Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University. Formerly known as nagpur university. Accredited with grade A by NACC

Department of Sociology

About us

The Department of Sociology was established in the year 1964 with Professor B.G. Mohoni, an ardent scholar in and exponent of Indian Society, as its founder head. Then in the year 1965, Dr. T.N. Valunjkar, an expert in classical sociological tradition and a student of Professor Irawati Karve, a pioneering figure in Indian Sociology, took over the charge of the department from Professor B.G. Mohoni as Professor and head. He nurtured the department and took care of it for over 18 long years before leaving for Pune University in the year 1983. The department was again looked after by Professor B.G. Mohoni till Dr. P.L. Bhandarkar, a brilliant scholar in all branches and streams of sociological theory, a teacher par excellence and a keen researcher in multidisciplinary fields, who also became the Vice-Chancellor of Nagpur University in 1990, joined the department and assumed its responsibility as Professor and head in the year 1985. After Dr. Bhandarkar was offered the post of Director, Academic Staff College, by the then Vice-Chancellor in 1988, the department was left to be taken care of by Dr. T.G. Meshram. Subsequently, in the year 1996, Dr. P.S. Bobde, a senior faculty of Hislop College’s Sociology Department joined the department as Professor and head and continued to work for the academic development of the department till Dr. B.K. Swain assumed the onus of the department as the head in the year 2001. Since then the department is being looked after by Dr. Swain. All the above persons in their capacity as Professor and head have put in utmost efforts in providing academic leadership for the growth and development of the department. Over the years the department has maintained the of excellence in teaching, research and personal guidance to students for career choice and advancement. The department has more than 4000 alumnus spread over the country, engaging in varied professional, administrative, business, teaching and research assignments.

The department of sociology since its inception in 1964 started operating from the University library building at Ramdaspeth, Nagpur, and continued to be there till the present University campus came into existence and became ready to house it along with all other P.G. Departments during the academic session 1971-1972. The department started with P.G. two years programme of traditional/annual pattern. Initially, the syllabus comprised only eight compulsory papers, four in each year. This practice of teaching only compulsory papers i.e. restricting the scope of sociology to few selected areas and thereby disallowing the students to get exposed to diverse and varied fields or areas of their interest was continued till 2011. In 2012, when University introduced and implemented the semester pattern examination, the syllabi of the department went through significant changes in the direction of incorporating the latest advances in the discipline of sociology. Each of the four semesters now contains two compulsory papers and two groups of optional papers, thus leaving a greater leeway for students to have broad choice to opt for a paper of their interest.

Over the passage of time research has been much emphasized along with the class room teaching. There has a considerable change in the techniques and methods of teaching. No more the teachers depend solely on the teaching directly supported by writing on blackboard certain keywords or points relating to certain issues or phenomena or subject matter under discussion. The teachers now are using more extensively the facilities like class room interactive boards and power point presentations to make teaching more effective and fruitful. In addition, the departmental workshops, student seminars and lectures delivered by the invited guest faculty go a long way in keeping the students in touch with the emerging issues and problems having societal concerns.


M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Sociology

Any Graduate is eligible for M.A. in Sociology

Admission & Eligibility / Procedure

Intake : 60 Students

Procedure : Centralize admission


Dr. B. K. Swain
Dr. B. K. Swain
Professor & Head, Dept. of Sociology, RTM Nagpur University
Qualifications:- M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D., (Sociology), M.A. (Eco), DIRPM.

Teaching experience :- 33 years.

Dr. B.K. Swain is at present Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur. He obtained his Master’s degree, M. Phil and Ph.D. in Sociology from the Department of Sociology, Nagpur University. He has 33 years of teaching and 30 years of research experience in sociology. The core areas of his interest include Classical, Modern and Critical Theories, Social Change, Mobility and Development, Women’s Studies, Sociology of Ageing, Sociology of Leisure and Work, and Methodology in Social Research. He has authored two books, one on “Changing Occupational Structure in Vidarbha, India”, published by Himalaya Publishing House, Mumbai, and the other on “Child Labour in India”, published by Dattsons, Nagpur. He has contributed several research papers to various research journals in India. By now, twelve scholars have already obtained doctoral degree on various problem areas in sociology under his supervision, with eight more still pursuing research under him for the same degree. Dr. Swain has presented two research papers in international conferences, one at the International Sociological Association’s World Congress of Sociology at Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2010, and the other at Palermo University, Italy, in 2011. Besides Sweden and Italy, he has visited the other countries like Norway, Finland and Denmark. He has been regularly presenting research papers in All India Sociological Conferences and delivering keynote addresses in various national and state level seminars hosted by various Universities and colleges in different states in the country. He has been also frequently invited for chairing technical sessions and delivering talks at the all India, national and state level seminars. He has been regularly organizing state and national level seminars and workshops on the themes involving societal concerns, issues and problems. So far he has organized three national and three state level seminars, one international conference, two University level seminars and four workshops, besides regularly organizing students’ seminars for last five years. He has to his credit a national seminar proceeding on “Female Foeticide in India: A Moving Trend” and an international conference proceeding on “Ageing Through the Ages: From Past to Present and Future”, both published by Dattsons, Nagpur. He is being regularly invited by various Universities as a member of RRC, examination committee and selection committee for recruitment of various faculty positions of the teaching department. He has completed two research projects sanctioned by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi. He is a life member of various professional bodies like Indian Sociological Society, Marathi Samaj Sashtra Parishad, Indian Society of Human Rights, International Sociological Association and International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Sociology of Leisure.

Dr. Ashok T. Borkar
Dr. Ashok T. Borkar
Assistant Professor (Sr.) (CAS pending promotion from 8th Aug.2017as Associate Prof.)

