Dr. Sony Kunjappan Profile

Dr. Sony Kunjappan,  Ph.D (Law and Governance, JNU)

Assistant Professor,

Centre for Studies and Research in Social Management,
Coordinator, M.A in Social Work Programme

School of Social Sciences,

Central University of Gujarat

Sector- 29

Gandhinagar- 382029

Email: sony@cug.ac.in / sonyjnu@gmail.com

Mobile: 09408481011

Area specializations/Research Interest

Social work, Law and Governance, Police Studies, Criminology and Human Rights

Jan 2018 Ph.D at the Centre for Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Thesis titled : Police Accountability in India: Case Studies in Wayanad District of Kerala New Delhi
2006-2008 M.Phil at the Centre for Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Research Topic: Evaluation of In-service training of Police in India New Delhi
2006 - June Qualified University Grand Commission - National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) New Delhi
2004- 2006 Tata Institute of Social Science, (TISS) M.A in Social Work (Criminology and Correctional Administration) Mumbai
1997-2002 Kerala Agricultural University, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy
  • Completed Veterinary Science (D.V.M)
  • Mannuthy, Kerala
    • Assistant Professor, @ Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India, since August,2010 .
    • Visiting Faculty, @ Raksha Shakti University   Ahmedabad, India,since August, 2015 .
    • Consultant, School of Law, Indira Gandhi National Open New Delhi, India University (IGNOU), November 2009 - August 2010.
    • Research Assistant: on a Project on Children of Prisoners of West Bengal Correctional Homes, a Study undertaken by National Legal Service Authority of India National (NALSA), New Delhi , Nov 2008 to Dec 2008 (2 months),New Delhi, India,
    • Research Team Member: International Project on Cyber Bullying , to address the policy vacuum and develop international guidelines for Schools, School of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada , June 2008 to Nov 2008 (6 months), SSHRC,Canada.
    • Trainer cum Consultant: For training of Organizational Leaders at Labour Commission, CBCI (Catholic Bishop Conference of India, New Delhi, since Dec 2006- till date. New Delhi, India.
    Expert Group Member & Research Project
    • As Member, Expert Group to evaluate Social Impact Assessment (SIA) of proposed Marketing Terminal & Approach Road of HPCL at Village Pilol and Asoj of Vadodara.

      As per section 7 of Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act-2013(RECTLARR-2013), Revenue Department, Goverment of Gujarat vise resolution no. JVD/2015/1320/D dated 17.11.2016 had formed an expert appraisal group for appraisal of SIA.

      Appointed as one of the Social Scientist as per the above order issued by Revenue Department, Government of Gujarat. Report was submitted to Revenue Department, Government of Gujarat.

    • Principal Investigator: Bureau of Police Research and Development. Project Title : “Local Self Governance and Policing” at Centre of Study of Law and Governance, JNU , May 2007 to July 2009,New Delhi, India.

      Project submitted to BPRD, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India

    Administrative Responsibilities
    • Chairperson (13th December 2013 to 29th Jan, 2015), Centre for Studies in Social Management, School of Social Sciences, Central University of Gujarat.
    • Coordinator (29th Jan, 2015 to 13th Dec, 2015), Centre for Studies in Social Management, School of Social Sciences, Central University of Gujarat.
    • Member; (April, 2015- till date); Internal Complaints Committee;Central University of Gujarat.
    • Senior Warden (2014), Central University of Gujarat.
    Academic Board Member of other Department/University
    • Member, Board of Studies, (2015-17) Centre for Studies in Economics Development and Planning, School of Social Sciences,Central University of Gujarat.
    • Member, Ad-hoc Board of Studies, Department of Criminology, Raksha Shakti University, Government of Gujarat.
    Research Guidance for M.A /M.Phil/Fieldwork
    • As co-supervisor/joint supervisor of Mr. Arun Som, awarded M.Phil (2015) at Centre for Studies in Society and Development.
    • As supervisor of Field Work and Coordination of students, of M.A in Social Management at Centre for Studies in Social Management.
    • March,2007 : Social Justice Medal received from the Honorable Chief Justice of India , on the International Women's Day; National Legal Service Authority, Department of Legal Authority, Ministry of Law and Justice, Govt. of India. Ashok Theatre, New Delhi.
    • 2004-05 : M K Tata Scholarship, for the Department of Criminology and Correctional Administration, TISS, Mumbai, India.


