Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology, Punjabi University, Patiala
Department History | Faculty | Visiting Faculty | Non Teaching Staff | Retired Professors of Department | Thrust Areas | Significant Achievements | Recent Research Projects | Courses Offered & Admission Criteria | Infrastructure | Special Activities | Contact Us
 

Department History

The department of Sociology and Social Anthropology was established in 1969. It is unique insofar as it brings together two disciplines, or two intellectual orientations, in its teaching and research. This is indeed rare in the context of Indian universities, where social anthropology is usually assigned to the Department of Anthropology.

At present, the Department has three Professors and two Readers and one Lecturer on its faculty. All the members are well-qualified and experienced with a wide range of publications in the fields of social theory, research methods, women studies, folk religion, gerontology, sociology of violence, rural social structures, Sikhism and Gandhism. The Department has devised a unique combination of field work and classroom teaching.

Latest UGC syllabi, dedicated and helpful faculty and staff, basic infrastructural facilities including a rich departmental library and a seminar room along with congenial atmosphere for research are the Department’s forte.


Faculty (Click on Faculty Name for Bio data)

Faculty

Specialization

Distinction/
Awards

Publications/Projects
(Number only)

Conferences/
Seminars Attended
(Number only)

Name: Malkiat Kaur

Women’s Studies/ Rural Sociology

Books:1

Conferences

Designation: Professor

Papers

National : 41

Qualifications: MSc, PhD.

National : 36

International :

Contact Information

International : 1

Seminars

Ph: 0175- 2286208

9872955012

Projects :4

National :

Email: malkitkaur2001@yahoo.co.in

Link to Bio-Data

International:

 

Name: R.K.Choudhary

(on-leave)

Books:0

Conferences

Designation: Professor

Papers

National :

Qualifications: MSc, PhD.

National :0

International :

Contact Information

International :0

Seminars

Ph:

Projects :0

National :

Email:

Link to Bio-Data

International:

 

Name: Harvinder Singh Bhatti

Sociology of Religion/ Environmental Sociology

Books:2

Conferences

Designation: Professor

Papers

National : 10

Qualifications: MA, MPhil, PhD

National :10

International :3

Contact Information

International :4

Seminars

Ph: 9815249886

Projects :4

National :

Email: hsbhatti@gmail.com

Link to Bio-Data

International:

 

Name: Maninder Singh Randhawa

Social Gerontology/ Social Problems/ Research Methodology

Books:3

Conferences

Designation: Professor & Head

Papers

National :10

Qualifications: MA, MPhil, PhD.

National :8

International :

Contact Information

International :1

Seminars

Ph: 9872046440

Projects :1

National :

Email: mann_sat@yahoo.com

Link to Bio-Data

International:

 

Name: Deepak Kumar

Information Technology and Society/ Sociological Theories

Books: 1

Conferences

Designation: Lecturer

Papers

National :

Qualifications: MA, MPhil, PhD

National: 0

International :

Contact Information

International :0

Seminars

Ph: 9888406589

Projects : 2

National : 1

Email: deepskandhala@yahoo.co.in

Link to Bio-Data

International: 2

 

Name: Manish Kumar

Information Technology and Society/ Sociological Theories

Books: 1

Conferences

Designation: Lecturer

Papers

National :

Qualifications: MA., NET

National: 0

International :

Contact Information

International :0

Seminars

Ph: 9888406589

Projects : 2

National : 1

Email: deepskandhala@yahoo.co.in

Link to Bio-Data

International: 2


Visiting Faculty

Visiting Faculty

Specialization

Name Allen LeRoy Furr (Commonwealth Fellow. Visiting faculty between Sep 2005-Dec 2005)

Sociology of Mental Health, Sociology of Health and Medicine, and Research Methods.

