IIT-Gandhinagar geared up for Masters in society and culture from this year


A course adds on in the list of courses offered by IIT-Gn. It seems that gradually humanities will get their due. IIT-Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) is geared up to add a comprehensive, stand-alone, two-year Master of Arts in Society and Culture to its repertoire.

It will however be the first to deal with South Asian culture and society at any IIT.

The first batch starts this July itself and 15 students have already enrolled.


The MA program reflects the strength and eclectic nature of faculty expertise across the social sciences and humanities department, making the programme one-of-its-kind in the country says Sudhir. Jain who is the Director to IIT- Gandhinagar.

The course will cover subjects like

  •  Archaeology of Ideas, South Asia:
  •  History, Culture and Society,
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods,
  • Musical traditions of India
  • Cinematic history.

Moreover, a thesis at the end of two years will be compulsory.

Since its inception that is from 2008, I IT-Gn has get opportunities to great academicians and experts visiting at the campus. Personalities like Christophe Jaffrelot have also been to campus during elections and made several discussions here.

There are lots of courses offered from a minimum of bachelor’s degree in all discipline, then master’s degree will help students take up careers in journalism, advertising, media, communications, writing, teaching, human resources, NGOs, policy think-tanks and higher studies.

Facts about IIT-

Among other IITs, IIT Madras launched its Master of Arts in Development Studies and English Studies in 2006; IIT Guwahati has its 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 but restructured it in 2010 to meet contemporary demand.



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