Development of Sociology in India

By Prof. Ashish Saxena   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 2368
The objective the course is to sensitize the participants about the trajectory of sociology in India, pioneers of Indian sociology, spread of sociology in various universities/institute. It also sketch the profile of the social scientist and their significant contribution in developing sociology in India.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Faculty, Scholars and Students
PREREQUISITES : B.A. in Sociology, Social Anthropology
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : UGC, Higher education, Universities
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 1
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Feb 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 - Emergence of Indian Sociology & Indigenization of Sociology, Indological perspective 
Week 2 - Structural-functional perspective, Civilizational perspective 
Week 3 - Marxian perspective, Feminist perspective
Week 4 - Subaltern perspective & Dalit Perspective, Environmental perspective

Books and references

Atal, Yogesh.2003. Indian Sociology: From where to where, Jaipur: Rawat Publication
Dube, S.C. 1955. Indian Village, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul
Ghurye, G.S 1969. Caste and Race in India Mumbai: Popular Prakashan
Guha, R. 1989. The Unquiet Woods: Ecological Change and Peasant Resistance in Himalayas, New Delhi:Oxford University Press.
Guha, Ranajit (eds.). 1982. Subaltern Studies I: Writing on South Asian History and Society, Delhi: OUP.
Madan, T.N, 2011. Sociological traditions: Methods and perspectives in the sociology of India, New Delhi:Sage Publications.
Mukherjee, Ramakrishna. 1979. Sociology of Indian Sociology, Bombay: Popular Prakshan.
Mukherji, D.P. 1988. Diversities, Delhi: Manak Publication.
Omvedt, Gail 2006. Dalit Visions: The Anti-Caste Movement and the Construction of an Indian Identity Orient Longman
Oommen, T.K. 1972. Charisma, Stability and Change: An analysis of Bhoodan, Gramdan movement in India, New Delhi: Thompson Press.
Oommen, T.K. and P.N.Mukherji (eds.) 1988. Indian Sociology: Reflections and Introspections, Bombay: Popular Prakshan.
Rege, Sharmila. 2003. Sociology of Gender, New Delhi: Sage Publications.
Srinivas, M. N 2003. Religion and Society among the Coorgs of South India, New Delhi: OUP

Instructor bio

Prof. Ashish Saxena

IIT Kanpur
Ashish Saxena presently is Professor & Head, Department of Sociology at University of Allahabad. He has over eighteen years of teaching experience and has significant publications on the issues related to perspectives on Indian society,  Social exclusion, Social Justice, Subaltern communities, Land reforms, Democratic decentralization, Identity politics and Globalization in India. Recipient of prestigious UGC-DAAD fellowship 2014 under the UGC-DAAD exchange of scientist programme in Humanities and Social Sciences. He has been felicitated with the prestigious D.P.Mukherji Memorial Award (ISSA) – 2017; ‘Sulabh Swacchta Samman 2016’ ; ‘Gold medal’ for academic contribution in the field of ‘Sociology of Sanitation ‘and Action Sociology by Sulabh International. New Delhi and prestigious Dewang Mehta National Education Award by Business School Affaire, Mumbai on its 25th Silver Jubilee Year in 2017.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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