Studentís Profile

Aardra Surendran
She has completed Bachelor of Arts from Christ College, Bangalore University and  Master of Arts in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, M.Phil from CSSS/SSS/JNU;  dissertation titled Women’s Work and Technology in Rural India: A Survey of Approaches,  submitted on 25 July 2011. Areas of interest: Gender, Labour, Political Sociology, Sociology of Science and Technology, Agrarian Studies. Papers Presented: From Citizen to Consumer: The Trajectory of Policy, Technological Change and Rural Female Labour in India at the XIII IAWS National Conference on Women’s Studies, titled ‘Resisting Marginalizations, Challenging Hegemonies:  Re-visioning Gender Politics’ at Wardha, Maharashtra,21-24 January 2011.

Anasua Chatterjee
She has done her Bachelors in Sociology from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta (2004-07) and her M.A (2007-09) and MPhil (2009-11) in Sociology from the Centre for Study of Social Systems, JNU, New Delhi. Currently she is a provisional PhD candidate at the Center.  She has worked under the supervision of Professor Surinder Singh Jodhka on the issues of Community and Citizenship in the Indian context and her MPhil dissertation, which was titled ‘Community, State and Citizenship: Identity and Assertion among the Muslims of West Bengal’. Her PhD thesis would largely be an extension of the same area. Her academic interests include: Political Sociology (Communities and Identities, Social Exclusion, Citizenship and Development); Multiculturalism and Religious Minorities (Muslim communities of India).

Anubhav Sengupta
He has completed his graduation from University of Calcutta and his post-graduation, M.Phil from JNU in Sociology. His area of interest largely includes political sociology , sociology of knowledge and sociological theory. The dissertation in M.Phil is chiefly a theoretical work titled, “Theorising State, Community and Subject: A Study of the Adivasi Resistance in Lalgarh, West Bengal”. He has presented a paper in the All India Sociological Conference, 2010 held in Cuttack, Orissa on the theme of violence and social change; have co-authored a paper to be published by ICSSR. 

B. Lalzarliana
BA History (Hons.) St. Stephen’s College, DU, 2000-2003
MA Sociology JNU 2003-2005
M.Phil Sociology JNU 2005-2007
PhD Sociology JNU 2007-Till Date
Title: Confronting the Metropolis: A Study of Northeast Students in Delhi
Research Interest: Post-Colonial studies, Identity, Urbanism, Cyber-culture, Theology, Education and Social Change.
1. Lalzarliana, B., 2009, Self-determination and the case of Mizoram State Paper presented at Asia Indigenous People’s Workshop on Self Determination, September 6-8, 2009, Dhulikhel, Karve, Nepal.
2. Lalzarliana, B., 2010, Northeast Students in Delhi: A Fieldworker’s Perspective Paper presented at National Seminar on Social Research on North East India: Issues and Challenges 25-26 February 2010 Organized by North East India Studies Programme, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
3. Lalzarliana, B., 2011, Governor, Missionaries and Chiefs: Critical analysis of colonial education system in Mizoram Paper presented at Global Conclave of Young Scholars of Indian Education 27-29 January 2011 Organised by National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi.

MPhil 2011-2013
Post-Graduation- M.A Sociology CSSS/SSS JNU New Delhi - Batch 2009-2011
Graduation - B.A programme, RamjasCollege ,Delhi University - 2007- 2009
Area of Interest- Development and Displacement studies, Religion and society, Tribal studies, Gender studies.
Currently working for MPhil dissertation on the development and displacement studies, specifically the case of Tehri Dam in Uttrakhand

Bhakti Patil
Having completed the bachelor’s programme (B.A) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai in Anthropology-Sociology, Bhakti joined the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, JNU for the Master’s degree in Sociology. Continuing at the Centre as a part of the M.Phil-Ph.D programme, Bhakti submitted M.Phil Dissertation (titled Ahimsa and the Method: Rethinking Reflexivity for a Moral Science) under the supervision of Prof. Avijit Pathak, in July 2010, and currently is enrolled into the Ph.D programme at CSSS. Bhakti’s research interests include: the sociology of knowledge; Gandhian philosophy in reference to the possibilities of an emancipatory theory of knowing, the idea of ahimsa and the epistemic pertinence of the same; the development discourse; social science methodology and sociological theory.

Binira Kansakar
Binira Kansakar originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, has spent the last two decades in India for her academic endeavours. She completed her secondary schooling from St. Helen’s (Kurseong) and Higher Secondary from Mayo College (Ajmer). She graduated in Sociology from Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi University) and completed her Masters from our very own institution.
She completed her M.Phil in Sociology (2011) under the supervision of Dr.Renuka Singh. Her dissertation entitled, ‘Trafficking in Women: With special reference to Nepal’, is a situational analysis of Nepal depicting the seriousness and the fast pace of growth of this heinous crime today. Currently, pursuing her Ph.D., she aims to delve deeper into gender related issues, where her major domain of interest lies.
Professionally, she has explored her interests through organizations like Public Health Foundation of India, Action Aid, Jamghat, Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN), SAMA (resource group for women) and has also been part of the National Social Service Scheme.

Deepti Mehrotra
She is a PhD student in her first semester. Her area of interests includes sociology of health and its psycho-somatic manifestations; Indian Social Concepts and Systems; Education in India; Mass Media and social change, etc. I believe in supporting theories with a nuanced fieldwork.
1. Dharma: An alternative paradigm to development, National Conference on, “Rural India in a Global Village: Issues and Perspectives”, P G Government College for Girls, Chandigarh, 2010
2. Religion as a metaphysical healing system: An inquiry into the alternative healing traditions of India, under “Peoples’ health and Quality of Life”, XXXIV Indian Social Science Congress, Gauhati University, 2010
3. Mass Media in a democracy: Illusion and Reality, Paper to be presented in the XXXVII All India Sociological Conference, J.N.U, 2011

Devanjan Khuntia
Devanjan has graduated in English Literature from Delhi University. He is a trained Journalist and has worked with leading electronic media news channels like ZEE News and Doordarshan as a reporter after completing Post Graduation in Radio and TV Journalism. He has also worked in Development Sector as Communication Specialist. After completing MA in Rural Development from IGNOU he has joined MPhil-PhD programme at Centre for the Study of Social Systems at School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Gayatri completed her Bachelors in Sociology from St. Xaviers College, Mumbai in 2007 and went on to complete a Masters in Sociology from Pune University by 2009. Following this she enrolled for an M.Phil programme in JNU and submitted her dissertation was titled ‘Contested Modernity: The Question of Caste’ in 2011. she is currently enrolled in her first year of PhD. Her research interests include- Caste and Gender issues in contemporary India, as well as Political Sociology. In her M.Phil dissertation she looked at theories on caste and modernity, analysing it from a historical perspective.

