Academic Departments University of Calcutta


Year of Establishment : 1975, fucntional-1976

History of the department : The Department of Sociology at University of Calcutta was set-up in 1975 and functional in 1976 and currently running M.A., M.Phil. & Ph.D coursework. It will complete forty two years in 2018.  With semester system of teaching and examination the department offers a 900 marks Master degree having compulsory components of Fieldwork and Term paper writing and a choice from six optional papers of 200 marks.

Incidentally, Sociology was being taught as a subsidiary in M.A. Economics since 1909 and also as a special paper in Political Science. It was in 1975 that the University Grants Commission approved the Department of Sociology at the University of Calcutta with BelaDuttGupta, then Reader in the Department of Political Science, as Head of Sociology. Subsequently, Prof. BelaDuttGupta, a nationally acclaimed Sociologist became Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Chair Professor at Calcutta and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement by Indian Sociological Society in October 2009. Other faculties were Professor Debkumar Banerjee, Prof. Swapan Kr. Bhattacharyya, Prof. Swapan Kr. Pramanik, Prof. Bholanath Banerjee, Dr. Krishna Chakraborty, Prof. Bula Bhadra, Prof. Basabi Sur and Prof. Gayatri Bhattacharyya all of whom have retired.

Departmental faculties are in regular interface with larger society in new sub areas like Sociology of Health and Illness, Sociology of Ageing, Sociology of Culture and Gender in Literature, Cinema, and Theater etc. The faculties of this Department regularly contribute in generating academic knowledge and its application through interventions with other organizations in the new areas as mentioned in their capacity as experts and advisors to different local and national bodies.

The Department started publishing its own journal from 1980 that was re-launched as a refereed journal from 2007; the last issue of 2016 is on racks and issue of 2017 is forthcoming.

At present, the Department has eleven posts with four full time teachers and fifteen guest teachers.

  • Dr. Sudeshna Basu Mukherjee
    • An Alumnus, Professor.
  • Dr. Mallarika Sarkar (Das)
    • An Assistant Professor.
  • Dr. Susmita Bhattacharyya
    • An Alumnus, Assistant  Professor
  • Ms. Clare LizamitSamling
    • An Assistant Professor.

There were four UPE-UGC major collaborative projects with Applied Psychology, Linguistics, History and Library & Information Science departments under UPE-1. Currently there is an interdisciplinary ICSSR Major with the departments of Economics and Business Management.
Most faculty members of the Department contribute to different non-governmental organizations and to both print and electronic media as experts very often. Most faculty members are involved in outreach activities

The Department has already produced a handsome number of students who are employed in different national and international Institutes of repute. 15 Alumni are named here.

Sl. Name  Designation Institution
1. Prof. Sujata Sen Professor Kalayani University
2. Prof. Biswajit Ghosh Professor Burdwan University
3. Prof. S.A.H. Moinuddin Professor Vidyasagar University
4. Prof. Shuita Chopra Chatterjee Professor IIT Kharagpur
5 Prof. Anirban Banerjee  Professor Burdwan University
6. Prof. RamanujGanguly    Professor West Bengal State University
 7. Dr. RituSenChaudhuri    Associate Professor West Bengal State University
8. Dr. Piyali Sur   Associate Professor Jadavpur University
9 Dr. Nabamita Das  Associate Professor Presidency University
10 Dr. ArpitaMitra    Associate Professor KISS Law- Bhubaneswar
11 Mr. Subhasis Banerjee     Associate Professor BE College-IIEST Sibpur
12 Dr. AnandaMohonKar Associate Professor Burdwan University
13 Ms. Pujasri Chatterjee Associate Professor Vidyasagar  University
14 Dr. SrabantiChaudhuri Associate Professor Netaji Open University
15 Ms. Sreyosi Ray   Associate Professor Heritage Institute of Management Studies
  • Annually held Prof. BelaDutt Gupta Memorial Lecture
    • 1st “Selective Appropriation of Gender Ideology: The MahilaAghadi of the Farmers’ Movement in Maharastra, 1996-2004” - by Prof. D.N. Dhanagare, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla;
    • 2nd “Gender Representation in Higher Education: Going Beyond Numbers” , by Prof. Karuna Chanana, (Rtd), Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
    • 3rd “Revisiting Indian Sociology in 21st Century”, was delivered by Prof. K.L. Sharma(Retd), Pro-Chancellor, Jaipur National University, on 27th March 2017.


