Department Of Sociology
Dr. Vinita Pandey, M.A. UGC-NET, Ph.D. Assistant Professor (c) & Head View Profile
Dr. Vinita Pandey, has been teaching Sociology in Department of Sociology, Nizam College, Osmania University for 19 years. She is M.A. in Sociology and obtained her Doctorate for her work on Crisis of Isolation and identity of Urban Middle Class Families. Her areas of research interest are Urban Sociology, Development Studies and Qualitative Research and Social Psychology. She has served in various administrative positions including Head of the Department, Placement Officer, UGC-Liasoning Officer, Foreign Students Officer and IQAC Assistant Coordinator
Dr. Pandey has published 08 books and 29 research articles in national and international journals so far. She has done two minor and two major ICSSR (New Delhi) research projects.
She has designed several UGC approved Add on Courses and Soft Skills training programmes. Her MOOCs course on Urban Sociology and Urban Development has been approved by CEC, UGC to be launched on SWAYAM Portal in February, 2022
She has written course material for various Open Universities and centres for Distance Education. She is also resource persons for HRDCs of various Universities in India.
Dr. Vinita Pandey is recipient of Vidya Shiromani award, for Excellent and Commendable services in the field of Education by Citizens Council, Andhra Pradesh. As part of her future endeavors Dr. Pandey is keen to take up research on urban issues and consolidate her efforts further in capacity building of teachers and youth and facilitate practical training to be more socially responsible citizens of the world.
Dr. R. Ravi Kumar, MA Ph.D. SOCIOLOGY. MSW Social Work Assistant Professor (c) View Profile
Dr. R. Ravi Kumar has been with the Department of Sociology since 2007. He is working as Assistant Professor c in Nizam College (Osmania University). He teaches for both Under Graduate (B.A.) and Post Graduate (M.A.) students. He had obtained his M.A. from (University of Hyderabad). He had his Ph.D. thesis on “Primary Education in Rural Areas: Problems and Prospects: A Study of Medak District in Andhra Pradesh”. Worked as Head, Department of Sociology. Nizam College since 23-10-2021. Worked as Coordinator for "Foreign Students Affairs" in Nizam College from 13-08-2018 till 2020. He is also a Course coordinator for a Diploma course in “Criminology and Correctional Administration”. He is also a life member of Andhra Pradesh Sociological Society (APSS). More specifically, his areas of specialization of teaching and research interests cover Sociology of Education, Industrial Sociology, Development Studies, Criminology, Social Anthropology, Social Demography, PRA, & Sociology of Development and Planning. He had actively participating and contributed several papers in International, National Journals and Seminars (Total 49 Papers). Research Paper/Articles Published In International Books (01 Paper). Research Paper/Articles Published In national Books (02 Paper). Research Paper/Article Published In International Journals (01 Paper). Research Paper/Articles Published In National Journals (14 Papers). Workshops Cum Training/ Certificate Programmes (05). He was associated with several research projects such as “Socio-Economic survey for Kudgi. Super Thermal Power Project 4000 MW Bijapur District in Karnataka. NTPC, Secunderabad. (Sep-2009, Oct-2010)” & Ambitions and Aspirations of youth in contemporary society: A comparative study of Indian and Foreign Students in Osmania University (03-09-2010-2015).
