Major Areas of Research in the Departments
Adult Continuing Education and Extension Extension education and services in higher education, Curriculum Development and Environmental Issues, Research Methodology, Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, Lifelong Learning (LLL), Non-Formal Education, Skill Development
African Studies Social Theories, Sociology of religion, African environment, natural resource management, disaster management, Ancient African Empires, Pan-Africanism, and African nationalism, Multi-Party Democracy in Africa, Human Rights & Refugee Problems, Africa in World Politics, India’s foreign policy in Africa, Food Security and agriculture development, SAP & its impact on Africa, Regional Economic Groupings and India-Africa Economic Relations.
Anthropology Comparative religion, caste system, family dynamics, medical systems, and anthropological theory and methods, Gender and Women’s Studies, Caste studies with special interest in Dalit studies, Ecology and Environment and Border and Margins of Society, Human Genetics, Human Cytogenetics, Recombinant DNA Technology, Reproductive Immunology, Medical Anthropology; Qualitative Research; Public Health; Disaster Impact Assessment Tools; Anthropology and Mountain Communities, Genetic Structure, Diversity and Health Dynamics Among Human Coastal Populations, Association of variants of uncoupling protein 1(UCP 1) with levels of obesity, cardiovascular and metabolic complications among adolescent and adult in two homogenous groups, Human Ecology, Human Growth & Development, Physiological Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Tribal health.
Arabic Modern Arabic Literature, Islamic studies and Translation, Classical Arabic Literature, Indo- Arab Literature, Arab Civilization and Islamic Studies.
Biochemistry Recombinant antibodies for therapeutics and diagnostics, Drug design and discovery against cardiovascular diseases, Haemoglobin and artificial blood substitutes, Molecular oncology and anti-cancer therapeutics, Microbial genomics and Immunodiagnostics, Bioinformatics, Network. Biology and Immunoinformatics, Signal Transduction Mechanisms of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Biophysics Membrane Biophysics, Ion Channels, Neuro-biophysics, Cognitive Science (Learning & Memory), Theoretical & Mathematical Biology, Structural Biology, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Next Generation Sequencing, Protein and Genome Sequence Analysis, Use of Machine Learning Methods in Biology
Botany Developmental and Reproductive Biology, Functional Genomics, Proteomics and Genetics, Physiology and Biochemistry, Plant Biotechnology, Systematics and Ecology, Plant- Microbe/Plant-Pest interaction, Biodiversity Conservation and Evolutionary Biology, Climate change and Abiotic Stress.
Buddhist Studies Buddhist History, Buddhist Archaeology, Buddhist Art & Architecture, Theravada Abhidhamma Philosophy, Theravada Buddhist Psychology, Theravada Buddhist Para- Psychology, Theravada Buddhist Eschatology, and Pali (Language and Literature), Buddhist Philosophy, Theravada, Mahayana, Logic & Tantra.
Chemistry Bioorganic chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, natural products and non-covalent interactions in chemistry & biological fields and supramolecular chemistry, Theoretical polymer chemistry with special reference to electrically conducting polymers and biopolymers such as proteins and DNA, Nanomaterials and conducting polymer composites for fabrication of biosensors, Clay polymer nano composites as fire retardants and for synthesis of organic compounds, Physical Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Computational Chemistry, Nanoscience, Theoretical Physical Chemistry, Complex Systems in Electrochemistry and Materials, Synthesis of novel heterocyclic compounds; Sonochemistry, Application of microwaves in organic synthesis; Synthesis, characterization and applications of ionic liquids in organic synthesis; Preparation, characterization and applications of metal nanoparticles in organic synthesis; Synthesis of heterocycles by multi-component reactions, photophysical studies, Corrosion Science and Technology, Semiconducting nano materials for environment, Organic Synthesis, Medicinal Chemistry (synthesis of biologically active compounds: anti-cancer, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antimalarial), Natural and Marine Natural Products (bioactivity guided isolation of natural/marine natural products). Process development of drugs/drug intermediates.
Commerce Marketing; Organisational Behaviour and Development; Finance; Accounting; International Business; Taxation.
Computer Science Computer Networks, Data Mining, Computational Intelligence, Algorithms, Web Intelligence, Multi-agent systems, Software Engineering, Steganography and Steganalysis, Information Hiding, Coding Theory, Intelligent Data Analysis.
