Department of Political Science

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The Department of Political Science, Ravenshaw University enjoys an exceptional reputation for both teaching and research in the discipline. Extremely rich in academic potential, comprising a faculty known widely for their research and teaching abilities, it ranks as one of the best in the state.  

The growth of the Department has coincided with the progress of the discipline of Political Science- from a narrow body of legal and theoretical knowledge to a comprehensive social science- that integrates and interrogates sociological, economic, philosophical and cultural dimensions and thereby better relates to a purposive study of politics keeping especially the Indian reality in focus. The major thrust areas of the Department are normative political theory, theorising Indian Politics, International Politics, human rights issues, gender and development politics etc. 


  • To be a leading force in the study and understanding of political systems, theories, and practices. 
  • To inspire intellectual curiosity, foster critical thinking, and promote informed citizenship. Our commitment is to provide a dynamic and inclusive academic environment that empowers students, advances knowledge, and contributes to positive societal change.
  • To equip the students with the analytical skills, theoretical knowledge, and ethical foundations necessary to navigate the complexities of the political world.
  • To expand the boundaries of knowledge through innovative and impactful research and engaging in interdisciplinary studies that address pressing global challenges.
  • To be a hub for civic engagement, fostering a sense of responsibility and active participation in the students. We aim to empower them to become informed citizens who can contribute positively to their communities and the broader world.
  • Global Perspective: Recognizing the interconnectedness of today’s world, we emphasize the importance of a global perspective. We encourage international collaboration, comparative analysis, and the study of global politics to prepare our students for an increasingly interdependent world.
  • To remain committed to a culture of continuous improvement, regularly evaluating our programs, research initiatives, and teaching methods to ensure they remain relevant and impactful.


  • Exceptional Education: The department is committed to delivering high-quality education to its students. This includes rigorous academic programs and effective teaching methods aimed at equipping students with a strong foundation in political science.
  • Foster Critical Thinking: A core objective is to nurture critical thinking skills among students. This involves encouraging them to analyze and evaluate political concepts, events, and issues critically.
  • Advance Knowledge Through Research: The department is dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge through research. Faculty and students engage in scholarly activities to expand our understanding of political processes, institutions, and ideologies.
  • Promote Civic Engagement: Civic engagement is emphasized as a key outcome. The department seeks to instill in its students a sense of responsibility and active participation in civic affairs, encouraging them to be informed and engaged citizens.
  • Context of Politics and Government: All of the above objectives are achieved within the specific context of the study of politics and government. The department’s focus is on these areas, allowing students to gain a deep understanding of the functioning of political systems.
  • Informed Citizenship: The ultimate goal is to prepare students to be well-informed citizens. This means providing them with the tools and knowledge needed to make informed decisions in the political arena and in their contributions to society.
  • Meaningful Contributions to Society: The department believes that a strong grasp of political science is not only essential for individual growth but also for making meaningful contributions to society. Graduates are encouraged to apply their education to effect positive change in their communities and beyond.

Maharaj K. C. Bhanj Deo

The department of chemistry was initially named as Mayurbhanj Chemical Laboratory. The red building with Victorian architecture, which houses the department still carries this name engraved on it. The Maharaja of the then princely state of Mayurbhanj, Sri Krushna Chandra Bhanja Deo, has generously contributed for the initial establishment of the laboratory.


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