Learn more about India at Oxford

Updated on Feb 13, 2008 02:21 AM IST
The starting of a new post-graduate degree course by Oxford University reiterates the huge interest in the country’s rapid growth, reports Vijay Dutt.
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Hindustan Times | ByVijay Dutt, London

The starting of a new post-graduate degree course by Oxford University for the study of "Contemporary India" reiterates the huge interest in the country’s rapid growth.

The university spokesperson said the new course was being introduced "in response to the growing interest among students about India and its burgeoning economy."

The new MSc degree in Contemporary India would be based in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies. "The School is devoted to research and graduate teaching in academic disciplines which attempt to understand the complexity and interrelatedness of society through anthropology, economics, politics, history, sociology and culture.

"Its teaching and research seek to take into account both the insights provided by the separate disciplines and the contextualisation provided by in-depth knowledge of specific regions and countries," he spokesperson said. The new degree course, which starts this October, will be a three-term, nine-month course. "This unique programme provides students with opportunities for a multidisciplinary immersion in knowledge about India's signal achievements and her persistent problems, together with high quality training in research methods and in the critical analysis of theory in the main social science disciplines," the spokesperson said.

The degree is designed for students from a wide range of backgrounds, particularly the Social Sciences and History, but not excluding any discipline. Undergraduate coursework on India or South Asia is not a prerequisite for admission. The course will provide stand-alone training for those wishing to specialise in India.

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