Dr. K. Bhavani Shankar, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., UGC-NET, AP&TS-SET Assistant Professor (c) View Profile
"Dr. K. Bhavani Shankar has been with the Department of Sociology, Nizam College since 2009. He did his M. Phil. on “Social Implications of Economic Reforms in Andhra Pradesh: A Sociological Study of Warangal District in Telangana Region”. His doctoral research is on “Social Implications of Economic Reforms and Globalization in Andhra Pradesh: A Sociological Study of Warangal District in Telangana Region”. He has done (Joint Work done with Dr. Vinita Pandey and Dr. Ravi Kumar) two minor research Project on “Ambitions and Aspirations of Youth in Contemporary Society: A comparative study between Indian and Foreign students studying in Osmania University” and “Social Media and Networking: The New Age Social Communication”, funded by SAP - DSA, Phase –I & II (UGC), Department of Sociology, Osmania University, Hyderabad (2010). He is Course Coordinator for Diploma course in “Development Management Studies and Development Research Methodologies” and also Coordinator for “Diploma Courses”, Mess Warden, “Nizam Hostels”, Special Officer, “Examination Branch”, Nizam College. He is co-Author for Book entitled “Gender Sensitization”, Professional Books Publisher, Hyderabad, 2017. He is Editor-Cum-Writer for Sociology Study Material for Senior Secondary (Intermediate) Course being offered by Andhra Pradesh State Open School, Hyderabad. He is also the co-Editor, for the book entitled Environment Degradation and sustainable Development. He has written lesson for both UG and PG programmes being offered by SDLCE, Kakatiya University, Warangal, Dr. BRAOU, Hyderabad and PGRRCDE, Osmania University, Hyderabad. He has published several research papers in national and international journals. His areas of interest are Development Studies, Industrial Sociology and Research Methodology."
Dr. Bhanumati Shastry Manthaw, M.A.,M.Phil., Ph.D. Assistant Professor (c) View Profile
Dr. Bhanumati Shastry is a faculty in the Department of Sociology, Nizam College. With teaching experience of 30 years, She is M.Phil, Ph.D. in Sociology. Her M.Phil. thesis is on “Adult education programmes and changing behavioral patterns at Jadcherla block in Mahaboobnagar district”. The PhD thesis is on “socio-economic impact of industrialization on rural areas: a study of Sirpur paper mills, Sirpur Kaghaznagar, Adilabad district, Andhra Pradesh”
Before coming into teaching profession she worked for two years as social welfare assistant I.D.L Chemicals an explosive industry In Hyderabad. The main focus of thesis is on rural industrialization. Her industrial work experience and the major interaction with many top officials in different industries motivated her to focus on rural industrialization.
She was associated with Vanita Mahavidyalaya for a long time. Teaching new papers and new courses is always an excitement and challenge also.
Since she has resided for long in the townships adjacent to forest and rural areas of Telangana, she observed there are many natural resources available to establish industries like cement and paper. Many private industrialists established such industries and facilitated rural industrialization. This has definitely helped in resolving the major social problem of unemployment. Rural industrialization also has facilitated in bringing massive social change. Thus her area of interest is rural industrialization.
Music is her passion. She is a Carnatic classical singer, light music singer and also plays Veena. Reading different religious books and quoting it her classes is her way of teaching.
Dr. D. Thirupathi, M.A.,M.Phil., Ph.D. Assistant Professor (c) View Profile
Dr. Deekonda Thirupathi is with Department of sociology, Nizam College since 2012.Earlier he was with Department of Sociology, Univarsity College of Arts and Social science, Osmania Univarsity from 2009 . He was awarded ph.D. In 2012 for his dissertation “Origin , Ideology and Empowerment of Weaker Sections - A Study of BSP In Uttar Pradesh “ . He teaches both UG and PG Course. He has PRA filed work experience since 2007 . I am visiting faculty at Centre for Distance Education, Osmania Univarsity. He has also worked as Research Investigators, Department of Sociology for six months in 2006 he was also a Project Fellow at ASIHSS , Department Of Sociology for four years from 2006-2011. His administrative experience includes A Hostel mess warden 2012-13, N. R .S. H Mess warden since 2013-14. He has presented about Ten research paper in various national and international conferences. He has published ten research papers in various journals, I am also Nizam College mess warden 2013 -14 , presently I am E2 mess warden
Dr. B.Y. Mamatha, MA,M.Phil,Phd UGC PDF View Profile
