Managing Committee Members

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  Abha Chauhan
  Affiliation: Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Jammu, Jammu (J&K)

  Mobile: 9419797709

 Abha Chauhan is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India. She has been the Head of the Department of         Sociology for nearly ten years and has also worked as the Director of Dr. Ambedkar Studies Centre; Convenor, Board of Studies (Sociology);   Coordinator, Directorate of Distance Education (Sociology) and Convener, Editorial Board and Editor of the University Journal. Her research interests include gender, tribal and community studies, kinship, marriage, Sociology of religion and culture, conflict, and borderland studies. She has published/edited five books as well as published several articles in national and international books and journals on the related themes. She has almost 30 years of teaching experience and 26 candidates have been awarded Ph. D. under her supervision, besides 35 M.Phil scholars. Prof. Abha Chauhan has been a Life Member of the Indian Sociological Society (ISS) since 1986. She has regularly attended the conferences of the ISS and International Sociological Association (ISA). She was the Managing Committee (MC) Member of the Indian Sociological Society (2002- 2007), member of the Editorial Advisory Committee, ISS (2010-11), and Convenor Research Committee (RC) 10 ‘Gender Studies’, (2011-2014) of the ISS. She was elected as the Secretary of the Indian Sociological Society for the years 2016 - 2017.

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Manish K. Verma

Affiliation: Professor, Department of Sociology, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow (UP).


Mobile: 9198277999

Manish K. Verma is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar (Central) University, Lucknow. Having obtained higher education from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, he has more than 23 years of teaching, research and administrative experience. He earlier served as Controller of Examinations and Head of Department at the University apart from working as Chairperson, Multidisciplinary Groups for Evaluation of Impact Assessment Study under LARR Act for the Government of Uttar Pradesh. His broad research interest concerns Environment and Development with micro-level studies in the areas of Involuntary Displacement, Urban Ecology, and Globalization etc. 

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Shruti Tambe

Affiliation: Savitribai Phule University, Pune (Maharashtra)


Phone: 9890906849


Shruti Tambe is currently working as Professor and Head at the Department of Sociology, Savitribai Phule University, Pune. She also serves as Director of the Euroculture Programme sponsored by Erasmus Mundus at the Savitribai Phule, Pune University, Pune.

Since 2000, she is an active member of the International Sociological Association and especially an active member of RC 47 and RC 32, at present, she is the Editor of the Newsletter of RC 47 and a member of their board. At the Regional Association level, she has served as a Member of the Managing Committee of the Marathi Samajshastra Parishad in Maharashtra, and she has also served as Editor, Marathi Samajshastra Sanshodhan Patrika for three years. She was on the editorial board of the Newsletter of the Indian Sociological Society. Shruti Tambe has been involved in a number of collaborative international research projects including one sponsored by SSHRC, Canada, and the other funded by Toyato Foundation, Japan. At present, she is working on a research project funded by ICSSR and an International Research project on the Health of Waste pickers with colleagues from Penn State University, U.S.A


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Affiliation:Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (Delhi)
Mobile: 09899451465

Arvinder A Ansari is the founder convener of RC-26, Minority Studies of Indian Sociological Society and is currently serving as Head, Department of Sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia,(Central University), New Delhi. In her distinguished academic career of more than twenty years in Jamia Millia Islamia, she has taught postgraduate and undergraduate students and supervised several Ph.D. students. Her interest areas are Sociology of Gender,  Cultural studies, Sociology of violence, Sociology of Ethnicity & Minority Studies, and  Globalization studies. She has authored/co-authored/edited several books, and her articles have been published in national and international peer-reviewed journals. She is also actively engaged in research and has successfully completed several Major & Minor Research Projects sponsored by UGC and ICSSR including two innovative minor projects sponsored by the Haryana government. She is an active and long-standing member of RC-32 (Women in Society), RC-13 (Sociology of Leisure), and RC-05 (Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity, and Ethnicity) of the International Sociological Association (ISA) and has presented papers in many international forums & universities.

