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Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Population Studies

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and NPTEL via Swayam


In social sciences there is huge demand for population studies. At present the subject is taught mostly as an optional paper in different departments such as sociology, economics, geography, psychology. A few universities and IIPS also offer diploma and masters course in the subject. There is a demand for modular courses among the administrators, market research workers, media communication, and NGO workers. The aim of the course is to equip them with knowledge usually imparted in diploma and masters courses. Thus the course will serve a base for higher degrees such as Ph.D. Aspirants for civil service exams are also expected to benefit from this.


1. Students of MA in Population Studies2. Those opting population studies as an optional paper in sociology, economics, geography etc.
3. IAS/civil services aspirants

Industry support – List of companies/industry that will recognize/value this online course-Nil



Week 1: Introduction to population studies (including population geography, population ecology,population and environment and quality of life, Population dynamics

Week 2: Population growth and development, Population policies and planning.

Week 3: Population and family welfare, Techniques of population analysis, Population and society.

Week 4: Statistical techniques in population studies, Population growth and women, Population concepts and aging.

Taught by

Prof. A. K. Sharma

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