  1. ‘Fade in …Fade Out: Mapping the Emergence and Disappearance of the Vamp on the Terrain of Hindi Cinema’ in Exploring the Popular: Texts, Identities and Politics, (Pune: Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Center, 2008)
  2. Contributed to ‘Isn’t this Plate Indian? Dalit Memories and Histories about Food’, (Pune: Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Center, 2009)

She has also attended a UGC sponsored national seminar on State, Democracy and Citizenship held in the University of Pune in February 2011 where she presented a paper titled ‘Enumerating Citizens: Engaging with the Politics of Counting Caste’.

Imtirenla Longkumer
Currently pursuing PhD from Center for the Study of Social Systems, under the supervision of Prof. Susan Visvanathan on the topic “Material Culture of the Ao Nagas: A Study of their Costumes and Jewellery”, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
M.Phil. (Sociology), Center for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2005-2007), India.
M.A. (Sociology), Center for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2003-2005), India.
B.A. (Political Science), Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, New Delhi (2000-2003), India.

Irfanullah Farooqi
Irfanullah Farooqi is from Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. After finishing his school with science in 2000, he pursued undergrad in arts from University of Delhi. In 2004 he joined the MA Sociology programme at JNU followed by M Phil (2006-2008) from the same department on the poetry of Faiz Ahmad Faiz. Currently, He is pursuing his doctoral research on the evolution of Muhammad Iqbal’s thought. As a student of sociology he is primarily interested in sociology of knowledge, literature, and religion, historical sociology, biography, culture studies, media and cinema. The title of his Doctoral Thesis is - From Universalism to Muslim Separatism: A Sociological Inquiry into the Evolution of Muhammad Iqbal’s Thought. He has presented in two national and one international conference. Apart from an article on the poetry of Faiz Ahmad Faiz, he has done three book reviews. Besides, a story titled The Cost to Understanding has been selected for 2011 short story anthology. He is a recipient of UGC-JRF. Moreover, he was selected for DAAD fellowship to consult a senior Professor in Germany regarding some of the crucial issues in his doctoral research work.

Jagsir Singh
Jagsir Singh is a third year (PhD) student of the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, JNU, New Delhi. He is pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Professor Anand Kumar. He did his Masters from Punjabi University, Patiala and M.phil from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab. He got admission at the centre on 10.08.2009 in direct PhD course. He worked as a project fellow in the UGC sponsored Special Assistance Programme, at the Department of Sociology, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar for the period of July 2007 to March, 2009. He presented more than a dozen papers in national/international seminars and conferences. He participated in three national workshops on Research Mythology sponsored by ICSSR, New Delhi. He is a Life Member (No. 2840) of Indian Sociological Society (ISS), New Delhi and Northern-Western Indian Sociological Association (NWISA), Chandigarh. His main area of interest is Social Inequality, Poverty, Social Stratification, and Urban Sociology.      

Kamalini Mukherjee
She finished her graduation in Sociology (Hons.) from Presidency College, Calcutta and then Master's in Sociology from J.N.U, and continued to work on Sociology of Culture during her M.Phil (M.Phil thesis: Counterculture, Youth & the Music of Protest). As of now she is perusing the idea of looking at Counterculture through diverse perspectives for her PhD. 
Her area of academic interest is primarily Cultural Analysis of Social phenomena, "Protest Music" being one. Also, bordering on Queer Studies, is the proposed subject of her PhD thesis, where again she shall dwell in the cultural manifestations, stereotype parameters, ostracizing histories and participation. The title of the dissertation is yet to be finalized, but as proposed stands: HIjras: Transgender Identity and the Politics of Counterculture.
She is currently editing her first independent film project (also her third film-media involvement). Based in fiction it deals with the social issue of prostitution and its related crises. After which, she shall begin work on her more serious documentary projects in Delhi and Calcutta. She is also an avid photographer and am in the process of participating in another exhibition of amateur urban photography, Mayadarpan.

M. Kamminthang
M. Kamminthang is a PhD research scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University currently working on Taming ‘Bird Flu’: a Sociological Study of an Epizootic Disease. He had completed an MPhil dissertation on Empire of Risk. Terror, Virulence and the Apocalypse in the year 2007. His area of interest is in Sociology of Medicine and Sociology of Risk.
Presented a paper titled Social Autopsy of Disaster: Terror, Vulnerability and Risk Reduction at the International Conference on “Re-Examining Disaster, Recovery and Reconstruction: Social Science Perspectives on the Tsunami” held on 14th  and 15th January, 2008 at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Presented a paper titled Taming ‘Bird Flu’: Risk, Rhetoric and Symbolism at the Doctoral Colloquium held on 15th January, 2009 at the Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context, Karl Jaspers Centre, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Presented a paper titled Taming ‘Bird Flu’: A Sociological Study of an Epizootic Disease at the Doctoral Colloquium held on 22nd January, 2009 at the Global Studies Programme, Institute for Sociology, University of Freiburg, Germany.
Presented a paper titled A Sociological Study of an Epizootic Disease in Rural West Bengal at the PhD Research Scholar’s Seminar held on 31st March, 2009 at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Will present a paper titled Avian Flu as Transnational Risk: Risk Communication, Perception, and Translation in Rural West Bengal, India at the International Conference on “Asia-Europe Forum Methods and Perspectives on Risk Analysis” to be held on 17th and 18th November, 2011 at Hong Kong Advanced Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Studies, City University of Hong Kong.
~ Won a prestigious three month fellowship at the Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context, University of Heidelberg (from 1st November, 2008 to 30th January, 2009) for a research proposal submitted in a competitive bid for PhD/ doctoral students.
~ Selected for the Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship on 8th November, 2006.
~ Cleared the University Grants Commission - National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) examination held on 31st December, 2005.

Kiran Sharma
Kiran Sharma is a PhD Scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She received the Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) degree in Sociology from JNU and did her Graduation, Post Graduation from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Her research interests include issues related to Poverty, Inequality, Urban Development and Neo-liberal Globalization. The title of her Ph.D thesis is “CHANGING PROFILE OF POVERTY AND FOOD SECURITY: A CASE STUDY OF JHARKHAND” under the supervision of Prof. Anand Kumar. She published a book entitled ‘Changing Profile of Urban Poverty in Jharkhand: A Sociological Study’, published by Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, (2011), ISBN Number: 978-3-8465-2449-7.

Kolika Mitra
Kolika Mitra is from Kolkata, West Bengal. She did her graduation in Sociology from St.Xavier’s College, Kolkata and her Masters in the same from Hyderabad Central University and currently doing her M.Phil in the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU. She is interested in Religion, Spiritualism, Youth Movements, Counter Culture, Popular Culture, Folk Studies, Cinema Studies, and would like to research in areas of Spiritualism, Identity and Power Structures. She wants to be a documentary film maker and pursue research through the camera. She has worked on the Naxalite Movement, Folk Cultural Traditions in Bengal, Refugee Identities in Hyderabad, Muslims in China among others. She loves music, travelling and writing poetry.

