Akhaya Kumar Nayak


Areas of Specialization: Sociology of Development, Sociology of Social Movement, Sociology of Third Sector

Areas of Interest: Research Methodology, Rural Sociology, Sociology of Religion

Teaching Interest: Introduction to Sociology; Indian Society and Culture; Poverty, Illiteracy and Unemployment; Population and Society; Research Methodology; Rural Sociology; Industrial Sociology; Bhagavad Gita; and Human Values


  • 2013     Ph.D. in Sociology, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, title: ‘Self-help Group Movement and Socio-economic Development: Empirical Explorations from the Easter Indian State of Odisha’
  • 2007 – 2012     Institute Fellowship for Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
  • 2005     B.Ed., K.S.U.B. College of Teacher Education
  • 2004     M.A. in Sociology, Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, Odisha
  • 2002     B.A. in Sociology, Utkal University, Odisha
  • 1999     I.A., C.H.S.E., Odisha
  • 1997     Matriculation H.S.E., Odisha


  • 2013 – present     Introductory Sociology, Indian Society and Indian Institute of present Culture, Contemporary Social Issues, Pragmatic Management Indore, date Approach of Bhagavad Gita and Essentials of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Human Values (in both UG and PG Level), India
  • 2006     Indian Society, Culture Studies (to the Silicon Valley College of students of Bachelor of Business Computer Education, Administration ), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
  • 2005 – present     Research Methodology, Sociological Thinkers, Rajdhani College
  • 2007     Indian Society, and Introduction to Sociology Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India


  • 2007     Brand loyalty of IIT students towards cosmetic IIT Kanpur, Kanpur, 2007 products
  • 2004     Urban Informal Sector: Construction workers of Ravenshaw College, Cuttack City (M.A. Dissertation) Cuttack, Odisha
  • 2002     Role of Voluntary Organizations in Social S.C.S. College, Puri, Odisha Development of the Rural People (B.A. dissertation)

Extracurricular Activities

  • 2002-2001 Secretary Social Service Guild S.C.S. (A) College, Puri, Odisha
  • 2002-2004 Seminar: Department of Sociology, Ravenshaw Cuttack, Odisha Secretary College (Autonomous)
  • 2009 Volunteer International Conference on Liberalizing Indian Institute ofResearch in Science and Technology, Technology Kanpur, Studies in Science Policy India
  • 2010 Member, Department Post Graduate Committee, Indian Institute of Department of HSS Technology Kanpur



  • 2013 Studying ISKCON as a Social Movement E-Journal of Indian Organization: Some Reflections (Forth Coming), Sociological Society, Vol.1, No.1, 2013
  • 2011 Eradication of Corruption: Social Scientists vs. Hare Krishna Sandesh, Vedas (in Hindi), ISKCON Kanpur Magazine no.2, vol. 2, 2011

Manuscripts under Preparation

  • Development of Self-help Groups as a Social Movement: A Study from the vantage point of Resource Mobilization Theory
  • The Pivotal Role of Self-help Group in Economic, Social, and Political Empowerment of Women
  • Variables Affecting SHG Effectiveness: Some Reflections on Level of Participation, Type of promoting Agency, Pre-membership Socio-economic Status and Social Capital

Conference Proceedings (Full Papers)

  • 2013 Self-help Group Movement: The Odisha experience, Manchester Metropolitan published in the Proceedings (CD format) of 18th University, Manchester, UK International Conference on Alternative Future and Popular protest
  • 2012 Empowerment through SHG: Same phenomenon Alaka Mahavidyalaya, different results, published in the proceedings of Anantabata, Anakhia, conference on Empowerment of Women through Jagatsinghpur, Odisha SHG
  • 2012 SHG-Bank Linkage Perils and Prospects, published Vidyasagar University, in the proceedings of International Seminar on Midnapore, West Bengal “Financial Inclusion and Micro-finance
  • 2009 Self-help Group Movement: The Orissa Experience, Department of Sociology, published in the proceedings of National Level Nayagarh Autonomous
  • Conference on Women Empowerment through College, Nayagarh Micro Credit, Microenterprises and SHGs

Conference Proceedings (Abstract)

  • 2013 “Enhancing Effectiveness through Participation: A Study of SHGs of Odisha”, The 17th World Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Manchester, IUAES 2013 (Abstract accepted and published, Will attend the conference)
  • 2012 “Women Self-help Group Movement and The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), Manchester, UK CYSD and Utkal University Sustainable development in Odisha” 8th in association with RC 10 of International Conference of the Research Network International Sociological RLDWL Association, held at XIMB, Bhubaneswar, India
  • 2011 “Is the Phenomenon Women Self-help Group a Centre for the Study of Social Movement?”, XXXVII All India Sociological Social Systems, School of Conference of Indian Sociological Society on Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Sociology and the Crisis of Social Transformation Nehru University, New in India Delhi
  • 2010 ISKON as a Social Movement Organization: Some Ravenshaw University,
  • Reflections”, XXXVI All India Sociological Cuttack Conference of Indian Sociological Society on
  • Development, Polity and Social Tensions
  • 2009 Self-help Group Movement: The Orissa Experience”, University of Kashmir, XXXV All India Sociological Conference of Indian Srinagar Sociological Society on Identity, Development andNation Building

Conference and Workshop Participation and Presentations

  • 2013 18th International Conference on Alternative Future Manchester Metropolitan and Popular protest and presented a paper titled University, Manchester, UK
  • Self-help Group Movement: The Odisha experience”
  • 2012 8th International Conference of the Research CYSD and Utkal University Network RLDWL (27th – 30th Dec 2012) and in association with RC 10 of presented a paper entitled “Women Self-help International Sociological Group Movement and Sustainable development in Association, held at XIMB, Odisha” Bhubaneswar, India
  • 2012 Course on Various Methods in Microfinance V. V. Giri National Labour Research (Oct 29- Nov 02) and presented a paper Institute, Noida, India. entitled “Is Microfinance Empowering Women?”