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Year of establishment: 1937


Department of Political Science is one of the most active departments of the college. It is engaged in sensitizing the students and the community at large about the political process. Along with regular class room activities the faculties in the department make the use of advanced technology to make learning process more communicative and interesting. Students’ participation in the pedagogical practices is often garnered through assignments, presentations, and study tours.

The department provides guidance to the aspirants for UPSC and MPSC Examinations. Free counseling is available to all students.

Every year the department organizes Human Rights Day on 10th December. On Human Rights Day students from our department run the awareness campaign into the society to make the people aware about the importance of Human Rights. 




  1. Dr. Vaibhavi Palsule

  2.  Dr.  Mrudul Nile (On deputation as the Director of Student's welfare Department)

  3. Prof. Sanhita Joshi

  4. Prof. Ravi Gavit - (Temp)

  5. Prof. Sanjay Patil - (Temp)

Dr. Vaibhavi Palsule - Head of the Department

M.A. , NET, Ph.D.

Work Experience: 18 years

Thesis Title : "India - Pakistan relations from confrontation to dialogue"

Member of various committees at College level

  • IQAC
  • Admission Committee
  • VPM coordianting committee
  • Chairperson of Political Science Association

Dr. Mrudul Nile
MA., NET, Ph.D.

Work Experience : 11 years

Thesis Title:"Right to Information"
Currently on deputation as Director of Student's Welfare Department, University of Mumbai

Prof. Sanhita Joshi


Work Experience: 2years

Submitted Ph.D. thesis in October 2010

Thesis Title: Local governance in the context of globalization

Member of Campus Management Committee

Mr. Ravi Gavit - Temp


Work Experience: 3 years

Mr. Sanjay Patil - Temp


Work Experience: 2 years




Research Projects  / Other work Undertaken by the Department

Dr. Chhaya Bakane

Publications: “Father of Social Conservativism and political Radicalism in Maharashtra, Vishnu Shashtri Chiplunkar” (awarded the best book of the year)

Authored text books in Marathi language for B.A Students
a) Introduction to politics
b) Indian Political System
c) Foundation Course

Published articles in a Secularist a leading English journal and Ruiate the college magazine.

Authored study material for the students of Distance Education for B.A and M.A, Mumbai University.

Ms. Vaibhavi Palsule

Working on a Minor Research Project of Mumbai University titled “Projection of Pakistan in Marathi Press”.
Registered for Ph.D Degree from Mumbai University. “India-Pakistan relations from Confrontation to dialogue”.
Presented papers
• “India-Pakistan Relations” Department of Civics and Politics” Mumbai University.
• Dharmasatta Ani Rajasatta” in a conference organized by Pradya Vidya Parishad

Mr. Mrudul Nile


Papers presented and published
• “Privatization of Higher Education” National Conference on higher education.
organized by the Goa University.
• “Entrepreneurship: A Tool for Reconstruction of the Social Structure for the Future” National Conference at Mata Gujri Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Jabalpur.
This paper was also published in a edited book after the conference.
• A Article was published in a Samah Prabodhini Patrika, one of the leading marathi journals titled, “Bihar Madhil Sattapalat: Kiti Mulgami Kiti Durgami”