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research Functional Genomics of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Epigenetics and Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology of Cancer, Molecular Virology & Human Genetics, Molecular diagnostics and basis of pathogenesis by Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis, Regulation of gene expression.
East Asian Studies China’s foreign policy, security policy, and political economy, Chinese Politics and Education, Ancient Indian History, Silk Road and Buddhist settlements, Chinese language, Socially engaged Buddhism, Chinese Nationalism, Chinese Ethnic Minorities, Chinese Foreign Policy, Tibet, Taiwan, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, India-China Relations, Sociology, East Asian Society, Japanese Society and Religions, Japan’s Social, political, intellectual And Cultural History, Japanese Language and Literature; Japanese society and Gender Studies, Dynamics of Social Stratification in China.
Economics International Trade, Industrial Economics, Game Theory, Econometrics, Law & Economics, Information Economics, Applied Econometrics, Applied Micro, Growth and Development, Macroeconomics, International Economics, Economics of discrimination, Aspects of the Chinese economy, Forecasting, Microeconomic Theory, Welfare Economics, Development Economics, Agricultural Economics, Health Economics, Public Economics, IPRs and Technology Transfer.
Education Asian Education and South Asia related education, women education; Childhood, Children’s Identities and Schooling; City, Migrant Social groups and Education; Class, Caste, Gender and Urban Education; Cognitive Psychology; Comparative & International Education; Computer Assisted Learning; Contemporary Education in India, under diversity, gender, caste, policy; Developmental Psychology; Disability Studies; Education of Gifted Students; Education, State, Market and Society; Educational Planning and Policies, Social-Historical Perspectives; Educational Policy, Planning and Administration; Educational Psychology; Elementary Education; English Language Teaching; Ethnography of Schools; Gender Issues in Education; Gender Studies; Gender, School and Society; History Education; History Education; ICT in Education; Identity& Education; Impact of Social Factors such as poverty, class, language, gender etc on Education; Inclusive Education; Inclusive Education and Educational Technology; Inclusive Education of Children with Disability; Indian Psychology & Philosophy; Integral Education and Psychology; Language Education; Marginal Identities and Schooling; Mathematics Education; Mental Health; Pedagogy of Sanskrit; Pedagogy of Science; Philosophy of Education; Science and Environment Education; Science Education; Social. Science Education; Social Theory of Education; Teacher Education; Technology in Mathematics Teaching and Learning; Youth, Democracy and Education
Electronic Science Microwave, Optical Electronics, Artificial Intelligence, Nanoelectronics/Material Science/ Semiconductor Devices, Biomedical Instrumentation, Microelectronics/VLSI/ Embedded System, Semiconductor Material Thin Films/Photovoltaics, Optical Devices, Spintronics, Signal Processing
English Renaissance studies, gender studies, visual culture, Modernism, Queer Theory, Dalit Literature, Autobiographical Studies, Indian Literature, Post-colonial Studies, Translation, Postcolonial Literature and Theory; Literary Gerontology; Families in Literature; Urban Cultures; the nineteenth-century novel.
Environmental Studies Environmental Biotechnology & Bioremediation, Nano-bioscience, Ecogenomics, Himalayan Ecology, Conservation Biodiversity & EIA studies, Allelopathy, Invasion Ecology & Soil Communities, Behavioural Ecology, Foraging and nesting ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity conservation, Urban Ecology, Fish biology & Herpetology, Systematics, Biodiversity Conservation, Molecular phylogeny & Evolution, Soil Microbial Ecology; Bio-/Phyto- Remediation; Plant-Microbe Associations; Bioresources & their Utilization, Ecology and Conservation, AMF studies Diversity of symbiotic micro-organisms, Legal regimes and policy frameworks in conservation programmes, Ecotoxicology, Environmental Pollution & Health, Bioprospecting, Protein Biochemistry, Environmental Biotechnology, Plant invasions, phenotypic plasticity in plants, Ecosystem studies and function in invaded systems, evolutionary perspectives in plant invasions, Plant Diversity, Bioacoustics, Behavioural and community ecology of Invertebrates, Tropical forests and biodiversity conservation.
Faculty of Management Studies Growth & Behaviour Patterns of Companies in India, Marketing, Financial, Human Resource and Organizational Dimensions of Modern Industry & Business.
