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Major Areas of Research in Various Departments


Adult Continuing Education and Extension
Extension education and services in higher education, Curriculum Development andEnvironmental Issues, Research Methodology, Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, Lifelong Learning (LLL), Non-Formal Education, Skill Development

African Studies
Social Theories, Sociology of religion, African environment, natural resource management, disaster management, Ancient African Empires, Pan-Africanism, and African nationalism, Multi- Party Democracy in Africa, Human Rights & Refugee Problems, Africa in World Politics, India‘s foreign policy in Africa, Food Security and agriculture development, SAP & its impact on Africa, Regional Economic Groupings and IndiaAfrica EconomicRelations.

Anthropology Comparative religion, caste system, family dynamics, medical systems, and anthropological theory and methods, Gender and Women‘s Studies, Caste studies with special interest in Dalit studies, Ecology and Environment and Border and Margins of Society, Human Genetics, Human Cytogenetics, Recombinant DNA Technology, Reproductive Immunology, Medical Anthropology; Qualitative Research; Public Health; Disaster Impact Assessment Tools; Anthropology and Mountain Communities, Genetic Structure, Diversity and Health Dynamics Among Human Coastal Populations, Association of variants of uncoupling protein 1(UCP 1) with levels of obesity, cardiovascular and metabolic complications among adolescent and adult in two homogenous groups, Human Ecology, Human Growth & Development, Physiological Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Tribal health.

Classical Arabic Prose, Classical Arabic Poetry, Modern Arabic Prose, Modern Arabic Poetry, Arabic Novel, Arabic Drama, Eminent Arab Writers and Poets, History of Arabic Literature, Arab Historians, Arabic Literature in India, Indian Scholars of Arabic Language and Literature, Contribution of eminent scholars to Arabic Language and Literature world-wide

B.R. Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research
Medical Biotechnology, Epigenetics, Molecular modeling and DNA diagnostics, Molecular Oncology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Drug Discovery and Drug Development, Genomics and Proteomics, Medicinal Chemistry, Cancer Genetics, Human Genetics and Neurobiology and Neuropharmacology

Structure-function relationship in proteins and drug discovery, Molecular mechanisms of Cancer and Malaria, Molecular Diagnostics, Recombinant antibody based diagnostics & therapeutics, Tuberculosis Biology, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Signalling mechanisms of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Bioinformatics / Computational Biology

Algae and environment; Ecology, Environment and Conservation; Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics; Plant Developmental Genetics; Plant-Pathogen Interactions; Plant Molecular biology/Biotechnology; Plant Physiology and Biochemistry (including Stress Physiology and Proteomics); Reproductive and Developmental Biology

Buddhist Studies
Pali Language and Literature, Buddhist Philosophy based on Pali and Sanskrit Literature, Buddhist Ethics, Buddhist Psychology, Buddhist Para Psychology, Buddhist Eschatology, Abhidhamma/Abhidharma Philosophy, Buddhist History, Buddhist Archaeology, Buddhist Art and Architecture, Chinese Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism, Buddhist Logic and Tantra

Business Economics
Emerging Policy Issues in Business and Economy, Industry Studies, Economics of Development, International Economics, Regional Economic Development.

Bioorganic chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, natural products and non-covalent interactions in chemistry & biological fields and supramolecular chemistry, Theoretical polymer chemistry with special reference to electrically conducting polymers and biopolymers such as proteins and DNA, Nanomaterials and conducting polymer composites for fabrication of biosensors, Clay polymer nano composites as fire retardants and for synthesis of organic compounds, Physical Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Computational Chemistry, Nanoscience, Theoretical Physical Chemistry, Complex Systems in Electrochemistry and Materials, Synthesis of novel heterocyclic compounds; Sonochemistry, Application of microwaves in organic synthesis; Synthesis, characterization and applications of ionic liquids in organic synthesis; Preparation, characterization and applications of metal nanoparticles in organic synthesis; Synthesis of heterocycles by multi-component reactions, photophysical studies, Corrosion Science and Technology, Semiconducting nano materials for environment, Organic Synthesis, Medicinal Chemistry (synthesis of biologically active compounds: anti- cancer, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antimalarial), Natural and Marine Natural Products (bioactivity guided isolation of natural/marine natural products). Process development of drugs/drug intermediates. Commerce Accounting, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Organisational and Behaviour Development, and other related areas

