Established in 2006, Institute of Kashmir Studies (IKS) has the distinction of being an important inter-disciplinary research centre in the university. It conducts research on various disciplines of social sciences like history and culture with a thrust on the study of the region. Our faculty members have taught and studied in some of the premier universities of India including Delhi University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) etc. The Director of the Institute is a well known Professor of History with an experstise on the regional history and social movements. He has several publications in national and international journals and has written several books. Our faculty members have published and researched on several themes including modern regional history, socio-religious movements, gender and cultural studies, Kashmiri literature and translation studies, media studies, conflict, identity and marginalization. Located in erstwhile Mughal garden called Naseem Bagh within the university campus, the institute as a space reflects an intresting blend of heritage, history, culture and learning. 


Programmes Offered                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

  •        Kashmir focussed 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)
  •        MA (Kashmir and South Asia Studies) (till 2017)
  •        Intregrated M.Phil/PhD (ongoing) 

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) 
  • 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 strives to be one of the best teaching-learning and research centers in Social Sciences. In pursuit of its vision the Institute encourages inter-disciplinary perspectives in social sciences with special focus on Kashmir region.



  • To help students develop a critical perspective about issues and challenges confronted by the region from multiple lenses.
  • To engage with changing socio-political realities of the region and application of knowledge to create a just, syncretic and equitable society.


  • Institute strives to impart knowledge rooted in interdisciplinary, rigorous pedagogy and hands-on experience.
  • Creation and provision of socially relevant knowledge and high quality education in social sciences.
  • Support knowledge creation through strong M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes and Post-Doctoral programme.