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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 DesaiDr. (Ms.) Khevana DesaiAssistant Professor
  • Mittal ChauhanDr. (Ms.) Mittal ChauhanAssistant Professor
  • Merlin JosephDr.(Ms.) Merlin JosephAssistant Professor
  • Nilima Raval<br>Head and Associate ProfessorNilima RavalHead and Associate Professor
  • Khevana DesaiDr. (Ms.) Khevana DesaiAssistant Professor
  • Mittal ChauhanDr. (Ms.) Mittal ChauhanAssistant Professor
  • Merlin JosephDr.(Ms.) Merlin 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.
  • Initiated a museum trip to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya for TYBA students on 12th March 2019 as part of new teaching-learning method for the subject of cultural anthropology.  
  • Dr. Khevana Desai along with three students of TYBA attnded a special lecture on "Going beyond the uneasy relationship between Marxism and Feminism' By Dr. Manisha Desai (Head, Dept. Of Sociology, University of Connecticut USA) on 14th December 2018 at University of Mumbai on the occasion of centennial celebration of Department of Sociology. 
  • A lecture pertaining to voluntary work in teaching at national level was conducted by representatives of ‘Teach for India’ for TYBA and SYBA social work and welfare on 23rd August.
  • Dr. Khevana Desai delivered a lecture on Natural capitalism and eco-socialism was conducted on Juhu beach for TYBA Students of Sociology Dept on 26th July 2018.
  • 32 SYBA Social Work & Social Welfare students have done internship for 20 hours in various NGO's as part of syllabus activity
  • 20 Students from TYBA participated in verbal and poster presentations at an intra-collegiate competition on 'Consent' organised by University WDC, MAJLIS and Mithibai internal complaint committee on 12th January 2018.
  • 5 Students from TYBA under the guidance of Dr. Khevana Desai presented a research paper on  "Sanitation woes of young girls and women: a study of toilet facilities at Railway Stations in Mumbai" at a research paper presentation competition held at Maniben Nanavati college on 27th January 2018.
  • The department of Sociology in collboration with Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women Study Centre, Pune organised a half a day workshop on Safety of women in Public place for TYBA on 22nd February 2018. The workshop covered the issues of safety and security of girls and women in Public spaces,  surveillance by Institutions, role and responsibility of family, judiciary and educational institutions. Students were engaged in poster making activity pertaining to gender mapping of the route from their residence to college. There was also an orientation on various degree and Diploma courses conducted by the Centre.
The department in collaboration with other departments of Arts Faculty had organised a movie trip for the film 'Lipstick under my burkha' on 25th July 2017 .This trip was organised  to study issues and challenges of  varying gender roles.
  • Screening of movie 'Water' to social work and social welfare students from 3rd to 4th July 2017.
  • A Role play assignment was held for the students of FYBCom, FYBA and FYBsc to study rural and urban divide  (Foundation course-I) from 13th to 27th July.
  • A ‘dubsmash/short film’ assignment to study ‘Social Facts’ was conducted for the TYBA  students on 7th July  2017.
  • A ‘Snapshot assignment’ to study ‘Merton’s functionalism’ was conducted for the TYBA  students on 21st  July   2017.
  • A ‘Poster-making’ assignment to study ‘Critical Theory’ was conducted for the FYBA  students on 21st  July   2017.
  • Parent- teacher meeting conducted for TYBA in the month of August 2017.
  • An episode  of Satyamev Jayate on 'manual scavenging and untouchability in India' was shown to SYBA students for a more visual and contemporary understanding of caste mobilisations in India.
  • SYBA Social work & social welfare student Zainab Patel gave presentation on 'NGO's in Mumbai'; Riddhi Shah and Jinal Vora presented on 'Indian social activists'. The presentations were undertaken to help spread it's reach and awareness among students as part of the syllabus.
  • *The Department of Sociology in collaboration with YMCA undertook a social awareness project wherein  students of TYBA visited three shelter homes of the NGO ‘Snehasadan’ on 24th August 2017.As part of the project, these visits would be continued in the next few months too.
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  • SYBA Syllabus revision workshop for paper II and III of Sem III & IV was organised by the Department in collaboration with ADHOC Board, Sociology  at Mithibai College on 14 June 2017.

