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Department of Political Science
  • Introduction
  • Staff Members
  • Activities
  • Career Options
  • Staff Achievements
  • Striking Features
  • Students’ Achievements
Department of Political Science has been one of the most active departments at Mithibai College since its inception with the college in 1961. The department does its very best to convey a holistic nature of education in the said field, covering all aspects of the topics prescribed in the syllabus as also ensuring its applicability. Through field visits and other activities, the subject comes alive to students and kindles their urge towards learning.
Over three Under Graduate years, learners study nine papers in Politics. Commonly studied as Civics or Political Science under various school boards and junior colleges, this subject is both enticing and enlightening. The students delve into concepts, approaches and ideologies to understand the basics of the subject. They also delve into the Indian Political System with a detailed study of the Indian Constitution and the intricacies of the electoral process in the country over the years. Public Administration as a paper opens avenues of understanding of our governance process and equips the learners towards issues they would face as policy makers and implementers.
By the time learners graduate, they are adept in the political process in the State of Maharashtra and the working of Local Self-Government Institutions in the State. They have also had understanding of the changing dynamics in International Relations and the working of International and Regional Organisations. Analysing political thinkers and understanding their work is also an enlightening experience for the learners. The most interesting paper offered at the Third Year is ‘Understanding Politics through Films’. The highlight of the elective is that students are taught concepts, theory and issues in Indian and world politics by screening films. This helps the students to understand the praxis involved, which is the practical applicability of the theories studied on paper. It makes them look at a medium which is commonly termed as entertainment in a whole new light.
  • Mahesh BhagwatDr. Mahesh BhagwatAssociate Professor and Head of the Department
  • Dr. Anuya WartyDr. Anuya WartyAssistant Professor
  • Mahesh BhagwatDr. Mahesh BhagwatAssociate Professor and Head of the Department
  • Dr. Anuya WartyDr. Anuya WartyAssistant Professor

1.  Field Visits and Workshops

Department of Political Science proposes to initiate a process towards setting up a Competitive Examinations Cell. There is a positive response from students. The Department has held guidance sessions by very senior and respectable officers like Dr D. B. Yedekar, Ex-Chairman, MPSC.

The Department organised a one week workshop to acquaint students to various competitive examinations in March 2018. It was well received.

The Department arranges field visits for experiential learning. This includes visits to Gram Sabhas and Panchayat Samitis which helps them to gain crucial knowledge and nuances of their working through actual interaction. One of our earlier batches actually observed the inauguration of the 36th district of Maharashtra—Palghar.


2.Curricular Activities
  • Department of Political Science has its own blog— http://classofpolsci.blogspot.in/ —which publishes inputs which have come in from students.
  • Live streaming of the Annual Budget and Transform Maharashtra have been a regular feature which makes classroom analysis of policies and programmes relatable. 
  • Use of ICT, social media like WhatsApp, YouTube, TED Talks are used extensively.
  • Film screening and appreciation has been a part of the syllabus.
  • Book reviews and assignments on political cartoons have also contributed to the learning process immensely.
3.Co-Curricular Activities
  • Students with an aptitude towards research are encouraged to take up projects and participate at research meets.
  • Guest Lectures have been arranged on pertinent issues like ‘Siachen Glacier and India’s Security Challenges’.
  • ‘Digital Trust Dialogues’ was organised by the Department with experts from Google, writers and social media personalities spoke and interacted with students to make young digital users aware of threats and care for online activities. Students wrote blogs for the same and received certificates for the same from Google. 
  • Students have participated in Model Youth Parliaments, workshops and discussions at other colleges like the SIES College, Kirti College and St. Xavier’s College Autonomous. 
  • Students have attended film screenings and panel discussions at the American Center and ‘The Rivers of the Future’ at the Nehru Science Centre organised by the Columbia Global Centers, Mumbai.

