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.