Computer Science
Computer Networks, Data Mining, Computational Intelligence, Algorithms, Web Intelligence, Multi-agent systems, Software Engineering, Steganography and Steganalysis, Information Hiding, Coding Theory, Intelligent Data Analysis. Network Science, Text Analytics, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Trust and Reputation Systems, Artificial Intelligence, social network analysis, Cyber security, Image processing, Biometrics, Computer Graphics, Crowdsourcing, Cloud Computing, Web Applications, Technology enhanced Education (MOOC Platforms), Requirements Engineering and Data Science.

East Asian Studies
China‘s foreign policy, security policy, and political economy, Chinese Politics and Education, Ancient Indian History, Silk Road and Buddhist settlements, Chinese language, Socially engaged Buddhism, Chinese Nationalism, Chinese Ethnic Minorities, Chinese Foreign Policy, Tibet, Taiwan, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, India-China Relations, Sociology, East Asian Society, Japanese Society and Religions, Japan‘s Social, political, intellectual And Cultural History, Japanese Language and Literature; Japanese society and Gender Studies, Dynamics of Social Stratification in China.

International Trade, Industrial Economics, Game Theory, Econometrics, Law & Economics, Information Economics, Applied Econometrics, Applied Micro, Growth and Development, Macroeconomics, International Economics, Economics of discrimination, Aspects of the Chinese economy, Forecasting, Microeconomic Theory, Welfare Economics, Development Economics, Agricultural Economics, Health Economics, Public Economics, IPRs and Technology Transfer.

Academic Research Writing in Education; Adolescence Education; Art Education;Assessment in Education;Childhood and  Adolescence Studies; Cognitive Psychology; Comparative and International Education; Computer Assisted Learning;Creativity in Education; Democratic Education; Curriculum Studies;Disability Studies; Diversity Pedagogy; Early Childhood Education; Economics of Education; Education for Democratic Citizenship; Education for Social Justice; Education of the Marginalised Communities; Educational Policy, Planning and Administration; Educational Technology; Educational Theory; Educational Studies; Elementary Education; Environmental Education; Equality; Experimental Research in Education; Gender Issues and Concerns in Education; Gifted Education; Guidance, Counselling and Mental Health; History Education; History of Education; Higher Education; Inclusive Education; ICT in Education; ICT for Research in Education; ICTs in Teacher Education; Language and Literacy Education; Learning and Cognition; Mathematics Education; Measurement and Evaluation;Philosophy of Education;Psychological Foundations of Education; Science Education; Secondary Education; Social Science Education; Social Theory;Sociological Foundations of Education; Teacher Education; Youth, Education and Democracy.

Electronic Science
Modeling and Simulation Studies of Microelectronic Devices and Materials; Thin films, Nanomaterials & nanostructures (Electronic/semiconductor materials & Devices) for various applications; Material Science: Nano science/ Nano composites/ Nano technology; Microwave passive components, Plasmonic waveguides and devices; Robotics and Artificial Intelligence; Embedded Systems and Automation Integrated Optics, Cyber Physical Systems and Machine learning; Biophotovoltaics English; Renaissance studies, gender studies, visual culture, Modernism, Queer Theory, Dalit Literature, Autobiographical Studies, Indian Literature, Post-colonial Studies, Translation, Postcolonial Literature and Theory; Literary Gerontology; Families in Literature; Urban Cultures; the nineteenth-century novel.

Environmental Studies
Environmental Biotechnology & Nano biotechnology; Ecogenomics; Plant Evolutionary Biology, Plant Invasion ecology, Molecular phylogeny and Evolution; Animal Taxonomy, Systematics, and Reproductive Biology, Microbial Ecology and Evolution; Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health, Behaviour Ecology; Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Health, Microbial Ecology and Biotechnology, Ecotoxicology; Bioremediation; Bioprospecting, Plant Invasion Ecology, Bioacoustics; Biodiversity Conservation,
Environmental Science & Technology; Separation Science & Technology, Atmospheric Science, Biogeochemistry and Hydrogeochemistry, Environmental Biotechnology & Bioenergy, Environmental Biotechnology and Environmental Health

Faculty of Management Studies
Growth & Behavior Patterns of Companies in India, Marketing, Financial, Human Resource and Organizational Dimensions of Modern Industry & Business.

