The premier technical institute, Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) is all set to introduce a non-technical comprehensive course in Humanities with its new two-year Master of Arts in Society and Culture programme, which is to be commenced from July this year and will be added permanently to its programmes list.
This degree programme will be about South Asian culture and society, which will be the first of its kind, taught at any IIT so far.
The first batch would be of 15 students who will take up this programme to begin studying from 15 July 2014.
This MA programme will incorporate studies of Archaeology of Ideas, South Asia: History, Culture and Society, qualitative and quantitative research methods, musical traditions of India and even cinematic history among other subjects.
Most part covered by the curriculum will be studies about South Asia with India and Bangladesh, as told by Dr Rita Kothari, associate professor, translation studies. The course will conclude with a mandatory thesis at the end of two years.
The minimum qualification required to apply for this programme is a bachelor’s degree in hands, from any discipline.
The career opportunities this Master degree may provide be in the fields of journalism, advertising, media, communications, writing, teaching, human resources, NGOs, policy think-tanks and higher studies among others.
The other IIT’s have also introduced many new Humanities and Social Science courses such as IIT Madras commenced its Master of Arts in Development Studies and English Studies in 2006. Likewise, IIT Guwahati runs Master of Arts in Development Studies since 2009.
IIT Hyderabad has a Master in Philosophy under Liberal Arts, IIT Kharagpur had its unique Master of Human Resource and Management degree since 1982 which was revamped in 2010 to meet the new age demands.