						Political Science Association:
						Department of Political Science and Political Science Association
				Annual Report 2007-08	
				This year the Political Science Association began its 
				activities by organizing a Study tour for the students of SYBA ‘D’ Division who
				have opted for Gandhism as   their
				applied component paper.  The students
				were taken to Mani Bhavan , a well known study centre for the study of Gandhian
				Philosophy on 22nd September 2007. 
				Mr. Tambe, the staff member of the Department accompanied the students.
					On 5th October 2007, The Department organized
				another one day study visit to Pen in Raigard District.  
		The purpose of the visit was to enlighten the
		students on the issue of Special Economic Zone. 
				The students got the information about the policy of SEZ and its pros
				and cons.  They became aware of the
				environmental, geographical, agricultural, economic as well as socio-cultural
				aspects of the policy through their interaction with the villagers.
				On 12th October, the Association organized a
				lecture of Dr. Wankhede on Youth and Career
				The Department of Political Science in association with
				the Department of History and
				Lokwangmay Grih organized D.D.Kosambi memorial lecture
				series on 11th and 12th February
				2008.  The renowned scholars, Dr. Romila Thapar, Dr. D.N. Zha and others speakers 
				addressed the gathering.
				Dr.  Chhaya Bakane 
				Head, Dept. of Political Science.
				Annual Report 2008-09	
				The Department of Political Science conducts various activities under the
	Association named Political Science Association. In every academic year,
	it organizes elocution competition, debates, Quiz, seminars. The Head of the
	Department Dr. Chhaya Bakane presently chairs the Association. A unique thing
	about the Association is that the students initiate and organize its
	The Department of Political Science on 25 July 2008, organized a lecture
	‘Understanding Nuclear Deal’ by theoretical physicist Dr. T. Jayaraman. Dr.
	Jayaraman is currently associated with Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The
	lecture included a detailed yet lucid discussion on the Indo-U.S. Nuke Deal and
	its political, energy, economic dimensions. 170-180 students attended the
	lecture. While answering some questions, Dr. Jayaraman explained the strategic
	and military nuances of the Deal.
	The Department arranged a felicitation ceremony for meritorious students of
	T.Y.B.A. 2007-2008 on 17 September 2008. A lecture by Dr. Manisha Tikekar on
	‘India’s relation with its neighboring countries’ was organized on this
	occasion. Dr. Tikekar dealt with all problems of the neighboring countries to
	India with reference to the political, economic and social aspects. There was a
	question-answer round followed by the session. 
	The Department also invited Dr. Rajesh Basrur on 3rd January 2009. Dr. Basrur is
	currently associated with the Singapore University in the Department of
	International Studies. He delivered a talk on India-Pakistan Relations. The
	subject is extremely relevant and interesting due to the tensions built up in
	the relations between the two after the terrorist attack on Mumbai on 26
	November 2008. He stated that the relations between India and Pakistan could be
	termed as stability-instability paradox. According to him, though the strained
	relations between the two would continue for some time, the war will not take
	place. The students enjoyed the lecture, as it was a brief but realistic
	analysis of the events in the post 26/11.
			        In the academic year 2008-2009, the Association organized a Quiz competition.
	Third Year student of Department Mr. Nachiket Kulkarni won first Prize in the
	English debate in Inter-University National Youth Festival. He represented
	University of Mumbai in ‘P.C. Alexander extempore Marathi elocution
	competition’ where he won first Prize. He presented paper in an international
	conference organized by York University and Delhi University at Delhi.
			         Dr. Chhaya Bakane
			         Department of Political Science
						Department of
	Political Science and Political Science Association
						Annual Report 2009-10
						Political Science Association of Ramnarain Ruia College
	is actively engaged in various
						activities for the benefit of the students.  Every year lectures by eminent scholars,
						and famous political personalities are
	arranged.  The department of political
	science started its activities from September 09.  Dr Anand Teltumde a leading intellectual in
	India working and writing on the issue of caste, Dalits, globalization and
	democratic politics was invited for the inaugural function of Political Science
	Association.  He delivered a talk on
	“Globalization and Dalits”.  On October
	31st 2009, a felicitation function of the meritorious students of
	the department of TYBA 2008-09 and the former head of the Department, Dr.
	Chhaya Bakane was organized.  Dr. A.K.
	Mukadam was invited as a Chief Guest.  On
	this occasion he gave a talk on "Communal Politics in Maharashtra". 
						Another major activity of the department was the two Day
	festival “WE the People”.  This festival
	was organized on 10th and 11th February 2010.  The Political awareness campaign was
	conducted by the students of the department. 
	The pamphlets containing the information regarding the values of
	citizenship were sold by charging the token amount of Rs. 1.   This festival was full of events.  To celebrate the 50th year of the
	formation of Maharashtra, the festival began with the talk on Samyukta
	Maharashtra movement by Vijay Vaidya, who was closely associated with the
	movement.  Also the exhibition of the
	photos and posters in connection of Samyukta Maharashtra was organized in the
	quadrangle.   Another event of the
	festival was screening of the film “Parzenia” based on communal riots and the
	documentary “The Birth of Israel”. The Quiz on Politics was also organized.  The novel event in the festival was the
	“Model Parliament”.  It is a 45 minutes
	session where the students perform all those activities held in the one
	parliamentary day.  This event was judged
	by Ashish and Rinkesh the former students of Ruia College and winners of the
	Youth Parliament at the University level. 
						Department of
	Political Science and Political Science Association
						Annual Report
