Welcome to the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. The Department has a long history having begun in 1964 with five faculty members. Currently it has 44 faculty members in five disciplines (Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, English) plus the Cell for Indian Science and Technology in Sanskrit (CISTS). We will be soon recruiting faculty in the disciplines of Political Science and History. Over the years the Department has carved out an independent space within the Institute by offering a Bachelor of Science in Economics, a dual degree MA+PhD program in Philosophy, a M.Phil. in Planning and Development and a Ph.D. Programme in all the disciplines (plus CISTS) currently constituting it. Nearly 300 PhD students have got their degree and around 200 PhD students are currently enrolled in the program. The first batch of B.S. Economics students would also be graduating this year.
Currently the whole Department is located on a single floor. But soon the construction of the seven storey HSS Annexe building would begin and we will have adequate infrastructural facilities for all our department activities.
The lockdown since March 2020 due to the Covid-19 virus has totally transformed the taken for granted ways in which we ran our academic institutions, the way we conducted classes, interacted with students and evaluated their performance. Academic institutions thrive when it is buzzing with students and their activities. As teachers we look forward to fresh batch of students every year. One earnestly hopes that this phase would be over in the near future and the beautiful and idyllic IITB campus nestled between the Powai lake, the surrounding hills and its rich heritage of flora and fauna would by bustling with academics, sports, cultural and other co-curricular activities like before.
Prof. Kushal Deb
Head of the Department