The Institute

A proposal to introduce Sociology into the curricula of the Punjab University was officially put forward for the first time in 1937 by the PunjabISCS Social Services Conference in Lahore. The proposal evoked an immediate response from the University officers and the matter was discussed by various standing committees and the Academic Council.

          In 1942, Dr. E.D. Lucas, the then Vice-Principal of the Forman Christian College, Lahore, prepared detailed syllabi for BA and BA (Hons.) examinations in Sociology at the request of Mian Afzal Husain, the then Vice-Chancellor of the University. These syllabi were discussed in detail by all, some practical difficulties prevented the introduction of sociology courses into the University’s curricula at that time.

Finally the teaching of Sociology began, firstly as an optional subject within the Master’s programs of Economics, Political Science, History and Philosophy in 1950. There was a very good response from the students and in June 1953 approval was granted by the University for the creation of an independent Department of Sociology. The teaching of Sociology commenced at bachelor’s level at the Forman Christian College, Lahore, in 1954  and a few months later the Department of Sociology at Punjab University was set up with the help of Dr. John B. Edlefsen of Washington State University, Pullman, who came to the Punjab University under the Inter College Exchange Program. Regular MA classes were started in the Department of Sociology in September 1955 with 35 students, 26 males and nine females. From then on, the Department of Sociology has progressed well and is presently running ten different academic programs, while the number of students has risen from 35 in 1955 to100 in 2001 and to more than 1500 in 2012. A landmark achievement for the Department occurred on December 5, 2006, when, at the earth-breaking ceremony for the Department’s new building, it was upgraded to become the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies.

The Institute is comprise of

  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Population Sciences
  • Department of Criminology & Security Studies
  • Department of Development Studies
  • Department of Gender Studies