Designation: Associate Professor, Deptt of Sociology, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Qualification: PhD

Contact Information

Ph:

Email: allenfurr@louisville.edu



Non Teaching Staff

Designation

Name

Junior Assistant

Ms Swaran Prabha

Senior Stenotypist

Ms Savita Rani

Sewadar

Mr Jaswinder Singh

Sewadar

Mr Gurdip Singh


Retired Professors of Department

Prof B.L.Abbi
Prof P.S.Jammu
Prof G.S. Bhatnagar
Prof S.K.Gupta
Prof Sawinderjit Kaur
Prof Bhupinder Singh
Registered PhD Students of the Department


Thrust Area

A) Women's Studies
B) Rural Sociology
C) Sociology of Environment
D) Medical Sociology


Significant Achievements

A. Latest UGC syllabi for the M. A. Courses.
B. 30 books and 200 research papers and articles have been produced by the faculty so far.
C. Distinguished sociologists and social scientists like John Barnes, S.C. Dube, T.N. Madan, J.P.S. Uberoi, Andre Beteille, Yogesh Atal, David Turner, Richard Buttny and many others have visited the Department and delivered talks.
D. Members of the departmental faculty have presented papers abroad- in Italy, UK, US, Canada, Australia, Libya, Germany.
E. The Department has recently been assigned a major research project by the Punjab Government (see item VI above)
F. 30 M. Phil. and an equal number of the Ph.D. students have successfully completed their research projects.

G. Several students have cleared NET and civil services competitive exams; many others have become college or university teachers.


Courses Offered and Admission Criteria

 S. No.

Course

Duration(years)

Seats

Eligibility

Tuition Fee & Other Charges
(Approximate)

Admission Procedure(Through Entrance Test/Direct)

1.

MA

2 years

32 each for both MA I and

MA II

Minimum 50% aggregate marks at graduate level. Open to all subject groups

Total for four semesters (to be paid in four installments):

Rs 18, 680 + Library security, etc.

Direct Interview

2.

PhD

Min: 2 yrs

Max: 5 yrs

Open

Minimum 50% marks each at graduate and MA level. Aggregate percentage at both levels must not be less than 105. For more details, consult Punjabi University website.

Enrolment fee Rs 500/-

Registration fee

Rs 1000/-

Annual fee Rs 1500/-

Thesis submission fee   Rs 4000/-

Direct Interview

Syllabus:

M.A. Sociology Part I
M.A. Women Studies Part II


Recent Research Projects

COMPLETED

A) UGC Minor Research Project completed by Prof Malkit Kaur. She worked on 'the Socio-Cultural Correlates of Low Sex Ratio in Punjab'

B) Dr H.S. Bhatti conducted an ethnographic study of Rai Sikhs for the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Punjab, in 2001.

C) Dr H.S.Bhatti prepared a project report on the socio-economic profile of the students of Yadvindra College of Engineering that was later on published by Punjabi University, Patiala.

ON-GOING

D) The department has been assigned a research project 'An Ethnographic Study of Denotified and Nomadic Tribes of Punjab' by the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Punjab.

E) The department is also collaborating with the International Water Management Institute(IWMI), Colombo, on the implementation of the training and research program on ‘Groundwater in Theory and Practice’, within the project ‘Groundwater Governance in Asia: Capacity Building through Action Research in the Indo-Gangetic (IGB) and Yellow River (YRB) Basins’, being supported by the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water for Food as Project Number 42

F) Research Project 'A Sociological Study of Namdharis – A Sikh Sect' is being handled by Dr H.S.Bhatti.


INFRASTRUCTURE FACILITIES

A) Department Library

B) Department Seminar Room

C) Computer Room with Internet Facility

D) CTV-VCP-DVD (one set)



Special Activities

A) Special committee for periodical review of the syllabi to keep it in tune with the changing trends in the discipline.

B) Regular interactive sessions with the sociology faculty in various affiliated colleges of the university.

C) Regular field-work for MA students in all the semesters to give them first hand experience of the field survey and help them in honing their methodological skills and theoretical understanding of the discipline.


Contact Us

Name: Prof. Maninder Singh Randhawa
The Head of the Department,
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Punjabi University, Patiala,Punjab.

Pin -147002

Ph: 0175-304-6482


 
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