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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.
September 2016
  • Guest lecture was organized for TYBA Sociology titled ‘Quantitative Social Research Methods’ on 1st and 2nd September 2016. The guest speaker was Prof. Trusha Engineer (former HOD, Department of Sociology, Mithibai College).

August 2016
  • On 4th August lecture was held on the Tribal group -TOTOS of TOTOPARA by Abhijit Anil- a photojournalist working for the Indian Express.
  • Two TYBA students participated in two day workshop on Child Sexual Abuse on 14th and 15th August.
  • Movie Lakshmi was screened for SYBA Social Work and Social Welfare students which deal with child prostitution as part of syllabus. 
July 2016
  • 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. 
  • On 29th July 2016 SYBA Social Work and Social Welfare students visited Industrial Home for Blind Women accompanied by subject teacher Ms. Mittal Chauhan. The visit was organised to generate empathy and create awareness among students. As a voluntary service students pooled in money to provide undergarments to blind women. 

June 2016
  • SYBA Social Work and Welfare students prepared posters as part of syllabus activity on 21st June 2016.
  • Two Social Work and Welfare students named Akanksha Das and Jyoti Devendra volunteered for NGO VACHA to teach at bastis located in Mumbai to underprivileged girls (May - July 2016)

Staff activities
  • Ms. Nilima Raval participated in one day workshop on SYBA syllabi revision pertaining to Semester based Credit System organized by the Dept. of Sociology on 15th Dec 2016 at Satish Pradhan Dnyanasadhana College.
  • Dr. Khevana Desai stood first in women’s 100 metres run in Sports Day Competition held on 17th Dec. 2016.
  • Ms. Merlin Joseph was appointed as a visiting faculty at NMIMS for conducting lectures for liberal arts students in Nov 2016.

Student activities
  • An intra-departmental field trip to Keshav Shrishti and Pagoda was organized for TYBA students on 19th Dec 2016. The students learned sustainable ecological practices, organic farming techniques, gerontology and religious pluralism.

FEB 2017
  • As part of an inter-disciplinary initiative, Institutional Social Responsibility along with the Dept. of Sociology invited Shalini Datta, the founder of Aftertaste, an NGO that works for under-privileged sections of society to deliver a lecture on her entrepreneurial journey and challenges to TYBA students on 14th February 2017.
  • Conducted a musical session for FYBCom students under the theme , ‘Stress and Management’ in February 2017 along with remedial lectures on how to cope with exam stress.
  • The department in collaboration with internal complaints committee (Erstwhile WDC) organised a workshop for the TYBA students on ‘Gender space in digital age’ on 10th Jan 2017.
  • Social work and social welfare students visited C. V. Dani School, Kandivali on 19th Jan 2017 as part of extension activity. The visit included donation of stationery, food grains and snacks for school kids.
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

  • She was invited to deliver a lecture at Department of MSW, M.S.University Vadodara jointly organised by the department and Sahiyarstreesangathan on 10th May 2016
  • Her 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.
  • She was 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.
  • She was appointed on the board of studies for of B.A. (Hons) Liberal Arts- for designing the syllabus at NMIMS University.
  • She attended a syllabus revision workshop for FYBA under choice based credit and grading semester system at Jhunjhunwala college, Ghatkoper on 8th July, 2016.
  • Dr. Khevana Desai has applied for BCUD project of Rs. 45000/-
  • Dr. Khevana Desai has been selected has editor of Gujarati literary periodical 'Priyadarshini'.
  • She has presented a paper on 'Disappearing daughters in Vadodara: normative construction of girl child in Gujarat' at a national conference on 'revisiting the discourses on women's rights: new forms of violations and contestations' at K.C. COLLEGE, Mumbai on 1st-2nd Sept, 2016.
  • She wrote a radio Play in Gujarati on 'Shodhekdikrini (searching a daughter) to be aired on Akashvani and FM radio on girl child day on 24th September, 2016.
  • A Gujarati translation of Mahashweta Devi’s story ‘Rupali’ was published in Mamata Magazine for the issue of Aug-September 2016.
  • Dr. Khevana Desai  have cleared CAS from Stage I to Stage II
  • Her of accessibility and availability of toilet facilities at work place' was published in book titled Gender Issues in India: challenges and strategies ISBN NO, 978-93-81669-69-3 in January 2017.
  • She presented a paper at national level conference, titled 'Right to sanitation of working women in Mumbai: a study of accessibility and availability of toilet facilities at work place' at SKC College, Alipurduar, West Bengal on 9th and 10th February 2017.
  • She was invited as a moderator for Foundation Course –I at Dahanukar College on 24th Dec 2016.
  • Delivered a lecture titled ‘Normative Construction of Girl child and declining child sex ratio’ at Dept. of Humanities of Social Science at IIT Bombay on 18th Jan 2017.
  • A minor research project on ‘Accessibility and availability of sanitation facilities for women at workplace in Mumbai’ has been approved by BCUD, University of Mumbai.
  • Dr.Khevana Desai delivered two lectures on 'Gender Discrimination and Child sex ratio' at Dept. Of Sociology and 'naari pratishtha: sahitya, pratha and parivaar' at Dept.of Gujarati at Saurashtra University Rajkot on 25th and 27th January 2017.
  • Dr Khevana Desai won two gold medals for 100mts and 200 mts race at SVKM's  Yuva Hashtag held on 19-20th Jan 2017.
  • 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

  • Cleared CAS from Stage I to Stage II
  • Published paper titled ‘Gender Performtive Act in Working Women’s Hostel: A Sociological Study in Mumbai’ in Contemporary Research in India ISSN 2231-2137 Vol:6 Issue:3 with Impact factor: 0.956 (GIF) on Sept 2016.
  • Has submitted thesis on 10th Jan 2017.
  • 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

  • Has applied for BCUD project of Rs. 45000/- 
  • An article titled ‘Super-hero Stereotypes and woes of Post-modernism’ was published in the newspaper ‘Hindu’.
  • Nov/Dec 2016
  • Won a consolation prize in ‘Dharam S. Hinduja All India Essay Writing Competition for Lectures’ 2016-17 organised by K.P.B Hinduja College of Commerce, Mumbai. 
  • A minor research project on ‘The scope of Sociology in the current job market’ has been approved by BCUD, University of Mumbai.
  • Merlin Joseph presented a paper on ‘Space and Purpose of Item songs in Indian film industry’ in an International conference on Emerging Issues in Commerce, Management ,Finance, Humanities & Extension work, St.Gonsalo Garcia College of Arts & commerce, Palghar on 4th February 2017. The paper was published as conference proceeding under ISBN 978-81-933083-7-0.
  • Merlin Joseph attended a one day workshop on Foundation Course (Paper I and II) organised by St.Andrews College on 9th February 2017
  • 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.