Centre for Human Rights Studies

The Centre for Human Rights Studies was established in February 2015, under of aegis of the Department of Political Science. The Centre coordinates a three-month UGC-Sponsored Certificate Course on Human Rights. The classes are held only on Sundays. Eminent resource persons are invited to deliver lectures on the prescribed syllabus. Students are required to submit a project report along with a Power-Point presentation at the end of the course. They will be given Certificates after the successful completion of the course.

This year, more than sixty students have been enrolled for the course. Dr. S. P. Aggarwal, Principal, Ramanujan College, inaugurated the Certificate Course and classes began from 15 February 2015.

  • Dr. N. Sukumar (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi) delivered the inaugural Lecture on the Genesis and Theories of Human Rights, 15 February 2015.
  • Dr. Shailaja Menon (Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University) on Changing Dimensions of Human Rights and Duties, 1 March 2015.
  • Dr. K. Savitri (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Jamia Milia Islamia) on Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 on 8 March 2015 and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), 1966 on 15 March 2015.
  • Prof. S. A. M. Pasha (Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Jamia Milia Islamia) on International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), 1966, 22 March 2015.
  • Dr. Abdulrahim Vijapur (Professor, Department of Political Science, Aligarh Muslim University) on UN Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1965, 29 March 2015
  • Prof. Ujjwal Kumar Singh (Head of the Department, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi) on Civil Rights Movement in India, 5 April 2015
  • Shri Sunil Krishnan (Retd. IPS), Former Director General (Investigations), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), 12 April 2015
  • Prof. Sunil Kumar Choudhary (Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Science, University of Delhi) on Human Rights in the 21st Century, 19 April 2015
  • Prof. Sushma Yadava (Pro Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU), on Ethics, Values and Human Rights, 26 April 2015
  • Shri Raj Kishore Mishra (Retd. IAS) on UN and Human Rights, 26 April 2015

The Centre proposes to screen relevant documentaries on human rights issues, conduct workshops and seminar on various human rights themes and issues, to take the students on a day-long trip within Delhi to visit the National Human Rights Commission and various NGOs. The future aim is to open this course to students from other colleges as well and convert it into a full-fledged Diploma Course.