I have pursued M.A, M.Phil, PhD,PDF From Arts College, Osmania University. Her topic of research were “Socio Economic Conditional of Servant maids [A Sociological Study ofDomestic Working Girls in Hyderabad City]”. “ Educational Attainments and changing Status ofScheduled Caste Women ( A Sociology Study of Scheduled Caste women in Hyderabad City)”.she was a recipient of UGC Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for sc,st. presently she is faculty member in Department of Sociology, Nizam College and UGC PDF Research Scholar, Topic of research is “ Educational Attainments and changing Status of Scheduled Caste Women (A Comparitive Study of Scheduled Caste Women in Hyderabad and Mahaboobnagar Districts of Telangana Region)”She was also been selected for UGC Dr Radha Krishnan Post Doctoral Fellowship. Prior to this she worked in kasturba degree and pg college for Women, West Marredpally, Secunderabad as lecturer and head of department of sociology. She has presented and participated in various national and international seminars. She has publications in reputed journals
Dr Didgi Harshavardhan,MA,Phd, UGC- NET- JRF View Profile
Dr. Didgi Harshavardhan is with Department of Sociology, Nizam college from January 2020, Earlier he has done his Masters in Sociology from University of Hyderabad and awarded with Junior Research Fellowship (UGC NET-JRF) to pursue his PhD. He choose the prestigious Osmania University to undertake his PhD research with Topic ‘Impact of Civil Society Organization’s on Public Understanding of Science’ and awarded with Doctoral Degree in 2017. Later he joined as Faculty of Sociology in Sri Chaitanya Degree College, an affiliated college of Osmania university and worked there for two years. He got selected to Indian Council for Social Sciences Research (ICSSR) Post-Doctoral Fellowship for his proposal ‘Decoding Science Policy Resolutions of the Government Since Independence’ an Explorative Study, in 2019. He was a participant in Bergen Summer Research School (BSRS), conducted by University of Bergen, Norway in 2017 and completed a credit course with University of Bergen (UIB). He was associated with National University of Singapore (NUS) for a project on ‘Urban Cities, livability and sustainability’ under the Guidance of Prof. Tracy skeleton. He has presented a Research paper in prestigious All India Social Sciences Congress (AISSC) Young Social Scientists session held in Mangaluru in 2015. Besides academic institutions he also has teaching experience with civil services coaching before joining the University, he taught for Undergraduate and Post graduate Sociology courses and Sociology optional for Mains to Civils aspirants across institutes. His research interests includes Science and Society interface (STS), Indian society, Sociology of Education, Political Sociology and Sociology of Urbanization.
Profile of the Department
The Department of Sociology is one of the largest Departments in Nizam College offering both UG courses, PG courses, Career Oriented Add on courses. The Department of Sociology, Nizam College is an offshoot of the evolution, growth and development of ninety years of sociological endeavors in Osmania University. The important objectives of the courses offered are:
- To impart basic knowledge and values pertaining to social living through the various theoretical contents and practical exercises
- To sensitize the students about various issues of evolving social developments, social problems and social milieu.
- To provide a platform to the students to equip themselves to secure good careers and jobs along with a socially responsible attitude and action towards nation building
The department has introduced CBCS at both PG and UG level keeping in view the UGC and Parent department guidelines. As part of CBCS at PG level initially the department offered interdisciplinary papers like Sociology of Youth and Sociology of Education. The department had also offered compulsory Add on Course Community Work which not only brings awareness about community responsibility but also trains the students for careers in development sector. At UG level the department offers the following three papers:
- Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course (AECC) Human Values and Ethics
- Skill Enhancement Compulsory Course (SECC):
- Indian Society and Social Change
- Disaster Management
The department practices continuous evaluation by conducting one internal at UG level and two internals at PG level. Project works and seminar presentations are regular feature of the department.
Vision of the Department
Empower and develop citizenship among students by encouraging and fostering respect of diversity, sense of community, nation building and attainment of global perspectives.
