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Department of Sociology
  • Introduction
  • Staff Members
  • Career Options
  • Departmental Activities
  • Staff Achievements
  • Students Achievements
The Sociology department of Mithibai College came into existence in 1961. Prof. Uday Mehta, an eminent scholar and research guide is credited with having kick started this department when sociology was still in its nascent stage. From then on this department has only grown to become one of the most coveted departments in Mithibai College.

Every year this department churns out students who perform with flying colours. It intermittently produces university rank holders despite admitting students with average and vernacular-medium background. The credit goes to the innovative methods and modern approach of student-centric teaching adopted by the department. The teachers are constantly devising interesting tools such as presentations, role play, screening socially relevant films, field trips, assignments etc. to make sociology relevant to the current needs. Students of Sociology are exposed to various NGOs and documentation centers across the city, thus making them well equipped in dealing with pertinent and burning issues of our society. The field trips organized for our students enhance better interaction among students as well as between students and teachers.
The department has maximum number of students in the Arts

  • Nilima Raval<br>Head and Associate ProfessorNilima RavalHead and Associate Professor
  • Khevana DesaiKhevana DesaiAssistant Professor
  • Mittal ChauhanMittal ChauhanAssistant Professor
  • Merlin JosephMerlin JosephAssistant Professor
  • Nilima Raval<br>Head and Associate ProfessorNilima RavalHead and Associate Professor
  • Khevana DesaiKhevana DesaiAssistant Professor
  • Mittal ChauhanMittal ChauhanAssistant Professor
  • Merlin JosephMerlin JosephAssistant Professor
  • Our students are placed as heads of the department and faculty members in academic institutions and Research organisations
  • They are appointed as programme and project coordinators in various non-governmental organizations (NGO).
  • Human Resource development is a major upcoming field for sociology students. They are appointed as HR executives in reputed firms in India.
  • There is an ample scope for working as Advertising and media professionals.
Activity 2016-17

July
  • A screening of the movie Dhanak was organised for TYBA students on 2nd July 2016. The movie depicts the apathy of differently abled children, the crises of education in Rural India and the struggle of poor children migrating to urban areas. 
  • A lecture on social ecology was conducted on Juhu beach on 19th July, 2016 to give them a field based experience of environmental degradation caused by consumerist life style in urban areas. 
  • Visit to Industrial Home for Blind Women by Social work & social welfare students SYBA was conducted on 29th July 2016. The visit was organized to create sympathy and awareness among students. 
Activities 2015-16
  • Students of TYBA participated and volunteered for 7 Island International Film festival held on 26 th Jan-30 th Jan, 2016 at Bhavans Cultural Centre. The theme of the fest was ‘non-violence to the Mother earth’.
  • TYBA students presented a project on “An anthropological study on the death rituals among Indian Communities” in .
  • SYBA Social work and social welfare students visited C.V.Dani School, Kandivali on 18 th February 2016 to explain them the importance of education and maintaining hygiene. As a part of social work activity school kids were given bed-sheets, snacks and stationery.
  • 35 students of TYBA participated in cleanliness and beautification drive of Mithibai college on Vile Parle station on 23rd November 2015.
  • Showed a movie on ‘Apocalypto’ to TYBA students on 16th December 2015. The movie talks about the struggle for survival of a Meso-American tribal group in Guatemala in 1511. The movie in its backdrop shows the end of Mayan civilization.

Prof. Nilima Raval

  • Was invited as a moderator for F.C.-I at Valia college of Arts and Commerce on 29th March 2016.

