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Updated on 06 Aug, 2019

The School has been taking up various activities to strengthen and encourage research activities.
  • The School offers Ph.D programmes in all of its disciplines
  • The School also has M.Phil programme in Economics and Sociology
  • The School also organizes a number of National and International Conferences and Seminars
  • The faculty of the School has presented a large number of research papers in various conferences and seminars in India and overseas.
  • The faculty members of the schools also contribute to a number of research publications in books and journals.
The faculty of the School is engaged in a number of important research projects funded by institutions of higher learning. The followings are some of the faculty members taking up important research projects:
Dr.Rabindra Kumar: Dr.Rabindra Kumar is presently taking up two major projects namely:
  1. The Post Liberalization Rural Transformation: A case study of Rural Society of Bihar, sponsored by ICSSR
  2. Design and Development of Certificate Programme on Life and Thought of B.R.Ambedkar, sponsored by Dr.Ambedkar Foundation,Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, on the occasion of 125th Birth Anniversary of Babasahed Dr.B.R.Ambedkar.
Dr.Kiranmayi Bhushi: Dr.Kiranmayi Bhushi has been granted an ICSSR project titled: Seeing and Unseen: A Photo/Visual Documentation of Manual Scavenging in Delhi, NCR
ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES (Talks/Lectures, Seminars, Conferences etc):
Sociology: In May, 2017, the discipline of Sociology had organized a lecture on ‘Climate Movements: Challenges for Theory?’ The resource person was Dr.J.Goodman who is an Associate Professor in Social and Political Sciences at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS (FASS). Dr.Goodman’s paper seeks to address the implications of climate movement for social movement theory. To what extent do climate movements challenge the received models of investigating and interpreting social movements? How far does climate-changed society produce new types of social movement, with new horizons and scope, and with new transformative power? Or are we seeing 'more of the same'?​
Library & Information Science:The Faculty of LIS organized two lectures on 10th August 2017 and 5th September 2017 respectively. The first lecture was entitled Resource Discovery: Open Access to Resources and Data by Dr. Usha Mujoo- Munshi, Librarian Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. Open Access (OA) is the trend in publishing in view of the escalating cots of primary journals. The logic behind open access is that one should not be asked to pay for viewing and knowing results of public funded research. Dr. Munshi dealt extensively on the various modes of open access. She also gave examples of such resources inviting discussions and questions on the topic.
The lecture on 5th September Scholarly Journal and its Growing Avatars by Dr. G.Mahesh, Principal Scientist, National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources presented the latest trend in the forms and formats of scholarly journals starting with the history and later developments in the subject.  In an interactive session with full participant involvement, the discussion covered quality, and use of media in journal publishing. Role of UGC and ISSN assigning body was also debated.
Public Administration: In April, 2017, the discipline of Public Administration had organized a lecture on ‘Communication Skills’. The resource person was Mr.Manish Jain who is assistant professor in NCERT, New Delhi. The presentation was concentrated how one can develop good communication skills at workplace. 
Political Science: On 7th July, 2017, the discipline of Political Science had organized a talk on ‘Mobilizing the Marginalized: Dalit movement and parties’. The resource person was Dr.Amit Ahuja, associate professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. The talk dealt with different patterns of marginalization of Dalits by movements and parties in UP, Bihar, Tamil Naidu and Maharastra
  1. A session on “Harnessing the Potential of Generation ‘Y’” was organized by Discipline of Psychology on 11th July, 2016. The resource person invited was Mr. Clifford D’Silva, Director, Goa Institute of Counselling, Goa.
  2. The Discipline of Psychology organized a talk by Dr. Jayanti Dutta, a reputed psychologists in Delhi, on the topic “Overcoming Depression: The common cold of modern life” on 7th October, 2016.
The School has started initiating for the launching of its journal ‘Journal of Interdisciplinary Research in Social Sciences (JIRSS)’. It is expected to be launched by 2018. 
The Faculty members of the School are actively participating in ‘Interactive Radio Counselling (IRC)’ Programme. It is broadcast on every Sunday and Monday from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon at FM 105.6. Presently coordinator for the programme is Mr.Ajay Mahurkar.
New Programmes Launched in 2017:
  1. Certificate in Library & Information Science (CLIS) July 2017
  2. Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health (PGDMH), July, 2017
The School of Social Sciences is organizing a Seminar on ‘Development and Social Justice’ February 15-16. The concept note and other details are given below:

Seminar Concept Note:
Seminar on Development and Social Justice February 15-16, 2018 School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University for long development has been used as a panacea for good life and overall well-being of people at large. Ironically, however, the most developed nations continue to struggle with, among others, poverty, social inequality, and gender-based discrimination. It is no ingenuity to state that the notion of development has remained confined within the economistic frame of reference. A close examination suggests that development belies social justice largely due to hegemonic power relations that infiltrate social, political and economic outcomes of plans, policies and strategies at both global and domestic levels. There is impending need to broaden the limits so as to incorporate social, cultural and political aspects. This calls for locating development in a niche that aggregates equality of opportunity, entitlement to social minimum, accountability, and fair distribution of resources. Critical concern is with reclaiming the notion of development from inequality, injustice and insecurity. This would enable a more comprehensive and realistic understanding of the idea of development and prepare ground for effective policy prescription. Development discourse in recent decades has tended to focus on issues of resource allocation, employment and livelihood consequence, and environmental outcomes. Much discussion has centered chiefly around issues of ‘inclusion-exclusion’, ‘state-civil society’, and ‘local-global’ which views development as struggle for betterment of social and economic situation of communities and nations. Expectedly then, traditional hierarchies, and contesting hegemonic ideologies are questioned even as alternative understanding that would inform the practice of development is being worked out. In order to deliberate on new areas of research on development and social justice, the School of Social Sciences, IGNOU will hold a two-day seminar on February 15-16, 2018. Bringing together insights from diverse disciplines, this seminar seeks to relocate development in a broad framework that centralizes freedom, social justice, and social empowerment and in doing so addresses following questions: What is development? What does development mean to people? Who are the major players/stakeholders in development discourse? How and in what way do the marginalized deal with their need for social minimum? Development for whom? How and to what extent do women get incorporated in the practice of development? What are the immediate and long-term consequences of development? In what way can development practices be optimized for future gains? The purpose is to facilitate discussion surrounding the concept of development in a frame of reference that incorporates partnership, coalition and collective action, accountability, and regulatory mechanisms. It is envisaged that discussion would chiefly center around following themes: Perspectives on Development; Issues of Inclusion and Exclusion; State and Civil Society Initiatives; Women’s Participation and transformative leadership; and Environmental Stewardship.

Abstracts may be submitted by November 30, 2017 at directorsoss@ignou.ac.in

NB: Outstation participants will be provided accommodation and local hospitality.