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Political Science

Brief History :

  • The department was started in 1980.
  • In 1987, the department introduced six papers.
  • Since 1987, the department is producing around 95% result in TYBA University Examination.
  • The department undertakes various co-curricular activities to sensitize the students toward several socio-economic and political issues.
  • All the activities of the department are planned in such a manner so as to achieve the basic vision and mission of the college.


Young students are to be trained on philosophy of Indian democracy and the cultural values  of the society, whereby  they would bring  about a balance between the two without imitating the western world 

Sincere effort to be made to simplify the complicated terminology of Politics to make it intelligible for the students 


     The Department strives to inculcate civic values, political culture and subject knowledge among the students to ignite the young minds for achievement of a true and perfect democratic society, where fraternity, secularism and justice will be the guiding forces.

 Special Features :  

  • The students offering major at TYBA Level, Vist Vidhan Bhavan, to observe Legislative  Proceedings, visit BMC Wards and such other activities, may be useful for academic purpose.
  • The Department every year conducts, inter-collegiate workshops for students on syllabus, which help them in enhancing their study.
  • Surveys, especially, during  & after elections, are held, to inculcate emprical research orientation, in the students.
  • Books, Reference books, Journals, Magazines, Encyclopedia etc are available in the Library.


Papers offered

  • POLITICAL SCIENCE                                            F.Y.B.A.       Paper I 
  • POLITICAL Theory                                                 S.Y.B.A.       Paper II
  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION                                   S.Y.B.A.       Paper III
  • INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS                              TY.B.A.        Paper IV
  • POLITICAL THOUGHT                                           T.Y.B.A.       Paper V
  • PROCESS IN MODERN MAHARASHTRA             T.Y.B.A        Paper VI
  • POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY                                        T.Y.B.A        Paper VII
  • AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM                           T. Y.B.A       Paper VIII
  • ELECTORAL OLITICS IN INDIA                              T.Y.B.A        Paper IX


Annual Report

Year : 2021-22

The Department of Political Science of Gokhale College has been one of the most active departments of the college since its inception in the year 1979, being committed to provide students with a combined experience of literary education, practical experience and development of research proclivity. The Department offers six paper political science (major) as well as three papers for graduation.

The department regularly engages in organizing activities viz. Essay and Article Writing, Elocution and Debate competitions along with field visits to inculcate a better understanding of the subject. During the undergraduate course of three years, students are familiarized with the concept of Political Process of India and Maharashtra, Political Thoughts, Political Theory, International Relations and World Politics.

In the academic year 2021-22, under the able-guidance of Asst. Prof. Aniket M. R. Salvi, the Department of Political Science conducted various curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular activities. These activities are as follows-

On the occasion of Constitution Day, Department of Political Science has organized an ‘Essay Writing Competition’ on November 26, 2021.

Department of Political Science had initiated and organized ‘Yugantar-The Fest’ – An Inter Collegiate Competition in the month of March 2022.

Yugantar-The Fest was inaugurated by Ms. Diksha Dinde, National Youth Awardee, GOI and State Youth Awardee (Maharashtra) followed by the Guest Lecture on ‘Importance of Youth in Nation Building’ on 28th February 2022.

Knowledge Hunt i.e. Inter-collegiate Quiz Competition was conducted on 2nd March 2022.

Kala Darpan i.e. Inter-collegiate Poster Making Competition was conducted on 2nd March 2022.

Mann ki Baat i.e. Inter-collegiate Elocution Competition was organized on 03rd March 2022.

Thoughts on Slides i.e. Inter-collegiate Power-Point Presentation Competition was organized on 03rd March 2022.

Resource Person:

Asst. Prof. Aniket M R Salvi was invited as a guest speaker by N. L. Dalmia College to deliver a lecture on ‘Role of NGO in Community Development’ on 04th January 2022.

Asst. Prof. Aniket M R Salvi was invited as a guest speaker by ‘Electoral Literacy Club – Gokhale College’ on the occasion of 12th National Voter’s Day on 25th January 2022.

Asst. Prof. Aniket M R Salvi was invited as a guest speaker by ‘Department of English – Gokhale College’ to deliver a lecture on ‘Right to Information’ on 22nd March 2022


Asst. Prof. Aniket M R Salvi has been appointed as a course writer for M. A. (Politics) by University of Mumbai.

The Department is grateful towards the Principal Dr. Mrs. S.V. Sant for her constant motivation, guidance and support for conducting all these co-curricular and extracurricular activities.