Prof. Khevana Desai

  • Invited to deliver a lecture at Department of MSW, M.S.University Vadodara jointly organised by the department and Sahiyar stree sangathan on 10th May 2016
  • Research findings from PhD were covered by newspapers like Gujarat Samachar, Sandesh and Mumbai Samachar in Gujarat and Mumbai respectively on 10th and 11th May 2016.
  • Invited to be a panel member for conducting personal interview for students of B.A. (Hons) Liberal Arts- on 18th June 2016 at NMIMS University.
  • Appointed on the board of studies for of B.A. (Hons) Liberal Arts- for designing the syllabus at NMIMS University.
  • Attended a syllabus revision workshop for FYBA under choice based credit and grading semester system at Jhunjhunwala college, Ghatkoper on 8th July, 2016
  • Was invited to read works of Gyanpeeth Award winner Gujarati writer Raghuveer Chaudhari by Sahitya Sansad, Santa Cruz and Activity forum of Rotary club of Bombay West on 5 th March 2016.
  • Was invited to deliver lecture on declining child sex ratio in Mumbai: the current scenario by Rotary club of Bombay west on occasion of International, women’s day on 8 th March 2016.
  • Her opinion on ‘Gender bias and division of labour’ was published in Gujarati Mid-day on 10 th March 2016
  •  Participated in the two-day national seminar and film festival on ‘women unheard:silences, dialogues and mediation’ organized by RCWS, SNDT and Indian Council of Social Science Research, (ICSSR) on 14 th -15 th March 2016
  • Participated in two-day residential workshop on ‘Sustainable Quality Enhancement’ at Keshav srishti, Uttan, organized by IQAC, Mithibai College, on 18 th -19 th March 2016.
  • Was invited to compere ‘vasantotsav’ a cultural festival of folk music organized by Pupils Own Trust, Khar on 24 th March 2016.
  • Presented a paper on Female Foeticide: experiences from the field work in Vadodara at the National workshop on ‘Interrogating Female Foeticide: Issues in Gender, Development And Sex Selection’ held at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune on 4 th March, 2016
  • Was conferred with a Ph.D. degree in Sociology at 65 th Annual convocation of SNDT University on 17 th February, 2016.
  • Khevana Desai’s poems pertaining to feminist consciousness and social concerns were published in Janmabhoomi Pravasi on 24 th January, 2016.
  • Delivered a radio talk on ‘SamjikSurkshaaneyuvano’ (role of youth in social security) on 27 th July, 2015.
  • Published a paper in an International peer reviewed journal ‘Research Horizon’(Vol-5, July 2015, ISSN NO.2229-385X) (impact factor GIF 0.210) on ‘Missing daughters in Mumbai: a study of attitude towards girl child in Mumbai’. Pp. 228- 235.
  • Successfully completed refresher course in Women’s studies at North Bengal University, Darjeeling, from 5 th August-25 th August, 2015 with an ‘A’ grade.

Prof. Mittal Chauhan

  • Participated in a two-day residential workshop on ‘Sustainable Quality Enhancement’ at Keshav srishti, Uttan, organized by IQAC, Mithibai College, on 18 th -19 th March 2016.
  •  Presented and published a paper titled ‘Challenges and Problems of Elderly Women Domestic Workers in Mumbai’ in absentia at Ramniranjan Jhunjhunwala College, Mumbai on 7 th & 8 th January 2016. It was a two day National Seminar on ‘Geriatric Concerns in India- Past, Present & Future’.
  • Participated in Syllabus revision of FYBA Semester I & II at Dnyansadhana College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Thane by Board of Studies in Sociology, University of Mumbai on 26 th June 2015.

Prof. Merlin Joseph

  • Published an article ‘The super-hero stereotypes and post-modernist woes’ in the newspaper ‘The Hindu’ dated 7th June 2016.
  • Participated in a two-day residential workshop on ‘Sustainable Quality Enhancement’ at Keshav srishti, Uttan, organized by IQAC, Mithibai College, on 18 th -19 th March 2016.
  • Presented and published a paper titled ‘ICT and Elderly of India’ in absentia at Ramniranjan Jhunjhunwala College, Mumbai on 7 th & 8 th January 2016. It was a two day National Seminar on ‘Geriatric Concerns in India- Past,Present & Future’.
  • Attended a one day workshop on ‘API for college Teachers’ organized jointly by the university of Mumbai and IQAC of Rizvi college of Arts,Science&amp;commerce,DTSS college of commerce & science, J.M Patel of college of commerce and Narsee Monjee college of commerce &amp; economics held on Saturday,29 th August 2015 at Rizvi college of arts, science and commerce, Bandra (W).

  • A research paper on 'life, liberty and security in live-in relationships' by Harshita Soni, a student of TYBA has been selected in the National Young Sociologist Competition 2015-16 under the guidance of Prof. Merlin Joseph. This competition was held at Christ University, Bengaluru on 11th December 2015. 
  • Khevana Desai along with five students of TYBA attended a two day National seminar on 'Re-positioning women's and girl's agency for social justice' organised by VACHA and Fredirick Edward stiftung' on 4th-5th December 2015. At the seminar students made presentations on Women in unorganized sectors: violence and agency of women workers.
  • Under the guidance of Khevana Desai, two students, Ms. Anagha Kamath and Ms. Roma Narkhede from SYBA won 2nd prize at both, a Paper presentation competition at Manshodhan- IV and at UDAAN, a zonal level research convention by DLLE, University of Mumbai for their paper on “Discrimination against homosexuality in India”. At Regional and Zonal from 14th December 2014 and 18th February 2014.