It is with great humility and a sense of achievement, that one would like to put forth that the Department of Political Science is a sought-after Department of the College. Since its inception in 1969, the Department has traversed a long and eventful journey. True to its academic spirit, regular assessment is carried out by means of class tests, tutorials, group discussions, PPTs, assignments and Projects. Screening of movies and documentaries pertaining to the discipline is an exercise commonly indulged in by the Department. Very many times, pertinent socio-political issues are raised, which give the students the required academic exposure.
The Department takes pride in striking a balance between academic and extra-curricular activities. Holding debate competitions, audio visual quiz competitions, creative writing, poster making,extempore sessions under the aegis of knowledge club and career counselling workshops, are some of the activities which are carried out throughout the semester
In 2016, the University introduced the CBCS-Choice Based Credit System which marked the genesis of change in the University Education System. Besides, the routine honors and program courses- the discipline is commonly identified with, the students can opt for papers outside their specialization in the form of GE courses (Generic Elective). The Department of Political Science offers SEC (Skill-Enhancement Course) and AECC (Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course) also. The students get the much-needed flexibility to select not only inter disciplinary but also intra disciplinary and skill-based courses. In addition, the Department also tries to equip the students with the practical ability to utilize the theoretical knowledge to understand the functioning of political institutions and political happenings around them. In order to keep in tune with the changing times, updation of syllabus is a periodic exercise undertaken by the Department
The Department makes all possible efforts in maintaining an inclusive system incorporating the twin goals of democracy and empowerment as well as nurturing young minds to imbibe the values of hard work and self-discipline. More importantly, understanding the value of education as a moral good rather than just another commodity is an ongoing challenge and an important aim of this Department.
‘Polimates’ is the name given to the student body of Political Science. It maintains aFacebook page and all around the year the society is actively involved in organizing various academic and cultural activities of the Department. Debates, mock parliament, group discussions, spoofs and Damsharads are some of them, of course all along they are encouraged and guided by the faculty.
The student council of the Department consists of 4 office bearers- President, Vice-President, Secretary and Joint Secretary, selected each year by a majority. In July 2017, for the first time, the Department experimented with carrying out the exercise of formal elections.Candidates made formal presentations to woo their fellow students. Voting was done through secret ballot with the use of ballot boxes. Witha set of instructions all in place, this formal democratic exercise was a great learning experience for the students.
To give further impetus to the Society ‘Polimates’ – students who excel in academic and other activities throughout the yearare given certificates and trophies as was done in the ‘Young Achievers Award Ceremony’ in April,2018.
“Voice” is the E-Journal of the Political Science Department of Mata Sundri College for Women.In October 2016, the Department of Political Science broke fresh grounds by inaugurating its debut E journal titled “Voice”. This was no small achievement. The very first issue was an effort to commemorate 70 years of Indian democracy as well as it was a tribute to the Golden jubilee year of this esteemed institution. If the first issue had a lofty aim, the Second issue in November 2017 was not far behind and was dedicated to women who created history.
There is no denying that gender and popular culture intersect at odd angles and create enough room to engage in serious deliberation. Currently, the Third issue is in progress. Taking the narrative forward, the Department E-journal is an eclectic amalgamation of articles, essays, poetry, cartoons, political satire and the like. Besides, the journal also reflects upon the activities undertaken by the department. It is a creative platform where the students can express their ideas on a plethora of issues as well as it is a humble attempt to impart training in methodologies of doing research. The editing team comprising of a few students and teachers, are engaged throughout the year. Visiting places of public importance, conducting interviews, undertaking environment friendly drives, raising questions about set patterns- an attempt is made towards constructive social change. While working on the second issue pertaining to women empowerment, the students had conducted an interview with the Former Mayor of Delhi and the argument that finally carried the day was -‘Gender is a fluid category and can be reshaped through persistent questioning and participative actions’.
The students are required to attend not less than 67% of the lectures, theory and practicum courses, separately during each semester in order to enable them to appear for university examinations.
A continuous process of internal assessment takes place during each semester that includes theory as well as practicum courses. The assessing procedures usually include written assignments, projects, house exam and presentations. Final examinations are held in the month of November and May.
It is mandatory for a student to secure minimum 40% marks in each theory paper during final examinations, 40% in the internal assessment, 40% in all Practicum courses taken together and 40% in the aggregate for each semester, to pass the examination.