1. Master of Arts (M.A.) in Sociology by Research
As a post-graduate centre recognized by the University of Mumbai, Institute of Indian Culture offers the possibility of doing Master of Arts in Sociology by research. The rules and regulations for such course are stipulated by the University of Mumbai.
At present, a candidate desiring to do Master of Arts in Sociology by Research need to register with the University of Mumbai through Institute of Indian Culture. The process begins with the student making initial consultation with the M.A. Research Guide at Institute of Indian Culture, Dr. Leela D'Souza. The research area and the topic of research need to be probed further and a research proposal needs to be drawn up by the student. When the research proposal is prepared, an application for registration can be made to the University of Mumbai.
The topic of the research needs to be approved by the University of Mumbai. For this, the candidate needs to make an application in the prescribed format along with the requisite fee to the University of Mumbai. The Board of Studies in Sociology, University of Mumbai is the competent authority for the approval of the topic of research.
After topic of research has been approved, the candidate (if he/she is a graduate from a University other than the University of Mumbai) needs to apply for provisional certificate of eligibility at the Eligibility and Migration Certificates Unit, Babasaheb Ambedkar Bhavan, University of Mumbai, Kalina Campus. More details on this can be obtained from http://mum.digitaluniversity.ac/Content.aspx?ID=867
After getting the Provisional Certificate of Eligibility the candidate may register as a student of the University of Mumbai. Along with the application for registration the candidate needs to pay registration fees and tuition fees to the University. Tuition fees are for terms of six months each. The time allotted for completion of M.A. is four terms.
The supervisor would advise the student as to the basic readings in theory and method and suggest ways of implementing the research design. The duration of the course is two years within which the student needs to submit the dissertation to the University of Mumbai. When the dissertation is ready for submission with the approval of the supervisor, the candidate needs to apply for the confirmation of eligibility at Eligibility and Migration Certificates Unit, Babasaheb Ambedkar Bhavan, University of Mumbai, Kalina Campus. When the candidate is in possession of the Letter of Confirmation of Eligibility from the University of Mumbai, he/she may submit the synopsis of the dissertation along with the required submission fees.
The synopsis of the dissertation can be submitted after the expiry of 22 months from the date of registration. Within six months from the date of the submission of the synopsis the candidate needs to submit the dissertation along with the prescribed form duly filled in and the payment of fees.
Once the dissertation is assessed by an external examiner, the degree of Masters of Arts in Sociology is awarded to the student.
The student needs to apply to the University of Mumbai at its convocation for the degree certificate. The Degree Certificate would mention the title of the dissertation as well as the award of the degree of Master of Arts in Sociology by dissertation. If applied for, the University would also issue a declaration to state that those who have completed Master of Arts by dissertation are deemed to have 55% of marks.
Students with bachelor degrees from faculties other than Arts will need to appear for a faculty change test and make themselves eligible for pursuing the Masters Degree in Sociology. As per the number of students appearing for such test, it may be held at Institute of Indian Culture or at the Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai.
The list of students who have completed Master of Arts in Sociology by dissertation at Institute of Indian Culture is the following:
|Name||Topic||Supervisor||Date of Completion|
|Sunita Flora D'Sa||The Concept of Modernity in Indian Anthropology||Dr. Leela D'Souza||December 2001|
|S. Selaiyathu||Caste, Power and People: Caste and Politics in Tamil Nadu||Dr. Leela D'Souza||April 2004|
|Alexius Dungdung||Tribes in Transition: A Study of Changing Kharia Culture||Dr. Leela D'Souza||December 2004|
|Johnney Joseph||Family in Urban India: Its Changing Patterns||Dr. Leela D'Souza||Ongoing|
Institute of Indian Culture, situated in the picturesque location of Gyan Ashram Campus, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri East, Mumbai 93 is a research centre – cum – library founded by the famous anthropologist Dr. Stephen Fuchs. The institute seeks to carry on the legacy of great scholars who have contributed greatly to the growth of Anthropology worldwide. It situates itself in the anthropological tradition spearheaded by Dr. Wilhelm Schmidt of Vienna who was a major contributor to the distinct theoretical position of ‘kulturkreis’ (culture-circle) theory in the diffusionist school of anthropology. Dr. Stephen Fuchs was a student of Dr. Schmidt.
2. Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) in Sociology
The process of admission to PhD in Sociology is given below in a summarised form gleaned from the notification of the University of Mumbai
(NO. Exam./Thesis/Univ./VCD/2414 of 2010).
The conditions of eligibility of candidates who can apply for PhD are notified by the University of Mumbai in its ordinances (O.5473, O.5474 and O.5476) available at http://mu.ac.in/courses/Other%20Courses.pdf
PhD Entrance Test (PET)
Such eligible candidates desiring to pursue PhD, need to apply for the PhD Entrance Test (PET), conducted by the University of Mumbai on a regular basis. Candidates fulfilling the following criteria are exempted from appearing for PET.
- Those who have qualified NET/SET/JRF in Sociology and Anthropology
- Teacher Fellowship holder in apex bodies such as CSIR/UGC/ICAR/ICMR/DBT.
- M.Phil degree holders from University of Mumbai as well as other UGC recognized Universities in India.
Within fifteen days of the declaration of the results of the PET examination, all candidates desirous of admission to PhD shall make application in the prescribed form along with `100 fee to the recognised Research Centres. This will be followed by interviews of the candidates and the successful candidates at the interview will be assigned supervisors at this stage.
Preparation of the PhD Proposal
In consultation with the supervisor, the candidate needs to prepare a Thesis Proposal in the format laid down by the University of Mumbai. This proposal will be sent for approval from the Research and Recognition Committee (RRC) of the University.
When the candidate receives the notification of the approval of the proposal by the RRC, he/she may proceed with registration as PhD candidate with the University of Mumbai. Candidates with qualifuying degrees from Universities other than the University of Mumbai will have to apply for provisional Eligibility Certificate at the Eligibility and Migration Certificates Unit, Babasaheb Ambedkar Bhavan, University of Mumbai, Kalina Campus. More details on this can be obtained from http://mum.digitaluniversity.ac/Content.aspx?ID=867
It is compulsory for all candidates for PhD to complete the PHD course work prescribed by the Board of Studies of the concerned discipline (in the case of the Institute of Indian Culture, the Board of Studies in Sociology).
Candidates who have completed M.Phil course at the University of Mumbai or any other University in India recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) are exempted from PhD Coursework.
Upon the completion of the coursework, the candidate will be issued a certificate. Now the candidate is all set to start the PhD research work.
Institute of Indian Culture insists on candidates for PhD to adhere strictly to the direction of the supervisors in the conduct of the research. As a Centre with strong foundation in Anthropological Research, it is expected of candidates registering for PhD to engage with Anthropological theory and methods in their research work.
The modalities of the payment of fees, and modes of consultation with the supervisor, the format and the timing of the submission of the synopsis, the format of the final dissertation, the number of copies to be submitted and other matters are subject to extant rules of the University of Mumbai. For more information on these matters, kindly consult http://mu.ac.in/courses/Other%20Courses.pdf
The list of students who have completed PhD in Sociology at Institute of Indian Culture is the following:
|Name||Topic||Supervisor||Date of Completion|
|Elfreeda Momin||A Sociological Study of Adoption||A. Bopegamage||May 2003|
|Rui Domingos Pereira||Khasi Religion||J. V. Ferreira /
|Joyce Georgina John||Working in Information Communication Technology: A Sociological Study of Call Centres in Mumbai||Myrtle Barse||July 2009|
|Maria Goretti Amaladass||The Empowerment of Women through Education: A Comparative Study of the High School Educated women and women Drop outs at Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu||Myrtle Barse||May 2010|
|Anandi Dantas||Social and Epidemiological Implications of Migration in the Spread of HIV/AIDS in Mumbai||Augustine Kanjamala||July 2011|
|Kuriakose A.K.||Sociological Study of HIV/AIDS: A Case Study on the Role of Teachers in Prevention||Augustine Kanjamala||February 2012|
|Dattaram Dhondu Naik||Reproductive and Sexual Health of Street Adolescents: A Sociological Study of Street Adolescents in Mumbai||Augustine Kanjamala||Ongoing|