Konchok Paldan
Konchok Paldan is from Ladakh. Konchok did come to JNU to pursue M.Phil in the year 2006 and currently is pursuing Ph.D. Konchok completed M.Phil in the year 2009, titled “Tribes in Transition: A Study of the Boto Tribe of Ladakh” under the supervision of Prof. Tiplut Nongbri, where Konchok looked into the various aspects of the Boto tribe of Ladakh in specific and the seven other tribes of Ladakh in general. The effort was to understand the Ladakhi society from a tribal context and how it differs from other tribes in India. Presently, he is pursuing Ph.D entitled, “Exploring Society, Culture and Politics: A Sociological Study of the Border Villages of Ladakh”. He is looking into the various aspects of the four border villages on Indo-Pak border in Ladakh.

Kunnath Basil Philip
Kunnath Basil Philip has been a student at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems since 2006. Kunnath completed my MA at the centre in the year 2008, and MPhil in 2010. Kunnath areas of research interest are sociology of religion, history and sociology of science. My MPhil dissertation was titled ‘Christianity, Modernity, Sociology: An Ideological History’, involved a study of the Christian theological and cultural background of modern Western sociology. Kunnath’s current research for PhD thesis investigates how the both the ontology and methodology of modern sociology derives from developments broadly traceable back to medieval European astronomy and astrology.

Kusum Lata
Kusum Lata is pursuing Ph.D. from CSSS/SSS, JNU on "Ideology and Television-Mediated Culture: A Sociological Study of Select Hindi Soap Operas". Her M.Phil from Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi was titled "Representation of Womanhood on television: A sociological study of the Indian Soap Opera"
Fellowship Awarded: Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) awarded Media Fellowship in the year 2007 on the topic of "Notions of Family, Gender and Nation in TV Serials: A Case Study of Three Popular Serials"
Articles Published: ‘Reconstruction of the Intimate in Indian Soap Opera: a Study of Hindi Soap Opera’, in Wako, Asato and Kaoru Aoyama (eds.). 2009. Reconstruction of the Intimate and Public Spheres, Kyoto University

Madhuparna Das
Madhuparna Das is an M.Phil-PhD scholar of Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences. She has done her M. Phil under the supervision of Dr.Nilika Mehrotra, CSSS. Her M. Phil dissertation was titled “Gender, Food and Domesticity in West Bengal”. She has volunteered in a National Conference on “Exploring Disability experience in Social Sciences Research”organized by Dr.NilikaMehrotra, Centre for the study of social systems, school of social sciences, 2011. She has also been involved with extracurricular activities that include being involved with the NSS society through the project ‘Vidya’ during her college years in the Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi University. Her hobbies are painting, reading and exploring different cuisines. In the coming years she wants to be actively involved with research work, especially on oral texts of women, in Assam.

Mohammad Mahdi  
Educational Background





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Shahid Beheshti University (National University of Iran)









Jawaharlal Nehru University
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New Delhi - India

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C. Teaching and Research Background (since 1995)
1. Teaching in the department of social sciences (faculty of social sciences and management) at the Islamic Azad University (North Tehran Branch) since 1997 as a faculty member (full time lecturer)
2. Establishing a small private firm with the purpose of conducting sociological research (mainly survey research) since 1998.
3. Contribution in national survey on 'the values and attitudes of Iranians' (executive manager for Zahedan Province)
4. Contribution in designing and implementing a national survey on the election behavior in 32 urban zones (6th election of The Iranian National Council)
5. Contribution in implementing a national survey on ethnical identities and their relationship with national identity
6. Designing and implementation of a survey research on audience (students and teachers) opinion of ROSHD (teaching aid) magazines
7. Contribution in designing and implementing a survey research about participants' opinion in the festival of ROSHD (teaching aid) books
8. Documentation, analysis, and report of 64000 questionnaires belonging to training-research project of Young Couples (improvement of behavior patterns and marital satisfaction of young couples) - (uncompleted project)
9. Designing a model to analyze contentment regarding a daily newspaper (Hamshahri Newspaper)
10. Designing and implementation of a survey research about job satisfaction at Iranian Carbon Firm
11. Designing a model for measurement and pathology of 'Economics of Culture' (a study about economic aspects of cultural activities and industries)
12. Contribution in designing a national survey research about effects of rural industrial locations on decreasing peasants' poverty. 
13. Designing and implementation of a survey research about piousness and life satisfaction among university students.
14. Head of social sciences group (faculty of social sciences and management at the Islamic Azad University: North Tehran Branch) from September 2006 to April 2009.
15. Training deputy of social sciences and management faculty at the Islamic Azad University (North Tehran Branch) from September 2006 to April 2009.

D. Area of Academic interests

  • Quantitative research methods
  • Analyzing data using SPSS and LISREL
  • Behavioral sociology and action theory
  • Comparative sociology
  • Development theories

Mahima Nayar
Mahima Nayar currently pursuing Ph.D (joined in 2008) with Dr Nilika Mehrotra
Academic Training
M.Phil In Psychiatric Social Work, 2004-2006, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore
Masters In Social Work, 2001-2003 Specialization in Family and Child Welfare, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai
Bachelor Of Arts , Psychology Hons Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University 1998-2001
Work Experience
Crisis Intervention Counsellor in Swanchetan Society for Mental Health, Delhi, December 2006- July 2008.
Stop Trafficking & Oppression of Children & Women, Delhi, July 2003-April 2004/ Counsellor & Field Officer.
Area of interest
Gender Issues 
Mental Health

Title of thesis: ‘A Sociological study of psychosocial distress amongst women in a resettlement colony, Delhi’

  • 2010 ‘Exploring Resilience of Women Living with Husbands Who are Alcohol Dependent’ In Women and Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health And Neurosciences, Bangalore, School Of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore And Flinders University, Adelaide, K. Sekar D. Muralidhar and M. N Vranda)
  • 2010 ‘Narratives of wives living with persons with alcohol dependence- Why do they stay in violent marital relationships? In Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology’, 37(1): 37-45. (With D. Muralidhar, M.N Vranda, Pratima Murthy, B.N. Gangadhar and A. Jagdish)
  • 2010 Review of Renu Addlakha, Deconstructing Mental Illness: Ethnography of Psychiatry, Women and Family for Indian Anthropologist Vol 40(2), July- December 2010.
  • 2009 In the Shadow of Alcohol- Women’s experiences from Bangalore in Indian Anthropologist , Volume 39, Number 1 & 2.
  • 2008 Theories of violence against women - National Journal of Professional Social Work, Vol-9, Number 1-2, (with D. Muralidhar and M.N Vranda).
  • 2006 Family Support Groups in Contemporary Social Work Vol XXIII (With Dr Prakashi Rajaram and Meena K.S).

Papers Presented

  • ‘Exploring women’s mental health issues in poor urban households’ presented in International Conference on Mega Urbanization and Human Rights: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities, Feb 14-16, 2011.
  • ‘Identifying Informants or Labelling: Methodological Concerns’ presented in National Conference on Exploring Disability Experience in Social Science Research, March 2011.
  • ‘Power of the Field- Reflections on Field Work Improvisations’, presented in Ph.D Seminar in School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, March 2010.
  • ‘Exploring resilience of women living with husbands who are alcohol dependent’, presented in International Conference on Women and Mental Health – October, 2010.

