the course of the civil war.  Shifting the focus to civilians as citizens introduces new normative and theoretical concerns, having to do with sovereignty, democracy and accountability.

A wide array of themes was addressed by the papers and in the discussion following them. These included: a.) Social processes underlying insurgency, b.) Civilian as Agents and Objects, c.) Political Economy of Civil War, d.) State contours: sovereignty, institutions and law, e.) Post-War settlements and the shift to the “postpolitical”.
3.  The M.Phil PhD research scholar’s workshop held twice annually was held on October 21st and 22nd in 2009.The workshop was called the workshop on ‘Ethnography and Archives’. Five students from the M.Phil and six from the PhD batches presented papers on their works-in-progress. The two-day workshop concluded with a round table of the students and the faculty on problems related to archival and ethnographic methods of research.
4.  A camera-training workshop for students of the M.A. (Final) and M.Phil was conducted in October, 2009 by Savyasaachi Jain, filmmaker and media specialist, and Visiting Fellow in the department. Students learnt the use of the camera, lapel and direction microphones, and lights along with discussion on theories of visual ethnography.  As part of the training, students undertook a visual documentation of the University of Delhi and its neighbouring areas under a rubric of gender and space. With subsequent assistance in editing from a professional film editor, Shikha Sen, this footage was converted into a film.
5.  A two-day workshop was held on 25 –26th March on ‘Marginalities’.  The program aims to explore the marginalized identities in contemporary India. There will be number speakers from various institutions presenting on theoretical and empirical concerns related to the topic.   Papers related to Dalit, Adivasi, Homosexual, Disabled, Women, Religious minority, Periphery and Informal Sector Labourers will be presented and discussed in this two-day workshop.