IIT-Gandhinagar started its first batch in Gandhinagar. Moreover, IIIT-G is the first IIT in the country to launch a comprehensive two-year MA programme in society and culture.
Out of more than 400 applicants across the country, the institute made the selection and started it batch comprising of 13 students.
Students holding a bachelor’s degree in any discipline can apply for the course, which provides an inter-disciplinary approach towards understanding and critically analyzing society and culture. Some of the thematic areas are identity and difference, development and exclusion, local and transnational mobilities, India and its literatures, population and health.
The focus of the course is on South Asia, with India and Bangladesh forming most of the curriculum. A thesis at the end of two years is compulsory. Subjects to study will be-
- Archaeology of ideas; South Asia:
- History, culture and society;
- Qualitative and quantitative research methods
- Musical traditions of India
According to Srinivas Reddy, who is the Convener of the programme, the course will give students a critical ability to approach the world and its many challenges. Careers after the MA programme could be related to journalism, advertising/media, communications, writing, teaching, human resources, non-profit (NGOs, policy think-tanks) and of course higher studies in academia.