BA Political Science
MA Political Science
Political Science Research Centre
The Department of Political Science was established in the year 1948 for teaching Political Science for Pre-degree students. Prof. T.V.Hariharan was the first faculty and Head of the Department. In 1968 the Department was upgraded to Degree Department, SKVC was the only college which had an independent Department of Political Science under Calicut University. The first Degree batch Passed out from this department at 1970. The Department was upgraded to a Post Graduate Department in 1982 and the first batch of Post Graduates of Political Science Passed out in 1984. Presently the department is upgraded to a Research Department in 2014.
The Deparment offers Undergraduate and Post Graduate Programmes on Political Science RegularUG/PG batches and a limited number of Research seats are in the offing. An undergraduate Course have 50 seats per batch and the Post Graduate course have 17 seats per batch. Students of different socio-economic background joins the department.
Almost every year the Department have Rank holders for both undergraduate and Post Graduate Programmes. The Graduates and Post Graduates from the Department gets selected to prestegious institutions for higher studies like National Universities and Research Institues after graduating from here. Almost every year students of this Department clears NET /JRF conducted by the University Grants Commission.
Batchelor of Arts (50)
Political Science (Main)
World History and General Economics (Complimentry)
Master of Arts (17)
Faculty who taught in the Department over the Years
Prof.T.V. Hariharan. M.A(1948-79)
Prof. K Balakrishnan M.A(1968-97)
Prof. K Vikramadithiyan M.A(1969-2000)
Prof.C.K. Varghese M.A(1970-2001)
Prof K Radhakrishnan M.A (1971-2001)
Prof.Jose V George M.A (1978-2007)
Prof. K.Vijayalakshmi M.A (1981-2006)
Prof. T.R.Kuttikrishnan M.A (1979-2011)
Prof.(Dr) G Sadanandan M.A. M.Phil, Ph.D(1983-2015)
Prof.K B Ravi M.A (1983-2010)
Prof. K Hariharan Pillai M.A (1984-2010)
Shri. Sreekantan Nair. MA, M.Phil (1983-84)
Prof K.B. MohananM.A, M.Phil (1984-2013)
Prof. T.K.Ramakrishnan M.A(Pol:Sci:, Hist, Psycho), L.L.B, M.B.A, B.Ed,PGDPR&DJ (2008- )
Dr. C.R. Pramod M.A, M.Phil, Ph.D, PDF(2010- )
Prof. Priyesh (2010 jan-dec)
Dr. Nithya N. R. M.A, Ph.D, PDF-ICSSR (2014- )
Prof Jewel John Alappat, MA(Pol:Sci:, Sociology) BEd(2014- )
Dr. Raimol Ravi K, M.A(Pol:Sci:, Pub:Admin) Ph.D(2014- )
Prof. Arun K.V, M.A, M.Phil,B.Ed.(2014- )
Dr. Sunil Kumar K. M.A, M.Phil, PhD.(2014- )
P.G.Department of Political Science in collaboration with Insitute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi and Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs has organised a three day UGC sponsored National Seminar on "60 Years of Sino-Indian Interactions: Comprehending the Multifarious Dimensions of Inter-relationship" during 12th, 13th, and 13th December 2011.
Report of Field Trip/Study Tour to Jawaharlal Nehru University by P.G.Political Science Students, 2012
P.G.Department of Political Science
Sree Kerala Varma College
Report on Field Trip/Study Tour to New Delhi Jawaharlal Nehru University Submitted by the Participated Students
P.G.Department of Political Science
Report on Field Trip/Study Tour Submitted by the Participated Students
Our M.A. Political Science 2010-2012 batch of Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur, is a lucky batch because we got a great opportunity to visit Jawaharlal Nehru University and other places such as Indian Parliament, Qutab Minar, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Red Fort, Akshardham, and Lotus Temple. The financial assistance of (rupees 50,000) to conduct a field visit/study tour was granted by the Post Graduate Assistance of University Grants Commission. We utilized that money for an academic endeavor planned towards collecting study materials for the IIIrd and IVth Semester papers included as part of the course work along with collecting journal articles and books related to the selected dissertation topic. Two of the faculty members pursuing Ph.D work also utilized this trip to collect materials related to their research topic, along with interacting with the experts. Our department constituted a committee to conduct the Delhi trip with our senior teacher Prof.K.B.Mohanan as the tour leader. That committee decided to start our journey on 27/09/2011 with the faculty members accompanying the trip and the students travelling by train in the IInd Class sleeper ticket. Our two weeks programme consisted of a visit to Jawaharlal Nehru University library and interactions with the faculty members of various departments of JNU and a study tour within and near the places of Delhi. The field visits comprised of six days extensive usage of libraries of JNU Central library, Indian Institute for Mass Communication Library, UNESCO Library, Women Studies Centre Library and EXIM Bank library). During those days in JNU, four lectures by senior faculty members of School of Social Sciences, School of International Studies, and Academic Staff College were arranged for us. And we also got an opportunity to interact with senior research scholars of JNU. This new initiative of our department was a good experience for all of us who participated in this trip and also became an inspiring model for all of our college.