Financial Studies
Quantitative Finance; Investment Management and Fuzzy Decision Making, Strategic Management of Information Systems, e-commerce, Bank Management, Corporate finance; strategic finance; capital markets; venture capital, Corporate Reporting, Corporate Governance— Transparency and Disclosure Issues.

The department is engaged in Interdisciplinary research in the frontline areas of Plant Genetics, Molecular Breeding and Biotechnology like genetic improvement of oilseed mustard through conventional and biotechnological approaches; novel strategies (based on RNAi and artificial microRNA) for the control of viral and fungal pathogens and insect pests in crops; Human Genetics & Medical Genomics with focus on discovery and functional genomics of common as well as emerging complex diseases and discovery of lead molecules; Drosophila Genetics for basic research and as model for disease biology; Plant–pathogen interaction using Arabidopsis as a model and mustard as a target crop ; Dictyosteliumbiologyto elucidate the role of bZIP
transcription factors, Parvulin type PPIases, PinA and other protein regulators; Yeast Genetics with a focus on mitochondrial ribosome function/biogenesis; Cancer Genetics to understand molecular and cellular changes occurring in hypoxic tumor microenvironment; Promoter architecture and gene regulation in plants.

Quantitative Techniques, Urban and Regional Studies, Program Evaluation, Indian Geography,Disasters and their Management in India, Political Geography, Regional Geography of Middle East, Geography of Federal Study, Spatial Studies, Watershed Management; Mountain Hydrology; Ecotourism and Conservation, Environmental Studies, Remote Sensing and GIS, Disaster Management, Climate Change, Urban Environment.

Igneous &Metamorpic Petrology, Geochemistry, Structural Geology, Igneous Petrology, Geochemistry, Vertebrate Palaeontology, Geochemistry and Geochronology, Metamorphic Petrology, Environmental Geology, Hydrogeology, Biostratigraphy, Engineering Geology, Structural Geology, Sedimentary Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology, Geomorphology, Fluvail system, Sedimentary Geology and Geomorphology, Hydrogeology, Geomorphology, Sedimentology, Micropaleontology, Metamorphic Petrology, Stratigraphy, Sedimentology.

Germanic & Romance Studies
French and Francophone Literature, German Literature, Latin American and Spanish literature, Italian Literature, Portuguese Literature, Comparative Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Translation Studies, Foreign Language Education with focus on Teaching French/German/Italian/Spanish/Portuguese as a Foreign language.

Bhakti Literature and Movement and Modern Hindi Literature, Dalit literature, Fiction, Hindi language, Language pedagogy, Media, Indian society & culture, Indian education system, Modern Hindi Literature, Polish English Hindi Translation, Hindi Novel, Poetry, Dalit Literature and Hindi Journalism.

Social History, Economic History, Cultural History, Visual Culture, History of Religion, Gender History, Intellectual History, Archaeological Foundation of History, Palaeography/Epigraphy and historical analysis of Inscriptions, The interface between landscape, archaeology and anthropology, Medieval state and ecclesiastical institutions ,Asian Interaction and Transculturality, The Nationalist movement in India, Peasant and tribal societies and movements, The Process of Sectarian and Majoritarian Identity Formation, Textual Studies-Culture, Caste and Gender: Identity Formation and Articulations in India, Memory history-community, Oral and Performative Narratives and their Relationships to Constructions of Particularistic Pasts, Rural and Urban Landscapes and Environment: Historical Perspectives, History of Science and Medicine The Interaction between Institutions of Governance and Newer Forms of Knowledge, with particular reference to the development of Humanistic Disciplines and of Archaeology and Museumology.

