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Department of Political Science

Established in 1979, the Political Science Department is one of the leading departments in the country with its distinguished faculty and contribution to academic research, social and public policy in India and abroad. It offers M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D programmes.  It has produced 45 PhD’s so far.  Currently recognized as a Centre of Advanced Study (CAS) by the University Grants Commission (UGC), it received a grant of 1 crore rupees, having earlier completed three phases of Special Assistance Programme under UGC.

The department has five major specializations - Political Theory, Public Policy and Administration, International Relations, Comparative Politics and Indian Political Process. The core research areas of the department include Indian Political Thought, International Politics, Human Rights, Gender Studies, Rural Development and Governance, Parties and Elections and Northeast India studies.  Faculty have published many books with reputed publishers, articles in refereed journals both national and international, and have participated in important research projects in India and abroad. They have also taken up initiatives like E-Patshala and archiving bifurcation documents in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.  Department faculty have also incubated and contributed to many Centres such as the Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for Ambedkar Studies.  Faculty also serve on many search committees, policy bodies and are referees for journals and book publishers in India and abroad.

Several students have got the UGC JRF/NET ICSSR, Rajiv Gandhi, Maulana Azad and other fellowships. The Alumni of the department have excelled in academia, bureaucracy, NGO and corporate sectors. Key notable names include Syed Akbaruddin (IFS) Permanent Representative, United Nations.  

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The following activities were held by Centre for Advance Studies-I, Department of Political Science in financial year 2015- Sept. 2016 under Visiting fellows programme

  1. Prof. Rakesh Gupta (JNU, New Delhi) delivered Public Lecture on “Good Society: An Exploration” on 4th, November, 2015.
  2. Prof. K.S.RV.S. Chalam (Retired IAS Officer, Vishakapatnam) delivered a Public Lecture on “Institutions, Economy and Democracy in India Today” on 12 November, 2015.
  3. Dr.Rinku Lamba (JNU, New Delhi) delivered talk“Giving Bhakti Its Due: Reflections on Political Ideas in Modern India”on 20th January, 2016.
  4. Prof.A.K. Ramkrishnan (JNU, New Delhi) delivered a Public Lecture on “Many Lives of Edward Said” on 2nd, March, 2016.
  5. Prof. Mangesh Kulkarni (SavitribaiPhuleUiversity, Pune) delivered a Public Lecture on “Fascism in India: The Curious Case of S. R. Rajwade” on 7th March, 2016.
  6. Carolyn Elliott (Prof. Emerita, Dept. of Political Science, University of Vermont, USA) delivered a Public Lecture “Understanding Indian Democracy: The Contribution of Lloyd & Susanne Rudolph” on 9thMarch, 2016. 
  7. Prof. J. Prabhash (University of Kerala) delivered a Public Lecture on “Understanding Society and Role of Intellectuals” on 23rd March, 2016. 
  8. Prof.Sudipta Kaviraj (Dept. of Middle EasternSouth Asian and African Studies, Columbia University) delivered a Public Lecture on “The Second Mahabharat” on 10th August, 2016.
  9. Louise Tillin (King's India Institute, King’s College, London, UK) delivered a Public Lecture on “The Worlds of Welfare Capitalism in India: State-Level Regimes and Social Policy” on 12th August, 2016.
  10. Prof. Anwar Alam (Dept. of International Relation, Zirve University, Gaziamtep, Turkey) delivered a Public Lecture on “Failed Military Coup and Democracy in Turkey: A Perspective” on 18th August, 2016.
  11. Prof.Kodanda Ram Reddy (Retd. Professor Department of Political Science, Osmania University, a Civil Rights Activist and the Chairman of TJAC) delivered a Public Lecture on “The Remaking of Civil Society in Telangana: The Story of the TJACs” on 21st September, 2016.
  12. Dr.Siddharth Mallavarapu (Department of International Relations, South Asian University, New Delhi) delivered a Public Lecture on “Decolonizing International Relations: The Story so Far” on 28th September, 2016.