Manish Thakur   manish

Affiliation :Professor, Public Policy and Management Group Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata (West Bengal)


Mobile: 09432673048 

Manish Thakur is Professor at the Public Policy and Management Group, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata. Previously, he was a lecturer in sociology at Goa University (1997-2007) and a fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (2011-13). He has published more than thirty research papers in professional journals and edited volumes. He has also authored/edited three books - Indian Village: A Conceptual History (2014), The Quest for Indian Sociology: Radhakamal Mukerjee and Our Times (2014), and Management Education in India: Perspectives and Practices (co-edited, 2017). His published research deals with aspects of water resources management, rural development knowledge institutions and discourses, research-policy interface, political culture, place of sociology in management education, social movements, intellectual history, and indigenous theories. His areas of research interest are rural-agrarian sociology, economic sociology, and disciplinary practices. Dr. Thakur is the recipient of three prestigious awards – Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao Award in Social Sciences (Sociology) 2014 (Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru and Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi, Prof. M. N. Srinivas Memorial Award for Young Sociologist, 2007 (Indian Sociological Society), and Prof. Radhakamal Mukerjee Memorial Award for Young Social Scientist, 2002 (Indian Social Science Association). 

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AffiliationUP Athletics Association

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Mobile No:  +91 8948961909 / 9415078389

Sanjay Tewari is a Law & Science Graduate, a PG in Sociology and MBA with specialization in HR, all First Division and Grade A, a UGC NET Fellow in Sociology, and a Ph.D. in Sociology. Born in the year 1967, Dr. Sanjay is a Director with the UP Athletics Association & a State Coordinator of the IAAF Kid’s Athletics Program. He is a vivid Sportsperson and Sports Official, having officiated at many international games. He is credited with establishing Sports Sociology in India, as also within the ISS. Dr. Sanjay is further credited with making Sports Sociology inducted into the Scheme of HRD with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. His research interests are Sociology of Sports, Sociology of Leisure, Sociology of Health & Sociocybernetics. Dr. Sanjay, apart from being an old Member of the International Sociological Association (ISA), is also the sole Member from India of the International Sports Sociology Association. He was also the Editorial Advisory Board Member of the ISS E-Newsletter for two years, as also a Member of the North Zone Sociology Promotion Council of ISS. He is well-traveled across the globe and has many publications in the field of Sociology, and Sports Sociology in particular, apart from speaking at more than 50 Conferences, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Sanjay has the honor of Chairing sessions at the World Congress of Sports Sociologies and has achieved many awards / grants.

Shweta PrasadShweta Prasad
Affliation : Professor of Sociology, Banaras Hindu University,Varanasi (U.P)
Moblie: 9415206631
Shweta Prasad completed her higher education at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and joined teaching in 2000. She is actively engaged in research in the areas of Women and globalization, Corporate Social Responsibility and Women Empowerment, Violence against women, International migration of women and their marginalization, various aspects of the Women-Technology interface including women in call centers, and the empowerment/ impoverishment of women due to the application of new agricultural technologies.
She has received the "Leadership Training Award for Asian Women in Agriculture R&D" at the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines. Simultaneously, she led the social science component of the project "Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia" (Objective 6.2)- an International project in collaboration with the IRRI, Philippines funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, and the USAID in the eastern UP hub. She also received the UGC- Research Award (2014-16) for working on CSR and women empowerment. Earlier, she completed a UGC major research project on Women Call Centre employees. She had also completed two pioneering short-term projects at the Centre for Women's Studies and Development, FSS, BHU on Female Foeticide and Domestic Violence. In the recent past, she is working with faculties from Michigan State University, USA, and the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU towards establishing a Gender Responsive Agriculture for Development center at the Banaras Hindu University. 