This is the first day of our journey. The train Thurantho express is a non-stop train starting from Ernakulam south railway station. We went to Ernakulam in Inter City Express from Thrissur. At 06.30pm we started our journey with 11 students (one student joining the tour group after two days in JNU) and our 5 teachers. We reached Ernakulam south railway station at around 8.00pm. The starting time of Thurantho express is 11.30 pm. We started our journey to Delhi at 11.30pm. Our teachers Sadanandan Sir and Pramod Sir were present at the railway station to see-off the group of students and teachers going for field trip/study tour. Our seats are allocated in the nearest coupes of the bogie 7. After placing our baggage we went to sleep. Thurantho is better than other Delhi trains because of it is comparatively low ticket price because Thurantho provided free food for the whole two days of the journey within the ticket charge. In other trains food charges needs to be additionally paid. So the actual expense is lower than other ticket charge. Better seats/berths, better toilets, running time for this train is much lower that other Delhi trains, and also better safety because there is no passengers or other strangers joining throughout the journey in the train, because this is a non-stop train.
Today we spend our full time in the train. All are awake early in the morning. After the break-fast we conducted a debate on the theme “Whether Campus politics is necessary or not”. All students and teachers participated in that debate very actively and was an interesting session. Today’s highlight was the Retnagiri railway station, which is a beautiful station. The train halted some time in that station for filling the water.
Today our journey passes through the states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana. At night we reached at Delhi Hazrath Nizamudeen railway station. Our entire journey passed through large crop fields. We understood people of that states are very hard working, agrarian culture being part of their life, they utilizes the whole land for agricultural production. On the other hand the train also passes through huge slums, they are marginalized from the pride cities of that states. They are not regarded as human beings. What we understood is that a decent life is not possible for them. We arranged taxi vans from the station to go to Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) hostel (central government owned institution), where we have booked our accommodation from Kerala itself. After half an hour we reached ICSSR hostel and received our allotted rooms. Six close-by rooms were allotted for us.
ICSSR hostel is available only for students and teachers and is comparatively a good accommodation because of the big bed rooms, bath rooms and toilets nearby, a good canteen, along with a conference hall. The rent is the cheapest in Delhi and yet another convenience for us was that it is located very near to the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus, only a walking distance to JNU.
Today we woke up early in the morning. After the breakfast we went to the central library of JNU to acquire the temporary library membership. After that process completed, we reached the library hall. It is a huge library comprising of seven floors, journal library, separate and large reading rooms, computer lab, documentation centre, Xerox facilities etc. A group of research scholars from Kerala, who are the friends of Dr. George Varghese were willing to help and guide us in using the library. They familiarized us regarding the whole library and were giving guidance for how to reach a specific book, topic- title- author wise. We have grouped ourselves based on the syllabus of our 3rd 4th semester topics. We selected some books and journal articles and copied the wanted pages from the Photostat centre of central library. After the lunch we started searched the internet library system available in the central library and copies the study material from j-store (journal store).
With the experience of the previous day, now we are familiar with the library. First we went to the journal and periodical section. There is an amazing collection of news papers, journals and periodicals from all over the world. Journals are displayed subject-wise – various social science sections, commerce, science, sports, and arts –etc. We spend time there and collected journal and periodical articles. After some time we went to central library books section, documentation centre and United Nations Organization section. The documentation centre consists of a collection of old project reports of MA, M Phil, and PhD.
