Brief Profile of the Department

              The Department of Political science was started in the year 1976 by the founder Prof. S. Subramaniam with the patronage of Prof. S.V. Chitti Babu, the then Vice-Chancellor of Madurai Kamaraj University. The M.A. programme in Political Science was started in 1977 and the M.A. programme in Public Administration was started in 1990. The Department has specialized in the areas of Constitutional Studies, Panchayat Raj and Urban Local Governments, Police Administration, Behavioural Studies, Tribal Development Administration, Women Studies, Election Studies and International Studies. The Department of Political Science is successfully running Nehru Study Centre sanctioned by UGC.

              The mission of the Department of Political science of Madurai Kamaraj University focuses on sensitizing the younger generation to be socially responsible and make constructive contribution to the nation building. The department seeks to enable its students and research scholars to become familiar with theories of public values and patterns of political systems at the regional, national and international levels. Our Department offers courses on Political Science at PG, M.Phil, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral levels. We are offering research programmes like M.Phil, Ph.D and PDF programmes in Public Administration too. We are giving special effort for SET and NET examinations and also special attention is given to prepare the students for Competitive examinations through extra hours. These initiatives enlarge the scope and nature of learning that eventually helps the student community particularly from the weaker sections of the society. This department also seeks to instill the ability to think and analyze social phenomena in a critical way and to develop the necessary oral and written skills to convey those analyses to others. Our students are much interested in doing the extension work in a village which was adopted by our School of Social Sciences under the great vision of our Honourable Vice- Chancellor.

              The Part Time and Full Time research Programs offers good opportunities for the student community to do research in modern political and social issues. It is evident that a number of students are in high positions at various academic institutions and also serve as bureaucrats in governmental offices. Regular interactions with the stake holders from academic, administrative and political background to get hold of recent developments in policy making, implementation and other developments in the concerned field are necessary and it is adequately taken care of the department.

Research Activities (2007-2017)

S. No.

Name of the Project In charge

Title of the Project

Funding Agency

Sanction Order No. & Date

Total Grant in Rs



Dr. P. Periakaruppan

Educational Status of Dalit Students at Primary Schools in Southern Districts of Tamil Nadu




Dr. P. Periakaruppan

Inclusive Planning Process and Institutional Mechanism for the Urban Infrastructure and Governance; Innovation and Lessons Learned from Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM)




Dr. P. Periakaruppan

Nehru Studies Centre under the scheme of Epoch Making Social Thinkers of India


F.No:6-1/2012 (NFE)  dated : 18.07.2014

Rs. 7,50,000



Dr. M. Nallakaman

Role of Caste Groups In New Panchayati Raj Institutions – A Case Study in Tamil Nadu


F NO. 5 – 269/ 2012 (HRP) dated 01.08.2012


2012-            2014


Dr. P. Periakaruppan

Nehru Studies Centre under the scheme of Epoch Making Social Thinkers of India


F.No:6-6/2006 (NFE-II)  dated : 31.12.2012

Rs. 4,52,495



Dr. R. Mangayarkarasu

Women Leadership in Rural Tamilnadu: A study of the Elected Women Leaders of Madurai District


5-13/2010 (HRP) dated 07.12.2010

Rs.2.5 lakhs


Faculty Members

Dr. D. Ramakrishnan,

Professor & Head

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Dr. N. Muthuraju

Assistant Professor

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Dr. P. Nagarajan

Assistant Professor

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