Home Science
Food and Nutrition, Human development and childhood studies, development and communication extension, resource management and design application, fabric and apparel science, Dietetics and Public health nutrition, FoodTechnology.
Institute of informatics & communication Internet of Things (IoT), Network Architecture, Network Security, Complex Network, Cryptography, Sensor Network, Service Delivery Design and Architecture, Cloud Computing and Infrastructure, Network Application, Mobile application architecture and security. Modelling and Simulation, Computational neuro-bioscience, Nonlinear dynamics, Applied Numerical analysis, Nonlinear Time Series Analysis, Stochastic Modelling, Stellar Structure- Evolution, Pulsation, Rotation & Magnetic Fields, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Systems

Library and Information Science
Marketing of LIS Products , Cataloguing, History of libraries in India and Information Systems, Library, Information and Society, Library Cataloguing, ICT Application in Libraries and Information Activities; Web Designing and Content Development; Library Classification, bibliometrics, Scientometrics and webometrics studies; Government of India Publications, Indian Official Documents, Public Library System, Designing and evaluation of websites, Web-OPACs, e-journals, Social Networking Sites, Syntax, DisProgram,

Documentation and description of endangered languages, Historical Linguistics, Phonology, Morphology, Language contact, Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics, Linguistic Stylistics, Applied Linguistics, Generative Phonology, Translation Studies, Sociolinguistics, Lexicography.

Algebra, Analysis, Topology, Functional Analysis, Dynamical Systems, Mathematical Programming, Fluid Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics, Differential equations, General relativity.

Microbial differentiation, food and industrial microbiology, environmental microbiology, agricultural microbiology, microbial pathogens and pathogenicity, medical microbiology, immunology, clinical microbiology, genetic engineering and microbial molecular biology.

Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies
Comparative Indian literature, Translations Studies, Women‘s Writings, Drama and Theatre, Folklore and Tribal Lore, Assamese Language, Literature and Culture, Bengali Language, Literature and Culture, Gujarati Language, Literature and Culture, Odia Language, Literature and Culture, Sindhi Language, Literature and Culture, Tamil Language, Literature and Culture, Telugu Language, Literature and Culture, Postmodernism and Postcolonialism, Bhakti Literature, Cultural Studies, Life Writings, Literary and Cultural Theory, Partition Literature, Sociology of Literature and Culture, Indian Poetics.Socio-linguistics.

Music and Fine Arts
Inter disciplinary Research and applied musicology and aesthetics, Aesthetics and Instrumental Music, Music of Punjab, Practical aspect of Hindustani aesthetically Rag presentation, Khayalgayaki, Voice culture for singing music, Hindustani Classical Music (Vocal) Dhrupad, Dhamar, Khyal, Musical Instruments and Instrumental Music: Classical Music as well as Folk Music, rhythmic and melodic aspects in ritualistic, folk and classical music of Kerala, RagamTanam-Pallavi, Dikshitar‘skritis, javalis, Hindustani Instrumental Music.

Operational Research
Inventory Management, Supply Chain Management, Statistics, Optimization, Mathematical Programming, Financial Management, Software Reliability.

Indo-Persian Literature, Classical Persian Literature, Modern Persian Literature

Indian Philosophy (Classical/Contemprory), Western Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, AppliedEthics, Methaethics, Feminism, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Social and PoliticalPhilosophy, HumanRights,Philosophy of Technology, Continental Philosophy, Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of : Language, Mind, Action, Cognitive Science, Comparative Philosophy.

Physical Education and Sports Sciences
Exercise and Sports Psychology, Sports Exercise Physiology, Adapted Physical Activity, Sports Bio-mechanics and Kinesiology, Motor Learning and control, Comparative Physical Education and Sport, Coaching Science and Physical Fitness, Health and Wellness, Kinathropometry, Neuro-motor Psychology, Philosophy of Sports, Political Science of Sports, Sociology of Sports, Sport Facilities, Sports Law and Sports for All, Sports History, Sports Management, Sports Pedagogy, Sports Medicine, Yogic Science, Sports Spirituality, Development of norms for various age groups of Human populations in the areas of Health and Fitness, Curriculum
Development and Designing, Training Program implementation and Development and Talent identification.

Physics & Astrophysics
Astrophysics, Atomic & Molecular Physics, Bio-Physics, Biological Network Cosmology, Condensed matter physics, Complex systems computational physics, Field theory, General relativity, Laser Plasma interactions, Nuclear Physics-Nuclear Structure & Reaction Dynamics, High Energy Physics, Material Science, Non-linear dynamics, , Mesoscopic Physics (Transport Quantum Dots and Quantum Wires), Spintronics, Nano-materials physics, Non-equilibrium Statistical mechanics, Particle Physics, Plasma physics, Quantum Dots, Radiation dosimetry, Radiation detector development &characterisation, Polymers, Semiconductors, Crystallography, String Theory. 