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

  • Dr. Khevana Desai participated in a panel discussion organised by Maharashtra Rajya Gujarati Sahitya Academy with noted women writers to discuss the role of women in Popular Gujarati literature on 22nd February 2019 at Kalidas Auditorium, Mumbai. 
  • Dr.Khevana Desai presented a paper on 'Relevance of focus group discussion feminist research' at an International conference at Kalsekar College, Thane on 23rd March 2019.
  • Dr.Khevana Desai performed a monologue on menstrual taboos on world theatre day at a Senior citizen club on 27th March 2019 
  • Dr. Khevana Desai was invited to give a special lecture on 'Roles and stages of women's life and recite her feminist poems on 4th December 2018 at 'Sannidhhi' a senior citizen's forum,Colaba 
  • Dr. Khevana Desai presented paper entitled "Right to Sanitation of working women in Mumbai: a study of accessibility and availability of toilets facilities at work place' at the International Conference on "Recent advances in women's studies" held at K.P.B.Hinduja College in collaboration with Maharashtra State commission for women on 19th January 2018. The same paper was published in the conference proceedings with an E- ISBN no. 978-93-5268-833-3
  • Dr, Khevana Desai has succesfully completed and submitted the BCUD minor research project on  'Right to Sanitation of working women in Mumbai: a study of availability and accessibility of toilet facility at work place'.
  • Dr.Khevana Desai was invited to read her poems at Indian National theatre and Sahitya Sarita Mumbai on 6th October 2018.
  • Dr. Khevana Desai's poem on #Metoo was discussed in Gujarati News papers like Mumbai samachar and Sardar Gurjari on 17th October 2018 as a unique lyrical expression of the campaign.
  • Dr.Khevana Desai attended a two- day International conference on 'Changing contours of women's paid and unpaid work' at TISS, Mumbai on 12th and 13th July 2018.
  • Dr. Khevana Desai's interview on 'Innovative teaching methods' was published in Gujarati daily Mid-day on the special occasion of Teacher's day on 5th September 2018
  • Dr.Khevana Desai was invited to read her poems at Indian National theatre and Sahitya Sarita Mumbai on 6th October 2018.
  • Dr. Khevana Desai's poem on #Metoo was discussed in Gujarati News papers like Mumbai samachar and Sardar Gurjari on 17th October 2018 as a unique lyrical expression of the campaign.
  • Dr.Khevana Desai was invited as a panelist for conducting interviews for Radio announcers at Akashvaani FM Gold, Mumbai on 19th December 2017.
  • Dr. Khevana Desai was appointed as an examiner for Sociology Sem III at NMIMS- Liberal  Arts course on December 14th 2017.

Prof. Mittal Chauhan

  • Dr. Mittal Chauhan presented paper at the National Conference "Innovative Trends in Commerce, Humanities and Sciences (ITCHS-2019)" held on 20th February 2019 at Bhavan's College, Chowpatty. The paper titled ''Evaluation of Working Women's Hostels in Mumbai which will be published in UGC listed peer reviewed e-journal Research Journey with impact factor 6.261
  • Dr. Mittal Chauhan presented paper at the Multi-disciplinary International Conference  IMPRESSIONS 2019 "Neoteric trends in Commerce, management and Extension" held on 9th February, 2019 at SIES College, Nerul. The paper titled ''Empowerment in Women's Shelter: A Sociological Study on Working Women's Hostels in Mumbai was also published in UGC listed peer reviewed journal no. 40776 AJANTA ISSN 227705730 with impact factor 5.5
  • Ms. Mittal Chauhan  has been conferred with PhD degree on 22nd Feb 2018 at the convocation ceremony held by University of Mumbai.
  • Ms. Mittal Chauhan presented paper titled 'Women' Accommodation & Empowerment: A study of Working Women' Hostel in Mumbai' at the International Conference on "Recent advances in women's studies" held at K.P.B.Hinduja College in collaboration with Maharashtra State commission for women on 19th January 2018. The same paper was published in the conference proceedings with an E- ISBN no. 978-93-5268-833-3
  • Ms. Mittal Chauhan has successfully completed refresher course in Women & Social Science (ID): Contemporary Perspectives to Gender from 27th Sept - 17th Oct 2017 from University of Mumbai.
  • Ms. Mittal Chauhan was appointed as moderator in the subject of Foundation Course- I at M.L.Dahanukar College on 18th Dec 2017.
  • Ms. Mittal Chauhan was appointed as moderator in the subject of Introduction to Sociology at Usha Pravin College of Management on 6th Dec 2017.
  • Ms. Mittal Chauhan has successfully completed her Viva-Voce for the Ph. D. (Arts) degree in Sociology on 23rd August, 2017.
  • Ms. Mittal Chauhan participated in DLLE Orientation Programme held at Patkar College on 18th August 2017.
  • Mittal Chauhan presented paper titled 'Hostel for Women: A Sociological Study of Working Women's Hostel in Mumbai' at the International Conference Gender, Institutions and Change: Feminist Institutionalism after 10 years on 3rd and 4th April, 2017 at University of Manchester organized by UIC Gender team and FIIN.
  • Ms. Mittal Chauhan was appointed for revaluating SYBLS papers at Jitendra Chauhan College of Law on 30th March 2017. 
  • Cleared CAS from Stage I to Stage II

Prof. Merlin Joseph

  • Dr. Merlin Joseph successfully completed refresher course  on Advancement in Social Sciences from 12-11-18 to 02-12-18 conducted by Sardar Patel university,Vallabh Vidyanagar.  
  • Dr. Merlin Joseph delivered a lecture on 'Career Guidance' to SYBA and TYBA students of S.S. and L.S Patkar College on 19th July, 2018 
  • Dr. Merlin Joseph was appointed as external examiner at NMIMS for the subject of Liberal Arts Semester I & III in Octber 2017.
  • Dr. Merlin Jospeh was appointed as a member of the editorial team for the Newsletter of Institute  of Indian Culture: Post-Graduate  research center in Culture, Society and Religion on December 30th 2017.
  • Dr. Merlin Joseph published article titled ‘Youth and Technology’  in the  Institute of Indian Culture Newsletter, Vol.67,No.1.
  • Dr. Merlin Joseeph has submitted BCUD minor research project titled ‘The scope of Sociology in the current job market” in August 2017.

  • 5 Students from TYBA under the guidance of Dr. Khevana Desai presented a research paper on "Sanitation woes of young girls and women: a study of toilet facilities at Railway Stations in Mumbai" at a research paper presentation competition held at Maniben Nanavati college on 27th January 2018
  • 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.