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Department of Politics
  • Introduction
  • Staff Members
  • Activities
  • Career Options
  • Staff Achievements
  • Striking Features
  • Students’ Achievements
Department of Politics 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
  • Department of Politics proposed to initiate a process towards setting up a Competitive Examinations Cell. To that effect, the first meeting was called in for all students interested in appearing for various competitive examinations on August 1, 2016. The meeting saw a huge and positive response from students.
  • Department of Politics arranged a field visit for FY/SY/TY students of Politics and NSS volunteers to the group gram panchayat at Asose village, district Murbad on August 15, 2016. The visit was arranged in order to acquaint students with the working of the Gram Sabha and the nuances of working therein.
  • A guidance session by Dr D. B. Yedekar, Ex-Chairman, MPSC was arranged for students interested in appearing for competitive examinations on September 1, 2016.
CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
• As a part of the syllabus at the Third Year, films are screened and analysed to understand political concepts and developments
• Extensive use of ICT and social media to make the subject relatable
• Budget and policies are analysed
• Debates, discussions, quizzes

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
• Students are taken on field trips to observe the practical working of some of the key institutions of the society. Interesting among these is when Third Year students (2014-2015) made a trip to observe the inauguration of the Palghar district. Students had the opportunity to engage in conversation with officials of the Panchayat Samiti (intermediate level of rural administration in districts) of the said district, gaining crucial knowledge about minute details through the interaction.
• Dr Anuya Warty started an innovative practice of having a departmental blog as a platform for budding political analysts to write on contemporary political issues
• Department festival ‘Polympics’ was begun in 2015-2016 with interesting activities like ‘What’s your Pol-IQ?’ and ‘Rajnaitik Jung’ which saw impressive student response.
• Students with an aptitude towards research are encouraged to take up projects and participate at research meets.
• Students have participated and have had phenomenal success at various inter-collegiate events. The Students’ Achievement list of the department could verify that.

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES:
Dr Mahesh Bhagwat is the Co-ordinator/Convener of NSS at the college. Even in his individual capacity, as a teacher and a role-model, he has himself worked and encouraged students to be sensitive to the contemporary issues in our society. He has extensive non-remunerative consultancy on this front. He has worked for children of farmers who have committed suicide. He has also taken pains and personally visiting famine-affected areas with financial help. He has been a part of a project which provides farmers in these areas with saplings as alternative forms of income.  

Specialisation in Politics opens up several career opportunities. Politics (Major) prepares them 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

•Dr Mahesh Bhagwat attended a one day workshop on Curriculum Design and  Development organised by the IQAC of Mithibai College on August 24, 2016. 
• Dr Mahesh Bhagwat attended a three day workshop of Organic Farming at    Govardhan Eco Village from September 10 to 12, 2016 
• Dr Mahesh Bhagwat is appointed as member of syllabus framing committee for    TYBA (Politics) by the ad hoc Board of Studies in Politics, University of Mumbai.
• Recognised as Ph.D. research guide by the University of Mumbai
• Recognised as Ph. D. research guide by the JJTU
• Recognised as  Ph. D. research guide by the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini
• Published public reference book "Drug Control Administration and Public Health" through Sheth Publications in June 2015
• Published public reference book "Drug Control Administration and Public Health" through Sheth Publications in June 2015.
• Received Faculty Development Programme Fellowship of University Grants Commission, New Delhi under the Eleventh Plan to pursue Ph.D. research
• Awarded the Ph. D. Degree in Arts Faculty in August 2013 by the University of Mumbai. The topic of research: “Drug Control Administration and Public Health- Role of Food and Drug Administration in the State of Maharashtra”
• Nominated as Convener on a Committee to revised syllabus of Paper III of SYBA, appointed by the Board of Studies in Politics, University of Mumbai.
• One of his students, who is alumnus of UPG College, was selected as Indian Revenue Service officer, after successfully clearing the UPSC Civil Service Examination.
• Was invited as a judge at Palghar and Thane District level for the Avishkar Competition, a research meet organised by the University of Mumbai in November 2015

Publications:
• Sole author books: 02
• Chapters in edited books: 54
• Papers presented at International Conferences: 02
• Papers presented at National Conferences: 05
• Papers presented at Local Conferences: 02
• Papers published as Conference Proceedings: 04
• Invited as resource person/chief speaker: 33

Dr. Anuya Warty

  • Dr Anuya Warty attended a one day workshop on Curriculum Design and Development organised by the IQAC of Mithibai College on August 24, 2016. 
  • Dr Anuya Warty has been appointed as a course writer for preparing study material in Self-Learning Material (SLM) by the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL), University of Mumbai on August 24, 2016.