Plant Molecular Biology
Stress Molecular Biology, Reproductive Biology, Signal transduction and photobiology, Bioinformatics, Functional genomics, Genomics and proteomics, Transgenics for crop improvement, Small regulatory RNAs, Plant viruses, Plant biotechnology for human health, Intellectual property rights.

Political Science
International Relations Theory, Identity Politics and Political Violence, Gender Studies, South Asian Politics with a special focus on Pakistan & the Kashmir conflict, Public Administration, Modern Indian Political Thought, Contemporary Indian politics, Political theory, comparative politics, Indian politics, Communal Identity formations in modern India; internationalism/cosmopolitanism; history and time, South Asian Studies and Pakistan Studies, State, Constitutionalism and Democracy— Laws and their relationship with state, democracy and constitutionalism, issues of rights and people‘s movements, Judiciary, Election Commission, International Relations-Strategic Studies, Nuclear Weapons and Terrorism, Indian Political Economy, Indian Political System, Issues concerning communalism and secularism. Democracy, Development and Peace, sociological, economic, philosophical and cultural dimensions of political science.

Research related to Dyslexia, mental retardation, hypertension, schizophrenia, depression, drug abuse, cognition in disabled children, belief systems, ageing, organizational processes.

For MPhil:
1. Research Methodology 2. Interdisciplinary Literary Theories 3.Madhkali Punjabi Sahit: (a. GurmatKaav b.BhagtiKaav c. Sufi Kaav d. Madhkali Punjabi BirtantakKaav e. Madhkali Punjabi Vartak f. Punjabi SabhiyacharteLokdhara) 4. Aadhunik Punjabi Sahit (a. Aadhunik Punjabi Kavita b. Aadhunik Punjabi Galap c. Aadhunik Punjabi Natak d. Aadhunik Punjabi Vartak e. Diaspora te Punjabi Diaspora Sahit f. BhashaVigiyante Punjabi Bhasha)

For PhD:
1. Punjabi Language, Linguistics and Computational Linguistics 2. Medieval Punjabi Literature (a. GurmatKaav b. BhagtiKaav c. Punjabi Sufi Kaav d. Punjabi QissaKaav e. Punjabi BirKaav f. MadhkaliVartak) 3. Modern Punjabi Literature (a. Modern Punjabi Poetry b. Punjabi Fiction c. Punjabi Drama d. Modern Punjabi Prose e. Punjabi Literary Criticism and Research) 4.Punjabi Folklore and Culture 5.Punjabi Media, TV and Theatre 6.Punjabi Translation Studies

Vedic Literature, Indian Philosophy, Poetics, Grammer and Linguistics, Epigraphy, Dharmashastra and Arthashastra, Jyotish, Puranetihas, Sanskrit Literature, Modern Sanskrit Literature and the related areas.

Social Work
Social work discipline, Social Work with Older persons, Social Development, Social Legislation, HRM, Ecology and Social Work, Rural and Urban Community Development, Management of Voluntary Organizations, Social Development, Social Work Education, Disaster Management, Social movements, protest movements and community organization.

There are no separate Major Areas of Research in our department for MPhil and PhD. Faculty specializations are available on our department website at 

Biostatistics, Bayesian Inference, Design of Experiments, Demography, Order Statistics, Reliability and Life Testing, Stochastic Processes, Survey Sampling, Statistical Inference

Classical Prose, Classical Poetry, Modern Prose, Modern Poetry, Humor & Satire, Fiction, Criticism, Drama, Theatre, Mass Media and Non Fiction Prose etc. 

Animal Physiology, Animal Behaviour, Aquaculture, Cell Signaling, Chromatin and Cancer Biology, Computational Biology, Endocrinology, Entomology, Genomics and Metagenomics, Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity, Microbiology, Molecular Cell Biology, Radiation Biology, Reproductive Physiology and Toxicology. 

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