Department Notice

About Us

Leading the way to better education since 1923, St. Edmund's College is the oldest institute serving quality education ever since. With an eminent and qualified faculty who is dedicated in sharpening the skills of every individual student and uplifting the weaker, Political Science department has achieved success in every stride.

St. Edmund's College established in 1923 was the first institution of higher education to be established in this part of North- East India. From the year of inception of the college in 1923, till the year 1937, Political science was taught as a part of civics at the intermediate level. In 1937 the college got affiliation to Calcutta University for Degree Courses. Even thereafter, Political science was not taught as a separate independent discipline. It formed as a constituent part of discipline of Political Economy and Political Philosophy which was comprised of two groups. Group A comprised of Economics and Group B comprised of Political Science.

In 1962, Political Science emerged as a separate discipline in St. Edmund's College. In 1965, Post Graduate study was introduced in Political Science in this College but due to paucity of funds, it was discontinued after 1972. The faculty of the department comprises of four sanctioned post teachers who have been managing affairs of the department for over two decades. Students of the department bag three to five positions every year in the NEHU final examinations.

The students of the department of Political Science have been publishing the annual departmental magazine, ‘Vox Populi’ since 2004.

An award has been instituted in the name of Dr B Datta Ray, the first Professor in the Department of Political Science. Since 2008, every year, this award is given to the top rank holder of NEHU final Honours examination from the department.

Extra Curricular Activities By The Teachers:

1. Teachers from the Department take Post Graduate classes in the Department of Social Work.
2. Teachers from the Department involve themselves in various activities like being in charge, judging events, etc., during the ‘College Month’ time.
3. They engage themselves in examination related work like – evaluation, scrutiny, etc., (Final examinations).
4. Counselling (Mentoring) is done by the faculty members of the Department for the Honours students of B.A 1st, 2nd and 3rd year. Sometimes formally and sometimes, informally.
5. ‘Guest lectures’ and ‘Memorial lectures’ are organized on regular interval by the Department where eminent scholars are invited to give lecture on burning issues for the benefit of the students.
6. Members of the Department help the students in bringing out the Departmental Magazine every year.
7. Besides giving class tests and home assignments, group discussions are organized in the class and students are asked to present seminar papers in the class.
8. Members of the department regularly attend seminars, lectures, etc., organized by other institutions/universities and other departments.
9. Faculty members of the Department are engaged in some research projects as well as publications of research articles in academic journals and books.

Distinctive Features of the Department:
> Highly experienced and devoted faculty
> Consistently good results and among toppers in the University
> Publication of Annual Department Magazine, ‘VOX POPULI’- An exclusively Students’ initiative.

Course Structure

Semester Core Paper
1st Semester Paper PSc.01 Political Theory,
2nd Semester Paper PSc.02 Major Political System,
3rd Semester Paper PSc.03 Indian Political System,
4th Semester Paper PSc.04 International Politics,
5th Semester Paper PSc.05 Western Political Thought, Optional Papers Paper PScO.06 ,
6th Semester Paper PSc.07 Government and Politics in North-East India, Optional Papers Paper PScO.08,
*Note: The course structure may change as per NEHU curriculum and Guidelines.

A student can choose one subject from each Elective Paper.

  • Optional Papers Paper PScO.06 - Paper PScO.06.1 Modern Indian Political Ideas
  • Optional Papers Paper PScO.06 - Paper PScO.06.2 Women and the Political Process
  • Optional Papers Paper PScO.06 - Paper PScO.06.3 Public Administration
  • Optional Papers Paper PScO.08 - Paper PSc0.08.1 Political Sociology
  • Optional Papers Paper PScO.08 - Paper PSc0.08.2 Politics of Developing Countries
  • Optional Papers Paper PScO.08 - Paper PSc0.08.3 International Organization
  • Optional Papers Paper PScO.08 - Paper PSc0.08.4 Human Rights

Additional Courses / Activities / Events