A. K. Sharma
Professor of Sociology
Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology

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Research Guidance


Post-doctoral Work: 

Dr. Pooja Gupta, Interplay between Socio-cultural Milieu and Women's Reproductive Health, ICSSR, New Delhi, 2017-19 (for two years).

Dr. Rohini Ghosh, Psycho-social Stress among Pregnant Women: An Exploratory, Cross-sectional Survey of Reproductive and Physical Health in a Peri-Urban India, Department of Science and Technology (DST), 2014-2015 (C0-PI: Dr. Braj Bhushan).

Dr. Rohini Ghosh, Level and Determinants of Child Mortality in a Periurban Area, study supported by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi for three years 2007-2010.

Dr. Namrata Gupta, Women in Science, a study supported by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi for the period 2003- 2005.


Ph. D. Degree Awarded: 

Puneet Rai, Organizational Spiritual Climate, Individual Work Orientation and Individual Spirit at Work, IME Department (jointly with Prof. A.P.Sinha), Thesis defended on 26 May 2017.

Amithy Jasrotia, Factors Facilitating and Inhibiting Educational Achievements in a Disadvantaged Community: A Study of the Mahashas of Kathua District of Jammu and Kashmir State in India, 21 May 2015.

Vibha Dixit, Constructions of Women's Menopausal Health in Kanpur City: Contesting Biomedical Politics in Women's Midlife Health, thesis defended 20 March 2015.

T. Shukkoor, Community Participation in Health Care Delivery: An Enquiry of Kerala Model of Palliative Health Care, 2014.

Sarvendra Yadav, The Two Cultures Revisited: A Comparative Study of Differential Access, Interpretations of Equality and Approaches to Social Problems among Engineering and Social Science Students, 2012 (jointly with Prof. Amman Madan).

Nirmali Goswamy, Legitimation of Languages: Hindi and its “Others” in a School of Banaras, 2011 (jointly with Dr. Amman Madan).

Sonal Mobar, Stigma against HIV/AIDS and its Impact on Testing and Treatment Seeking Behaviour among People Living with Tuberculosis in Ladakh Region of J&K State in India, 2011.

Mohd. Ashraf Bhat, Identities in Transition: Changing Language Roles in Kashmiri Speech Community, 2010 (jointly with Dr. T. Ravichandran).

Ashish Kumar Mishra, Self Image, Actualization, Risk and Coping Strategies: A Study of MSM in the Wake of HIV Epidemic in Mumbai, December 2008. 

Pradeep Swarnakar, Evironmental Beliefs and Practices: A Comparative Study of two Districts of Rural West Bengal in India, one Suffering from Water Contamination and another from Water Scarcity, August 2008.

Mamata Misra, Conceptualization of Health and Illness among the Bondos in Orissa, June 2007 (jointly with Dr. Shikha Dixit).

D. Pattnaik, Social Representations and the Life of the Disabled in India, (jointly with  Dr. Munmun Jha), January 2007.

P. Vigneswara Ilavarasan, Software Work and Workforce: An Empirical Study in Silicon Valley of India, January 2004.

Namrata Gupta, Women in Academic Science: A Study of Social and Work Environment at Institutes of Higher Learning in Science and Technology in India, May, 2002.

Shailendra Dwivedi, Understanding the Voluntary Sector: A Study of two Voluntary Development Organisations (VDOs), 2000 (jointly with Dr. R. S. Misra).

Manju Singh, The Quality of Social Life: An Integrated Perspective on Development, 1995.

Clymes Augustine, A Sociological Inquiry into the New Social Movements: A Study of Women, Ecology and Prohibition Movements in Kerala, Kanpur, 1995.

Motilal Dash, Rural Development and Fulfilment of Basic Needs: A Study Based on Three Villages of Madhya Pradesh, 1993 (jointly supervised with Dr. R. Pandey).

Irfan Khan, Fertility Behaviour and Birth Control among Muslims in India: A Study of a Village in Bihar State, , 1992.

Jayant Upadhyay, Fertility Patterns and Family Planning Acceptance among Slum Dwellers in Kanpur City, 1992.

Abhash Panda, Contemporary Social Movements in India: A Study of their Genesis, Processes and Implications, 1988.

Asutosh Saxena, Rural Development and Elite Participation: a Socio-Political Study of Two Villages in West U.P., 1987.



Ph.D. Thesis Submitted but not Defended:



Ph.D. Work under Progress: 

    HSS Department

Vikas Dubey, Politics in Warzone State: Capitalism and the Adivasis in Jharkhand State of India

Sarah Qazi, Islamic Feminism: A Case Study of Islamic Feminist Organizations in Lucknow.

Mohammad Usman, Alienation among Chikankari Workers in Lucknow.

Neha Pandey, Community Based Eco-tourism: A Study of Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand.

Raghunandan Reddy, Gender Relations at Work Place (jointly with Prof. M. Jha).



    Outside IITK

Mudit Kumar Singh, Institute Research Fellow, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, Visiting Research Programme of TEQIP, Summer 2015, on the topic of participatory development.

Mudit Kumar Singh, Institute Research Fellow, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, Visiting Research Programme of TEQIP, Summer 2016, on the topic of participatory development.



M. Tech. Degree Awarded from Industrial and Management Engineering Department: 

Pranvendra Kumar, Critical Issues Related to Human Resource Planning and Management in Army with Special Reference to the Corps of EME, IME Department, Feb. 2003.


International Students: 

Geoff Galgon, An Investigation into Improved Chulha Implementation and Policy in Uttar Pradesh, India, A Project Report Submitted in Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Technology, California Institute of Technology, under Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Programme (SURF), June - August 2006.


Diploma Awarded: 

Dr. O. P. Misra, Critical Analysis of Health-Care System of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, for award of Diploma in Hospital & Health Management, Academy of Hospital Administration, New Delhi, 1995.


B. Tech./M. Sc. Projects in Department of Mathematics and Statistics:   

Among others,

Keshaw Singh and Nukul Surana, Mathematics and Statistics Department, Factors affecting Adoption of New Energy Saving Techniques: Study of Acceptance of LED Bulbs, April 2016.

Nityanand Jha, BSB Department, Stress during Preganancy and the the Health of the Mother and Child, 2014.

Nityanand Jha, BSB Department, Social Change in India, 2013-14.

Pallavi Kilania, BSB, Sexual Assault in India and Delhi Gang Rape Tragedy, 2013.

Arpan Das, Debadrita Choudhury, Kaushik Joarder, and Sourav Das, A Study on Migration from IIT Kanpur, Project, M. Sc. 2 Years, 2003-04. 

Manoranjan Kumar, Socio-demographic Survey of Tharu Community of Dang Deokhiri District (Nepal), Project Integrated M.Sc. Statistics, 1999 (jointly with Dr. G. K. Shukla).