Manushi belongs to the Jodhpur District of Rajasthan, who graduated (B.Sc) from Jodhpur, Rajasthan in 2001 and has a Post Graduate degree in Mass Communication and Journalism in 2006 from, Assam University, Silchar. Manushi completed M.Phil from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar National Institute of Social Sciences, MHOW, Indore (M.P) in 2009. Now, as a PhD scholar Manushi is working on Information and Communication Technologies and Information Flow: A Comparative Study of Two Villages of Gurgaon District of Haryana.
Manushi worked as a University Correspondent for two years (2004 -2006) in a Hindi weekly News Paper in Silchar, and also worked for two years (2006 -2008) as a Research Assistant in Communication Research Department in Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. 
Paper Published:
Patterns of Internet Users among the Youth has published in a book comprising of selected Research Papers presented in the Seminar organized by Dept. of Sociology, Govt. P.G College, Snawad, District Khargon (M.P) during February7-8, 2009 on Impact of Information Technology on Indian Society, Economy and Politics.
Role of Press in Social Awakening in Pre- Independence India has published in Social Science Gazetteer ,Volume 4, No.2 , July – December 2009

Muhammed Madappalli
Academic Qualification:
M Phil in Sociology from JNU , New Delhi , 67
M.A. in Sociology  from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh ,UP
B.A. in Sociology from Calicut University ,Calicut ,Kerala

Major Academic Achievements:

  • Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) by UGC, Govt. of India
  • University Merit scholarship at MA level from Aligarh Muslim University, UP, India
  • Member in expert committee for the research manual preparation for Darul Huda Islamic University, Kerala
  • Worked as research assistant for project under NCERT, Delhi
  • Worked as module content developer for School of Distance Education under University of Calicut
  • Paper on ecological vulnerability and social injustice presented in international conference held at Kottayam, Kerala
  • Paper presented in Kerala sociological Conference held at Trivandrum
  • Paper presented in the seminar, Centre for Arabic and African Studies, JNU, New Delhi
  • Article Published in the ethnographic monograph on Delhi

Work experience
Lecturer in Farook College, Calicut University
lecturer in Darul Huda Islamic University, Chemmad, Kerala, India
lecturer in GVEM School ,Kerala
lecturer for unprivileged students under NGO, Delhi

Neha Ojha
Neha Ojha is currently in her 4th year of PhD, working under the supervision of Dr. Renuka Singh. Her research interests include Gender Studies, Gender Violence, Ethnic Violence, and Urban sociology. Her PhD thesis is entitled “Violence and Ethnicity: A Case Study of Kandhamal, Orissa”. She was invited to present my paper entitled “Emergent Urban Research and Theorization Agendas” in the First World Social science Forum, held in Bergen, Norway in May, 2009. her work was focused on India, with specific references to urban poverty, sustainable development, rural development and migration. She was also invited to attend the International Conference on Science and Spirituality (a working residential week) in Cortona, Italy in June 2009, and the subsequent conference in Hyderabad, India in November 2010.

Niharika Mohapatra
Niharika Mohapatra is a Ph.D Research Scholar in the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her Ph.D research area is disaster studies and her thesis is titled “Gender and Disaster Management in the Context of Orissa Super Cyclone”.
Papers Presented:
Presented Paper titled, “The Problems Induced by Constructed Environment: A Case of the September 2011 Floods in Orissa, India, in the 2nd International Conference on Constructed Environment, 29th -30th October 2011, University Center, Chicago, USA.
Presented paper titled, “The Role of Social Networks in Disaster Information and Management”, at the 2nd India Disaster Management Congress, 4-6 November 2009, Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
Presented Paper titled, “Analyzing the Differential Impact of Disasters: A Case of Tsunami”, in the Research Scholars Seminar held on 30th and 31st March 2009, at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Presented Paper titled, “Violence Against Women in Post- Disaster Situations”, at the 34th All India Sociological Conference held at the Department of Sociology, 27- 29 December 2008, University of Rajasthan.
Presented Paper titled, “Gender and Disaster Management” at the 32nd All India Sociological Conference at Chennai, December, 2006.
Abstracts/ Papers Published
Abstract of the Paper presented titled, “The Problems Induced by Constructed Environment: A   Case of the September 2011 Floods in Orissa, India, in the 2nd International Conference on Constructed Environment, 29th -30th October 2011, University Center, Chicago, USA, is published in the conference document and the full paper is soon going to be published in the International Journal of Constructed Environment.
Abstract of the paper titled, “The Role of Social Networks in Disaster Information and Management”, presented at the 2nd India Disaster Management Congress, 4-6 November 2009, Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, published in the conference document.
Abstract of the Paper titled, “ Gender and Disaster Management”, presented at the 32nd All India Sociological Conference, Chennai, is published in the December 2006, newsletter.
Paper Published in the International Journal of Disaster Advances, titled “Disaster and Media: A Critical Analysis”, Vol.1, No.2, pp.41-46, April 2008.
Received a memento from the Government of India for presenting a paper titled “The Role of Social Networks in Disaster Information and Management”, in Vigyan Bhavan, 2nd India Disaster Management Congress 4th -6th November, 2009, New Delhi.

As a student, she has always been intrigued by social dynamics. This propelled her to take Sociology (Hons) at bachelors’ level. However, she was fascinated by the impact of structures on and individual and his relationships. Further during her graduation she was also involved with “Make a Wish Foundation” where her completed my internship for 6 months. It helped her develop an empathetic attitude towards children and she was taken aback by their indomitable spirit.
She completed Masters degree in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University which enabled her to come in contact with the unique confluence of diverse groups of people. She has been an active participant in various fund raising programmes and have exclusively conducted field works for several issues of concern for instance, Hygiene Practices among Women in Slum areas and their heath concern, Violence against women in Public Spaces, Globalisation and Culinary Practices.
Currently she is pursuing Mphil with my research area pertaining to Religion and Religious Societies. Her research topic is titled ‘Fearsome God/Goddess and Faithful Communities’. Her interest areas include Gender relations, Religion, Economy and Society.

Omprakash Kushwaha
Omprakash Kushwaha is a PhD student doing PhD research in the area of visual sociology. He has done several professional and academic work related to cartoon and caricature. He is also interested in art, literature and folk form of art. His thesis is titled 'sociology of cartoons in democracy: a comparative reading of American and Indian experience'. Moreover he has organized three cartoon exhibitions.