Financial Studies: Quantitative Finance; Investment Management and Fuzzy Decision Making, Strategic Management of Information Systems, e-commerce, Bank Management, Corporate finance; strategic finance; capital markets; venture capital, Corporate Reporting, Corporate Governance— Transparency and Disclosure Issues.
Genetics The department is engaged in Interdisciplinary research in the frontline areas of Plant Genetics, Molecular Breeding and Biotechnology like genetic improvement of oilseed mustard through conventional and biotechnological approaches; novel strategies (based on RNAi and artificial microRNA) for the control of viral and fungal pathogens and insect pests in crops; Human Genetics & Medical Genomics with focus on discovery and functional genomics of common as well as emerging complex diseases and discovery of lead molecules; Drosophila Genetics for basic research and as model for disease biology; Plant–pathogen interaction using Arabidopsis as a model and mustard as a target crop ; Dictyostelium biology to elucidate the role of bZIP transcription factors, Parvulin type PPIases, PinA and other protein regulators; Yeast Genetics with a focus on mitochondrial ribosome function/biogenesis; Cancer Genetics to understand molecular and cellular changes occurring in hypoxic tumor microenvironment; Promoter architecture and gene regulation in plants.
Geography Quantitative Techniques, Urban and Regional Studies, Programme Evaluation, Indian Geography, Disasters and their Management in India, Political Geography, Regional Geography of Middle East, Geography of Federal Study, Spatial Studies, Watershed Management; Mountain Hydrology; Ecotourism and Conservation, Environmental Studies, Remote Sensing and GIS, Disaster Management, Climate Change, Urban Environment.
Geology Igneous & Metamorpic Petrology, Geochemistry, Structural Geology, Igneous Petrology, Geochemistry, Vertebrate Palaeontology, Geochemistry and Geochronology, Metamorphic Petrology, Environmental Geology, Hydrogeology, Biostratigraphy, Engineering Geology, Structural Geology, Sedimentary Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology, Geomorphology, Fluvail system, Sedimentary Geology and Geomorphology, Hydrogeology, Geomorphology, Sedimentology, Micropaleontology, Metamorphic Petrology, Stratigraphy, Sedimentology.
Germanic & Romance Studies French and Francophone Literature, German Literature, Latin American and Spanish literature, Italian Literature, Portuguese Literature, Comparative Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Translation Studies, Foreign Language Education with focus on Teaching French/German/Italian/Spanish/Portuguese as a Foreign language.
Hindi Bhakti Literature and Movement and Modern Hindi Literature, Dalit literature, Fiction, Hindi language, Language pedagogy, Media, Indian society & culture, Indian education system, Modern Hindi Literature, Polish English Hindi Translation, Hindi Novel, Poetry, Dalit Literature and Hindi Journalism.
History Social, economic and cultural history, disciplinary history of archaeology, the interface between landscape archaeology and anthropology, medieval state and ecclesiastical institutions, thenationalist movement in India, peasant and tribal societies and movements, the process of sectarian and majoritarian identity formation, memory history-community, oral and performative narratives and their relationships to constructions of particularistic pasts, the interaction between institutions of governance and newer forms of knowledge, with particular reference to the development of humanistic disciplines and of archaeology and museumology.
Home Science Food and Nutrition, Human development and childhood studies, development and communication extension, resource management and design application, fabric and apparel science, Food Technology.
Institute of informatics & communication Internet of Things (IoT), Network Architecture, Network Security, Complex Network, Cryptography, Sensor Network, Service Delivery Design and Architecture, Cloud Computing and Infrastructure, Network Application, Mobile application architecture and security. Modelling and Simulation, Computational neuro-bioscience, Nonlinear dynamics, Applied Numerical analysis, Nonlinear Time Series Analysis, Stochastic Modelling, Stellar Structure- Evolution, Pulsation, Rotation & Magnetic Fields, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Systems
Library and Information Science Marketing of LIS Products , Cataloguing, History of libraries in India and Information Systems, Library, Information and Society, Library Cataloguing, ICT Application in Libraries and Information Activities; Web Designing and Content Development; Library Classification, bibliometrics, Scientometrics and webometrics studies; Government of India Publications, Indian Official Documents, Public Library System, Designing and evaluation of websites, Web- OPACs, e-journals, Social Networking Sites, Syntax, Discourse, Psycholinguistics.
