Applicants will be shortlisted for the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) on basis of them meeting the following considerations with regard to educational qualifications, work experience and research proposal:
Educational Qualifications: The minimum academic qualification for admission to the integrated M.Phil. & Direct Ph.D programmes is a Second Class Master’s or equivalent degree in the relevant subject awarded by a recognised university in India or abroad, with at least an average of 55 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.5 under the seven-point scale of the University Grants Commission (UGC). In the case of SC/ST/OBC(non-creamy layer)/differently-abled candidates, the minimum eligibility is an average of 50 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.05.
Candidates who are likely to complete all the requirements of their final year Master’s Degree examinations by July 1, are also eligible to apply for M.Phil, provided they have successfully completed their first year Masters degree. In such cases, admission will be provisional. If a provisionally admitted student successfully completes the admission formalities such as clearing the Research Aptitude Test, but fails to score the minimum required mark/grade at the end of the final year examination of his/her Master’s degree, the offer of provisional admission will be automatically cancelled.
Work Experience: A minimum of five years of post graduation work experience is required for Direct PhD programmes. In case of the Integrated M.Phil-PhD Programme, there is no requirement of work experience. However, candidates with one to two years of work experience, will be preferred.
Submission of a research proposal is a compulsory requirement for admission to the Integrated M.Phil-Ph. D and Direct Ph.D. Programme. A research proposal consisting of approximately 1,000 words should accompany the proposal and indicate the Specification of the broad field of study, Statement of the research problem and scope and objectives of the study, rationale for and the significance of the study, methodology to be followed, references, and the candidate’s research/work experience in that area, if any.
Candidates who have an M.Phil or equivalent degree awarded by a recognized university in India or abroad are also eligible for a Direct PhD
The Integrated M. Phil.-Ph. D. Programme in Social Sciences will be a five years (2 years MPhil + 3 Years PhD) programme starting from academic year 2017-18. The first year of Programme will consist of two semesters of course work followed by one year for completing an M. Phil. dissertation. The coursework for the programme is on theories and practices in social sciences and research methods. The dissertation topic selected by students will specifically be on any aspect of social change and development. After successful completion of the two years M. Phil. Programme, the students with minimum CGPA of 6 will automatically move to the Ph. D. Programme which will be of 3 years duration and will require successful completion of Ph. D. Thesis. The usual process of proposal and synopsis presentation at TISS will be followed. The students will have the option to exit the Programme after two years of successful completion of M. Phil. Programme. The broad research areas that the students of the Programme can work on are:
Social identity, development and changeMigration and livelihoodsSocial movements and conflictsEcology and developmentLocal governanceGenderLabourSocial Security
Facukty Research Areas:
Prof. D. K. Srivastava
Industrial Relations, Trade Union, Collective Bargaining, Labour Movement
Prof. Kalpana Sarathy
Health , Mental Health and Social Work
Dr. Sanjay Barbora
Agrarian change, Media studies, Urban studies, Human rights and Migration
Dr. Jagannath Ambagudia
Ethnic/Tribal Politics, Development & Deprivation, Social Discrimination & Marginalisation, Community Conflicts, Migration Studies, Policy Studies
Dr. Abhinandan Saikia
Environment Management, Agroforestry, Knowledge System, Theories of institutions and institutional change, Diffusion and Innovation studies.
Dr. Debdulal Saha
Development Studies, Work and Employment, Informal Economy, Social Protection & State, Value Chain Analysis, Livelihoods, Employment and Industrial Relations
Dr. Jennifer Kipgen
Utilization of health services, Health seeking behavior, by the vulnerable section, STI/HIV/AIDS, Stigma and discrimination, care &support and substance abuse
Dr. Joseph Riamei
Governance, Ethnicity and Conflict Studies in South East Asia, State, Democracy and Tribes, Youth and Development, Social Work with special Focus on Indigenous People's Episteme, Human Rights, Peoples Movement, Rural Livelihood Issues
Dr. Meghadeepa Chakraborty
Livelihood, Social Entrepreneurship, Microfinance, Rural Development, Governance (local governance and non-profit governance), Social Network
Dr. Namita Brahma
Conservational Based Livelihood, Environment related Studies, Human-Wildlife Conflict, Ecological Monitoring, Livelihood based Entrepreneurship Development in Fringe Villages adjacent to Forest Areas
Ms. Navaneeta Deori
South Asian Studies
Dr. Prashant Kesharvani
Health System Research, Social Capital, Group Processes and Dynamics, Health Policy, Mental Health, Technology and Human Behaviour, and Health Communication
Dr. Rajdeep Singha
Political Economy and Development, Labour, Poverty and Livelihood, Industrial Economics
Dr. R. K. Debbarma
Political Theory; space, place and identity politics; violence
Dr. Razdan Sarim Rahman
Gender and Micro-credit & Livelihood
Dr. Santhosh M. R.
