The Department of Social Anthropology and sociology was established as the department Social Anthropology in 1965 since the focus study of the department was and is on anthropological studies of tribal society of Gujarat which comprises around 15% population in the state. Number of eminent anthropologists like Pro. R.B. Lal, Pro. R. Shroff and Pro. T.B. Naik, have served in the department since its foundation and have enhanced the repertoire of research based knowledge. Apart from teaching – research, the department has been enthusiastically working to spread Gandhian values among students by everyday interactions and in society through extensions activities. In 2010 as per the changing scenario of Social Science the department was renamed as Social Anthropology and Sociology to add sociological point of views in the department’s endeavours. At present the department is offering various courses, focusing on particular research areas and diffusing our values by extension work, through all the actions we are trying to achieve our vision to build egalitarian and co-operatve society.
The department tries to promote scientific and logical understanding of social life, various phenomena and disperse knowledge for an egalitarian, co-operative and harmonious society by providing responsible and well trained scholars-students to society through Value based teaching, scholarship, and service.
- To provide rigorous training to students in disciplinary methods and theories, coupled with a diversity of backgrounds, educational experiences and values.
- To develop robust sociological understanding and critical thinking in our students regarding the just social system and value based social science.
- To create harmonious relations with and learn from wider society through continue extension work and dialogue.
- focus on tribal and rural areas.
- with values of harmony and co-operation.
- based on research with sympathy towards research subjects.
- Using and providing quality material in local language.
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In all courses provided by the department have special focus on deprived section of society with values advocated by the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi like Sarvodaya and Sahkar. Moreover, All courses have been taught in local language.