Panjab University (PU) is all set to introduce an integrated five-year honours programme in social sciences from the new academic session from July-August 2015.
The university has set up a new institute, Panjab University Institute of Social Sciences Education and Research (PUISSER), for running the course. Dean social science Prof Ronki Ram informed the admission schedule regarding the course would be announced soon.
He said the decision to start honours programme had been taken to improve the quality of education and research in social sciences.
"The course will be open to students who have completed 10+2. It will provide a multi-disciplinary foundation for an overall perspective on polity, economy and society - at the undergraduate level - with further specialisation at the MA-level, to inculcate a holistic and interdisciplinary orientation to social sciences,"said Ram.
After commencement of the programme, the PU will join the ranks of a few premier institutions in the country that have introduced such a pioneering course. The university is already running an honours school system in anthropology, biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology, botany, chemistry, geology, maths, maths and computing, microbiology, physics, physics and electronics and zoology.
The programme has been devised to provide varied perspectives, encourage analytical skills and understanding for solving crucial problems confronted by the contemporary society. The three-year bachelor of arts (honours) and two-year masters of arts (honours) programme, has an exit option after three years.
The integrated five-year hounours programme will provide foundational knowledge in geography, history, economics, political science, sociology and public administration, along with an introduction to main concepts in psychology, philosophy and natural sciences, among other themes.
The course follows choice-based credit system and comprises discipline specific electives, generic electives, skill enhancement courses and ability enhancement courses, as per latest stipulation by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Special lectures by eminent scholars would expose students to some of the best minds in the field and this experiential learning would add to their understanding of the social sciences.
The course, intended to train students to become reflective and critical thinkers, will prepare them with a strong foundation for teaching and research opportunities.
Similar attempt made earlier
Prof Ronki Ram informed the PU had made an attempt to start the same course around 10 year back too. However, due to some reasons the course could not be started. "The groundwork done by the earlier committee, helped us in framing the modalities,"said Ram.
Honours system already there
The university is already running an honours school system in anthropology, biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology, botany, chemistry, geology,
maths, maths and computing, microbiology, physics, physics and electronics and zoology.