The Department of Political Science
The Department of Political Science is functioning since the inception of the University. The department is one of the biggest departments of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the HNB Garhwal (Central) University Srinagar, as presently a large number of students are studying Political Science at UG and PG levels.
Ranked highly in terms of research and teaching interface, the Department is served by faculty of repute. The faculty members of the department have been for decades been researching the issues of national, international and regional importance. The focus of the regional issues has been on development administration, local self-government (both rural and urban) and issues and concerns like livelihood in the mountains, climate change, ecological and environmental issues, sustainable development, good governance, woman issues etc. The focus of international issues has been on the study of foreign relations of India with countries like USA, UK, the EU countries China, Japan and the SAARC countries, as well as the issues related to geopolitics and Global Terrorism.
The faculty has published a sizeable number of books, monographs, reports, articles, reviews, commentaries, perspectives and research papers in reputed national and international journals. Some of the faculty members have also been on the editorial boards of reputed journals.
At present, a large number of students are pursuing doctoral research in the Ph.D. programme of the Department under the active supervision of the various teachers in the department.
The Department regularly organizes an interactive discussion session every Saturday and most of the PG and Doctoral students of the Department take an active part in it. A variety of topics of contemporary relevance, both national and international are discussed at length in these Saturday dialogues.
Vision and Mission
The Department of Political Science endeavours to elevate itself to become a nationally acclaimed and internationally recognized centre of academic excellence with a high ranking among the top Universities of India by the year 2025. The Department aims to continuously impart quality instruction to its students buttressed by a congenial environment for continues learning sustained by constant teacher-taught interaction and a structured system of mentoring.
The Department has a four decades-long research tradition and has endeavoured to create, continuously enrich and maintain a strong, diversified and well-endowed data bank sustained and augmented through incessant quality research—both fundamental investigative and action-oriented interventional-to serve as a repository of knowledge capable of supporting both academic research and visualizing and designing policy interventions in the Himalayan region.
The Mission of the Department is to live up to its vision and fulfil the goals set out in the same direction. Thus, the Department does not only aspire to academic excellence but also aims to become a sought after learning destination for the students of Political Science as also to serve its host community to the best of its ability.