After the lunch we spent time again in the library, and in the evening we went to academic staff college to hear a lecture by Dr.Rakesh Batabayal on the topic of “Social Science Research: The case of documenting historical Indian speeches”. The two and a half hour session included his lecture and an active interaction section where students asked questions on various aspects of social science research.
Lecture by DR. RAKESH BATABYAL, Assistant Professor, Academic Staff College
Today (1-10-2011) at lunch time we get information from our Teachers. Today 5.00pm we had an interaction class leaded by Rakesh Batabyal. We are Happy and excited because it was first interaction class in Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. The time at 4.30pm we met in front of J N U library from our teacher’s instruction. Then we reached academic staff college at 5.00pm. We entered the class room all are shocked some Minuit because it was a conference class. All Students and teachers take their seats into Face to face.
Dr. Rakesh Batabyal came and introduces himself. He was a Bengali Origin. Our sir T.K. Ramakrishnan gave a brief introduction about Dr. Rakesh Batabyal. He began his class said about the relationship between History and Political science.
The interdisciplinary studies will emerged in 1939 in the time of Second World War. He discussed about his research area. He explained his work “Modern Indian Speeches (2007)” for this work he collected 5 thousand speeches and selected 20 speeches in modern period communication is more important.
Contemporary world communication techniques are more developed. C.I.A is the name of biggest communication organization. Another point cited is industrial revolution. The Industrial revolution first emerged Scotland in the area of Glascock. He said that the Second World War makes view about state and state institutions in our world. He pointed his view the Indian speeches major patterns based on the point of Democracy another important base is Equality.
He pointed out some general aspects in his class. Our higher Educational system ‘research’ is an important area. He said the research and study is related each other. The research process in our educational system is come very late. The Oxford University in 1917 first issued PhD. In India had 3 presidential universities at 1857 Calcutta, Bombay and Madras. Till 1916 Jewish not admitted any university. The New York University (Privet) first allowed to Jewish. He made his point the Europeans believes their rules are god given. Today India gave economic support to EU because our big companies are made Investment in the EU market. Today we seeing cartoons and games are originated in Japan and
He pointed the Indian election is biggest election in the world. In interacting time the question will arrived what made the basis of selecting time of the speeches in his work. He told the time of the speeches arrive, theme, Impact of the speeches. He said he has 3 heroes
- Ghokhle, Phirosh Mehta.
- Danke, mukesh guptha.
In his work he last eliminated the speech of Mr. Anirudan. He made the class very interesting throughout the class he asked questions to students and teachers. He enquired about the research topics of students and analyzed each topic. He said we are selecting topics which are basically on a single path and he explained his reason. At 8.00pm he stopped his class. Dr. George Varghese expressed thanks for the class representing all students and teachers.
This day is the ‘World Non-violence Day’. Today our program is Delhi Darshan, a study tour to the places of Delhi – Lotus temple, Red fort, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Qutab Minar, Akshardham temple, Safdarjang Madrassa, Shakti Sthal, Rajghat etc.
Today’s main program is to collect material from j-store and other online journals (which are not accessible through the internet, and are available only on the JNU intranet) since the hard copies are subscribed in the JNU library. In this process we thank the M Phil student of JNU Sreejesh, who helped to collect articles and online books from those online journals. He used his library password for collecting those materials. Without that password it is not accessible. We collected one by one the soft copies of articles and books from those e-journals. This facility we used mainly for collecting materials related to our dissertations. We collected materials related to Multiculturalism, Kerala model development, International migration, political socialization of women, Indo-Pak relations, Intellectual Property Rights etc. In the evening a lecture on the topic “Understanding Globalization” by Dr.T.G.Suresh, Associate Professor of School of Social Science, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University was conducted for us at 04.30pm. The venue was School of Arts and Aesthetics, Open Auditorium, near the Department of Biotechnology.
The Lecture by Dr.T.G.Suresh
Today we got a lecture on globalization by Dr.T.G.Suresh sir at the evening in an open place, under a tree in the JNU campus. That class was more than a conservative class room lecture; he decides the topic from our opinion and was more than teaching-learning classes i.e, throughout an interactive class.