4.Extension Activities
  • Department of Political Science facilitated and arranged for the Voter ID registration for staff and students. Election officers were present in the college foyer to accept the applications with required documents.
  • Dr Mahesh Bhagwat has worked extensively for children of farmers who have committed suicide. He has visited famine-affected areas with financial help. He has also been a part of a project which provides farmers in these areas with saplings as alternative forms of income.
Specialisation in the subject of Politics opens up several career opportunities. Politics (Major) prepares learners for civil services, public policy, international relations as also non-governmental activities. Students graduating with Politics have also gone on to make good use of the subject in the fields of Law, Mass Media, Journalism, Teaching, Public Relations, CSR opportunities, Event Management, Brand Building.

Dr. Mahesh Bhagwat


  • He had received Faculty Development Programme Fellowship of University Grants Commission, New Delhi under the Eleventh Plan to pursue Ph.D. research.
  • Dr Bhagwat is a registered Ph. D. Guide with the University of Mumbai, and the JJTU. He presently has one registered Ph.D. student. 
  • To date, Dr Bhagwat has published one text book on “Public Administration” and seven co-authored books and has over 40 chapters in edited books.
  • Dr Bhagwat has guided several students who have then successfully cleared various competitive examinations including the UPSC and MPSC examinations. 
  • Over the years, Dr Bhagwat has been appointed as Member of Syllabus framing committees at the University of Mumbai for the subject of Politics and Foundation Course.
  • Considering his experience and expertise in the field, Dr Bhagwat has been invited as a resource person and/or judge at various prestigious academic, research and public meets.
  • Dr Bhagwat has deep commitment towards social work and has done immense work to assist farmers during droughts. 
  • He has to his credit, several non-remunerative consultancies as well.      


Dr. Anuya Warty


  • Dr Warty has been a member of the IQAC for the past three years and has worked on the various programmes and activities undertaken by it. 
  • She has attended several International and National conferences and seminars and presented and published research papers on several interesting and emerging fields. Her research papers have been highly appreciated and awarded.
  • Her current areas of research have been gender issues as well as the social media.   
  • Dr Warty has written chapters in the Self-Learning Material for the MA Course in Political Science for Institute of Distance Education, University of Mumbai.
  • She has guided several undergraduate students in their research projects, which were then presented at prestigious forums, winning accolades.
  • Dr Anuya Warty has been keenly working on several innovative teaching methods and has also initiated several interesting classroom activities to liven the academic experience. 



• 100% Ph. D. holding faculty members
• Extremely positive students’ feedback
• Strong research orientation
• Favourable Teacher : Learner Ratio
• Good collection of books in the Library
• Use of Innovative Practices of Teaching
• Catering to the needs of Advanced Learners

  • The Department boasts of 100% results at the TYBA examinations with meritorious students featuring in top three positions at the University of Mumbai.
  • Ms. Chitralekha Rathod, student of SYBA Politics (2018-2019) was selected for the prestigious Praja Foundation Fellowship from over 500 applicants across Mumbai. 
  • Four students of Politics secured internships with the India Folk in the year 2018-2019.
  • Students of SYBA Politics (2018-2019) participated in intercollegiate PowerPoint competitions at various colleges across Mumbai. 
  • Zaid Ali, student of TYBA Politics (2017-2018), and a few other students of B.Com. made a short film 'The First Attempt' which was screened at the prestigious Jio Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) 2017 in October. The short film was screened across Mumbai at Mumbai Dimensions, PVR Icon, PVR Market City, PVR Thane and PVR ECX in the presence of several illustrious filmmakers like Zoya Akhtar, Kabir Khan and Tillotama Shome. The short film was highly appreciated by all at the event. What was especially commendable was the fact that this was the only short film made by a team which was not trained at any film school and had been selected in the first attempt. The other 16 entries in the category were made by teams from film schools or had attempted to get selected at the events.
  • Students participated in the ‘Transform Maharashtra’ Challenge—a programme initiated by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr Devendra Fadnavis to bring in new ideas and vision for development of the State. 
  • Deep Raja and Mukund Raut, students of TYBA Politics (2016-2017) participated in the Model Youth Parliament organised by the Political Science Association, St. Xavier’s College Autonomous, Mumbai.
  • Mukund Raut, student of TYBA Politics (2016-2017) won the first prize at the inter-collegiate elocution competition organised by Kirti College.