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Department of Sociology and Social Work
            The Department of Sociology was established in 1954. During the formative years, three Fulbright American Professors helped in designing the academic courses and also initiated research activities. At present there are three Professors, one Associate Professor and twenty Assistant Professors with a wide range of teaching experience and research background. The department has successfully completed nine (3 Major; 6 Minor) Research Projects funded by UGC, World Bank and State Government. The department is currently assisted by the UGC under SAP-DRS (Phase-II) with a grant of Rs. 93.5 lakhs for five years (2015-2020).

 (UGC-SAP– DRS– II Supported)

  • The Department actively engages the students in extension activities such as Village Adoption, Blood Donation Camps, Camps for Awareness Creation in the surrounding villages.
  • Every year on an average 15 to 20 research articles are published by our faculty members in national and international journals.
  • Since 2000, our department has successfully completed nine (3 Major; 6 Minor) Research Projects funded by UGC, World Bank, and State Government.

Highlights of the Programmes

  • Strong foundation in Sociology and Social Work
  • Opportunities for undertaking research projects in prestigious National and International Research Organizations
  • Field Visit and Training Programmes

Thrust Areas of Research

  • Social Issues
  • Health and Environment
  • Rural Development
  • Women Studies
  • Social Development
Resource Mobilised & Research Output (last 5 years)
  • Funds Generated: over 1.35 crores through Development Grants & Research Projects
  • Books & Book Chapters Published 16
  • Research Papers Published 89
  • Ph.Ds Awarded 15

Job Opportunities

  • Colleges and Universities
  • NGO's
  • Government Hospitals
  • Social Welfare Sectors
  • Industries as Labour Welfare Officers

Social Contribution
            Students of the neighboring areas were the immediate beneficiaries of our department. The department also reaches the population of the surrounding villages (mostly backward and poor) in enhancing their quality of life by organizing special awareness creation camps relating to health, education, hygiene, sanitation, employment, human rights and on eradication of social evils by involving students, research scholars and faculty members.
Every year, students of the Sociology department along with the faculty members conduct sanitation awareness programmes, medical camps, and disaster management programmes in the selected, targeted villages around the University.  Under the UGC- SAP- DRS-II (2015-2020), the department regularly conducts environmental impact assessment surveys in the villages located around SIPCOT industrial complex.
       The department collaborates with the State Planning Commission, Education Department and Department of Rural Development and Social Welfare Department in carrying out research studies. The faculty members also assist the Cuddalore and Villupuram District administration as District Vigilance Members in the verification of Community Certificates.

Programmes Offered
  • M.A. Sociology (Five Year PG Programme)
  • M.A. Sociology (Two Year PG Programme)
  • M.S.W. Social Work (Two Year PG Programme)
  • M.Phil. in Sociology
  • M.Phil. in Social Work
  • Ph.D., Sociology (Full Time, Part-Time & External)
  • Ph.D., Social Work(Full Time, Part-Time & External)

    Dr. Kirubakaran Samuel
    Professor and Head
    Department of Sociology
    Annamalai University
    Tel: 91-4144-238 282 ext.-316
    Mobile: 94432 78442

    Email: sociologyau@gmail.com