CPS M.Phil / Ph.D. Programme









PO 630 Text in Political Philosophy

Gurpreet Mahajan

PO 639 Citizenship in India: Laws Politics and Institutional Practices

A.  Roy

PO 637 Dalit movements in contemporary India

Narender Kumar

PO636 Politics and Ecology: Environmentalism as Political Theory

Biju Kumar

PO 622 Agrarian Politics and Movements in India

Sudhir Kumar Suthar


The Centre has two separate research degree programmes: the Master of Philosophy Programme leading to the award of M.Phil. degree and the Doctor of Philosophy leading to the award of the Ph.D. degree. The Centre at present admits around 35 students to the M.Phil programme each year. The M.Phil. programme is spread over four semesters and students are expected to complete the course in the first two semesters. The students must obtain a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 5.00. A student who obtains a CGPA of less than 5.00 in the Course work is not eligible to submit his/her dissertation and is disqualified from earning the M.Phil. degree. A student admitted to the M.Phil. programme must offer four courses, two of which are compulsory. The compulsory courses are:

1. Philosophy and Methods in Social Sciences
2. Approaches, Concepts and Methods of Political Analysis

The two compulsory courses are designed to equip and train students in the methods and techniques of political research, along with an introduction to methodological debates and issues in social sciences, as well as to the basic approaches and concepts of political analysis. The third and fourth courses, which every student must take, are optional courses, which students may select in consonance with their research interests. The choice of the optional would be decided by the research needs and specialization stream chosen by the student.

Within the three broad areas of Political Theory and Ideologies, Indian Government and Politics, Comparative Politics and International Relations, the Centre seeks to promote research on the following themes.


Social Justice
State, Development and Public Policy
Civil Society and State
Political Ideas in Modern India
Political Institutions
Theories of Change and Transformation
Legitimacy, Protest and Change
Federalism and Decentralization
Diversity and Difference
Religion and Politics
Equality and Non-discrimination
Justice, Community and Culture
Secularism, the nation-state and minority politics
Social and Political Movements
Politics of Caste, Class, Communalism and Regionalism
Multiculturalism and Identity Politics
Dalit Movements and Politics
Gender and Politics.
Environmental Politics
Electoral politics
Political participation: political parties and pressure groups
Comparative study of regional and state politics in India
Neo-Liberalism and Globalization
Issues of National Security Foreign Policy of India