Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology at Sister Nivedita University was established in 2019. The department is dedicated towards creating competent and socially sensitive students through rigorous teaching/training programs and extension activities.

The Department of Sociology at Sister Nivedita University started its journey in July 2019 with a Master’s and Bachelor’s (Honours) program. Subsequently it also launched a PhD program from spring 2020. The department is dedicated toward creating competent and socially sensitive graduates through rigorous teaching/training programmes and extension activities.

Sister Nivedita University Department of Sociology


The curriculum lays emphasis on the teaching and learning of general concerns of Sociology as well as the issues of sociological significance in India. A combination of participatory, experiential and creative pedagogy is used for transacting the curricula with a view to fostering dialogue, mutual learning and critical reflection. The pedagogical practices also utilise an inter-disciplinary framework combining classical approaches in conjunction with emerging areas of research. The students pursuing their Masters in the department not only have to learn critical approaches and perspectives in the classroom but are also encouraged to participate in short field visits as part of their mandatory research projects. The curriculum also inculcates critical writing skill through courses on Text reading, Book Review, Article writing and Report writing. The Department also planned to expose the students to the prevailing social realities through activities such as outreach programmes, regular film screening, seminars and other programmes in collaboration with other social organisations. Our vision in Sociology is "To become a leading centre of sociological learning in pursuit of a just and humane society." And our mission is "To provide theoretically sound, methodologically rigorous and empirically grounded education with an interdisciplinary perspective."

What Studying Sociology means at SNU

Studying sociology at SNU will enable students to interpret their relationship with the community they exist in, as the curriculum focuses on how our daily life experiences are connected to others with whom we co-exist and how we shape and are shaped by our surrounding society.

The curriculum disseminates knowledge on specific issues of sociological importance in India, with the goal of making young minds conscious about the history, potentials and possibilities of the country.

The combination of participatory, pragmatic and creative pedagogy used for executing the curricula with a view to fostering dialogue, mutual learning and critical reflection generally help students become aware of the living patterns they reinforce, create, challenge, change and recreate.

We emphasise on reading original text to impart theoretically sound, empirically grounded and methodologically rigorous education with an interdisciplinary perspective to help producing competent graduates with in-depth knowledge and skills for application of the insights of the discipline to concerns of various fields and make them ready to handle the changing job market scenario.

Enhancement of skills for reading, critical learning, academic writing and oral presentation come along with a foreign language skill which will not only empower students to meet intellectual enrichment the demands of job market globally and locally.

At SNU, teaching sociology takes a qualitative shift to discourage rote learning and encourage student participation in lessons through assignments, special lectures, film screenings, national and international seminars and webinars.

The department exposes students to areas of sociology with interdisciplinary focus such as science, technology and society, health, illness and society, childhood, youth and society, sociology of disaster, sociology of environment, which are not offered in many sociology departments in India. In fact, we introduced interdisciplinary courses before NEP 2020.

The department provides opportunities to the students to experience existing social realities first hand through rigorous methodological training complemented by fieldwork, outreach programmes, internships and other activities in collaboration with various social organisations.

Career Prospects /Possible Placements

A major in Sociology provides an ideal background to pursue a range of careers:
  • Business careers (management, marketing and advertising, personnel and human relations);
  • Criminal justice careers (law enforcement, courts, corrections; juvenile justice);
  • Social service careers (social work; counselling, administration, drug rehabilitation; health administration); family services; disability services);
  • Careers in social policy, politics and law (attorney, legal investigator, legal assistant, policy advocate, policy analysis, urban planning, philanthropy; public administration, polling, social research);
  • Educational careers (college professor; college administrator; university student services; social science teacher; school administrator.)

2) Program offered:

2.1 PhD Program
2.2 Postgraduate Program
2.3 Undergraduate Program
2.4 Diploma Program: Not Yet
2.5 Certificate Program: Will introduce 6 months certificate Course in Parenting, Child Rights, Child Protection & Care Giving, & Gender Sensitization
2.6 Continuing Education & Outreach Programs: Will introduce Outreach Program on Interface between Technology and Society

3) Research

3.1 Thematic Areas: Sociology of Gender, Sociology of Childhood and Youth and Sociology of Science, Technology and society, Sociology of Health & Illness
3.2 Facilities: Regular classes & On-line classes through Moodle , interactive workshops
3.3 Sponsored Projects – completed and on-going: Completed Project: engaged in a project on “Micro Solar Dome: An affordable Lighting Solution for Slum Dwellers”, (A project of SEED, DST, Govt. of India) jointly with NBIRT, Kolkata, 2019.
On-going: “Utilisation of Indigenous Ayurvedic Knowledge for Health Empowerment of Indian Women by ICSSR jointly with Department of Home Science, University of Calcutta” 2020-21.
3.4 Publications (Selected Major Ones) 30