Political Economy of Health, Access to Medicines and Treatment,Implications of Liberalisation and Privatisation, Gender and Health, Health Equity Issues, Traditional Medicines and Knowledge
Dr. Shalini Sharma
Environment studies with a focus on urban/political ecology, Climate Change and disasters, gender and environment, Natural/Cultural Heritage.Social Movements, Media studies, Memory studies
Dr. Shivani Chauhan Barooah
Decent work,Informal economy, Women and work, Geriatric care
Dr. Soibam Haripriya
Memory Studies, Sociology of Literature, Political Sociology, Cultural Anthropology
Dr. Subeno Kithan
Anthropology of Religion; Nomadic societies; Culture and communication; family, marriage and kinship studies.
Dr. V. Sawmveli
Sociology of gender, law and religion, Cultural Studies, Research Methodology (qualitative) Sexual Violence issues especially in North-East India. The role of state, public institutions, legal and religious institutions
Dr. Yengkhom Jilangamba
Identity: Colonial Anthropology, Race; Territoriality: Frontier, Border; Historiography, Violence, Pedagogy
Dr. Stephen Pamei
Ethnicity, Conflict, urban/rural sociology, and cultural sociology
Ms Monica Kaothala
Children wellbeing and development
Distribution of Credit Hours:
The duration of the M. Phil. Programme in Social Sciences shall be two years, spread over four semesters and roughly coinciding with the academic calendar of the Institute.
The M. Phil. Programme shall carry a total of 48 credits and will have six components:
Basic Courses (BC): 8 credits (four courses with 2 credits each)
Auxiliary Course (AC): Non-credited but compulsory, to enhance academic writing skills.
Thematic Courses (TC): 8 credits. Four courses to be chosen by a student from an inter/trans disciplinary areas of Social Sciences that are offered by the faculty members at TISS, Guwahati Campus.
Survey of Literature (SL): 8 credits. As a prelude to embarking on the study, the survey of literature familiarizes the scholar with the literature available on the problem chosen for the study, identifies gaps, and enables the scholar to formulate alternative hypothesis.
Dissertation (DI): 24 credits. Provides an opportunity for the student to practice the craft of research by using the knowledge acquired during the course work. It embodies the outcome of the practice or process of research. The dissertation constitutes the product of research.
Semester I Courses: There will be four basic courses (8 credits) provide the foundation for theoretical understanding of development, research methods and one non-credit course in research writings.
Semester II Courses: Scholars will have to choose four thematic courses (8 credits total) that deal with inter/trans-disciplinary research from a basket of courses that are offered by faculty members working on different Masters programmes (Social Work with specialisation in Counselling, Public Health, Community Organisation and Development Practice, Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship; Peace and Conflict Studies; Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development; Labour Studies and Social Protection; and Sociology and Social Anthropology). Prior to embarking on their dissertation, students will be expected to make a presentation on survey of literature (8 credits) and research proposal before a committee and their peers.
Semester III & IV- Dissertation: The coursework in the first year of the Programme intended to prepare students for research, and the research undertaken by students in the second year culminate into a dissertation thesis (24 credits) submitted by the students at the end of the Programme. The usual process of MPhil dissertation evaluation rule will be applicable.
BC 1: Philosophical Foundation of Social Sciences
BC 2: Social Theory and Research
BC 3: Quantitative Research: Theory and Practice
BC 4: Qualitative Research: Theory and Practice
AC 1: Workshop on Academic Writing Skills
Core thematic areas of research will be identified. Each scholar will have to chose four TCs under the themes offered
Survey of literature on a Problem Area
III and IV
Ph. D. (years 3-5)
Degree will be awarded after successful completion and defence of the Ph. D. Thesis
Fee Structure for Integrated M.Phil and Ph.D Programme and Direct Ph.D Programme
(Prices in INR and subject to revision)
The full fees and deposits should be paid within the stipulated time after the announcement of the admission results. In addition, Rs. 50/- towards bank processing charges should be paid in any branch of the State Bank of India. If students fail to pay the fee on time, their candidature can be cancelled. Once the students details have been entered into the Online platform, a scanned copy of the fee receipt must be submitted via the online platform. Non-adherence to the above will be considered as equivalent to non-payment of fees.
Students’ Mediclaim Insurance Premium
For M.Phil per Semester
For Ph.D. per Semester for 2 Years
Medical Examination Fees
Student Union Fee
Payable three months before submission
Degree certificate replacement
Issue of duplicate Identity Card
Hostel Room(Double/Triple) (if allotted)
*subject to revision
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