    Books / Book Chapters:

    • Kunjappan Sony (2017) ‘Indian Police Training Institution, University and other stakeholder partnership: Towards a matrix model for better policing’ in Philip Scott and Dilip K Das (eds).Change and Reform in Law Enforcement: Old and New Efforts,Taylor and Francis Group, CRC, U.S.A.
    • 2012 : Governance of in-service training process and procedures, New Delhi, Palm Leaf Publication.    New Delhi.
    • Forthcoming : Policing by consent: Exploring the possibilities of functional linkage between local police stations and panchayat in Global Issues in Contemporary Policing. JohnAEteron (ed), Taylor and Francis Group.    U.S.A

    • Dec, 2016: A review on ‘the Model Police Bill 2015’ proposed to the parliament of India, Vol 3; Issue 2; pp 91-94. ISSN:2469-2794.
    • Oct-Dec,2014 : Strengthening Governance through better police training: Towards a matrix model, Indian Police Journal, pp 38-61.    New Delhi.
    • April-June 2012 : Crime towards generation. Indian Police Journal, Vol.LIX.No.2, 80-91. New Delhi.
    • July,2011 : Scope of legal and institutional reforms for victims of crime. The Indian Journal of Criminology and Criminalistics, Vol XXXII, 39-51, New Delhi.
    • 29-31 Jan.2008 : Paper published “Vision for Police 2020: Reinventing the Police in India” at National Police Science Congress”, Jaipur, India.
    • 18-20 Jan. 2008 : Paper presented on “Crisis Intervention Centre: An Institutional Reforms of CJS for Victims of Crime NLIU, Bhopal, at the National Criminology Conference, NLIU, Bhopal.
    • April - June 2006 : Widening the scope of NHRC Perspective of an intern. The PRP Journal of Human Rights.Delhi, India.
    • May, 2002 : Exhibition& Seminar on Traditional Foods& Beverages: Presented an exhibit & poster at the seminar organized by Association of Food Scientist & Technologists, Kerala, India.
    • May, 2002 : A study on Food Habits of Villagers in Shenduriny Wild life Sanctuary located in Thenmala, Kollam, Kerala, India.
    • December, 15-19, 2016, paper presented at the 18th World Criminology Conference held at O P Jindal Global University, titled

      Police Accountability: Exploring a model that may contextualize in India.

    • May, 6-18, 2013 : Faculty Development Programme for teachers: Capacity Building Programme for Social Sciences on Research Methodology and Data Analysis; ICSSR sponsored; Organized by BVIMR.
    • April, 2013 : 5th International Conference of Asian Society of Criminology, Paper presented on Alternative to the existing police in-service training: Towards a matrix model, Mumbai, India.
    • March, 22-24th, 2013 : National Level Residential training workshop on Role Social Work Education and Practice: Strengthening Social Defense. Mumbai, India.
    • Nov, 03-04, 2010 : International Conference: Global Community Policing Conclave 2010, held at Kochi, Kerala.
    • Dec. 2006 : Paper Tabled and Presented at the research colloquium, held at BPR&D ‘Consequences of Imprisonment among Youthful offenders in Indian Jail‚.New Delhi.
    • Nov. 07-09, 2006 : International Conference of Poverty Inequality and Access to Justice for the Poor In South Asia, organized by center for study of Law and Governance in JNU in collaboration with World Bank and Ford Foundation, J.N.U, New Delhi.
    • March 22-23, 2006 : Workshop on Police civil society in the field for promotion of Human Rights,TISS, Mumbai.
    • Aug 25 –26 ,2005 : Workshop on role of Human Rights institution in protection of human rights violation. Organized by TISS & National Human rights commission, TISS, Mumbai, India.
    • April 5-8, 2005 : International Workshop on Rights of Children in Disaster Situation, TISS, Mumbai, India.
    • Sept 26-27 , 2005 : Capacity Building workshop on Human Rights Education for University / College Teachers. Organized by TISS, NHRC & Mumbai Initiative for Human Rights Education, TISS, Mumbai, India.
    • Sept 20-21 , 2005 : Capacity Building workshop on economic , social and cultural rights .Organized by Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. TISS, Mumbai, India.