The Department of Sociology has taken cognizance of the long-felt demand for the scholastic pursuit in the discipline of Sociology at the University level in the region of Assam, and for promoting an in-depth understanding and research of the various issues of North East India contextualized in the region and global milieu and necessitated by contemporary developments.

It has traversed its journey by starting off as an M.A. Programme in Sociology in the academic session 2009-10 under the auspices of the Department of Political Science. It continued to be so only till 2010-11. During this brief period the programme was designed in a self-financing mode.

Geared with a vision since its inception to progress to a Department of Sociology, the University is proud to have materialized it. 2011 marks a milestone when the M.A. Programme in Sociology attained the status of a postgraduate programme in the Department of Sociology, which simultaneously comes into being.

Currently, the road map for the invigorating involvement and participation of students, members of the academia, other professionals and the wider society in the striving for excellence is being firmly put in place.

Old Departmental Data


The M.A. programme is designed to provide to the students an intensive orientation on sociological perspectives and a wide disciplinary gamut to choose from for their specialised interests. Its focus is to train students to develop critical understanding and to nurture in them the basic competency for conducting rigorous research so that they can enable themselves to be the next generation of social scientists and to be able to chart their courses in academics, government and the non-profit sector or private industry, such as NGOs, media, industry, health, education, public service, etc. to mention a few. A thorough understanding in Sociology enables one to grasp the divergent and the seemingly complex multifarious social issues from a holistic perspective and, thus, to extend their knowledge to other disciplines, particularly of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Therefore, continuous innovation and curriculum designing oriented to multidisciplinary perspective is another hallmark of this programme.

Students who have gained a master's degree in other areas of Humanities and Social Sciences have pursued M.A. in Sociology in this Department, and several others have also been absorbed in social research projects and teaching positions. An optional paper in the Fourth Semester on Dissertation on any topic of choice strives to further develop the research acumen of the students and derive experience so that they may explore and find gainful engagement in social research in the future. Several alumni immediately upon completion of their course have been selected through screening processes to conduct doctoral research in other institutes of national importance outside this region.

Students and Alumni

The Department is proud that every year several of its students have been qualifying the UGC-NET and also been securing UGC-NET-JRF.

Several of the alumni of the Department, immediately upon completion of their course have continued their academic pursuits as doctoral research scholars in the Department. Some others of them have been selected, through reportedly rigorous screening processes, to pursue doctoral research in the other institutes of national importance outside North East India. Certain others have secured positions in teaching and non teaching job sectors as well as in field research activities.

The Department empasises on developing the spirit and culture of team work amongst the students and of learning through it and this has been emerging as the hallmark tradition of this Department.

Postgraduate Course

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate MA in Sociology, Sociology, 4 2 45
Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate PhD in Sociology, Sociology,

Associate Professor

Shabeena Yasmin Saikia [ Head of the Department ]
MA (Pondicherry) MSc (in Anthropology, Delhi) PhD (Gauhati) Ethnicity, Social Change, Sociological Theory, Research Methodology

Assistant Professors

Kaberi Das
MA (Delhi) MPhil (TISS) PhD (TISS, Mumbai) Gender Studies, Migration, Urban Sociology, Rural Sociology
Swarnali Basumatary
MA (NEHU) Sociology of Religion, Research Methodology

Associated Faculty

Monirul Hussain
MA (AMU) MPhil (JNU) PhD (JNU) Political Sociology, Development Studies, Social Movements and Forced MIgration
Mridusmita Dutta
MA (Gauhati) Sociological Theory
Ritwik Rupam Sarma
MA (Gauhati) Social Movement, Society and Social Change in Assam
Rukchana Rahman
MA (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) PhD (NEHU) Gender Studies
Sangeeta Das
MA (Tezpur) Sociology of Ethnicity
Upashana Duarah
MA (Gauhati) Sociology of India, Urban Sociology
Aminul Islam (Assamese Muslims)
Ankita Kakoti (Women's space in Agriculture in Brahmaputra Valley)
Chandra Upadhyay (Minorities of Nepal)
Debojyoti Gogoi (Women Participation and Rural Development)
Dipen Basumatary (Ethnography of Meches of Nepal) UGC Junior Research Fellow
Emon Bordoloi (Juvenile Delinquency)
Nazimuddin Siddique (Indo-Bhutan Borderland)
Pamidi Hagjer (Rituals in Urban Space) UGC Junior Research Fellow
Pranita Medhi (Social Differentiation and Urban Space)
Sangeeta Das (Ethnic Identity and conflict)
Stutima Basistha (Status of Women Tea Labourers of Assam)
Trinity Borgohain (Social Organisation of Slums of Guwahati)
Upashana Duarah (Spatial Organisation of Urban Space) UGC Junior Research fellow
Harej Ali (Peon)
Dipanjali Kalita (Computer Typist contractual)


Department of Sociology
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam

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The Department has a small but important collection of reference books in its Library which can be accessed by the students, research scholars and faculty of the Department along with any willing readers.


Co-curricular Activities

The teaching-learning process of the Department is buttressed by co-curricular activities. Understanding and unravelling of the principles of the society requires that the students of the Department initiates and engages in the multifarious co-curricular activities of the Department and the University.

You can download the syllabus for the forthcoming entrance examination for admission into the MA in Sociology by clicking here.
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