The combinations offered by the Department of Sociology, Nizam College at UG level are
- Sociology, History, Geography
- Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy
- Sociology, Psychology, Marketing (Self Finance course)
- Sociology, Urdu, Persian
- Certificate Courses in Human Relations and Personality Development (January 2007).
- Diploma in Criminology and Correctional Administration (February 2007)
- Diploma in Development Management Studies and Development Research Methodologies (February 2009)
The PG centre at Nizam College emphasizes on Development and Participatory Research with field work in practical papers in MA Previous (PRA Field studies) and Final (Survey Method). Most significantly at PG level there is emphasis on student centered learning.
Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) is a form of participatory research, deeply rooted in participation. It is a method by which a researcher or research team can quickly and systematically collects information for the general analysis of a specific problem or issue, assessing the needs of a particular community or area. The students are taken for a weeklong fieldwork to an identified area with the assistance of an NGO, which is active in the region. The students with the assistance of field supervisors and the local community try to understand the area in all its facets using various PRA methods. The students themselves understand the socio-economic, geo-topographical, psycho-cultural set up of the area under the study. The experience and interaction with the community and their stay with the rural/tribal community is immensely enriching since they witness the grass root realities of the society. The various exercises of PRA can be facilitated only with community participation thus they realize the power in community participation, which definitely at a subconscious level makes them community sensitive, responsible and more participative.
In survey method students take up any research topic under the supervision of the faculty. The steps in survey include a brief review of literature, formulation of the questionnaire or an interview schedule on the basis of the type of the study. After the consolidation of the research tools, they collect the data from the field. After the fieldwork they tabulate, analyse and interpret the data. Then they write the report of the same. Survey as a tool of self-learning acts as a strong interface between the students and social issues, concerns and problems of the society. Data collection is a significant tool of exposure to diversity in the society.
The Department is offering 03 Add on Courses
All these three courses are interdisciplinary and are very popular among foreign students.
Present Administrative PositionMr. Aijaz-Ur-Rahman
- Incharge Head, Department of Sociology, Nizam College
- Assistant Coordinator, IQAC, Nizam College
- Course Coordinator, Certificate Course in Human Relations and Personality Development, Department of Sociology, Nizam College
- Member, Women Empowerment Cell, Nizam College
- Member, Research Committee, Nizam College
- Member, Psychological Center, Nizam College
- Member, Foreign Students Cell, Nizam College
- Coordinator, IQAC News Letter
- Coordinator, Foreign Students Cell, Nizam College
- Course Coordinator, Diploma in Criminology and Correctional Administration, Dept. of Sociology, Nizam College
- Member, IQAC, Nizam College
- Member, SC/ST Cell, Nizam College
- Member, Alumni Committee, Nizam College
- Coordinator, Cell For Differently Abled, Nizam College
- Course Coordinator, Diploma in Development Management Studies and Development Research Methodologies, Dept. of Sociology, Nizam College
- Member, IQAC, Nizam College
- Member, BC/OBC Cell, Nizam College
- Member, Alumni Committee, Nizam College
- Member, Grievance Redressal Cell, Nizam College
- Member, Psychological Center, Nizam College
- Member, SC/ST Cell, Nizam College
Programme Specific Outcomes and Course Outcomes
Programme Specific Outcomes
PSO1: Understand the basic concepts in Sociology and develop an understanding about macro and micro perspectives in Sociology
PSO2: Comprehend the various features of Indian Society and culture including unity in diversity; Indian social structure and understanding rural, urban and tribal India
PSO3: Develop an understanding of various aspects of doing social science research with focus on methodology; making research proposal, doing fieldwork and report writing
PSO4: Analyse the critical aspects of Sociology of Development and Planning, the development theories and the Planning system for development
PSO5: Understand the characteristics, social structure, institutions and problems of tribal community in India
PSO6: Develop an understanding about various aspects of Industry; Population studies
PSO7: Understand the philosophical foundations of Sociology and its application
PSO8: Evaluation of Development Policies