Department of Political Science

About

The Department of Politics started functioning at the under graduate general level since 1954 and at the special level since 1966. The department has been conducting the M.A Politics course since July 2002 and has been steadily and successfully achieving its objective. The Department was awarded the Best Department Award by the college in the year 2005-2006. The department hopes to achieve the same this year as well.

The faculty comprised of Prof. G.V Ambekar who headed the Department from 1954 to 1990. He was succeeded by Prof. S.G.Vaze who was the Head of the Department from 1990 to 1997. Since 1997 the Department is headed by Dr. Sharad Ghodke



Teaching Methodology

  • Use of Models.
  • Live models like mock parliament, mock corporation are used.
  • Extensive use of charts and maps especially for subjects like international politics, foreign policy, Comparative Politics and Government, Local Self Government

  • Student Strength

    The strength of the students at the U.G. and P.G. level of the department has always been good and is steadily on the rise year after year. The students come from all parts of India especially from the North East at the P.G. level. Following is the strength of the students at the U.G level and P.G level. The Male/Female category is approximately 40% males and 60% females. The open and reserved categories are according to the university prescribed rules. The Department has a lot of students from outside the state especially the North East. The approximate ratio of such students is 50% from states like Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and so on. The department also has three international students from Afganistan and Iran.

    Admission to the above mentioned courses are according to the rules prescribed by the University for the purpose. The criteria applied for admission is merit along with the quota for open and reserved categories.


    FUTURE PLANS

    To improve the quality of interaction with the students the department endeavours to start several new programmes.

  • The department wishes to be granted status as an M.Phil research center in the near future.
  • The department also wishes to start an M.A. in specialized courses. Since the area of specialization of the faculty is Public Administration, International Relations, the department wishes to start an M.A. in Public Administration and International Relations.
  • The department also wishes to start a diploma course in International Strategic Studies through which an effort will be made to analyse and develop a research base for the collection of data about conflict and war. Novel techniques fro conflict management and resolution will hope to be devised.
  • Most of the students of the department also wish to prepare for the MPSC and UPSC examinations. They hope to work as administrators in the near future. Keeping this in mind, the department wishes to jointly conduct an exercise with the institutions like the YASHADA where the students would be provided training of the latest management techniques. This knowledge and training would enable them to become good administrators in the near future.
  • The department will seek the participation of their students in the National Literacy mission. They would try to contribute in creating political awareness among the illiterate masses.