History: The Sociology department first started in 1998 in the then Mizoram Institute of Comprehensive Education at the degree class. Due to delinking of degree classes from the Mizoram Institute of Comprehensive Education (MICE), all the students and teachers were transferred and posted at Govt. Aizawl College with effect from 1st May 2000 vide Govt. Notification No. A. 220.12/1/99- EDC Dt. 22.3.2000. Henceforth, Govt. Aizawl College had a Sociology department for the first time in Mizoram. Now, the college offers Sociology as both Core and Elective subjects and produces Arts graduates with Sociology subject every year.
Though Sociology is a relatively young department at Aizawl College, it has had a gradual but steady growth since its inception. It has become one of the most opted major papers among the subjects offered in the college resulting in the increase of students in the department every year. However, seats are limited to a maximum of 60 students per class.
The department currently has four teaching faculty members: One Associate Professor, One Asst. Professor and 2 part time Asst. Professors who teach 4 Core papers and 2 general papers in each semester.
Aims: The department strives to produce students who are academically excellent with creative and critical thinking ability. It also believes in encouraging students to become citizens who are aware of their social surroundings and make responsible choices keeping in mind the welfare and development of society.
• The department practises mentoring whereby each teacher is assigned to mentor couple of students to help them in their academic performance and other personal issues as required by the mentees. This system acts as strong support system for students and provides a safe space to deal with issues they struggle with.
• A department social is held every year where VI semester students spend a day away from academic settings to have a fun time. They are usually accompanied by the teachers which help in cementing bonds between students and teachers.
• Class tests and presentations are held at regular intervals to develop and sharpen the skills and confidence of the students.The department believes that this tremendously enhances skills of articulation.
• To instil the spirit of financial independence and do away with dependency syndrome, students are encouraged to raise their own funds for their excursions and study tours. The department is very proud of its students who did all sorts of odd jobs like sweeping the streets, selling ice lollies and snacks etc during College week to fund their study tours. They also save money on a daily basis to supplement the study tour fund.
Remedial classes are conducted for students who need special care. Classes are conducted after regular teaching hours when and if necessary. Remedial class is conducted specially for IX Paper, Sociological Theory as the syllabus is vast and comprehensive.
Students are encouraged and motivated in advancing their creativity and providing them with study material. Students are also motivated to write for civil service examinations and are given career guidance. Through mentoring program teachers identify gifted students and their future plan, and the teachers supported them accordingly. Some students are guided with available International and National Scholarship, preparation for entrance examination for higher studies.
BACKLOG AND SLOW LEARNERS:
The Department reviews every semester’s result and identifies backlog learners, then arranges remedial classes for such students. Mentoring program is conducted and teachers identify slow learners and some students confined to their mentor about their weaknesses. Such students are helped as necessary.
- The department organised a special lecture on “Footprints of Animals” on the 22nd April, 2016 by Kyle Jackson, Chancellor’s International Scholar and a Ph. D candidate at the University of Warwick, UK.
- A Seminar on “Career Guidance” was organized by the Dept. of Sociology in collaboration with RUSA at the College Conference Hall on the 24th September 2019. Resource persons for the seminar were Mr. Laldinpuia Tlau (MJS) Joint Registrar, Guwahati High Court, Aizawl Bench and Mr. Lalhruaitluanga, Asst. Prof. Dept. of Computer Science, Govt. Zirtiri Residential Science College, Aizawl.
- The department organised a Special Lecture on Gender Sensitisation on the 24th March 2021. Ms. Vanlalhriatpuii Renthlei, State Co-ordinator, State Resource Centre for Women and Child Development, Social Welfare Department, was invited as a Resource Person.
* Field Study on Hmuifang Village March 2021: Report on Field Study of Hmuifang Village.pdf
*Parents' - Teachers' Meet October 2021: https://gac.ac.in/page/sociology-dept-parents-teachers-meet-october-20211653017378