4) People

4.1 Board of Advisors (Studies) - 1.Prof. Pujan Sen (ret’d), Dept. of Sociology, Kalyani University, Nadia, 2. Prof. Piyali Sur, Dept. of Sociology, Jadavpur University
4.2 Faculty
4.2.1 Profile with photograph see Attached file
4.2.2 Research Areas Sociology of Gender, Sociology of Childhood and Youth and Sociology of Science, Technology and society, Sociology of Health & Illness
4.2.3 PG Scholars: 2
4.3 PhD Scholars : 1 Ms.Rajshree Chatterjee
4.4 Research Staff: None

5) Events

5.1 Upcoming Events Seminar/Webinar
COVID-19, Disrupted Education & Changing Daily Life
5.2 Past Events Seminars/Webinars organized by Dept. of Sociology, SISTER NIVEDITY UNIVERSITY From January 1, 2020—November 30, 2020
1. International Seminar was held on March 6, 2020 on “Realizing Women’s Rights” celebrating International Women’s Day, 2020.
2. National Webinar on “Pandemic through an Interdisciplinary Lens: Issues at Stake” on May 15, 2020.
3. National Webinar on “Talking Titans: Socio-Economic Impact of Lockdown” on July 15, 2020 in collaboration with School of Business, and Economics, Sister Nivedita University.
4. International Webinar on “Children’s Well-Being during COVID 19” in collaboration with RC 53 (Sociology of Childhood), International Sociological Association & RC 24 (Sociology of Childhood & Youth), Indian Sociological Society on August 12, 2020.
5. National Webinar on “Deepening Inequalities for the Marginalized Children of India” on August 19, 2020.

Courses Years Semester Eligibility Criteria Marks Required
B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology 3 6 Passed/Appeared in 10 + 2 (Any stream) 50%
M.A. in Sociology 2 4 Passed/Appeared B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology 50%
Prof. (Dr.) Bula Bhadra

Head of Department of Sociology

Prof. (Dr.) Bula Bhadra, an alumnus of Presidency College and University of Calcutta did her M.A. & PhD from McMaster University, Canada where she taught for three years as Assistant Professor. She joined Dept of Sociology, University of Calcutta and taught for 28 years. Prof. Bhadra was a Visiting Professor in the Dept. of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute Engineering, Science and Technology, Shibpur, West Bengal, India from June 1 2017- May 31 2019. At present she is the Professor and Head of Dept. of Sociology at Sister Nivedita University, New Town. Her research interest and areas of specialization includes Post colonial theory, Sociology of gender, Sociology of childhood, and Sociology of Science and Technology. She has published extensively on Gender and Childhood, Gender and Technology nationally and internationally. Her first book entitled Materialist Orientalism: Marx, ‘Asiatic’ Mode of Production and India is internationally accredited. She has written in both Vernacular and English. She has supervised 15 PhDs and 16 MPhil on Gender, Childhood, Police and Correctional Institution. She has been awarded several major and minor projects by UGC & ICSSR. Her last project was on “Micro Solar Dome: An affordable Lighting Solution for Slum Dwellers”, (A project of SEED, DST, Govt. of India) jointly with NBIRT, 2017-9 and her current project is “Utilisation of Indigenous Ayurvedic Knowledge for Health Empowerment of Indian Women by ICSSR jointly with Department of Home Science, University of Calcutta” 2020-21. She is also recipient of “Professor D. N. Mazumdar Memorial Gold Medal – 2017 as Distinguished Social Scientist by Indian Social Science Association in 2017. She is Regional representative & Board Member of Research Committee (RC) 32 (2014-2018 &2018-22) and RC 53 (2014-18) & Secretary and Treasurer (2018-2022), International Sociological Association. She was also the Expert Memeber, Schemes of Science for Equity, Empowerment and Development (SEED) Division of Department of Science & Technology (DST , Govt. of India) in 2018-19 and was the Convenor, Research Committee on Sociology of Childhood and Youth, Indian Sociological Society (ISS), New Delhi, 2012---2017. She has been a visiting Professor in many Universities of India and Abroad and a resource person in a good number of Universities of India for UGC & ICSSR conducted Refresher & Research methodology Courses. She has Have been associated with Police training of Government of India, West Bengal Police and Kolkata Police; participated as Resource person in Human Rights and Gender Sensitization training; also associated with Family Counseling in Legal Aid Services West Bengal ( LASWEB), State Legal Services Authority, Government of West Bengal, State Audit Advisory Board (SAAB), West Bengal as expert in advisory capacity and also Govt. of Assam for training of counsellors in relation to Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000. Associated also with NGOs (e.g. CINI, Save the Children, Care India, Sanlap, Sanhita, Saroj Nalini, Country Women’s Association of India, Women’s Coordinating Council, Manas Bangla, Ganna Unnayan Parshad, Kolkata Nivedita Shakti, Dignity Foundation etc) who are engaged in uplift of women, children and marginalized/excluded sections of the people (like HIV/AIDS victims). Regularly participated in numerous talk shows in All India Radio, and in different TV channels and also contributed a large number of articles to All India English and Bengali dailies on current social issues and problems.