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Prof. Ajailiu Niumai
Affiliation: Professor of Sociology, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy,(Visiting Fellow, University of Iowa USA,2013-14)
University of Hyderabad
Gachibowli, Hyderabad – 500046, Telangana, India.
Mobile: 94412 90892
Ajailiu Niumai  is Professor of Sociology and Head, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy, University of Hyderabad (UoH), Hyderabad, and Senior Research Associate, Department of Sociology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa (2022-2025). She is Member, Managing Committee of Indian Sociological Society (2020-2025) and has been the Convenor of RC-04 Migration & Diaspora Studies, ISS (2016-2019). She is an active Member of the International Sociological Association. Currently, she is Member, Board of Governors, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, the Executive Council Member, Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh and the Advisory Committee Member of various Universities in India. She is also the Honorary Adjunct Professor, Department of Science and Humanities, National Institute of Technology, Nagaland (2020-2023). Previously, she has served as Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, UoH (2000-2009), and she is one of the pioneers of the Centre for Women’s Studies, UoH (2007), and North East India Sociological Association (2022). Her research interests include Gender Studies, Indian Diaspora, North East India Studies, NGOs and Development. UGC awarded her the Raman Postdoctoral Fellowship in USA (2013) and the Collaborative Arts and Research Translation for Humane Advancement, USA, awarded her ‘First Fellow’ grant (2006). She has published several articles/chapters in edited books and journals like EPW, Indian Journal of Gender Studies (Sage), Sociological Bulletin (Sage), The Eastern Anthropologist and the like. She is a Guest Editor of the Special Volume on Gender and Social Exclusion, Journal of Social and Economic Development (2023) by Springer Nature. Her book (with Prof. Abha Chauhan) on “Gender, Law and Social Transformation in India,” was published by Springer Nature (2022). Her forthcoming book is on “Human Trafficking: Untold Stories of Trafficked Survivors from North East India” by Routledge (2023). 

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Dr. Balaji Namdev Kendre

AffiliationProfessor and Head, Department of Sociology,University of Mumbai, Santacruz (E), Mumbai (Maharashtra)



Dr. Balaji Namdev Kendre is Chairperson Board of Studies in Sociology, Member Academic Council, Member Internal Quality Assurance Cell [IQAC] University of Mumbai, Mumbai. Former Convenor RC 11 Sociology of Environment, Indian Sociological Society, Member of Faculty and Research and Recognition Committee (RRC) SNDT Women University, Mumbai, Director/Chair Professor (Ag), Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Contemporary Studies, University of Mumbai. Coordinator (Ag), Master of Social Work Programme, University of Mumbai, Mumbai.Teaching and Research Interest: Migration Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Environment and Development Studies, Marginal Groups and Communities Studies, Sociology of Law. Research Guidance: 5 Scholars completed Ph.D. and 8 are working, 9 Scholars Completed M.Phil. and one working. Publications: Two Books, Ten Chapters in Books, Ten Articles in Journals, News Paper bites 10, Two-Book Reviews in Sociological Bulletin.

Life Member: Marathi Samajshtra Perished, Indian Sociological Society, Indian Science Congress Association Kolkata. Conferences/Seminar/Workshops organized: 10 National Level and 8 State Level

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Gayatri Bhattacharya  

Affiliation:  Retd.Professor of Sociology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal


Mobile: 9836740688

Gayatri Bhattacharya joined the profession of teaching and conducting research in Sociology in 1980, Prof.Bhattacharyya retired as a professor of Sociology from the University of Calcutta in 2017. She takes a special interest in the study of Indian Sociology and in the Sociology of Social Movements. Many of her publications, including books authored by her, have dealt with these topics among others. She has been the convenor of RC-17 for numerous years and has delivered the first D.K. Banerjee Memorial Lecture on agrarian relations in India.

She is currently engaged in completing my books on Indian Sociology and a textbook for the course of Nursing. She is also in the process of authoring a book on Indian Sociology in Bengali. As a member of the managing committee, she would like to bridge the distance between teachers and students of urban centers of Sociology with those of the remote rural areas to the best of her ability. She would also like to resuscitate the West Bengal chapter of the ISS and its journal, which could not be published for the dearth of funds. She hopes to coordinate and work with colleagues at the ISS to further develop Sociology.