Linguistics Documentation and description of endangered languages, Historical Linguistics, Phonology, Morphology, Language contact, Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics, Linguistic Stylistics, Applied Linguistics, Generative Phonology, Translation Studies, Sociolinguistics, Lexicography.
Mathematics Banach Algebras, Complex Analysis, Functional Analysis, Harmonic Analysis, Operator Algebras, Operator Spaces, Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory, Operator Theory, Semigroups of Operators, Theory of Frames, Differential Equations on Abstract Spaces, Commutative Algebra, Field Theory and Polynomials, Cryptography and Number Theory, Topology, General Topology, Algebraic Topology, Topological Dynamics, Differential Equations, Fluid Dynamics, Mathematical Modelling, General Relativity, Numerical Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Analysis of PDE, Partial Differential Equations, NonlinearWaves, Celestial Mechanics, Nonlinear Dynamical Systems, Simulation and Numerical Modelling, Mathematical Programming, Optimization Theory
Microbiology Microbial differentiation, food and industrial microbiology, environmental microbiology, agricultural microbiology, microbial pathogens and pathogenicity, medical microbiology, immunology, clinical microbiology, genetic engineering and microbial molecular biology.
Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies Comparative Indian literature, Translations among the Indian Languages, Postmodernism and Post-colonialism in Indian Literature, Women’s Writings, Indian Drama and Theatre, Folklore and Tribal Lore of India, Assamese Language and Literature, Bengali Language and Literature, Gujarati Language and Literature, Odia Language and Literature, Sindhi Language and Literature, Tamil Language and Literature, and Telugu Language and Literature.
Music and Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Research and applied musicology and aesthetics, Aesthetics and Instrumental Music, Music of Punjab, Practical aspect of Hindustani aesthetically Rag presentation, Khayalgayaki, Voice culture for singing music, Hindustani Classical Music (Vocal) Dhrupad, Dhamar, Khyal, Musical Instruments and Instrumental Music: Classical Music as well as Folk Music, rhythmic and melodic aspects in ritualistic, folk and classical music of Kerala, Ragam Tanam-Pallavi, Dikshitar’s kritis, javalis, Hindustani Instrumental Music.
Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (NSIT) Electronics and Communication Engineering, Computer Engineering, Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Manufacturing Process and Automation Engineering, Information Technology, Bio-Technology, Management, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
Operational Research Inventory Management, Supply Chain Management, Statistics, Optimization, Mathematical Programming, Financial Management, Software Reliability.
Persian Indo-Persian Literature, Persian Lexicography, Medieval Indian Culture and Sufism, Indo- Iranian Literary relations in the context of translations of classical sanskrit and other Texts into Persian and their impact, Modern Persian Literature (Prose) and Translation and Interpretation from Persian into English and vice-versa, Persian Novel Writing in Iran and Modern Persian Literature.
Philosophy Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Human Rights, Ethics, Applied Ethics(Environmental Ethics), Development Ethics, Metaethics, Media Ethics, Feminism, Epistemology, Social and Political Philosophy, Contemporary Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of Technology, Continental Philosophy, Vedic and Vedanta Philosophy.
Physical Education and Sports Sciences Exercise and Sports Psychology, Sports Exercise Physiology, Adapted Physical Activity, Sports Bio-mechanics and Kinesiology, Motor Learning and control, Comparative Physical Education and Sport, Coaching Science and Physical Fitness, Health and Wellness, Kinathropometry, Neuro-motor Psychology, Philosophy of Sports, Political Science of Sports, Sociology of Sports, Sport Facilities, Sports Law and Sports for All, Sports History, Sports Management, Sports Pedagogy, Sports Medicine, Yogic Science, Sports Spirituality, Development of norms for various age groups of Human populations in the areas of Health and Fitness, Curriculum Development and Designing, Training Programme implementation and Development and Talent identification.
Physics & Astrophysics Astrophysics, Atomic & Molecular Physics, Bio-Physics, Biological Network Cosmology, Condensed matter physics, Complex systems computational physics, Field theory, General relativity, Laser Plasma interactions, Nuclear Physics-Nuclear Structure & Reaction Dynamics, High Energy Physics, Material Science, Non-linear dynamics, , Mesoscopic Physics (Transport Quantum Dots and Quantum Wires), Spintronics, Nano-materials physics, Non-equilibrium Statistical mechanics, Particle Physics, Plasma physics, Quantum Dots, Radiation dosimetry, Radiation detector development & characterisation, Polymers, Semiconductors, Crystallography, String Theory.