Faculty Members :
Name Designation Area of specialization Email/Phone number
Dr. Sudeshna Basu Mukherjee
Professor Research Methodology
Social Gerontology
Sociology of Organization
Sociology of Medicine and Illness
Dr. Mallarika Sarkar (Das)
Assistant professors Social Gerontology
Ms. Clare Lizamit Samling
Assistant professors & Head Soc. of Religion; Gender; Information Society
Dr. Susmita Bhattacharyya
Assistant professors Sociology of Culture
Visiting faculty members :
Name Institutions attached with Period of appointment
Prof.  Bula Bhadra INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, JOKA, 2006 (August-October)
Dr. Sudeshna Basu Mukherjee Department of Sociology
Vidyasagar University
Visiting Fellow
March 2012- 2013

Courses :

Programme Eligibility Intake capacity
P.G. in Sociology B.A. in Sociology 65
M.Phil M.A. - Sociology 15
Ph.D Course work    


Research scholars :
Name Research topic Name of the supervisor Date of registration
Abir Chatterjee Impact of Globalized Postindustrial Media on Indian society: How reality shows influence the active syndrome of media audience. ( A Study of Deconstructing the Political Economy of Mediation in India) SwapanKr. Pramanik 22/04/2016
Ananya Chatterjee Friendship Relationships among Adolescents in Kolkata: A Sociological Investigation Sudeshna Basu Mukherjee 25/04/2012
Anisha Sen Women Medical Professionals in Kolkata: A Sociological Investigation Bula Bhadra    29/01/2014
Anuja Gupta A Sociological Study of BratasAmong Women in the Howrah District of West Bengal BholanathBandhopahyay 11/03/2016
Arundhati Ghosh Dastidar School as a Social System Gayatri Bhattacharyya 12/08/2012
Chanderyee Chaudhuri Raising Hopes of Self-Reliance: The Scope of Biodiversity Management in Bankura- A District in West Bengal Gayatri Bhattacharyya 22/04/2016
Deepika Singh Networked Individual and Networked Family in India:A Sociological Exploration of Youth of Kolkata Bula Bhadra    22/09/2015
Dr. DiptaKantiMukhopadyay MBBS & MD Illness Behavior: A Sociological Study in Rural Areas of Birbhum District  of West Bengal Sudeshna Basu Mukherjee 31/05/2017
Jayeeta Basu Professional Women and Glass ceiling: A Sociological Study of Women Lawyers of Kolkata Bula Bhadra 25/04/2012
Joyita Das Educational Status Among Shia and Sunni Muslim Women in Kolkata: An Intergenerational study Bholanath Bandhopahyay 06/06/2018
Kousambi Chakraborty Rural Development in India: A Contributions of Rabindranath Tagore Bholanath Bandhopahyay 08/03/2013
Ishani Deb Linguistic Hegemony and Schooling In the  21st Century: A Sociological Inquiry of English and Bengali Medium Schools in Kolkata Bula Bhadra    22/ 12/2016
Meghna Bose Iravati Karve’s Contributions To Sociology of India Gayatri Bhattacharyya 31/03/2015
Pujasree Chatterjee Changing Nature of Work Life: An Investigation among the University Faculty of West Bengal Sudeshna Basu Mukherjee 11/03/2016
PunyrupaBhaduri Nature and Extent of Domestic Elderly Abuse in Kolkata and its Adjacent Areas: A Sociological Study Bholanath Bandhopahyay 06/06/2018
RinkiKamat The pattern and characteristics of migration among the slum dwellers of Kolkata: A Sociological Study of the slums in the Kolkata Municipal corporation area Basabi Sur 23.6.2017
SaheliChowdhury Women Athletes of West Bengal : A Sociological Investigation of Gendering, Exclusion and Marginalization Bula Bhadra    17/12/2012
Sanchari De Career Choice: A Sociological Exploration Among Secondary  and  Higher Secondary Students in Kolkata Sudeshna Basu Mukherjee 02/03/2016
Shinjini Ray M.N. Srinivas’s contributions To Indian Sociology: The Early Writings Gayatri Bhattacharyya 09/06/ 2017
SohiniKundu Women tea plantation workers in a tea garden in north Bengal: an sociological study Gayatri Bhattacharyya 20/06/2016
Soumen Das Redefining Intimacy: A Sociological Study on Changing Perception of Romantic Love among YoungAdults in Kolkata Bula Bhadra    31/05/ 2017
Suvankar Dasgupta Feminist Cinema and Indian Society: A Sociological Gaze and Assay of Selective Indian Cinema Bula Bhadra    10.11.10
Cntd. 11/11/2015
Tannistha Sarkar Doctor-Patient Relationship: A Sociological Investigation in Government Hospitals of West Bengal Sudeshna Basu Mukherjee 31/05/ 2017
Tapobrata Ray An analysis of the impact of the socio – cultural environment on business decisions and strategy from the point of view of corporate members. Basabi Sur 05/06/2015
Project :
Project title Funding agency Principal investigator Duration
Social, Economic and Political Empowerment of Women: The Role   of Microfinance Interventions in Diverse Cultures ICSSR Major Project; Co-Director-
Sudeshna Basu Mukherjee
Contemporary linkages of Tagore’s Chitrangada, Binodini and Srimati- Saga of Different Women UGC-minor Susmita Bhattacharyya-PI 2017
Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department/ centre :



Currently Interdisciplinary researches are undertaken :  

