For Anupama Rai, a second-year MA student at the Department of Sociology (DoS), life took an unexpected but interesting turn when she became a part of the coveted Delhi School of Economics, or D-School as it is popularly known. After completing her graduation from Shyama Prasad Mukherji College, Rai was among the many hopefuls wanting to join one of the best departments of the University of Delhi.
She says, “Once you are inside this place, the pride associated with the rich history of the department motivates you to add to its glory. It is only when you study in premier institutions like this one that the entire equation of studying in DU changes. Getting a seat here has been a dream come true, and as it comes to an end… I plan to get into teaching.”
USP: The brand name, legacy and history of the institution are the strong points of the DoS
Programmes: MA in sociology (two-year postgraduate programme), MPhil in sociology (one-year research degree course), which begins in September. PhD in sociology is a four-year research degree course.
Faculty: There are about 21 faculty members
IT Quotient: The department is in the process of setting up a resource centre that can help take care of digitisation of its archives, dissertations and other material.
Infrastructure: The department is housed inside the Delhi School of Economics (DSE) building and students can make use of all the facilities available on campus. The Ratan Tata Library is one of the best in the university with a rich collection of books on the subject of sociology and allied disciplines. The library has acollection of around 1.5 lakh volumes and subscribes to many renowned Indian and international journals, magazines and newspapers. The classrooms are quite airy and the institute has a green open space, which is quite popular with the students. The department has its own placement cell which also helps organise field and industry visits for students.
Clubs and Societies: Postgraduate programmes are quite rigorous and don’t leave the students with much time to hone their extracurricular talents. In fact, extracurricular activities are heavily inclined towards supplementing academics. Movies and issue-based documentaries are screened frequently on campus. Guest lectures and seminars on issues making the headlines have also been organised recently.
Since fieldwork is an integral part of the syllabi, many students devote a lot of time to it. Apart from this, the Sociological Research Colloquium is an important event in which researchers, students and scholars from across the globe participate.
Studentspeak: “Academics and faculty interactions are the strengths of DoS. The guidance and motivation you receive here compels you to do well. Just the feeling of being associated with the D-School is priceless,” says Monica Yadav, a second-year MA student at the department.
The department of sociology was established by the University of Delhi in 1959 as a constituent of the Delhi School of Economics. To begin with, the department trained students for two courses: MA and PhD. In 1968, the department was recognised as a Centre of Advanced Study in Sociology by the University Grants Commission. From its very inception, the department has encouraged students to actively participate in discussions in order to learn through debate. To supplement classroom interaction between teacher and MA students through lectures, the department has an active MA tutorial programme
“I wish the student-teacher interaction in college could be made better. Since it is a research-focused institute, at times, you really need your teachers around you. Though most of the times they are there, it needs to be more intense,” says a student who doesn’t wish to be named