His class centers on the three decades of capitalist globalization. He explains the evolution of globalization from 1970s to the contemporary period.\
The technological innovation especially on IT of 1960s, inter-state market growth of 1960s, the global relocating of manufacturing, on the basis of low wage of the third world… escalate the growth of globalization. Those global progress causes to the disintegration of economic regions. For example Chinese centralized planning economy transforms to market economy and opens up their market for FDI for the name of their survival and economic development.
Now in the era of globalization, dichotomization of politics and economic factors was very difficult. In a globalized era every economic events that transforms to a political event.
Then he emphasizes what happened on social strata in the time of growing interdependence of globalization. In this period a worldwide phenomenon has been happened i.e, shrinking of physical barriers of various societies.
After his arguments, the debates are going on the necessity of analyzing perspective of marginalization of globalization than integration, and on FDI on retail sector -etc-
Finally he argues that ‘we should understand the realities in the era of globalization, it is true that we are living in the era of globalization, isolated thinking and action from globalization -Whether countries or individuals – makes an increased amount of losses.
After the class we discuss and criticize the orthodox system of Kerala class rooms with him. That informal discussion points out the increasing gap between education and libraries. We concluded our discussion with a common opinion both from teachers and students that the necessity of restructuring of conservative classroom system that is, through class room study.
Today, after the breakfast, we were separated into several groups and went to the different libraries inside the JNU campus. Some of us went to the central library, some to IIMC library, EXIM Bank Library for economics, International Law Department Library, and Women Studies Library. After the lunch we purchased some books on media studies, foreign policy, and from PBS book stall collected materials especially the works of Marx and Lenin. Then we continued the search for materials in various libraries. At night some of us went to Ber Sarai market and purchased some books and political maps from there. We purchased books on UGC NET examination, India’s Foreign Policy, Indian Polity, Public Administration and other related books.
Today we woke up early in the morning to visit the Indian Parliament. Dr. George Varghese has arranged for the entry passes to the parliament for us. We started our journey from the bus stop near the Brahmaputra hostel of Jawaharlal Nehru University. We reached the front gate of the Parliament at 9.30 am. After waiting there for a few minutes, the entry gate got opened for visitors at 10.00 am. A tight security checking exists there. Then we went first to Lok Sabha, the lower chamber of Indian Parliament with the guidance of an officer. He gave a brief explanation about the history and the proceedings of Lok Sabha. Then we went to Rajya Sabha, the upper chamber of Indian Parliament. We were seated in the gallery of Rajya Sabha and heard the narration of the guiding officer. After that we reached the conference hall of Rajya Sabha and saw the features of Rajya Sabha hall very closely.
Then we went to the Parliament Museum. This was an amazing experience to us because of its lighting and visual explanation. With the assistance of technology, we could virtually participate in the Dandi March along with Mahatma Gandhi. We purchased some gift items from there for our teachers. We had a small shopping from the parliament book stall and had a lunch from parliament canteen. Afterwards we went back to JNU through Delhi Metro train. Journey in the metro rail is very comfortable.
In the evening a lecture was arranged for us, on the topic of “Debates in International Relations theory” with a special reference to positivism and post-positivism by Prof. A.K.Ramakrishnan Sir, Department of International relations.
Lecture: ‘Debates in International Relations theory’ by Prof. A.K.Ramakrishnan
In the evening our teachers organized a lecture for us on the topic of Debates in International Relations theory by A.K.Ramakrishnan sir, a faculty of school of international relations of JNU who is specialized in West Asian Studies
He started with the debates between realism and liberal internationalism, that is the debates between ‘What is’ and ‘what ought to be’. The liberalists sought to avoid future war and to avoid the action of a state on individual affairs domestically. The foundations of liberal theories are built by Woodrow Wilson chair of university of Wales.
E.H Carr and his work “20 years’ crisis” pave the way for international realism. The realism centers on power and they stated the international system is anarchic. Thus the states should ready go to war for preserve their national interest
In the 50s and 60s, academic field of international relations dominated by a debate among traditionalism v/s the positivism. The debate centers on the notion objectivity. Positivists argued that the objectivity of the observer that is some kind of neutrality from observed. The positivists stands on a point that, the diverse observations on a same question observed by different individuals, they are also the part of the society under study-the subjects
During 80s post positivists school emerged from the movement that against positivism. They criticized the subjectivism of the positivist school. Post Positivist school recognized the diverse identities linked with the individuals at the same time they emphasized the third eye of the observer on observations
Then he speaks about the international political economy and the contributions of Suzan Strange in IPE and about international regimes.