Head of the Department Sociology, Sister Nivedita University
Dr. Somdatta Mukherjee

Assistant professor, Department of Sociology

Dr. Somdatta Mukherjee completed her MA in Sociology from University of Calcutta, MSc in Disaster Mitigation from Sikkim Manipal University of Health Medical and Technological Sciences, and MPhil in Sociology from Jadavpur University. She did her PhD on hatha yoga and religion from Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne. Dr. Mukherjee was a research assistant in the Department of Sociology at Boston University. She has been invited as speaker in different international conferences/ workshops in Europe and Asia. She has the research experience of working in different places like: the two major correctional homes in Kolkata (which is the first of its kind), the largest sex-workers’ area of Kolkata, one of the biggest slums in Kolkata, old age homes, tea-gardens, tribal areas, child disability rights centres to name a few. She has expertise in Sociology of health and medicine, yoga, religion, ethnology, visual anthropology. She is the first Indian student at CANTHEL, Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne, as well as the first ethnologist on yoga in France. She is interested to break the traditional chalk-and-talk concept of classroom and facilitate students with manifold manifestations of teaching learning process. Now she is working on body techniques, yoga, health and medicine, tantra and sacrifice. Apart from academic engagements she is interested in photography, recitation and dance (especially Indian classical dance form Odissi).

Assistant professor, Department of Sociology, Sister Nivedita University
Aniket Nandan

Assistant professor, Department of Sociology

Mr. Aniket Nandan did his graduation from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi in Persian language and literature. Later he completed his MA and MPhil from Pondicherry University. At present, he has submitted his PhD thesis at Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the intersection of caste and religion in electoral democracy in India with special reference to ‘identitarianism’ and associational structures of caste. He has also received research experience in the discipline of Sociology at Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore and Council for Social Development (CSD) Hyderabad. Mr. Nandan has been invited to deliver research papers at several international as well as national conferences. He has also published research papers in SCOPUS indexed journals of international repute. Mr. Nandan has experience of working as assistant professor at Amity Institute of Social Sciences, Amity University Kolkata. His research interests are situated in analyzing changing dynamics of caste, communitarianism, agrarian social structures and regional disparity in India.

 Assistant professor 2, Department of Sociology, Sister Nivedita University
Ms. Anusuya Moitra

Part-time Faculty, Department of Sociology

Ms. Anusuya Moitra has graduated in Sociology from Basanti Devi College,Kolkata in 2015 thereafter completing Master’s degree in the discipline from Dept. of Sociology, University of Calcutta in 2017 and stood first in the First Class. She also qualified UGC-NET in 2018. She is pursuing her Ph.d from Department of Sociology, Jadavpur University, under supervision of Prof. (Dr.) Piyali Sur (registration awaited). She is currently working as a Part-time Faculty in Dept. of Sociology, Sister Nivedita University, and as a State Government approved full time Faculty in Muralidhar Girls’ College, Kolkata. Apart from teaching she takes an active interest in research, and charitable activities, her areas of interest are Sociology of Crime & Deviance, Sociology of Childhood & Sociology of (Dis) ability. She has worked as a Field Assistant for National Project titled “Promoting Micro Solar Dome Technology in Tribal Pockets of India with Different Agro Climatic Condition & Varied type of Housing” conducted by NB Institute for Rural Technology under supervision of Prof. S.P Gonchaudhuri & Prof. Bula Bhadra 2018. She has also worked as a Project Assistant for RUSA 2.0 Project on “Parents Reflecting on risks to Body and sexuality of adolescent girls: Growing up in a neoliberal consumer culture of global south” at Department of Sociology, Jadavpur University, under supervision of Prof. (Dr.) Piyali Sur in 2019. She is also the recipient of Professor Radha Kamal Mukherjee Young Social Scientist Award 2019 from Indian Social Science Association for her research paper on “Disability, Assistive Technology and Social Development in Contemporary Society: A Sociological Enquiry of Attitudes towards Wheelchair Users in Kolkata”.

Part-time Faculty, Department of Sociology, Sister Nivedita University
Ms. Sanchita Gangopadhyay

Part-time Faculty, Department of Sociology

Ms. Sanchita Gangopadhyay pursed her graduation degree in Sociology Honours from Jogamaya Devi College, University of Calcutta. She successfully completed her Masters Degree in Sociology from Calcutta University, securing a first class second position from her department. Ms. Gangopadhyay is a recipient of 2017 The Radhakamal Mukherjee Young Social Scientist Award. .She is currently working as a part- time faculty at Sister Nivedita University and as a guest-faculty at The Heritage College, Kolkata. She has an experience of working as a Head of the Department of Sociology at Loreto College and has served as a guest-lecturer at Asutosh College, Kolkata. She also has an experience of working as a field assistant on a National Project titled ‘Promoting Micro Solar Dome Technology in Tribal Pockets of India with Different Agro-Climatic Condition & Varied Type of Housing’ conducted by NB Institute of Rural Technology under the supervision of Prof. S.P Gonchaudhury & Prof. (Dr.) Bula Bhadra in 2017 & 2018. Her areas of interest are Sociology Childhood & Youth and Sociology of Crime and Deviance.

Part-time Faculty 2, Department of Sociology, Sister Nivedita University