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Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

IIT Bombay




The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences was founded in 1958. At present, the Department has five disciplines, namely, Economics, English, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology. Its faculty offers a wide spectrum of courses at the B.Tech , M.Tech, M.Phil. and Ph. D. levels. The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences plays a unique and distinctive role in an institute where the ethos of science and technology prevails. It is believed that engineering and science are, by their very nature, humanistic and socially derived enterprises. Hence a complete science and technology education must include liberal arts, economics, social and behavioral sciences where the students unites application of scientific principles along with human, moral and social understanding.

The undergraduate courses taught by the Department faculty aim at making the science and technology students aware of the various issues concerning man and society. They are meant to sensitize students to the broader social, cultural, economic, ethical and humane issues involved in social change. The courses at the PG level are advanced. These courses aim at cultivating critical mind and analytical capabilities. The department has excellent opportunities and facilities for the pursuit of research and development. At present, about fifty research scholars are working towards their Ph.D. degree. About ninety students of this Department have already taken their Ph. D. degree in Economics, English, Psychology, Philosophy and Sociology and they are now well placed and have made a mark as excellent academicians and professionals. The Departmental faculty also guides B.Tech., M.Tech., and M.Des. projects offered by the Engineering Departments and Inter-Disciplinary Groups.

Since 1973, the Department has been running the Ph.D. programme in all the five disciplines with an emphasis on inter-disciplinary topics. At the Postgraduate level the Department launched a four semester inter-disciplinary M.Phil. programme in Planning and Development in July 1993. The programme with a theoretical-practical thrust provides the students with a holistic understanding of socio-economic reality and the role of technology for sustainable development. Apart from the Institute level facilities, the Department has its own Library and Computer Labs. Xeroxing and other infrastructure facilities are also made available to the students. The Department possesses well-equipped Language Laboratory and a Psychology Laboratory (under maintenance). For the fulfillment of its teaching and research goals, the Department has competent faculty members with a high degree of excellence who keep pace with the current developments in their fields of specialization.