						The year 2010 -11 was year of achievements and full of
	diverse programs organized by the Department of Political science and Political
	science association. The department is proud of Prof. Mr. Mrudule Nile who got
	selected for a Workshop on the issue of International terrorism and visited
	USA. Mrs.  Sanhita joshi was appointed as
	the assistant professor and she successfully also submitted her thesis on
	“Local Governance in the context of globalization.” The faculties of the
	department attended various seminars and workshops organized by University and
	different colleges round the year.
						A talk on “Changing notion of security” by Dr.
	shailendra devalankar was organized by the department on 28th august
	2010 which also marked the inauguration of the activities of the department and
	the association. The meritorious students of TYBA 2009-10 batch were also felicitated
	on the same occasion.
						On 1st of September 2010 a talk  on “evolution of documentaries” by Dr. Kunda
	Nilkanth was organized to guide the students of TYBA especially because this
	year our department has opted for a new paper namely understanding politics
	through films.
						We at the department always try to deliver best to the
	students and therefore we organized a short study trip to Roha in the Raigad
	district. The visit was organized with a purpose to see the establishments of
	Adivasis and meet activists of Sarvahara Jan Andolan led by Ulka Mahajan. It
	was an eye opener for many students as they got an opportunity to see the
	ground realities and conditions under which the tribals live and survive.
						An intra-college Quiz competition was also organized by
	the political science association on 24th September 2010. From 23rd
	November to 27th November we planned a study tour to Delhi. This
	visit gave students to see the Parliament museum at New Delhi and many other
	heritage and archeologically and politically important sites. We also had the
	opportunity to see the fatehpur sikari fort and understand  the political dynamics of that era.
						The biggest extravaganza of the year of was much awaited
	annual festival of our department “We the People” organized on 11th
	and 12th January 2011. This year the festival received spectacular
	response. Our student volunteers toiled hard to get good financial support in
	the form of sponsorships from various private and public institutions.
						 The festival was
	inaugurated at the hands of IRS officer Mr. Sameer Wankhede who also
	enlightened students on changing pattern of UPSC. It was followed by a talk on
	Politics of Climate change by Prof. Dr. Uttara Sahatrabuddhe from the
	University Department of Civics and Politics.
						The annual festival also invited great participation of
	students from our own college and other colleges of the city. We organized
	elocution competition, Quiz completion, power point presentation, poetry
	writing and street play competition. Our students did a fantastic job at
	organizing youth parliament competition. This competition gave them an
	opportunity to understand the parliamentary procedures and also gave them a
	chance to discuss divergent issues like Jaitapur power plant issue or Adarsh
	scam etc.
						Thus the year was marked by innumerable achievements for
	our department and it will remembered for many more to come
						Head of the Department of Political Science
						Vaibhavi Palsule
						Department of Political Science and Political Science
						Report of “We the People” 2011-12
						The first native college of the City of Mumbai-
	Ramnaraian Ruia College on the occasion of its platinum jubilee celebrated a
	confluence of all departmental festivals in the form of “Samnvay”. The
	department of Political Science and Political Science Association organized a
	two days academic festival called “We the People” on 13th and 14th
	of September 2011 on the same occasion. The students of political science
	department had put a month’s hard work to put up an excellent show on the final
						The first day of the festival began with an
	inter-collegiate event called Asia Eleven- A Summit of South Asian Countries.
	We received over whelming response from several colleges of the city. It
	provided a platform to participating teams to represent the country allotted to
	them and defend that country on issues like Trade, Terrorism, Millennium Development
	Goals and Human Rights. The event was adjudged by Vinod Deshpande, Director
	Dhruv Academy and Professor Louisa Rodrigues from Department of History. The
	event was an instant hit amongst the participating teams as well as the
						The second day comprised intra-college events. The day
	began with Youth Parliament competition. 30 students of First , Second and
	Third Year BA participated in the event. It was a mock parliament put up
	by  students where students enacted like
	Members of Parliament and Ministers. Mr. Gaurav and Mr. Rinkesh judged the
	event and offered their valuable suggestions to the students. On the same day
	simultaneously Quiz completion was organized which happened to be one of the
	most promising events of all. Finally the students of department of Political
	science coined a Fun Game called Throne-Dethrone- a Battle for the Chair. The
	event captured the imagination of the students as it was a fun event woven
	around the nitty-gritty of the game of Politics and Fight for chair. All the students
	and volunteers enjoyed the entire event to the fullest.
						On 16th of September the department of
	Political science in association with Ruia Film Society organized screening of
	a Marathi movie called “Ek Pyali Chya”. The Movie was based on spreading awareness
	about right to information and empowering the people at the grass roots. The
	movie screening was followed by a panel discussion. The panel comprised of
	luminaries like Dr. Aruna Pendse, Reader Department of Political Science
	University of Mumbai, Yashwant Oak Producer of the Movie and Mayank
	Gandhi-Mumbai Co-ordinator of ‘India against Corruption’. The full packed
	auditorium of the college proved to be a testimony to the grand success of the
	progarmme. Thus Samnvay and We the People ended on a promising note where
	students could enjoy at the same and learn a lot from all the academically
	oriented events.
						Head of the
	Department of Political Science
						Vaibhavi Palsule

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