Department of Sociology

Besides regular academic programmes involving teaching and research activities, the department in collaboration with leading voluntary organisations has been actively involved in conducting socially relevant outreach programmes for the development of socially and economically disadvantageous sections of the local communities.

As part of population education programme, the department, in collaboration with Population Development Education (UGC Scheme) and Navajeevan Trust, conducted medical camps and organised a series of health awareness programmes for different target groups such as Transgender, Youth, Self-Help Groups involving NGOs, health professionals and students.

Centres of the Department

1.Centre for Buddhist Studies

2.Centre for Women’s Studies

3.Centre for Diaspora Studies (www.centrefordiasporastudies.org )

The University Grants Commission, besides supporting the Department with its scheme of SAP-DRS 1, has sanctioned two Centres to enrichment the Sociology Department.

The department has made a special achievement of getting sanctioned UGC’s scheme of Centre for Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy involving a total grant of Rs 2 crores. Our faculty members have received awards and honours such as Shastri Indo-Canadian Fellowship, Common Wealth Fellowship, and European Union Fellowship. The contributions of our faculty members have been recognized and they have been presented with awards by Indian Red Cross Society, Indian International Friendship Society, and Rotary Club for their meritorious contributions in their respective fields.

Research and Development

The faculty members have undertaken several major projects funded by UGC, ICSSR, UNICEF, BNRS (DAE) Board of Nuclear Research Science (Department of Atomic Energy) for an amount exceeding Rs 15 lakhs, during the last five years. In association with the Institute of Traditional Medicine, the faculty members carry out research on social aspects of traditional medicine

In 2015, the Department has signed MoUs with European Universities such as the Aarhus University, Denmark and the University of Warsaw, Poland. The Department has done collaborative research with Sociologists associated with the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Budapest, Hungary and Swansea University, U.K., Institute of Traditional Medicine, France have been undertaken. Students are trained and involved in field work in collaboration with two leading NGO’s in Tirunelveli namely Navajeevan Trust and Vaan Muhil, in such areas as eradication of child labour, women development and empowerment, and human rights. The areas are socially quite relevant to this region.