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Affiliation: Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Santacruz (East), Mumbai (Maharashtra)

Mobile:98676 62587

Dr. P. S. Vivek has been a Professor of Sociology at the University of Mumbai. He has 34 years of experience in teaching and research in India and abroad. He has guided several doctoral scholars for their Ph.D degree. He has earned expertise in several areas of Sociological research: Rururban Studies, Occupational sociology, Visual Sociology, Sociology of Garbage and Waste, and Sociology of Spitting. Currently, he is involved in two major research projects: “A study of Sociology of ‘Public Spitting’ in Asia” & “Role of Taxi Trade in Mega-cities with special reference to Mumbai”. He was invited for establishing the Department of Diaspora and Transnational Studies at Rabindranath Tagore Institute in Mauritius(2016). He has also established two Departments for teaching Sociology in affiliated colleges in Mumbai. Professor Vivek has been a recipient of Indo-Shastri Canadian Institute International Fellowship for the year 2007. He has been a member of several professional bodies in India & Abroad. 

Dr. Vivek has presented 85 research papers in National and International seminars and conferences and has published 52 Articles in reviewed Journals and magazines in India & abroad. He has been the author of Ten books including The struggle of man against power: Revelation of 1984 Bhopal Tragedy (July 1990); Sociological concepts and Institutions (June 1993); The Scavengers: Exploited class of city professionals (March 1998); From Indentured Labour to Liberated Nation: Public Police and Small Planters in Mauritius (July 2007); World of Garbage and Waste, (July 2015).


Tattwamasi Paltasingh

Affiliation: Professor, P.G Department of Sociology, Sambalpur University, Odisha

Mobile: 94395 82596

Dr. Tattwamasi Paltasingh is at present working as Professor, P.G Department of Sociology, Sambalpur University, Odisha. Prior to her present position she has served as a faculty at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai and at Sardar Patel Institute of Economic and Social Research (SPIESR), Ahmedabad. She has obtained her Doctorate Degree from TISS Mumbai with a UGC Research Fellowship for her Doctoral Dissertation in the broad area of Sociology of Development. She has directed several research projects related to Elementary, Secondary and Higher Education, Tribal Study, Development Studies, Entrepreneurship, Gender Studies, Evaluation and Policy Studies. Prof. Paltasingh has extensive academic experience and substantial contribution to research, teaching and extension activities. She has published two Edited Volumes titled ‘Caring for the Elderly: Social Gerontology in the Indian Context’ (2015) by SAGE & Emerging Issues in Gerontology: Relevance and Possibilities by Bookwell (2014). She has published about 40 academic papers in reputed National and International journals and as book chapters

Alok K MAlok Kumar Meena

Affiliation: Associate Professor, Deptt. of Sociology, Sanatan Dharam Government College Beawar, M.D.S University (Ajmer) Rajasthan

Mobile: 92522 23400

Dr. Alok Kumar Meena is currently working as Associate Professor and Head, Department of Sociology, Sanatan Dharam Government College Beawar, affiliated to M.D.S. University (Ajmer) Rajasthan. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Rajasthan (1995), Post-Graduation in Sociology (1997) M. Phil (1999), Ph.D. in Sociology (2011) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Post-Doctorate (2013-2015) from ICSSR, New Delhi. He has an experience of teaching for more than 23 years and administrative experience as an Additional Director, Centre for Social Defense and Gender Studies, Sardar Patel University of Police, Crime and Social Justice, Jodhpur (Rajasthan). He has published 23 research papers in reputed journals/edited books and authored/edited 8 books his areas of specialization are Prison studies, Tribal studies, and Gender studies. He has completed two research projects funded by UGC and UNICEF. He is a life member of several academic and professional bodies (Indian Sociological Society, Indian Society of Criminology, Indian Society of Gandhian Studies, Association for Development of Teaching, Education and Learning, NWISA, Rajasthan Sociological Association and also founder General Secretary of Social Science and Humanities Association (SSHA). He has organized 3 International Conferences, 3 National Conferences, 4 Human Rights Training Programmes (sponsored by NHRC), 1 Capacity Building Training Programme (ICSSR), 8 workshop/ training programs/ certificate courses for academicians and police personnel.