Pavan Kumar Patel
Pavan Kumar Patel, born at 1980 in village Milathu, district Banda in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, graduated from University of Allahabad in 2000. His M.Phil thesis, under the guidance of Prof. Surinder Singh Jodhka written between 2005-2007, was titled: Monarchy, Maoism and Politics of State Formation in Contemporary Nepal. His Ph.d (2007-2012) is under the joint supervision of Prof. Avijit Pathak and Prof. Anand Kumar on Conceptualizing People’s War: A Sociological Study of Political Mobilization in Nepal
Research Interest: Ethnography of Revolutionary Governance in Nepal, Maoism and Nation Building in Nepal, Anti-Imperialist social movement in South Asia, Sociology of Progressive Theatre, and Alternative education

  • Patel, Pavan & Vishnu Sharma (2008), Reform and Revolution (A joint paper on trajectories of Maoist Movement of Nepal), in a E-journal
  • Presented a paper titled Madesh rebellion in Nepal and the role of India, at Annual Sociological Conference, held on April 21-23, 2008 at CSSS/SSS. JNU, New Delhi

Prakash Chandra Dilare
Prakash Chandra Dilare belongs to the Harda District of Madhya Pradesh.  He has graduation  from B.U. Bhopal, M.P in 2006 and Post Graduation in M.A (Sociology) in 2008 from, B.U. Bhopal, M.P. Then he completed M. Phil from B.U. Bhopal (M.P) in 2009. Now, he is pursuing PhD working on ‘Eradication of poverty and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA): A Study of Selected Villages in Harda district, Madhya Pradesh’
ICTs and Development: The Gyandoot Experiment in Dhar District of Madhya Pradesh has been selected for inclusion in a book under publication comprising of selected Research Papers presented in the International Conference organized by Dept. of Sociology, Christian College, Indore (M.P) during March12-13, 2011 on Science, Technology and Society.
Implementation of MGNREGA in Harda District of Madhya Pradesh  has been selected for inclusion in a edited book under publication.

Manaf K.K.
Manaf K.K. graduated from University of Calicut, Kerala (2004-2007) before coming to CSSS for masters (2007-2009). His MPhil thesis was titled “Gender and Family in Colonial South India: A Sociological Study of Mappila Matriliiny in Malabar c. 1914-1940” under the supervision of Dr Harish Naraindas and Dr. G Arunima.
Areas of interest: Sociology of religion, Sociology of gender, Visual culture studies, Symbolism, Social Psychology, Sociology of Medicine, and Sociological theories. 
Current Research: Currently working on Ph D research synopsis as the area being identified as “ Ethnography of Impurity: Caste, Religion, Gender and Conversion among Muslims of Kerala” , Kerala, under the super vision of Dr. Harish Naraindas, Associate Professor, CSSS,SSS, JNU.
Research Experience:

  • Research assistant for the project of Kerala Higher Education Council titled “Gender Disparity in Higher Education in Kerala” under taken by Prof. Saraswati Raju, CSRD, and JNU.
  • A paper entitled ‘Of Exclusion, Gender, History, and Religion in South India: A Socio-historical Analysis of the Exclusion of Muslim Women in Higher Education in Kerala’ was selected for 'Structures Of Exclusion: A Conference Organised By The Indian Formation Research Society, 23rd November – 25th November , at University Of Delhi.
  • A paper entitled ‘Contesting Articulations of Religion Among Matrilineal Mappila Muslims In Colonial Malabar, Kerala. C. 1914-1940’ was selected for AISC held at JNU in Dec 2011.
  • Presented a paper entitled ‘Methodological perspectives on the exploration of Gender in contemporary Kerala, with special reference to Gender and family among the Mappilas in Colonial Malabar’ in Kannur University, 25th August, 2011

Rashi Bhargava
Rashi Bhargava completed her graduation in the year 2004 from Hindu College and her post-graduation in the year 2006 from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. In the year 2006-2007, she worked as a research fellow with a Delhi-based social research organisation, CORD (Collaborative Research and Dissemination). However, in the year 2007, her interest in academic research led her to Jawaharlal Nehru University where she enrolled in the M.Phil/PhD programme of the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences. She is currently a PhD Scholar in the same centre working under the supervision of Prof. Tiplut Nongbri. The topic of her PhD research is Civil Society in Nagaland: A Sociological Study.
Area of academic interests:

  • Sociology of North-East India
  • Political Sociology
  • Research Methodology

Title of Dissertations:
M.Phil : Ethno-Nationalism in North-East India: State and Civil Society Response
PhD : Civil Society in Nagaland: A Sociological Study.
Papers Published:
Bhargava, Rashi. 2011. “Discourses and Actions: Indian State in North-East India” in Indu Swami (ed.) Exploring North-East Indian Writings in English, New Delhi: Sarup Book Publishers, pp. 362-384.
Bhargava, Rashi. 2010. “Book Review of Troubled Periphery: Crisis of India’s North East by Subir Bhaumik. 2009. New Delhi: Sage Publications” in Indian Anthropologist, Vol. 40, No.2, July-Dec 2010. Pp. 81-83.
Papers Presented:
"Conflicting or complementary: paradigms around socio-political movements in North-East India" presented at the Seminar Social Science Research in North East India: Issues and Challenges held on 25-26th February 2010 
All India Young Social Scientists Workshop titled “Emerging Trends in Social Science Research and Methodological Challenges” held on 10-11th October, 2011 in Tezpur, Assam organised by ICCSR, RGNIYD, ISS and Tezpur University. 
Workshop on Alternative Research Methodologies V held on 17-28th October, 2011 at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines organised by SEPHIS and SEASREP Foundation.

Ravinder Singh
Ravinder Singh belongs to a Bhaderwahi community in the state, Jammu and Kashmir. The Bhaderwah (known as, “Mini Switzerland of India”) is known, not only for its rich cultural heritage and ethical values but also popular for its age-old traditions of secularism and the spirit of tolerance, which have been since times immemorial, binding the people together from different sections of society. He completed his master’s from Jammu University, and is persuing M.Phil/PhD. The title for his M.Phil dissertation was, “Mother Goddess and the Notion of Motherhood”, A sociological study of Mata vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu”, which he presented in All India young social scientist workshop held on 10-11 October, 2011 at Tezpur university.

SHASHWAT KUMAR is a commerce graduate who shifted to social sciences to do his masters from the centre. His M.Phil topic was titled: “Empowerment of Women: A Sociological Study of Scheduled Caste Women in Uttar Pradesh”. He is pursuing his PhD on “Empowerment of Women: A Sociological Study Of Educated Women In Pratapgarh District, Uttar Pradesh”.
Paper Presented:  ‘Idea of Nationalism in the Context of Globalisation of Society’ in an International Seminar on Nation Building In Multicultural Society (March 4-5, 2011) Organized by Rajiv Gandhi Chair In Contemporary Studies, University of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
Participated in a National Workshop on “ The Politics of Inclusion: School Textbooks As Site” (March 11-12, 2011), Organized By The Programme for the Study of Discrimination and  Exclusion ( PSDE), School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in Collaboration with Nirantar (a Delhi based Non- Government Organization working on the issue of Gender and Education).
Project Fellow, NCERT, New Delhi, 6th October 2005- 5th April 2006 on a Project titled “Critical Appraisal of research studies and their implication for teaching – Learning process/ Pedagogy and teacher training for education of ST children” at Department of Teacher Education And  Extension (DTEE).