Asst. Prof. Aniket M R Salvi

Department of Political Science


Annual Report

Year : 2022-23

The Department of Political Science is the oldest and one of the most energetic and enthusiastic department of the college, being committed to provide students with a combined experience of literary education, practical experience and development of research proclivity.

Since its establishment in 1979, the Department of Political Science at Gokhale College has consistently been one of the most dynamic departments within the institution. Its primary commitment is to offer students a comprehensive educational experience that encompasses literary education, practical application, and the cultivation of research skills. The department provides a major program consisting of six political science papers, in addition to three papers for graduation.

This department actively fosters student engagement through a variety of initiatives, including essay and article writing competitions, elocution and debate contests, and field trips aimed at deepening students' understanding of the subject matter. Over the course of the undergraduate program spanning three years, students gain exposure to the political processes of India and Maharashtra, delve into Political Thought and Theory, explore International Relations, and analyze World Politics.

During the academic year 2022-2023, under the capable leadership of Prof. Aniket M R Salvi, the Department of Political Science at Gokhale College conducted a diverse range of curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities, which are detailed as follows:

To uphold and cherish the Constitutional Values, Department of Political Science on the occasion of Constitution Day on 26 November 2022 had organized a Guest lecture by Sr. Police Inspector Shri. Sudhir Kudalkar on the topic ‘Constitution as a Dynamic Document’ Following this, there was a valuable guidance lecture on UPSC/MPSC exams delivered by PSI Dr. Deepak Hinde.

In a collaborative effort aimed at fostering awareness about voting rights among students and the wider community, the Department of Political Science, in partnership with ELC, DLLE, and NSS, jointly orchestrated a 'Voters Awareness Rally.' This event took place on National Voter Day, celebrated on January 25, 2023.

Taking a proactive approach, the Department of Political Science at Gokhale College hosted 'Yugantar 2.0' – an Inter-Collegiate Political Science Festival from February 2nd to February 4th, 2023. This event attracted an impressive number of participants, with hundreds of students hailing from various colleges across different districts of Maharashtra joining in. The Inter-Collegiate festival's highlights included engaging events such as the Elocution Competition, Debate Competition, and a captivating Mock Parliament session. The festival served as more than just a platform for students to exhibit their knowledge; it also offered an invaluable learning experience to all attendees. The Department had the honor of welcoming Dr. Mrs. S. V. Sant Madam, Vice Chairperson of the Gokhale Educational Society, as the esteemed Chief Guest and keynote speaker for the valedictory session.

In an effort to promote Gender Equality and Sensitization, the Department of Political Science, in collaboration with the Department of Sociology, co-hosted a One-Day Seminar titled 'Socio-Political Barriers in the Empowerment of Women and the Queer Community' on February 6th, 2023. The seminar featured two distinguished speakers: Dr. Amruta Deshmukh, Head of the Political Science Department, and Ms. Apurva Paithane, Chief Operating Officer of The Qknit Foundation.

On March 2nd, 2023, the Department of Political Science organized an Educational Visit to the Tribal Village and Zilla Parishad School in Fulorepada, Thane. Under the guidance of Prof. Aniket Salvi, Political Science students conducted a comprehensive survey of all the households in the village to assess the educational status. This experience marked a first-time opportunity for the students, providing them with practical exposure to survey methodologies and a deeper understanding of the process.

Earlier this academic year, Political Science Department had also organized an Intra-Department Poster Making Competition on the theme of India’s Foreign Policy and Western Political Thinkers.

The Department extends its heartfelt gratitude to Principal Dr. S. B. Karande for his unwavering motivation, guidance, and support in facilitating the successful organization of these co-curricular and extracurricular activities. The Department also acknowledges the valuable contributions of Vice-Principal Dr. M. D. Auti for his insightful inputs throughout the academic year.

Furthermore, the Political Science Department holds immense gratitude towards Dr. S. V. Sant Madam, Vice-Chairperson of the Gokhale Education Society, for her role as a mentor and a continuous source of inspiration for the department's faculty members.


Asst. Prof. Aniket M R Salvi

Department of Political Science

The Faculties of Political Science

Mr. Aniket M R Salvi
Assistant Professor
M.A. (Honours-Politics), NET, SET
M.A. Part-II (Sociology Pursuing)
Period: Nov 2020 to Present
Experience: 07 Years 06 Months
Publications: International: 01         National: 03       Course Book: 02

Mrs. Shailaja Rao                                                                                          
Assistant Professor
Period: June 2023 to Present
Experience: 05 years 06 Months