Shyam B Menon, VC AUD shares the varsity’s journey, its achievements and plans
AUD has come a long way since its inception in 2008. How has the journey been?
Our aim was to re-invent social sciences with a focus on innovation. We have been successful in doing that and
creating a niche in the process. The School of Development Studies and the School of Human Ecology are a few examples. We offer courses that allow students to engage socially. About 25% of the curriculum time is hands-on. The newer schools such as the School of Design and the School of Culture and Creative Expressions give a practical orientation to students. Our purpose is not to fit into the existing job structure but create structures that can help employ people.
What is the USP of the university?
The courses we offer, the course structure and the faculty are our strength. Our cut-off is comparable to some of the prominent Delhi University colleges, especially in subjects such as psychology and economics. The four-year degree option of a dual major is the major highlight. Also, there is a credit transfer system and a lateral entry and exit options. We also started the MBA programme with a foreign language component. As we hear, IIM Ahmedabad started the same after us. We have the same faculty for both undergraduate and postgraduate students and the number of PhDs is also quite high. The batch size is also ideal: 35 for undergraduate and 40 for postgraduate.
What’s coming up next?
The School of Law, Governance and Citizenship will be starting soon. It will create a bridge between social sciences and law and is likely to have options of a dual major in sociology and law, making it different from a conventional law degree. We have recently launched the School of Design and a PG diploma in publishing. We also plan to offer courses in disability studies, global studies, comparative literature and translation studies soon.