Tharailath Koshy Oommen is an Indian sociologist, author, educationist and Professor Emeritus at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University . He is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan conferred by the President of India, the third highest Indian civilian award in 2008 for his services to the fields of education and literature. T. K. Oommen was born on 16 October 1937 K. M. Koshy and Saramma Koshy in the Keerikattu family at Tharailath, Venmony, Alleppuzha District, Kerala. After early schooling in Alappuzha, Oommen obtained his BA in Economics from Kerala University , Thiruvananthapuram in 1957 and MA in Sociology from Pune University in 1960. He continued at Pune University for his doctoral research and obtained PhD in 1965 on Charisma, stability and change: an analysis of Bhoodan-Gramdan movement in India under the supervision of Prof. Y. B. Damle. Dr Oommen started his career as a Lecturer in Social Sciences at Delhi School of Social Work, Delhi University (1964–70) where he worked as the Reader in Sociology (1970–71). He then moved to the Centre for the Study of Social Systems (CSSS), Jawaharlal Nehru University as Associate Professor (1971–76) and later became the Professor of Sociology (1976–2002). He was a member of the Prime Minister’s High Level Committee, to study the Social, Economic and Educational Status of the Muslim Community of India, popularly known as the Sacher Committee. He held the Chairmanship of Ford Foundation on Non-traditional Security. In 2007, he was made Professor Emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Oommen was elected as President of International Sociological Association as well as the Indian Sociological Society. At present he is Chairperson, Schumacher Centre for Development Some select Publications are given below:
1978, Doctors and Nurses : A Study in Occupational Role Structures, New Delhi : Macmillan Company of India 1995, Alien Concepts and South Asian Reality: Responses and Reformulations, New Delhi : Sage Publications.1997, Citizen, Nationality and Ethnicity: Reconciling Competing Identities, Cambridge: Polity Press. 2007 & 2013, Knowledge and Society: Situating Sociology and Social Anthropology, New Delhi; Odfor University Press.