Roshan Raj Baral
Roshan Raj Baral, born in 1977 in the Mahottari district of central terai of Nepal, did masters in Anthropology in 2004 from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He completed M.Phil  in 2010 and is doing Ph D under the guidance of Prof. Anand Kumar . The title of his synopsis is: “Socio-political transformation in Nepal since 1990: A sociological enquiry into the role of educational and pedagogical practices”. He has worked as a principal for six years in a private secondary school. He has a peer reviewed journal publication in New Angle published by Nepal Policy Research Network entitled “Pedagogy of liberation: A case of Nepal” in 2011.

Salah. P
Salah. P  is a doctoral student whose area of interest lies in Sociology of Conflict and Violence
“Competing castes and counter publics:  the case of caste assertions in colonial Kerala”-  in  “Indian Journal of Politics and International Relations’ (ISSN 0973-5011),Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala.  
Papers presented
Religion in the Public Sphere- Political articulation of Muslim in colonial Malabar’- Paper presented in the conference titled ‘Marginalities’ at Sociology Department, Delhi University, and March 2010.     ‘Religion and Public Sphere- A sociological study Muslims in Kerala’- Paper presented in All India Sociological conference, Jaipur, December 2008
Scholarship Awards
ICSSR scholarship of the doctoral research, 2010 

Sanjana Sharma
Sanjana Sharma has been at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University since 2005, when she joined M. Phil at the center. In July 2011, she submitted her PhD thesis titled “Continuity and Change in the Notion of Beauty in India - A Sociological Study”, under the supervision of Prof. Anand Kumar.
Areas of Interest
Her areas of academic interest include - sociology of mass media / media studies, identity and representation, gender, culture, aesthetics, symbolism, and religion. 

Sarada Prasanna Das
Sarada Prasanna Das has pursued M.A and M.Phil. in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. His research broadly concerns the politics of development and environmental concerns both in theory and practice.
He is presently pursuing his PhD on the broader area of 'Environment and Poverty in the Era of Development'. He has previously studied Developmental Policies, Politics of Development and the Impact of Natural Environment on Poverty in India. His current proposed PhD topic is “Livelihood, Environment and Developmental State: Consonances and Dissonances in the Mining areas of Orissa”.
Paper presented in Seminars/Conferences:

  • Paper entitled “Living off the Sea: Understanding Seashore Erosion and Livelihood of Displaced Communities in Coastal Orissa, India”, presented in the 36th Indian Sociological Society Annual Conference, 27th-29th December 2010 at Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Orissa.
  • Paper entitled “National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and Poverty Eradication : A Study of KBK District of Orissa”, with Co-Author Sunil Khora, presented in the International Conference on Eradicating Chronic Poverty in India: Policy Issues and Challenges, 1st to 3rd October 2008 at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in collaboration with Chronic Poverty Research Centre, Indian Institution of Public Administration, Planning Commission, Govt. of India and Indian Council of Social Science Research.
  • Paper entitled “Poverty, Environment and Mahatma Gandhi: Redefining the Strategies of Development” presented in the Satyagraha Centenary International Conference, 13th -20th November 2007, JNU, New Delhi and Gandhi Ashram West Champaran District, Bihar.
  • Paper entitled “State Policies, Environmental Degradation and Indigenous People: Questions of Survival” presented in the Young Sociologists Conference, 8th-9th September 2007 at NIRD/ Assam University, Guwahati, Assam.
  • Paper entitled “Globalization, Environment and Indigenous People: The Question of Survival” presented in the 33rd Indian Sociological Society Annual Conference, 29th November to 1st December 2007 at Karnataka University, Dharwad, Karnataka. 


  • Article in ‘Third Concept’ entitled “Globalization and Agriculture”, published in December 2005.
  • Book Review of Mark J. Smith & Piya Pangsapa (2008) Environment & Citizenship: Integrating Justice, Responsibility and Civic Engagement, London: Zed Books, in Political Studies Review, Vol-8; Issue-2 May 2010, P-260.

Awards:  Awarded best research paper of the Research Committee-11 (Environment and Society) in the 33rd Annual Indian Sociological Society Conference from 29th November - 1st December at Karnataka University, Dharwad, Karnataka, India.

Shankar Narayan Bagh
Shankar Narayan Bagh is an MPhil student whose research interests include Social Movements, Sociology of Religion and Protest Movement, Agrarian Social Structure, Sociology of Education, Social Exclusion, Identity Politics, Subalterns and Marginalised studies. As a student of Sociology, she believes that the discipline gives us an important medium to understand, question, interrogates and to contest  the various existing prevalent social realities .

Shellunglu Kamei
Shellunglu Kamei is a Ph.D. ( 3rd Semester ) Research Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has done her B.A. (History, English, Sociology) from Jyoti Nivas College, Bangalore University. She has completed her M.A. in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. She has submitted her M.Phil Dissertation entitled “Women, Inheritance Rights and Customary Practices: A Case Study of the Kabui Naga Women of Manipur” under the supervision of Dr. Nilika Mehrotra at CSSS/SSS, JNU.
Her areas of interest include Customary Laws, tribal studies, marriage and gender.She has done a Book Review of Prem Chowdhry (ed.) 2009. Gender Discrimination in Land Ownership: Land Reforms in India, Volume II. New Delhi: SAGE in Indian Anthropologist Vol 40, No. 1, Jan-June 2010: pp 101-103. She was awarded ‘Subject Proficiency’ in Sociology for excellence in the discipline for the year 2004-2005 by Jyoti Nivas College Bangalore. She has qualified for UGC NET in Sociology in June 2009.

Shirsha Ganguly
Shirsha Ganguly is in her third year of Phd. She had completed her graduation from Presidency College, Kolkata and secured the third rank in the University. Since 2005, she have been in JNU, completing my Masters in 2007 and Mphil in 2009. Since then she has been working on her thesis on
Childhood and Media. Her research is based on how children interact with media through the lenses of education and consumerism in a metropolitan city. Apart from working on my thesis, she sings and she is currently rehearsing for a concert organized by the Neemrana Music Foundation.  

Shivam has been teaching sociology in Delhi University for one and half year, from august 2010 to till now. He has completed his bachelor’s degree in Sociology (Hons.) from B.H.U and completed his Masters and M.Phil from J.N.U. His dissertation focused on the studies of Indian diaspora in the U.S.A. and title of his M.Phil dissertation- “A SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY OF INDIAN DIASPORA IN THE U.S.A” Currently he is pursuingPh.Dfrom J.N.U and the title of the work is “PORTRAYAL OF RURAL CULTURE IN HINDI CINEMA: A SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY”.
Area of interest: Diaspora, Culture, Gender, Economic Sociology, Cinema, Rural Sociology.

