The vice chan­cel­lor shares the var­sity’s jour­ney, its achieve­ments and plans

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Gauri Kohli

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.

Shyam Menon

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