Dr. Ashok T. Borkar is currently Assistant Professor at Department of Sociology, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University. He did his Master’s degree in sociology from Hislop College, Nagpur, and obtained a Ph.D. in the same subject from Nagpur University. He has 18 years of teaching and 16 years of research experience to his credit. His areas of interest cover Gender Studies, Sociology of Human Rights, Subaltern Studies, Tribal Studies, Sociology of Social Movements and Sociology of Social Change and Development. He has published a book entitled ‘Deceptive Development of Deprived: A case study of Korkus of Melghat’. The book is written in Marathi language. He has few research publications to his credit. He has presented twenty two papers in national seminars and six in international conferences/seminars. He organized one national round table conference entitled, ‘Naxal in Indian State’ in 2010. He completed one short-term major project, funded by NTPC Mouda, entitled: Assessment Survey of Project Affected Peoples of NTPC Mouda, Nagpur, funded by NTPC Mouda, in 2008-09. He is one of the founding members as well as the editor of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Policy Research and Action (IPRA). He is the life member of Marathi Samaj Sashtra Parishad and Indian Sociological Society. Several scholars are pursuing research for doctoral degrees under his supervision.

Regular Teaching Faculty

  1. Dr. B. K. Swain, Professor and Head of the Department: [email protected] 9422823634 (M); 8446471622 (M)
  2. Dr. A.T. Borkar, Senior Assistant Professor: [email protected] ; 9423105784 (M); 8605452062 (M)

Faculty on contract basis

  1. Dr. Nitin Kayarkar, Assistant Professor.

Faculty on Clock hour basis (Contributory)

  1. Ashwin Dharkar
  2. Amita Mahatale
  3. Rahul Raut

Student Diversity:

The student diversity has been given in the following table:

Student Diversity
Sr. No. Year Open SC ST OBC VJ/NT/SBC Northeast Minority Physically Challenged
1. 2014-2015 06 29 04 13 04 04 05 00
2. 2015-2016 06 25 02 22 04 04 05 02
3. 2016-2017 09 20 07 15 08 00 01 04
4. 2017-2018 05 23 05 18 09 00 01 00
5. 2018-2019 04 23 05 20 08 01 01 00

Class Room:Four, including one smart class room


The department has been persistently engaged in research activities in terms of guiding the students for their M.A. and Ph.D. dissertation as well as pursuing and completing minor and major research projects. At present one minor project sponsored by the University is being pursued by one of the faculties of the department.

Departmental Association

The departmental association exists in the form of alumni association. However, the alumni association is unregistered and hence informal. But annually the association holds a meeting and maintains the proceeding/minutes of the meeting.

Departmental Association
Illustrious Allumni Achievement
1. Dr. Samir Chakraborty

Director, Institute of Social Science, Nagpur.

2. Dr. Pradeep Aglave

Headed the Department of Ambedkar Thought for long time and then became Professor of Ambedkar Chair. Has published many books in Sociology and Ambedkar thought.

3.Dr. Ajay Gondane

I.F.S. Officer

4.Geeta Hiranwar

Head, Dept. of Sociology, L.A.D. College, Nagpur. Has co-authored a book for U.G. Course.

5.Ms. Jasdeep Sihota

Working as freelance worker in Toronto, Canada.

6.Dr. Sadhana Lanjewar

Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Hislop college. She is a recognized Ph.D. guide of the University. Three students have submitted Ph.D. Theses and four are pursuing research under her guidance at present. Has published a book on her research.

7.Dr. Praddep Meshram

Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, J.M. Patel College, Bhandara. He is a recognized Ph.D. guide of the University. Two scholars have submitted Ph.D. dissertation under him and one is continuing his work. Has published a book on his research. Has published many papers in journals and edited books. Has also co-authored two text books for U.G. courses. and presented papers in international conferences. He is members in B.O.S. in Sociology and Ordinance draft committee.

8.Dr. Sanjay Dudhe

Associate prof. &Head of the Dept. of Sociology, Koradi College, Nagpur. Served as Chairman B.O.S. in Sociology, Members of Faculty of Social Science and RRC. Presently serving as member of B.O.S. in Sociology, Academic Council, Teacher Welfare Committee and as the Chairman of Divyang Committee. He is also the General Secretary of Shikshan Manch, Nagpur. Has authored two books relating to sociology and co-authored two books for U.G. courses.

9.Dr. Vijay Bhange

Head of Sociology Department in a Social Work college in Nagpur. Has published a book on his research. Seven scholars have been awarded Ph.D. degrees under his guidance.

10.Dr. B. M. Karahade

Principal, Aniket College of Social Work, Wardha. Has published more than ten text books for U.G. and P.G. courses widely read by students in the whole of Mharashtra. He is the founder President of Vidarbha Marathi Samaj Shastra Parishad.

11. Dr. Vinayak Irpate

Principal, Mahatma Gandhi Arts & Commerce College, Parsoeni, Nagpur. Has served as Registrar, Gondwana University, Maharashtra. Member of BOS in Sociology and Academic Council, RTM Nagpur University.

12.Dr. Arvind D. Joshi

Head, Dept. of Sociology, C.P. and Berar College, Nagpur. Has served as Registrar, Kavi Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Nagpur. Has published three text books for U.G. and P.G. courses


  1. Organized one International Conference, One State level seminar, three students’ seminar and seven students’ workshop
  2. Organized three Labhsetwar Lecture Series
  3. Invited five UGC visiting Fellows
  4. Organized three Refresher Courses
  5. Produced five Doctorate Degrees
  6. Produced thirteen merit students with one Gold Medal
  7. Six students have qualified for NET/SET
  8. Two students have qualified for JRF/SRF