The Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) group at IIT Gandhinagar (IITGN) currently offers training in critical inquiry and understanding of the social world in terms of courses and mentoring to both undergraduate and graduate students. The HSS faculty team with its diverse expertise in literature, translation studies, political science, philosophy, cognitive science, sociology, public health and cultural studies is uniquely equipped to offer a multidisciplinary Minor Program. With a goal of strengthening and expanding the vision of IITGN in achieving well-rounded, broad-based, and excellent higher education, a Minor Program is proposed for undergraduate students starting from Spring 2013. The Minor Program will introduce the theory and practice of humanities and social sciences research in order to help students complement their engineering education with a critical understanding of global processes/transformations. The HSS team believes that a program such as this one is crucial in not only shaping students’ career choices and perspectives but also in making the learning experience at IITGN a unique one in the country. Finally, it is also envisioned that this would facilitate dialogues between and within disciplines by capitalizing on the science, technology and social sciences interface at IITGN.

Key Features and Focal Themes

Given the faculty team’s interdisciplinary expertise, the courses under the Minor Program will be organized around the following overlapping themes (see Table below). Registered undergraduate students at IITGN are free to navigate and customize the program based on their interests and availability of courses offered in a particular academic year. The following table is only indicative of how a student might choose courses with a thematic focus. However, students are free to migrate from one theme to another based on their interests. Additionally, students may also have an opportunity to do a project-based course (worth 4 credits) with any of the faculty members at IITGN.

Focal themes and associated Elective Courses

Language and Literature Understanding India Perspectives in Psychology Social Studies
South Asian Fiction Perception & Experience Economic Development
India Through the Writer’s Eye Paradox of Indian Democracy Emotion & Cognition Public Policy and Its Impact Evaluation
Sanskrit Literature Structures and Hydrology in Ancient India Organizational Behavior History, Concepts, and Theories of Development
Urdu Script & Poetry South Asian Fiction Philosophy of Mind Human Evolution
Urdu Poetry Interpretation Introduction to the Indian Knowledge Systems Introduction to Cognition The Politics of the Environment
Foundational Sanskrit India Through the Writer’s Eye Digital Culture and New Media
Storytelling for the Digital Era Harappan Civilization Sociology of Tourism