The objective of the compulsory courses is to introduce the students to the overall socio-political, economic, historical and cultural background of South Asia and prepare them for further specialized courses and research during Semester - II. For this purpose, core courses include the study of Research Methodology as well as the language of any South Asian country in which the student intends to specialize.

Course Outline


M. Phil Part - I

1.            M. Phil Part-1 Programme is of one-year duration, consisting of two semesters. Each semester carries four courses, and each course consists of 3 credit hours. Thus, a total of 24 credit hours must be successfully completed by the student before undertaking research work in Semester II.

1.1)         M. Phil Part - I, Semester I comprises four compulsory courses including one compulsory course in SAARC’s regional language.

1.2)         M. Phil. Part - I, Semester II consists of three optional courses and one special course involving an intensive study of a selected South Asian country.


1.            M. Phil Part - II shall consist of 12 credit hours’ thesis; approved by the Departmental Doctoral Programme Committee (DDPC) constituted by the Director of the Centre. The student shall defend his/her thesis in a viva voce examination before the Board of Examiners.

2.            M. Phil thesis consisting of 40,000 to 50,000 words; should be submitted within one year duly approved by the relevant supervisor.

3.            A thesis, if inadequate; but possessing merit in view of at least two members of the Board of Examiners consisting of Director, Internal and External Examiners, may be allowed a resubmission of the revised version within six months.

4.            Any thesis unacceptable to the Board of Examiners shall be rejected.


CC1        Research Methodology

Emphasis is laid on the techniques suitable for socio-political and economic study of South Asia

CC2        Physical and Economic Geography of South Asia

This includes a study of South Asia’s natural and human resources, agriculture, industry, trade, social structure, problems of poverty, unemployment and other related areas.

CC3        History and Politics of South Asia

This involves an introductory survey of South Asia’s history, political institutions, pre-independence and post-independence challenges, major religious and cultural forces.

CC4        A Course in One of the Languages from South Asia

The purpose is to make students familiar with the language of the country they wish to study in-depth in Part-I. The choice of language will be subjected to the availability of a language instructor.


OC1        Government and Politics of South Asian States

The course comprises on analysis of South Asia’s political systems, including its political structures and a survey of its relevant political history. The course examines such problems as colonialism, nationalism, communalism, regionalism and social systems of areas. It also considers the government institutions, political parties, regional and local politics.

OC2        South Asia in International Politics

This inculdes the interaction among states of South Asia and their impact on the international system as well as the external and internal factors, which influence their international behaviors.

OC3        Modern South Asian History

This course comprises efforts at national integration, history of nationalities in South Asia as they have emerged out of traditional images and realities of the 19th and 20th centuries.

OC4        South Asian Society and Culture

This course includes: law, political ideas, institutions and social organizations, inter-relationships between law, politics and social order.

OC5        Pakistan Movement

This course includes: genesis and rise of Pakistan Movement and its impact on South Asia’s socio-political scenario and contemporary issues facing Pakistan.

OC6        Economic Development of South Asia

This comprises: efforts to achive national development goals, role of Five-Year Plans, changing socio-economic structures with special reference to agriculture, industry, foreign trade and service sectors, problems of population, education and health, recent liberalization trends and impact of foreign agencies like IMF and World Bank.

OC7        SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation)

This course includes: concept of regional cooperation, formation, growth and objectives of SAARC, challenges and future prospects.

OC8        Major Religions of South Asia

It comprises a comparative study of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Christianity.

OC9        Constitutional and Legal Framework of South Asian Countries

This course includes: a comparative study of the development of constitutional and legal institutions of South Asian countries

OC10     South Asian Languages and Literature

These inculdes: Urdu, Bengali, Hindi and other national languages

OC11     South Asia’s Anthropology and Archaeology

The course comprises: basic features of South Asian societies, cultures, Social stratification, caste system and archaeological remains including their historical and social importance.

OC12     South Asia’s Intellectual Legacy

This course comprises:

  1. Islamic identity and nationalism as reflected in the writings of Sayyid Ahmad Khan, Allama Iqbal, Quaid-e-Azam, Abul Kalam Azad and Syed Abul‘Ala Maudoodi
  2. Hindu identity and nationalism, Hindu orthodoxy and modernism as reflected in the writing and movements of Mohan Roy, Dayanand Saraswati, B.G. Tilak, G.K. Gokle, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Sri Aurobindo and M.K. Gandhi.

OC13     Muslims in India and Pakistan

This includes social and political history of Muslims of South Asia since A.D.712, the growth of Muslims community, conversion, social stratification and social structure, medieval Muslim legacy in administration, art, literature and religion.

OC14     South Asian Historiography

This includes Hindu and Muslim historiography in medieval and modern times.


(A mandatory course for M. Phil Part-1)

SC1         Special Country Course

This course includes an intensive and in-depth study of socio-political, cultural and economic development of any one of the following South Asian Countries:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Bhutan
  4. India
  5. Maldives
  6. Nepal
  7. Pakistan
  8. SriLanka


Merit = 20
Reserve = 00
Total = 20


4 Semesters/ 2 Years


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Admission Criterion

M.A/M.Sc./BS 4 years in South Asian Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Defence Strategic Studies, Diplomacy and Strategic Studies (DSS), History, Pakistan Studies, Social Work & Sociology.

And Clause 24 (b), Admission Regulations 2015, Page (8)

Admission Criteria:
The admission shall be on merit, based on criteria determine by the HEC/University of the Punjab, Lahore.

Merit Formula:

As per University/H.E.C Rules.

Credit Hours / Years

Total = 36 Credit Hours
Course Work = 24 Credit Hours
Thesis/ Research Work = 12 Credit Hours