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AUD aims to reinvent social sciences
Gauri Kohli, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 16, 2014
First Published: 11:11 IST(16/4/2014)
Last Updated: 11:50 IST(16/4/2014)

Offering four-year degree courses with an option of a dual major, Delhi’s Ambedkar University (AUD)has started its admission process for the next academic session. The university’s School of Undergraduate Studies has seven honours programmes.     The three options for honours degrees include a three-year BA (hons) with a major in a single discipline; three-year BA (hons) with a major in the social sciences and humanities; and a four-year BA (hons) degree with a dual major in two disciplines. There is no separate admission for a dual major programme. Students admitted to a single major are allowed to apply for a dual major in the final year of their  programme. Lateral admissions are allowed from other institutions in the second year.

For the three-year BA (hons), the subject you can choose for a major in a single discipline includes: economics; English; history; mathematics; psychology, sociology and social sciences and humanities. There will be about 1600 seats for all programmes for 2014-15, including master’s, MPhil and PhD.

Talking about the new initiatives this year, Professor Kuriakose Mamkoottam, dean, student services, says, “We plan to start two new master’s programmes in social entrepreneurship and in early childhood care and education. The first year of the social entrepreneurship programme will focus on business administration and the second year will be devoted to the social science component and it will be largely aligned to our recently set-up incubation centre for social entrepreneurship. We also hope to collaborate with IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad for this.”

The university also aims to streamline its admission process. Students can apply online as well as offline. Student volunteers will run the university helplines guiding admission-seekers and, in the process, get a chance to hone their communication, managerial and people skills, says Mamkoottam.

The university will use 25% fee for learning enhancement and anything that supplements classroom learning. A fund for student benefit has each student contributing Rs. 500 per semester and the university donating a similar amount. About 15% of the fee collected is also set aside for full or partial fee waivers. About 10% of the fee is used for scholarships for students. The top 20% meritorious students from every school of the university are given scholarships. Every programme has a student-faculty committee that encourages students to work with faculty in assuring quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning. In addition to this, every school has a student welfare committee which helps to identify students who need special financial assistance. A cell run entirely by students already exists and a student council at the university-level is also being planned. The aim is to make AUD a student-driven university. ‘’We are also looking to start a university-wide cooperative where students can run bookstalls and canteens etc.AUD also has an earn-while-you- learn scheme. A stipend of Rs. 5,000 a month is given to MPhil students and Rs. 8,000 a month is given to PhD students. For professional courses like MPhil psychotherapy and MPhil development practice, students are given Rs. 12,000 as stipend. The university also engages research scholars as teaching assistants,’’ says Mamkootam.

The second batch of students is also being admitted to the MA programme in social design and PG diploma in publishing this year. “We wish to have more courses at the School of Culture and Creative Expressions. These courses are likely to be in cinematic arts and performance arts. We are considering a proposal to collaborate with the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training to start a programme in arts management. The School of Culture and Creative Expressions, the School of Business, Public Policy and Social Entrepreneurship and Centre for Community Knowledge could come together for this. We are hopeful that the present constraints in space and infrastructure will be taken care of when our permanent campuses come up in Dhirpur (covering 50 acres in north Delhi) and in Rohini (of about 17 acres). The University Grants Commission has asked us to think seriously in terms of community colleges. We will discuss it in our academic council and also explore the possibility of starting a skill-based undergraduate vocational studies programme for which polytechnics could be twinned with universities like ours. We would provide the soft skills and they would provide the technical facilities and resources,” says Professor Shyam B Menon, vice chancellor, AUD.

Information at a glance

AUD offers a range of programmes in social sciences and humanities at the ­undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels

History
AUD is a public ­university with a campus-based, ­unitary structure with research, ­postgraduate and ­undergraduate programmes in the social sciences and the humanities. It was notified in 2008

Facilities
AUD has shared ­hostel facilities for men in Dwarka. There are hostel facilities available for women at the Kashmere Gate Campus. It has a library and facilities for IT and computing

Undergraduate Programmes
BA (hons) with a major in economics
BA (hons) with a major in English
BA (hons) with a major in history
BA (hons) with a major in mathematics
BA (hons) with a major in psychology
BA (hons) with a major in sociology
BA (hons) with a major in social sciences and humanities
BA (hons) with a dual major

Placements
The university has a dedicated placement cell

AUD schools

School of Development Studies
The school addresses the critical issue of development from wide-ranging interdisciplinary perspectives. The MA programme in development studies equips students with the ability to address the challenges of development and public policy as they affect developing societies

Website: http://aud.ac.in/academic/schools/sds

School of Educational Studies
The School of Educational Studies is envisioned as a forum for understanding education in its historical and contemporary context through engaged scholarship and practice. It offers a master’s programme that will bridge the gap between the theory and practice of education

Website: http://aud.ac.in/academic/schools/ses

School of Human Ecology
The School expects its students to graduate with the skills and ­perspectives necessary to analyse and address problems keeping in mind social equity, academic rigour and ecological sustainability. It offers the MA programme in environment and development

Website: http://aud.ac.in/academic/schools/she

School of Human Studies
The School of Human Studies has brought together psychologists, social anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers and social work professionals to offer two interdisciplinary programmes: MA in psychology and MA in gender studies

Website: http://aud.ac.in/academic/schools/shs

School of undergraduate studies
The School of Undergraduate Studies is the academic home for AUD’s undergraduate programmes: BA (hons) with majors in English, economics, sociology, history, psychology and mathematics. It also has innovative programmes like the BA (hons) in social sciences and humanities and a four-year BA (hons) with a dual major

Website: http://aud.ac.in/academic/schools/sus

School of Culture and Creative ­Expressions
This school aims at implementing a new vision of art pedagogy and ­practice in the country. It seeks to provide a nurturing ground for the development of new and different art-making practices and theoretical insights across the areas of visual art, literary art, performance art and cinematic art. It offers the following programmes: MA in visual art ­practice, MA in literary art creative writing, MA in performance studies and MA in film studies

Website: http://aud.ac.in/academic/schools/scce

School of design
The School of Design is visualised as both, a practice and research-based school for pursuit of design education from undergraduate level to MPhil/PhD. It offers programmes in social design, service design, design criticism, design theory, design history other and related areas

Website: http://aud.ac.in/academic/schools/sd

School of Law and Legal Studies
It offers degree programmes and promotes research in the area of business and management. It aims to address issues of the three interlinked areas — business, public policy and social entrepreneurship in a holistic and integrated manner. Students can opt for a master’s in business administration and one-year PG diploma in publishing

Website: http://aud.ac.in/academic/schools/sbppse


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