  • Sociology of Ageing, Gender, Culture and Empowerment, Economy, Social Movement, Sociology and Literature.
  • Changing spheres of life in the context of rise of an information and networked society, families and individuals and the weaker sections.
  • Sociology of education, sports, gendered realm of medical and legal professions,
  • Sociology and fashion in everyday social life, contemporary youth friendship.
  • Sociology of illness, Medicine and society
  • Technology-Society Interface and its Challenges and Prospects,
  • Gender, Empowerment and Diaspora in the Rural community

Teaching support :  

  • e- learning is encouraged and resources are provided for better reference.
Research support :
Name of the equipment Brief description Funding agency
LCD Projectors& Internet Class room teaching UNIVERSITY
Internet For research scholars and students UNIVERSITY

Major activities : 

  • Students were placed in Webcon Consulting India limited: 2016
  • Students were placed in Irvine Infocom Private Limited: 2017- As content analysts

International and National Lectures :  

  • Why do the Nation States of Europe Need Protection in Legislation? The example of Swedish language policy and legislation since 2000; Sally Boyd Professor of General Linguistics Dept of Philosophy, Linguistics & Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg , Sweden, 8th December 2010. Funded By CU.
  • “Female Body Image: Traditions, Social Construction and Commodification in the Global Marriage market’ Dr.AditiMitra of Colorado University, 11th of January 2011. Funded by CU.
  • 'Health, Environment and Gender Intersections’ Prof. Laura CorradiUniversity of Calabria, South- Italy, February 28, 2011; Funded by CU – BI
  • Collapse of Aryan Invasion/Immigration Theory and the Establishment of Indigenism; Prof. Nicholas KazanasDirector, IMILOS Meleton Cultural Institute, Greece, 2011 Funded by CU.
  • Human Rights from a Sociological Perspective; Prof. Bandana Purkayastha, University of Connecticut; 24 April 2012. Funded by Department.
  • Reinterpreting Vivekananda; By Prof. TapanRaychaudhuri; on the occasion of 150 years of Swamiji; 6th March 2013.
  • Indian Calendar Art: origins and Recent Developments; Prof. Bradley Hartel, Virginia Tech University; 26th March 2013. Funded by CU.
  • “ IMAGINING THE RACIAL OTHER DURINGTHE BRISTISH COLONIAL PERIOD” By Dr. ASHOK MALHOTRA, British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Collaborative Research in the Humanities, Queens University, Belfast, 3rd September 2015. Funded by CU – BI
  • 'Re-imagining Indian Sociology. Challenges confronting the Discipline'.Prof. Sujata Patel Hyderabad Central University and First Women President of the Indian Sociological Society, 22nd January, 2016 Funded by CU – BI
  • Variations in Portrayal of Durga on Bengali Greetings Card Traditional-Modern-Contemporary and Calendars; Prof. BradelyHertel; Tech University; 2017; Funded by CU – BI.
  • Immigrants and the USA-Moving the Clock Back, ShaliniChoudhury,  Faculty, Arkansas University USA., 6th August 2018.

National and International Seminars :  

  • University of Calcutta,ICSSR and UNDP sponsored Post-Centenary Golden Jubilee International seminar on “Globalization: Potentialities and Predicaments” January 2007.
  • Workshop on HIV/Aids was conducted by West Bengal State Aids Prevention & Control Society and Trustee AMITIE TRUST, Half-Day Workshop, April 7, 2011.
  • International Seminar on Childhood and Ageing: Contemporary Scenario”,  Sponsored by I C S S R, New Delhi, University of Calcutta and Save The Children, BalRaksha, Bharat, Participation by  luminaries from Australia, Prof. Michael Fine, University of Macquarie,  an eminent scholar in the field of Aged Care and internationally acclaimed scholars from in and around India. 3rd-4th February 2011,
  • Locating Social, Political and Gender Issues in the Works of Rabindranath Tagore   26th of September 2011.
  • In the INTERNATIONAL YOUTH, year (2010-2011) ORGANIZED; “Meeting Youth Needs in the 21st Century CANADA and INDIA: Youth work, Young people and Youth policy.” Sponsored by Shastri-Indo-Canadian Institute, New Delhi & University of Calcutta, 28th & 29th November 2011.
  • Louis Dumont: A Tribute, National Seminar, Funded by CU – BI , 28 March 2012

Additional information :  

  • Departmental faculties are in regular interface with larger society and regularly contribute in generating academic knowledge and its application through interventions with other organizations in the new areas as mentioned in their capacity as experts and advisors to different local and national bodies.
  • Faculty is members of Board of studies of West Bengal State University, CMIG Kolkata.
  • Faculty is members of ETHICAL COMMITTEE of Indian Institute of Health and Hygiene.
  • Faculties are executive membersand research committee conveners, of national and international Sociological association.
  • Faculty are associated with outreach activities in areas of women, child, elderly, and marginalized groups and the impact of new technology.


Campus : Alipore (Shahid Kshudiram Siksha Prangan)

Address for communication : Department of Sociology, 1 Reformatory Street, Alipur, Kolkata 700027