The Institute is committed to achieving a meritorious Student/Scholar body by attracting the best students to study at the Post-Graduate and Doctoral levels (cutting across disciplines in Social Sciences), regardless of background or circumstance. This helps promote an interdisciplinary academic environment, diversity, cultural exchange and cooperation. We are confident in the standard of our teaching and research, and we are always open to innovations and updations in knowledge. We behave professionally and ethically in all our activities.


Academic Honesty and Greater Good of Students.

Programmes Offered

  •        Elective Courses offered for PG Students at the University under Choice based Credit System (See List in Syllabus Section and Announcements) 
  •        MA (Development and Cultural Studies) (Proposed from 2018, as a renomeclature of MA in Kashmir and South Asia Studies)
  •        MA (Kashmir and South Asia Studies) (till 2017)
  •        M.Phil
  •        PhD

Thrust Areas

  •         Development and Cultural Studies       
  •         Contemporary Academic Discourses on Kashmir
  •         Tradition, Pluralism and Composite Culture of Kashmir
  •         Governance and Development in India
  •         Gender and Society
  •         Language & Literature
  •         Kashmir Philosophy
  •         Minorities in J&K
  •         Media Discourses and Representation

MA Programme Title

  • Proposed MA in Development and Cultural Studies (Proposed from 2018 onwards) (The Course is a renomenclature of the MA in South Asia and Kashmir Studies, and will be offered after permissions from all the competent bodies) (Please keep checking the website for updates)
  • MA Programme in Kashmir and South Asia Studies (2013, 2014, 2015)


            Masters programme in “Kashmir and South Asia Studies” was introduced at the UMIKS (academic session 2013 to 2015) under a reformulated MoU between South Asia Foundation (SAF), India and University of Kashmir, Srinagar, which was concluded on 23 August, 2012. The total intake capacity for this course was 30 (thirty) students. Out of the 30, 16 students were from SAARC countries and the rest locals.

Programme Rationale (2013, 2014, 2015)

The MA programme intended to achieve four major objectives:

  • The MA programme operated within the multidisciplinary framework. The teacher synergized Kashmir and South Asia in his/her method of teaching and discussion.
  • It aimed at giving the students thorough grounding in certain foundational courses related to Kashmir and South Asia.
  • The students were introduced to specialized areas by being offered a number of optional courses.
  • The students of the 4th Semester were required to write a Term Paper by undertaking purposeful  field work.

Structure of the MA Programme (2013, 2014, 2015) 

The programme consisted of 4 semesters with 96 credits, completed in two years. In each semester, a student had to obtain a minimum of 24 credits. However, 12 credits are compulsory and are to be obtained from Core Courses offered by the Institute while the remaining 12 credits can be obtained in either of the following ways:

  • 12 credits can be obtained within the Institute as far as the papers in Allied Electives are   concerned; or
  • The candidate has the liberty to obtain 8 credits from the Institute from "Allied Elective" c category and 4 credits can be obtained from the faculty of Social Sciences. However, the students, in any case, have to obtain a minimum of 4 credits from the "General/Elective Open" category from outside the Institute.


The MA programme was organised into two-year duration comprising of four semesters.


  • Bachelors degree under 10+2+3 pattern with at least 45% marks for open category and 40% marks for reserved category in any discipline of this University or any other University whose examinations are recognized as equivalent thereto.
  • Bachelors degree in any stream equivalent to the corresponding Indian degree system.
  • Candidates from SAARC countries will be eligible for the course Fee Structure/Scholarships




The Institute is committed to quality teaching and research in interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Key focus is on Academic Discourses on Kashmir, Tradition and Change, Region and Development, Cultural Studies, Gender and Society, Language and Heritage etc.