Indian Institute of Technology Indore

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Research Group

Group Name: Digital Humanities


Dr. Nirmala Menon

Research Scholars:

1. Ms. Shaifali Arora

2. Mr. Ramesh Kumar Mahtha

3. Ms. Sonal Pandey

4. Ms. Justy Joseph

5. Ms. Jyothi Justin

6. Mr. Ashish Kumar

7. Mr. Kaviasaru P

8. Ms. Kavitha K

9. Ms. Vandana Govindani

10. Mr. Kannan J


The Digital Humanities and Publishing Research Group at IIT Indore is interested in interdisciplinary research that investigates and examines the intersections between technology and the humanities to understand the myriad ways in which technology impacts and transforms our interactions of scholarship. Our research group has collaborations across disciplines and internationally. Some of our work include: a) a digital archive for Minor Partitions, b) a multilingual database indexing project, c) algorithmic literary analysis, using visualization techniques and d) Open Science/Open Access Scholarship.

Group Name: Film Media and Cultural Studies


Dr. Akshaya Kumar


Research Scholars:

1. Ms. Mahima Singh

2. Ms. Muhsina K

3. Ms. P. Sreedevi


This research group focuses on contemporary as well as historical aspects of cinema in particular and media in general, alongwith the broad concerns of cultural studies on capital, language, migration, celebrity, gender, caste and regionality. Among the ongoing projects, the key components of our research are the digital platform disruption in the media economy, and interpenetration of cinema and mourning as well as cinema and the city.

Group Name: History of Modern India


Dr. Shomik Das Gupta

Research Scholars:

1. Mr. Vivek Kumar Yadav

2. Mr. Aditya Sundwa


The History of Modern India group is concerned with the History of Political Thought and History of Science in the 19th and 20th century.

Group Name: Human Factors


Dr. Sanjram P. K.

Research Scholars:

1. Mr. Sandip Ravindra Bhaise

2. Ms. Vidushi Jaya


Focused Research Group in Human Factors is an interdisciplinary team comprised of highly motivated volunteers, U.G. students, P.G. students, and affiliates with diverse academic backgrounds. The group's scientific interest revolves around investigating aspects of applied cognition in system development, design, and evaluation. It emphasizes on addressing real-world issues pertaining to human-systems interaction in the pursuit of technological innovation, improvement, and optimal utilization of human capabilities. Its social-centric research activities are aligned with schemes promoted by Government of India in critical thrust areas of national importance, such as- Technology Interventions for Disabled and Elderly (TIDE), Equity Empowerment and Development (SEED), Department of Science and Technology and R & D in Convergence Communications & Broadband Technologies (CC & BT) Group, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

Group Name: Innovation Studies


Dr. Ruchi Sharma


Research Scholars:

1. Mr. Manu Jose

2. Mr. Mohd. Shadab Danish

3. Mr. Mohd. Danish

4. Ms. Aparna Sharma

5. Mr. Harish Sahu



The research group on Innovation Studies focuses on issues related to R&D and patenting by Indian firms, Indian universities, and academic institutions. Specifically, we have been working on: a) Foreign firms and innovation b) FDI and innovation by Indian firms c) Product and process innovations d) Market structure and Innovation e) Financing innovations f) Patent valuation g) Non-resident patenting h) Technological capabilities and patent rights. Some new areas that we intend to focus are: i) Innovative startups ii) Innovation and environment iii) Entrepreneurship in India iv) Technology and inequality v) Technology and employment

Group Name: Literature, Performance and Other Arts


Dr. Ananya Ghoshal

Research Scholars:

1. Ms. Meghna Gangadharan

2. Mr. Manivendra Kumar

3. Mr. Shyam Sundar Pal


The "Literature, Performance, and Other Arts" group at IIT Indore is focused on the study and the analysis of literary, artistic, and performance texts. The members study the distinct yet deeply interconnected ways of understanding literature and the other arts. Working at the intersections of texts and the social, historical, and cultural contexts that produced them, the group examines the meaning, form, and style of literary and artistic works while exploring their imaginative and creative potential on a performance stage.

Group Name: Philosophy


Dr. C. Upendra

Research Scholars:

1. Ms. Aparna Ayyanar

2. Mr. Tinto T. D.


The strength of Philosophical research lies in the critical-radical-negatory approach to all forms of knowledge handed over to us in all forms. The focus of both teaching and research here believes in such radical engagement of IDEAS with the WORLD. Such an approach also takes cognizance of both epistemic and non-epistemic systems of knowledge. Particularly, the conviction is to the radical understanding of the HUMAN CONDITION - with specific emphasis on Radical Evil, Political Violence, uselessness of the culture, Protest and Dissent. More interest is toward those infinite forms of expression like aesthetic, art-forms, musical and cinematic imaginations, and revolutionary consciousness. Without a significant grasp of these, any understanding of the social world is distorted and lopsided. The radical approach penetrates deep into the morals of the human fabric - to link to the ideas of the will to power and installing a world beyond good and evil. This is possible only when the radical philosophy itself undergoes radical transformation - embracing radical contingency, where the dialectic is like an ENDLESS RIVER. Philosophers are like soothsayers - have said everything that has to be, but the YETness keeps the ontological a priori of the time-to-come alive. TIme arrives and goes, ideas take their grounding and fade away, great individuals walk the surface of the earth, what remains a permanent possibility is the HORIZON of life [biological & sociological], never fixated upon this or that. This "this or that" is ever intractable; hence, our obligation to dive into this abyss. Three things are looked at with utter suspicion - the human, the moral and the political. This is the focus of philosophy here.

Group Name: Political Sociology of Water Governance


Dr. Neeraj Mishra

Research Scholars:

Mr. Vinod Kumar      


The study programs and research activities of this department focus on the integration of social, political, historical, cultural and economic approaches to developmental issues and to global and regional disparities. The core thematic concerns of this department include questions of inclusive national development, the everyday problems of the marginalized social groups and the developmental challenges faced by people in the global South. It also provides training and research skills to undergraduate and PhD students to understand and explore the theoretical and practical dimensions of different developmental issues such as poverty reduction, sustainable natural resource governance and conflict prevention. Along with these goals, the departmental teaching and research also focuses on social change and transformation of norms and values, and new forms of socio-political and economic structures that have emerged in South Asia in the 21st century.

Group Name: Religion and Faith Healing


Dr. Askho Kumar Mocherla

Research Scholars:

1. Mr. Muhammad Hussain A. V. 


This research group focuses on ethnographic study on faith healing practices among Muslims in Malabar region in Kerala. The study explores socio-religious and political aspect of faith healing in the light of complex, cultural specific religious practices among the adherence of Islam in Kerala.

Group Name: Sustainability Studies


Dr. Pritee Sharma

Research Scholars:

1. Mr. Arun Kumar Bairwa

2. Ms. Juhee Singh Verma

3. Mr. Rajesh Barik

4. Mr. Ankit Tiwari

5. Ms. Bushra Praveen

6. Mr. Salla Nithyanth Kumar

7. Ms. Alinda George

8. Ms. Kanak Singh

9. Mr. S. P. Hota

10. Mr. Soham Ghosh

11. Ms. Anjali Yadav


Sustainability Research Group works on estimating and modeling efficiency, productivity, valuation and allocation of natural resources and ecosystem services in the areas of food systems: food security, agricultural productivity, rural poverty, and international trade. They also work on climate systems: particularly stakeholder issues, resilience building, adaptive capacity aspects of climate change; and land & forest degradation from urban and rural poor's perspective.