Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

HSEE 2006:: IIT Madras growing to be a University!

This is a must read.

"The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) is one of the earliest departments established at IIT M. The Department is essentially multi-disciplinary in nature and has reputed faculty from diverse disciplines such as Economics, English, Philosophy, Sociology, History, German Studies. The Department has been offering doctoral programmes in humanities and social sciences and elective courses to the undergraduate and post-graduate programmes of the Institute.

From the academic year 2006-07, the Department will offer a unique and innovative five year integrated masters programme, leading to Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in three disciplines viz., Development Studies, Economics and English Studies.

With the launch of this programme, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, is poised to cross a milestone in fulfilling its role in higher education in liberal arts and social sciences in the country. This will open up newer avenues for highly motivated students to enter the portals of the Institute. "

For more details,click here.

In many a sense this could possibly result in a change in the mindset of students and parents in South India (AP, TN in particular) to look at career options other than the standard - Engineering and Medicine.

The need for a Harvard or an Oxford has always been there in India - this decision of IIT Madras to move into creating higher education in streams other than the "Technical" courses alone rubbing their commitment to excellence in these courses shall go a long way to serve the society.

Kudos to them!

IIT Madras - the next Nalanda - for a better balance in society - Amen.

And I complete my half-century! 50th post!!


Blogger mythalez said...

We do need universities which set standards in such non science fields also. However, in general the other universities are in such a bad state. ... if only there were more which had the same respectability in the arts field as the IITs enjoy in the tech field.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 2:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There has been always respect for the arts field. Especially literature and economics. For other social sciences there are at most handful of well known researchers. India has a national centre of research in almost all social sciences areas with accomplished people there. Unfortunately, not many know about these centres.

I am absolutely thrilled by what IIT mad ras has done, who knows IIIT may follow the suit within few years.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 6:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

arts? no respected institues? maybe not here in AP, and maybe not in most of the south, but atleast on the regional level in other parts of the country, many art-colleges are pretty well known. hey, if not for much else, they are well known for the quality of girls :P

IIIT into arts? gimme a break... as if vision 2010-whatever-it-was wasnt bad enough, you want ARTS here? a couple more years at this level of student intake, the same apathy from the management towards infrastracture, the same lack of quality teaching-manpower, the same over-emphasis on blind ambition, and we'll end up nowhere...

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 8:23:00 PM  

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