Plant Molecular Biology Stress Molecular Biology, Reproductive Biology, Signal transduction and photobiology, Bioinformatics, Functional genomics, Genomics and proteomics, Transgenics for crop improvement, Small regulatory RNAs, Plant viruses, Plant biotechnology for human health, Intellectual property rights.
Political Science International Relations Theory, Identity Politics and Political Violence, Gender Studies, South Asian Politics with a special focus on Pakistan & the Kashmir conflict, Public Administration, Modern Indian Political Thought, Contemporary Indian politics, Political theory, comparative politics, Indian politics, Communal Identity formations in modern India; internationalism/cosmopolitanism; history and time, South Asian Studies and Pakistan Studies, State, Constitutionalism and Democracy— Laws and their relationship with state, democracy and constitutionalism, issues of rights and people’s movements, Judiciary, Election Commission, International Relations-Strategic Studies, Nuclear Weapons and Terrorism, Indian Political Economy, Indian Political System, Issues concerning communalism and secularism. Democracy, Development and Peace, sociological, economic, philosophical and cultural dimensions of political science.
Psychology Research related to Dyslexia, mental retardation, hypertension, schizophrenia, depression, drug abuse, cognition in disabled children, belief systems, ageing, organizational processes.
Punjabi Medieval Punjabi Literature, Modern Punjabi Literature, Classical Theories of Literature, Western Literary Theories, Media Studies, Language and Linguistics Studies, Meta Criticism, Diasporic Punjabi Literature, Inter-disciplinary Studies of Literature, Comparative Studies of Literature, History of Punjabi Language & Literature. Folklore Studies, Film Studies, Lexicography.
Sanskrit Linguistics & Indian Philosophy (especially Nyaya& Vedanta), Indian Philosophy, Literature, Indian Culture and civilization and Religions, Epigraphy and Palaeography, Sanskrit Drama, Poetry, History and culture of Ancient India, Veda, Dharma Shastra& Poetics.
Slavonic and Finno-Ugrian Studies The Department of Slavonic and Finno-Ugrian Studies offers Ph.D. programme in Russian Studies. The objective is to promote research in the areas of language, literature, translation, culture and comparative studies in Russian (The department presently is offering research only in the area of literature and comparative literary studies).
Social Work Social work discipline, Social Work with Older persons, Social Development, Social Legislation, HRM, Ecology and Social Work, Rural and Urban Community Development, Management of Voluntary Organizations, Social Development, Social Work Education, Disaster Management, Social movements, protest movements and community organization.
Sociology Folk Culture, Narrative Theory, Phenomenology and Everyday Life, Bureaucratic Institutions, Agrarian Relations, Population Displacement, Sociology in South Asia, Socio-cultural aspects of the economy; Caste inequalities and identities in contemporary India and their relationship to social policy; Social space and its interactions with globalization; Contemporary social theory and the history and politics of the social sciences in India; South-South intellectual linkages; Higher education and social inclusion and pedagogy, Gender; Kinship; Care; State and Citizenship; Social Movements; Agrarian Structures; Sociology of Emotion; Fieldwork Methodology; Comparative Sociology, Citizenship, war and counterinsurgency in South Asia, indigenous identity and politics in India, the sociology of law, and inequality, Sociology of Education, Gender Studies, Sociology of Migration, Agrarian Social Structure, Development Studies, Tribal Studies, Kinship, caste, visual anthropology, urban sociology.
Statistics Order Statistics, Fluctuation theory, Random walk, Rank order statistics, Biostatistics, Demography, Sequential Analysis, Reliability and Life-Testing, Design of Experiments, Optimization, Time Series, Reliability Models.
Urdu Classical Prose, Classical Poetry, Modern Prose, Modern Poetry, Humor & Satire, Fiction, Criticism, Drama, Theatre, Mass Media and Non Fiction Prose etc.
Zoology Animal Physiology, Animal Behaviour, Aquaculture, Cell Signalling, Chromatin and Cancer Biology, Computational Biology, Endocrinology, Entomology, Genomics and Metagenomics, Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity, Microbiology, Molecular Cell Biology, Radiation Biology, Reproductive Physiology and Toxicology.