    Papers Presented:
    • Presented a research paper ‘Learning to Listen to the Emerging Voices of Daughters in Cotemporary Mainstream Hindi Cinema’ at the two-day National Seminar and Film Festival of Documentaries and Short Films—Women Unheard: Silences, Dialogue and Mediation—organised by the Research Centre for Women’s Studies (RCWS) SNDT Women’s University Juhu Mumbai and ICSSR on 14-15 March 2016.
    • Presented a research paper ‘Reflecting on Police in Contemporary Mainstream Hindi Cinema’ at UGC Sponsored Two-Day National Conference—Indian Cinema: Past, Present and Future—organised by the VPM’s Joshi-Bedekar College Film Society and Department of Mass Media on 8-9 March 2016.
    • Research paper ‘Analysing Hashtag Debates on Social Media as Instruments of Shaping Public Opinion’ was selected was accepted for presentation in the 56th All India Political Science Conference of Indian Political Science Association (IPSA) held at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (UP) held from October 25-27, 2015. (in-absentia)
    • Presented a research paper ‘A Study of the Factors Influencing Online Consumer Behavior among Youth in Mumbai’, at the Confluence Master Minds Meet 2015—International Conference on ‘Emerging Business Practices in Changing Global Scenario’ organized by Global Network of Business Researchers, India in collaboration with Gaeddu College of Business Studies, Royal University of Bhutan, Gedu, Chukha, Bhutan on June 15, 2015.
    • Presented a study at the Research Meet and Science Exhibition-2015 held at Mithibai College on January 15 and 16, 2015.
    • Presented a research paper ‘Tracing Realism in Mainstream Hindi Cinema’ at UGC sponsored One-Day Inter-disciplinary National Conference on Hundred Years of Indian Cinema held on 12th January 2-15 organised by Departments of Political Science, History and BMM, Kirti M. Doongursee College, Mumbai.
    • Presented a research paper ‘Patriarchy and Misogyny in Social Media’ which was adjudged ‘Best Paper’ at the UGC Sponsored Two-Day National Conference on Women’s Quest for Equality in India—Promises, Problems and Prospects organised by Women Development Cell, VPM’s Joshi-Bedekar College on 9th and 10th January, 2015.
    • Presented a research paper ‘Vulnerability of Policewomen to Sexual Harassment and its Psychological Impact’ at the UGC sponsored Inter-disciplinary National Seminar on Sexual Harassment at Workplace: Psychological Perspective organized by the Departments of Psychology, English and Political Science, Maharshi Dayananad College on 25th January 2014.
    • Presented a study at Manshodhan-IV organized by Mithibai College on 14th December 2013.

    Publications:
    • Research paper ‘Analysing Hashtag Debates on Social Media as Instruments of Shaping Public Opinion’ was published in The Indian Journal of Political Science, Volume LXXVI, No. 3, Special Issue, July-September 2015, pp. 432-436, ISSN 0019-5510.
    • Research paper ‘A Study of the Factors Influencing Online Consumer Behavior among Youth in Mumbai’, co-authored by Dr Anjali Patkar and Dr Parag Ajagaonkar published in Spark, Volume 4, Issue 2, July 2015, pp. 84-93, ISSN 2277-4866.

