Thrust Areas: Gandhian Thought, Panchayati Raj, participatory Methods, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Rural Development , Social Work, Indian Social Thought, Ecology.
In 1989 the School hosted the 12th annual session of the Indian Society of Gandhian Studies, which was a landmark in the history of the society. In the mid-nineties the School started the MPhil programme as well as another MA in Social Welfare and Rural Management, which was rechristened as Development studies from 2002 admissions onwards: School has awarded nearly fifty PhDs. Roughly the same number of persons have completed their MPhil degrees. The School has organized three UGC sponsored refresher course in Economics.
The Interdisciplinary nature of the faculty is a key source of strength of the School. We have experts in areas such as environmental and social movements, Indian Philosophy, Social Work, Participatory Planning, Panchayati Raj, Women’s Studies and Peace Studies including Conflict Resolution. Most of the current faculty members are senior hands with a teaching experience ranging between 17 and 35 years.
The School has the rare distinction of having faculty who have won highly competitive and prestigious awards like Commonwealth Scholarship (IK),Commonwealth Fellowship (UK), UGC Research Award, and Fulbright visiting Professor Fellowship. The Sophia Award for best publication for 2001 was awarded to one of our faculty. Our faculty hold or severed in positions like member of Governing board of the Gandhi Peace Foundation (New Delhi) UGC SAP Expert and evaluation committee in Social Work, Chairperson of UGC Screening Committee of Major and Minor Research Projects, Secretary and Vice-President of the India Society of Gandhian Studies, and member of the peace facilitation teamthat brought about an interim settlement in the communal conflict in Marad in Northern Kerala.
The School has an excellent record of the publications. Apart from 20 books, 24 chapters have been published by the faculuty in edited works, Publishers include Sage, Oriental Longman, Concept and Sterling. The total number of publications in Journals comes to 135. They have appeared ibn a variety of social science journals. The list includes Cooperation and Conflict (Sage)Economic and Political Weekly (2 special articles, one lead) Indian Journal of Gender Studies (Carfax), public Administration and Development (John Wileyt) International Studies (Sage) Asian Journal of Women’s Studies (Ewa Women’s University & University of Maryland), Gandhi Marg, Man and Development, Journal of Rural Development, Indian Journal of Political Science, Review of Development and Change, Kurukshetra (Both special and regular) Indian Journal of Politics, Politics Science Review, Gandhian Perspective, Gandhi Jyothi, Abhigyam Internal Educatior, Kerala Feature, Fellowship, Social Welfare, Vedodharani, Jeevadhara, Prabudhabharatha, Viswatma, Vedantakesari, Nursing Journal of India, Yuvabharathi, Man in India, ELT in Gujarat, Journal of National Integration, Journal of School of Languages(JNU) Bhashaposhini, SAJOSPS Journal, Journal of Rehabilitation in Asia and Mainstream. Besides, the department has to its credit around one hundred articles in popular magazines and newspapers.
Proposed Programme: Certificate programme in Conflict Resolution
Learning skills in conflict analysis and resolution is now considered necessary for people belonging to a variety of professions. There will be four courses offered under this programme. They include conflict analysis, conflict resolution, mediation and restorative justice. At the end of the programme the students will be asked to prepare a project report.
Targeted audience: Social Workers, Counselors, Members of Local Bodies, Personnel Officers of Industry, Priests and community leaders and persons looking forward to working in the area of alternative dispute resolution