Shruti Jain
Shruti is pursuing I Semester of PhD. She has submitted her MPhil dissertation tilted ‘Development and the Marginalised: A Study of Resistances against Hydro-power Projects’ in July 2011. As part of her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Delhi, she completed dissertation on ‘Demolitions in Delhi: A Study of Differential Reactions of Civil Society’. Her academic interests include Social Movements, Development theories and issues of power and marginality. She has presented papers in the International Conference on ‘Displacement and Rehabilitation: Solutions for Future’ at National Institute of Technology, Orissa, in November 2010 and in the National Conference ‘Resisting Marginalizations, Challenging Hegemonies: Re-visioning Gender Politics’, by Indian Association for Women’s Studies, January 2011, at Wardha, Maharashtra. Three of her articles have been published on edit page of hindi daily Jansatta. She has a work experience of three years with different people’s organisations.

Sipra Sagarika
Sipra Sagarika is a Mphil second year scholar in the Center for study of social systems. A holder of Junior Reserch Fellowship and is having special interest in the area of 'Cultural Globalization'. She is pursuing her research under the guidance of Prof Anand Kumar. She has presented papers in several national and international level conferences. Having field work experience in areas of indigenous groups concentration , she aims to study further the intersections of globalization  and cultural identity of indigenous groups. She herself also explores areas of cultural reflections as she is a trained odissi dancer and has performed in several national and international platforms. A recipient of ' Rajiv Gandhi Prativa Puraskar' for dancing excellence and has numerous other awards in the field of music and literature.

Sreedeep Bhattacharya
Sreedeep Bhattacharya has recently submitted his PhD in September 2011. He has worked with Prof. Dipankar Gupta and S.S.Jodhka on consumer culture in Delhi. His thesis maps the social factors that influences brand preferences and analyses the social contexts that enhances the proliferation of consumerist propensities. He has been a student Fellow of the Media Fellowship Programme, PSBT (Public Service Broadcasting Trust), 2007, and recipient of ‘Student Stipends for Research on the City’ by Sarai, CSDS, 2007. He is also an independent photographer who has exhibited in Faces in the Dark, 5th – 24th December 2010 at Birla Academy of Arts and Culture, Calcutta. His first solo exhibition brand(e)scape: the changing sur(face) of the city was held in Arts & Aesthetics Gallery in JNU, Nov 3-17, which later traveled to ‘Theorizing Asian Cities through Mediated Forms’ in a two day international symposium in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Urban Designers and Asia Society, 18-19 December’09 in Bombay.
List of publications

  • ‘Between DND and Yamuna’ – a visual narrative, forthcoming, Himal, April, 2012
  • ‘(de)constructing sites – a visual narrative, forthcoming in The Sunday Guardian, April, 2012
  • ‘Brand Aid City’ –  a visual narrative, The Sunday Guardian, 6th Feb, 2012, p 30-31  
  • ‘Q-Spot-Images of Women as (Un)seen’ – Jiah, vol 2, p 15-16, April-June, 2010
  • ‘On the Streets like a Stranger’ - Photo-Feature on Calcutta, Anniversary Issue of Better Photography June 2008, p 216-219
  • ‘The City with Layers’ – travelogue on unusual destinations in Calcutta in Discover India, Pg. 102, Nov. 2008
  • ‘A generation of Mock-Calling: the other side of the BPO narrative’ – an article in Five Issues, ’09, Crosswords


  • Shoreer Street – a series of poems in Bengali, Saptartshi Prakashan, Calcutta Book Fair, Jan-09
  • Premer Mini-Pack - a series of poems in Bengali, Saptartshi Prakashan, Calcutta Book Fair, Dec-10

Subir Rana
Subir Rana has just submitted his thesis titled ‘Inheriting a Trade: A Study of Inter-Generational Prostitution within a community in Forbesganj, Bihar.’ He has worked on the Nats a Denotified Nomadic Tribe which is currently into inter-generational prostitution in Bihar. Besides, he has worked as an Intern with the Planning Commission of India and has been Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd, Care India, Action Aid, Apne Aap Women Worldwide for a brief period. 
Subir Rana’s academic achievements include representing India in a four month International Fellowship Programme in 2009-2010 on ‘Applied Anthropology’ in the University of Rome, Italy. He was also selected for the fully funded Summer School for Graduate Students and Young Scholars organized by the Research Institute of Contemporary History and Culture, (RICH) Hanyang University in Seoul in June 2010 and the Summer School cum Conference titled ‘Istanbul Seminars’ in May 2011 in Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey. Recently, he received a Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) Library Full-Time Fellowship, 2009-2010 from the School of Women’s Studies (SWS) Jadavpur University, Kolkata. His work has been published as an SRTT-SWS Occasional Paper. He has International and National publications and has been selected for a number of International Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, and Summer/Winter Schools and presented his research works at various foras. His Hindi and English poems have been published in journals and he his works of charcoal and oil pastel have been displayed at various foras.

Subrat Rath
Growing up in Odisha, Subrat Rath has arrived at JNU for higher studies in the year 2001 and Currently perusing his Doctor of Philosophy in this centre under the supervision of Dr. Amit Kumar Sharma on the topic, “Changing Role of Temples in Society: A Comparative Study of Konark, Lingaraj and Jagannath temple of Orissa”. Sociology of Religion is his prime area of concern, however he is also interested in Methodology of Social Sciences, Feminist Studies and Thinkers. He has participated and presented papers in workshops and seminars at Central University of Gujarat, Ramakrishna Math at Pune etc. His work, ‘Understanding Hindu Temples: A Socio-Scientific Approach’ is under publication of EBSCO publishing house, Canada. Apart from academics, he has applied knowledge of hardware, software and network management.

Sumedha Dutta
Sumedha Dutta is from Assam. She completed her B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology from Hindu College, University of Delhi, and M.A. and M.Phil in Sociology from Centre for the Study of Social Systems. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student in CSSS, JNU, and engaged at interrogating the nature of civil society in India. Her research interests include the fields of Political Sociology, Sociology of Religion and Urban and Rural Sociology, while her M.Phil. dissertation has been recently completed on the topic, “Associational Culture and Civil Society in India”.

  • A paper entitled, “Rise of Residents Welfare Associations and the Phenomenon of Urban Development ~ A Case - study of Three RWAs in South Delhi”, at the 36th All India Sociological Conference, on the theme Development, Polity and Social Tensions, held at the Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Orissa, from the 27th to the 29th of December, 2010.
  • Paper entitled, “The Dynamics of Displacement in North East India: A Reflection”, at the National Seminar on Social Research on North East India: Issues and Challenges, organized by the North East India Studies Programme (NEISP), Jawaharlal Nehru University, held during 25th -26th February, 2010, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  • Paper entitled, “Mapping the Plight of the Urban Poor in the Era of Globalization: A Sociological Study” at the 35th All India Sociological Conference on the theme Identity, Development and Nation Building, organized by the Indian Sociological Society, held at the Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Kashmir, from 10th to the 12th of October, 2009.