After the lecture we participated in the debate on his lecture and that discussion full fills the objective of the class and provided clarity on the presentation.
Today we woke up early in the morning with the dreams about Taj… the symbol of love, built by Shajahan for his Mumthas. As an Indian, all of us are proud about that one of Seven Wonders of the World.
The journey started from near Meenakshi temple. First we reached ’Agra Fort’, the administrative center during Akbar and Shajahan period.
Then with a long journey we reach near the Taj. Due to air pollution and damages on its white marbles, our bus halted far from Taj. Moments with Taj, it’s a marvelous experience to all of us. We took many photos, and spend some time there. Then started the journey to Madurai after a little purchase.
It was sunset when we reached Madurai, the temple of lord Krishna, and also his birth place. It is now not only a spiritual place, a Mosque was staying there, very close to it, with a question on future riots.
After dinner we entered ICSSR hostel.
Today our last day of academic programs was arranged in Delhi which includes that of collecting study materials and listening to lectures. Our teacher T.K.Ramakrishnan sir went to UNESCO library, Delhi. Our teachers and few students also went to Women Studies Department library. Some of us spend time in the central library, and some others went to EXIM library and collected some materials related to Intellectual Property Rights.
After the lunch we gathered in a class room in the School of International Relations department for hearing a lecture on the topic Realities of Indo-Pak Relations by Dr.Happymon Jacob, Professor in the International Relations department, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
The Lecture: ‘Realities of Indo-Pak Relations’ by Dr. Happy Mon Jacob
We had an interactive class on indo-Pak relation on 07-10-2011(Friday) by Dr. Happy Mon Jacob. It was an informative and interesting class; we got a clear picture about Indo-Pak relation on the basis of Kashmir issue.
In his perspective Kashmir issue has two faces –one is issue in Kashmir and issue over Kashmir. Issue in the Kashmir means the issues inside Kashmir (issues that faced by the people inside Kashmir). And issue over Kashmir deals with the problem between India and Pakistan based on Kashmir. He discuss about the history of Kashmir and present actions of Indian government in Kashmir. On his point of view Indian government fail to implement the article 370 (special status to Jammu and Kashmir) of Indian constitution. Another issue was India refused to conduct a plebiscite in Kashmir. It increases the complicity of the indo-Pak relation. He also says about the violations done by the military in Kashmir.
Reduce the military force and effective implication of Article 370 in Kashmir is the two suggestion of Dr. Happy Mon Jacob to reduce the intensity of Kashmir issue. Before he concludes the session, he again says the necessity of the efficient implementation of article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
At the interactive session he clears our doubt about how the Indo-American relation effects the Indo-Pak relations. He says Pakistan always doubtful about Indo- American relations. His class helps us to understand Indo-Pak relation in a new perspective
This day we went to Red Fort at around 10.00 a.m; it is a structure evidently exhibiting Mughal architecture. The entire fort is build by Red marbles. After independence the Red Fort became an idol of freedom
Then we went to Chandni Chouk and Sarojini Nagar Market for a general purchase. We returned back to ICSSR hostel at 5.00 pm and packed our baggage, vacated the rooms rented out from Indian Council for Social Science Research Hostel and left JNU. At 7.00 pm, the taxi van arrived for taking us to the railway station. We started our return journey
Today we woke with the realization that, the Delhi became a memory, it’s a painful feeling. Slowly we accommodated that fact. Consciously or unconsciously our teachers conducted discussions about JNU. We discussed about the two faces of JNU, that is ‘academic’ and ‘activism’. We discussed lot about JNU with diverse even diverged views. Our teachers explain about the entrance methods of JNU and offered the full support for facing that entrance. It’s become an inspiring experience to all of us and could lead to our higher studies.
Today, the last day of our trip. After thirteen days, the trip going to end. Today we discuss about M-Phil entrance of JNU, and decided to prepare for it. At the evening the train entered into Shornur station. Our teachers rented out a van to reach our home. Finally the trip end, with lot of experiences, memories, inspirations, expectations…..