    Participation:
    • Participated in the Orientation Programme conducted by the UGC Human Resource Development Centre, University of Mumbai from November 18, 2015 to December 15, 2015 and obtained Grade ‘A’.
    • Participated in the National Seminar on Political Thinkers—‘State and Power’ on August 3, 2015 at St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai.
    • Participated in the one-day preparatory workshop on Youth Parliament organized by Department of Students’ Welfare, University of Mumbai on 19th July 2014.
    • Attended the workshop on the revised syllabus of TYBA Politics held on June 22, 2013 jointly organized by Mithibai College and the Board of Studies, University of Mumbai in Mithibai College.

    Guided:
    • Three Research Projects for Avishkar—University of Mumbai Research Meet for students. One project selected for the second round.
    • Guided 11 students for their research papers to be presented at the Research Meet 2015 organised by Mithibai College.

• 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

  • POLYMPICS 2016 was organised by Department of Politics on February 22, 2016. It comprised of two events: ‘What’s your POL-IQ?’ and ‘Rajnaitik Jung’. The events saw impressive student response. The Department looks forward to organising similar interesting events for February 2017 as well.
  • Yamini Pant and Dhvani Sukhadia (both SYBA A-Politics students) won the first prize at the PowerPoint competition for students at Joshi-Bedekar College, Thane on December 15, 2015.

    The theme for the competition was 'Indian Cinema: Past, Present and Future'. Our students presented on CENSORSHIP IN INDIAN CINEMA.
  • Ms. Anagha Kamath secured 479/600 marks (79.83%) and stood within the first three candidates in the order of merit in the subject of Political Science at the TYBA Degree Examination held in April 2015 results.
Students of Politics at the Young India Debates on CNN-IBN
  • Students of Politics participated at the ‘Young India Debates’ relayed on CNN-IBN on 11th May 2014.
Rishap Vats (TYBA Politics) with Sanjay Jha (Spokesperson, Congress)
  • Rishap Vats (TYBA Politics) with Sanjay Jha (Spokesperson, Congress)
Chandini Alva secured an O Grade at TYBA (Politics)
  • Chandini Alva secured an O Grade at TYBA (Politics) with 80 per cent at the University examination for the academic year 2013-2014.
Students have well-researched monthly presentations on current political issues
  • Students have well-researched monthly presentations on current political issues. Some of them have voluntarily chosen to undertake fieldwork in the course of such studies. These have brought in vital inputs to the theoretical understanding of the syllabus. 
Field visit to Palghar
  • Field visit to Palghar on August 1, 2014 on the occasion of the creation of 36th district of Maharashtra being created.
Anagha Kamath, Rishap Vats and Tanzeem Ahmed
  • TYBA Politics students—Anagha Kamath, Rishap Vats and Tanzeem Ahmed won the Second position at ‘Mandate Manufacture’ event at Malhar 2014.
Rishap Vats (TYBA Politics)
  • Rishap Vats (TYBA Politics) won the First position at ‘Kursi ki Daud’ event at Gnaritas 2014.
  • Anagha Kamath (TYBA Politics) and Roma Narkhede (TYBA English Literature) won the second position at the PowerPoint Competition for Students held at Joshi-Bedekar College, Thane on 22nd August 2014.
Anagha Kamath, Tanzeem Ahmed and Sara Ashraf
  • Three student groups presented their projects at the University Avishkar 2014 first round held at D. G. Ruparel College, Matunga on 26th November 2014. The student participants were: Anagha Kamath, Tanzeem Ahmed and Sara Ashraf from Department of Politics and Roma Narkhede from Department of English
Anagha Kamath and Roma Narkhede
  • One student group—Anagha Kamath and Roma Narkhede—was selected to the second round of Avishkar 2014 held at CKT College, Panvel on 3rd December 2014.
Research Meet 2015
  • 11 students participated at the Research Meet 2015 held at Mithibai College and Rishap Vats was adjudged the winner.
  • 13 Students of TYBA Politics participated at the Film Festival at the SIES College on 23rd and 24th January 2015.
 
The Relevance of Nehruvian Ideology today
  • Sara Ashraf secured the first position and Rishap Vats secured the second position at the panel discussions on ‘Nehru’s ideas of social change as reflected through the Indian Cinema’ and ‘The Relevance of Nehruvian Ideology today’ held at the SIES College on 24th January 2015.