Department of Sociology

The department of Sociology, a pioneering endeavour in the eastern region of India, started its journey as early as in 1964, with a subsidiary course at graduate level. A couple of years later, a post-graduate course in Sociology was introduced and the graduate (honours) course followed soon.The department developed, since its inception, strong links with academic institutions in India and abroad. Regularity in participation by the faculty members in national and international fora, for exchange of views and ideas.The department, in drawing up the framework of the curriculum, has had remained sufficiently sensitive to the needs and interests of the industrial and semi-rural setting, in which it is located. The choice of the thrust areas is actually a function of such concern. Some of the thrust areas are : Rural Development with special emphasis on poverty alleviation, Gender Studies and Industrial Relations.

Head of the Department
Smt. Priyam Sarkar


Departmental Phone No.
(033) 2582 8750 / 8220 / 8378 (Ext. 279 and 280)

Departmental E-mail Address

Degree and Course Offered
M.A. in 'Sociology' - a two-year post-graduate degree


  • Development Studies
  • Sociology of Deviance and Crime
  • Industrial Relations


Intake Capacity : 60 students

Infra-structural Facilities

  • Computer Facility : Computing facility is available in the Department.
  • Library : Department runs its own library.

Research Interests of the Department

  • Total Number of Scholarships Available (URS) : 6
  • Total Number of Ph.Ds Awarded : 34

Ongoing Research Projects :

  • "Tribal Girl Student: Hindrances Towards Achievement - A Micro Study In Nadia District" funded by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, GOI
    Pricipal Investigator: Prof. Samita Manna.
  • "West Bengal: State and People" funded by The State Institute of Panchayat and Rural Development, GOWB
    Pricipal Investigator: Dr. Debjani Sengupta.
  • "Risk and Labour: Concern for Human Sufferings in Small and Medium-scale Industries Low and High Performing Economies" funded by University Grants Commission
    Pricipal Investigator: Dr. Asish Mukhopadhyay.

Seminars/Conferences/Workshops/Symposia organized in last 5 years

The Department organized National Seminars, Cultural Programmes & Re-union Function in February, 2004 on the occasion of its Silver Jubilee Celebration.


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