The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences was founded in 1958 when the institute was set up. At present, the Department has five disciplines- Economics, English, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology. The department offers excellent opportunities and facilities for research and development. At present, about hundred plus research scholars are working towards their Ph.D. degree. At the Post Graduate level, the department launched a four semester inter-disciplinary M.Phil. programme in Planning and Development in July 1993. The course aims at cultivating a critical mind and enhancing analytical capabilities.
Objectives of the M.Phil Program
· To disseminate awareness and appreciation of the complexity of socio-economic interdependence and change
· To increase the understanding of alternative development styles, policies and technologies
· To train students in model building, analysis, interpretation and formulation of development policies
· To provide various perspectives on micro level planning for balanced development
· To expose students to firsthand experience of the issues involved in development work through field visits
The curriculum emphasizes the methodological underpinnings of social science research, with training in tools of analysis-both quantitative and qualitative- along with a diverse perspective on theoretical paradigms. The programme with a theoretical-practical thrust provides the students with a holistic understanding of socio-economic reality and the impact of technology. It also acquaints them with the various stages and levels of expertise involved in the formulation and implementation of development policies that can bring about a sustainable, stable, and desirable development. With such training which includes coursework, thesis/dissertation writing and field trip, it is expected that the students coming out of this programme will be able to help steer the national, state and regional planning and developmental processes.The students are expected to acquire adequate analytical and quantitative skills to pursue research oriented careers in academia, administration, corporates and NGO’s etc.
- Interactive teaching with classroom discussion, case studies and presentations on various issues related to Planning & Development.
- The method of training involves quantitative analysis through specific social science softwares like SPSS, AMOS, R, STATA, MATLAB; discussion sessions,seminars, field visits to cooperatives, mini-projects, project dissertation and regular interaction with public & private corporations and voluntary organizations.
- At the end of the first semester, the students go for a field project for two weeks in order to understand the intricacies of the field and gain practical experience of issues of development. In addition, the field trip exposes the students to the works undertaken by developmental organizations, NGOs and co-operatives.
- Lectures by distinguished international and national academicians are organized in the department to incorporate the current development scenario aimed at helping the students build insight.
- International/National conferences in various fields like Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Philosophy and other related issues where eminent scholars deliver special lectures and interact with students.
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