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Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, A P Sen Memorial Girls PG College, University of Lucknow
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh - 226025


Mobile: 91- 94157 55051

Anshu Kedia is an Associate Professor in the department of Sociology A P Sen Memorial Girls PG College,University of Lucknow since 2003. In 18 years of her teaching experience, she has published 32 research papers and 2 edited books and her interests include rural sociology, sociology of history, sustainable development and informal sector.
She has been associated with Indian Sociological Society since two decades. She have worked on a research project sponsored by UGC. And have been member of editorial board in many refereed journals. At present she holds the position of Treasurer of Sociological Society of UP, also serving as a General Secretary Lucknow University Associated College Teachers' Association (LUACTA), Lucknow. She has also collaborated with several NGOs and other development sectors. She have also been awarded by National Election Commission and many other government departments and NGOs. She have initiated a virtual platform ' Sociological Understanding' in which all leading sociologists participate and share their ideas. Along with this, she have organized several offline and online seminars and workshops and have been part of more than 50 National and International seminars



Sudha Khokate 

Affiliation: Faculty, Dept of Sociology, Bangalore University, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Mobile: 9845710645

Dr. Sudha Khokate completed her higher education M.A, M.PHIL from JNU, New Delhi, and Ph.D. from Gulbarga University. She has 13 yrs of teaching experience. Her area of research specialization is Gender, Health, and Education.

She has published articles in various journals. Presented papers and participated in National and International Conferences. She was also invited as a speaker and chaired many sessions at various conferences. She is an active member of the Karnataka Sociology Association. And also a Convener of RC 6: Marginalized Groups, Weaker Sections and Human Rights of KSA. She works as an Expert for an NGO called Sakhi, working on Devadasi Children and Rehabilitation in Karnataka.


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Affiliation: Professor, Department of Sociology, Professor, Department of Sociology, Sardar Patel University,Vallabh Vidyanagar, Anand, Gujarat.


Mobile: 98241 55903

Dr.Ramesh H. Makwana is a Professor at Post-graduate Department of Sociology, Sardar Patel University,Vallabh Vidyanagar, Anand, Gujarat. He has been the Head of the Department of Sociology for five years and as Director of UGC Centre for Indian Diaspora, SPU; Director of Dr. Ambedkar Chair, SPU; convener of RC-18 Sociology of Crime and Deviance,ISS (2010-2014) and RC-23 Sociology of Law,ISS (2016-2018); chairman, Board of Studies in Sociology,SPU and also secretary of Gujarat Sociological Society; members of editorial Board of two UGC CARE List Journals. His areas of specialization are Criminology, Political Sociology, Indian Diaspora, Rural Development & Gender Studies. He has published 24 books and 54 research papers in reputed journals. He has guided 45 Ph.D. and 54 M. Phil. Scholars. He has 24 years of teaching, research and administration in the University and has been awarded with the “Dr.Ambedker Award” and one lakh rupees from Govt. of Gujarat for his milestone social work. He has presented large numbers of research papers in International/National Seminars/Conferences along with organization of several national and international conferences. He has been invited as a Resource Person in 96 Conferences, HRD Courses & Seminars at different Colleges & Universities.


Vinita Singh

Affiliation: Professor in Department of Sociology, Ranchi Women's College, Ranchi, Jharkhand          


Mobile: 7070475709

Dr Vinita Singh is currently working as Associate Professor and Head, Department of Sociology, Ranchi Women’s College, Ranchi University, Jharkhand. She is Ex Head of the University Department of Sociology and Director , Human Rights Education Programme, Ranchi University. She has been teaching for the past twenty nine years . She has two books and fourteen research papers to her credit and has supervised seven research scholars. She is Member Secretary, Academic Council ; Coordinator ,Women’s Cell and has been Chairperson ,Board of Studies at Ranchi University ,Central University of Jharkhand and at Ranchi Women`s College. She has also been an Associate at Indian Institute of Advance Study, Shimla. She is also Life Member, Indian Association of Women`s Studies(IAWS).Her areas of interest are tribal and women`s studies.

Her association with ISS has been longstanding. She has been on editorial advisory board of Sameeksha, the hindi journal of ISS as well as been co convenor of RC 20.


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