Sumit Saurabh Srivastava
Sumit Saurabh Srivastava is at present at Centre for Globalization & Development Studies, University of Allahabad, Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh). In line with his areas of academic interest which are gender studies and development studies, he is working on his thesis “Violence and Resistance: Dalit Women in Rural Bihar” under the supervision of Dr. Nilika Mehrotra. He has presented various research papers in national seminars on women’s movements, caste and gender among other themes. He has published on caste, gender and violence in rural Bihar and is also working as Editorial Assistant with Indian Anthropologist, Journal of Indian Anthropological Association, Delhi.

Suthopa Bose
Suthopa Bose completed her schooling at La Martiniere For Girls, Kolkata in 2004 and joined St. Xavier's College, Kolkata for a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. After passing out in 2007 she joined the Master's programme in the Centre for the Study of Social Systems before joining the M.Phil programme and subsequently qualifying for UGC NET-JRF on December, 2010. She submitted her M.Phil dissertation in 2011 and currently she is pursuing her Ph.D at the CSSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
She is interested in understanding the impact of religion on other social structures. Her M.Phil dissertation was titled “Religious Ethics and Economy of the Jains in India: A Sociological Study”. The study tries to establish a relation between Jain religious beliefs and practices and economy using Weber's “Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism” as a point of reference. 

Tahmineh Shaverdi
Tahmineh Shaverdi is a member of Iranian Academic Center for Education, Cultural & Research
Area of academic interests
Culture Sociology, Values Sociology, Women Studies, Education Sociology
Educational Records:

Graduation year





Social system

Jawaharlal Nehru

PhD Student


Social Science

Tehran University

Bachelor Degree



Islamic Azad University

Master's Degree

Etiology of the Interactions Among the Generations in Iran and the World, Social and Human Science Faculty of University Jihad, Winter 2004,


  • A Review on the Specifications of Youths and Their Reasons, Quarterly Magazine of Research, 3rd Issue, Summer 2000,
  • A Look on the State of Fugitive Children and the Factors Affecting the Issue, the articles collection of Iranian Social Matters Gathering, Iranian Sociology Society, 2002,
  • The Image and Role of Women in Computer Games. Women Research, Scientific Quarterly Magazine, Tehran University, Research & Studies Center for Women Matters, 2002, 4rd issue.
  • Population Evolution to a Pathogenic Crisis. (a sociological look at the reasons for values crisis in Iran), 2003.the articles collection of a look at the interruption phenomenon among the generation, Social and Human Science Faculty,
  • The Escape of Young Girls from Homes. From Hope To Mirage. (2002) Niki Monthly Magazine, First Year, 5th issue.
  • The Effects of Computer Games on Crime and Violence Propagation Through Society. (March 2004) submitted in social security gathering and published in the gathering articles collection.
  • The Necessity of Transferring the Revolution Values to Future Generations, Focusing on Imam Khomeini's Guidelines(seminar) (2005) gathering for reviewing the ideas and thoughts of Imam Khomeini, Tehran, Education Faculty, The Office for Propagating Imam Khomeini's Thoughts, published in the articles collection.
  • The Quality of Offering Services to the war victims and survivors in other nations, (seminar) (2005) the articles collection of commemoration of the martyrs and disabled persons of the Islamic Revolution(seminar), Islamic Republic Martyrs & Disabled Persons Foundation, published in the articles collection of 24th May commemoration.
  • Scientific Centers in Iran (2008) 5th International  on Enhancing Change Thorough Science Centers, South Africa, Johannesburg
  • Social Capital and Educational Achievement: a comparative study about high school students between Delhi and Tehran Students (2009 March) Tomorrow­ ­ people organization, Thailand, Bangkok
  • Social Capital ,families and children(July 2009)I­­­­­­­ International Congress on Family, School and Society – Special Education¸ Portugal, Porto
  • Effects of social capital on women healthy(2010) International Conference on 'Empowering Women in Developing Countries through Better Healthcare and Nutrition', Pilani, India, NAM
  • Computer Games  and social – cultural effects on Iranian Children and Adolescences(2010) 5th International Conferences on Health, Education and Cultural in Globalization Process, India, Chandīgarh

Tanvi Sirari
Tanvi Sirari wrote a Mphil dissertation titled Dalit movement in India: Assertion, violence and identity. For her PhD she will continue working on anti- Dalit caste  violence as a form of collective violence operating on the registers of both the everyday and the extraordinary underlining the coercive aspect of caste challenging theories of disappearing caste and consensus at the bottom. Bringing together sociological perspectives from social movements, identity politics and anthropology of violence she attempts to understand how this violence contributes to the constitution and reconstitution of Dalit subjectivity and caste sociality. Currently, she is teaching Sociology at Delhi School of Economics. Her academic interests also include Gender studies, sociology of media and health.

Uddipana Goswami
Author of the poetry collection We Called the River Red: Poetry from a Violent Homeland, Uddipana Goswami is literary editor of the Seven Sisters Post and Assamese literature editor of Muse India, a literary e-journal. She is also a media consultant and has done her PhD research on ethnic conflict and reconciliation in Northeast India. Her area of expertise, both as writer and researcher is the Northeast region of India – often called India’s troubled periphery. She has been addressing issues like insurgency, conflicts, militarization, nationalism, migration, displacement and ethnic reconciliation in Northeast India through her writings. She has worked with some major media houses, like the India Today Group and National Geographic Channel (India), before turning to sociological research. Her academic writings, short stories and poetry and occasional translations have been published in print as well as online from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the USA, South Africa, Bangladesh and India. She blogs at

Vincent Ekka
Vincent was born in one of the very rural villages of Chhattisgarh, Village- Butunga, dist. – Jashpur, India. Since early childhood Vincent was interested in the social issues and therefore pursued various areas of my interest which could equip Vincent with relevant skills for upliftment of the tribal communities and the marginalized sections of our society.
B.A.  : Bhopal School of Social Sciences
M.A.  : Bhopal School of Social Sciences
M. Phil. (Sociology) : Pursuing since 2010 (Writing Dissertation), Topic- “Development:       Indigenous Peoples’ Perspective”
Research interest: Indigenous Peoples, their identity, culture, religion, development and Contribution to authentic human living
1. “Tribals Responsible for their own Detribalization!”, Nishkalanka. November, 1995. P. 415-416).
2. “Conspiracy to Deviate Tribals”, Nishkalanka. July, 2001. P. 266.
3.  “Campaign against Saffronization of Education”, Nishkalanka. October, 2001. P. 397-398.
4. “From Non-People to My People”, Sandhya, Student Journal, Vidyajyoti, 2002
5. “The Contribution of Tribal Values in the Construction of Better Human Society”, Tattvaviveka. Students’ Annual Theological Journal, Vidyajyoti, Delhi. 2005. p.36-39.
6. “Chotanagpur Adivasis’ Quest for Meaning in Life Through the Netarhat Ulgulan”, Tattvaviveka. Students’ Annual Theological Journal, Vidyajyoti, Delhi. 2005. p.90-95.
7. “Adivasi Culture and Modernity: Fusion and Horizon”, Silver Jubilee Souvenir, RTC, Tarunoday, Ranchi. 2007. p.63-66.