In­ter­ested in so­cial sci­ence? You’ll be spoilt for choice

AD­MIS­SIONS ON Delhi, Mumbai, Ban­ga­lore and Ambed­kar Uni­ver­si­ties are of­fer­ing a range of cour­ses in so­cial sci­ence and hu­man­i­ties. Ap­ply now as ap­pli­ca­tion dates close by Au­gust

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You might not be able to get a 100% score, but pur­su­ing so­cial sci­ence or hu­man­i­ties sub­jects help in your holis­tic de­vel­op­ment thanks to the wide range of sub­ject op­tions. Th­ese in­clude his­tory, ge­og­ra­phy, lit­er­a­ture, political sci­ence, so­ci­ol­ogy and psy­chol­ogy. The stream of­fers ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in teach­ing, pol­i­tics, law, so­cial work, coun­selling, me­dia and jour­nal­ism, to name a few. Some of the cour­ses are in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary such as an­thro­pol­ogy, ar­chae­ol­ogy, ge­ol­ogy, psy­chol­ogy and lib­eral arts.

If you are in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing higher stud­ies in so­cial sci­ence, there is a lot to choose when it comes to undergraduate pro­grammes. Some of the prom­i­nent uni­ver­si­ties i n Delhi that are cur­rently invit­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to cour­ses in so­cial sci­ence and hu­manit i es are Delhi Univer­sity, Ambed­kar Univer­sity Delhi and Indira Gandhi Na­tional Open Univer­sity.

Delhi Univer­sity is of­fer­ing bach­e­lor of arts, bach­e­lor of arts (vo­ca­tional), bach­e­lor of arts (hons), BA (hons) Ara­bic, ap­plied psy­chol­ogy, Ben­gali, English, French, Ger­man, Hindi, Ital­ian, Per­sian, phi­los­o­phy, psy­chol­ogy, Pun­jabi, San­skrit, Span­ish, Urdu, BA (hons) eco­nom­ics, ge­og­ra­phy, his­tory, political sci­ence, so­cial work and so­ci­ol­ogy un­der the fac­ulty of arts/hu­man­i­ties/mu­sic and fine arts. The univer­sity is also of­fer­ing undergraduate pro­grammes in Hindi pa­trakarita and jour­nal­ism un­der ap­plied so­cial sci­ence.

At Ambed­kar Univer­sity Delhi which spe­cialises in of­fer­ing pro­grammes in so­cial sci­ence and hu­man­i­ties, there will be an ad­di­tional 200 seats at the undergraduate level this year.

Ac­cord­ing to Pro­fes­sor San­jay Sharma, dean, stu­dents’ serv- ices, AUD, “The Di­rec­torate of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, Delhi govern­ment is in the process of hand­ing over the old cam­pus of Deen Dayal Upad­hyay Col­lege of Delhi Univer­sity in Karam­pura (west Delhi) to AUD. AUD pro­poses to of­fer four undergraduate pro­grammes in the Karam­pura cam­pus start­ing from the aca­demic ses­sion of 2016-17. This is sub­ject to the cam­pus be­ing made avail­able in time to AUD. The pro­grammes to be of­fered at AUD’s Karam­pura cam­pus are: BA (hons) in eco­nom­ics, BA (hons) in English, BA (hons) in psy­chol­ogy and BA (hons) in so­cial sci­ence and hu­man­i­ties. The in­take for each BA pro­gramme is 50 with the to­tal num­ber of seats avail­able be­ing 200. Th­ese four pro­grammes are cur­rently also of­fered in the Kash­mere Gate cam­pus.”

For the undergraduate pro- grammes at AUD, the el­i­gi­ble can­di­dates will be ad­mit­ted on the ba­sis of marks ob­tained in Class 12 ex­ams. Sep­a­rate merit lists will be pre­pared for both cam­puses ( Kash­mere Gate and Karam­pura) for each pro­gramme. The merit list will be based on pref­er­ences for cam­pus pro­vided by each ap­pli­cant. From this year, the univer­sity is ex­tend­ing full waiver of tuition fees to all stu­dents be­long­ing to SC, ST, and PwD cat­e­gories. The univer­sity also of­fers full and par­tial tuition fee-waivers to stu­dents who are in need of sup­port given their eco­nomic back­ground. “Stu­dents with an an­nual fam­ily in­come of less than ₹ 6 lakh will be con­sid­ered for tuition fee-waiver,” says Pro­fes­sor Sharma.

Last year, AUD had six cut-off lists for a few BA pro­grammes. This year, the first list will be de­clared on July 6. “The cocur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties tri­als/ au­di­tions will be held on July 15, 2016. The ad­mis­sion lists will be kept ac­tive till such time that the max­i­mum num­bers of seats are filled,” says Pro­fes­sor Sharma.

To be el­i­gi­ble for ad­mis­sion to a BA (hons) pro­gramme, you should have passed the Class 12 ex­ams with at least 50% marks (re­lax­ation of 5% of marks for SC/ ST/ PwD) f rom a recog­nised board. The se­lec­tion will be based on merit on the ba­sis of marks ob­tained in Class 12, which will not in­clude any vo­ca­tional sub­ject.

While c ut - of f s at Delhi U n i ve r s i t y a r e likely to re­main high this year too, you can ex­pect a re­lax­ation in the cut-offs at AUD. “The cut-offs in some UG pro­grammes may be lower this time due to the in­crease in the num­ber of seats,” says Pro­fes­sor Sharma. A num­ber of uni­ver­si­ties in other states are also invit­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from aspi­rants keen on pur­su­ing an undergraduate de­gree in so­cial sci­ence and hu­man­i­ties. Var­si­ties such as Mumbai Univer­sity, Ban­ga­lore Univer­sity, Pan­jab Univer­sity and Ra­jasthan Univer­sity run cour­ses in this dis­ci­pline and are open to ap­pli­cants.

At Ban­ga­lore Univer­sity, you can opt for the bach­e­lor of arts, bach­e­lor of fine arts, vis­ual arts and bach­e­lor of so­cial work pro­grammes. For ad­mis­sion to undergraduate cour­ses for the aca­demic year 2016-17, you need to con­tact the con­cerned af­fil­i­ated col­leges.

Pan­jab Univer­sity started an in­te­grated five-year hon­ours pro­gramme in so­cial sci­ences in 2015. Open to 50 stu­dents at the undergraduate level, the course pro­vides a multi-dis­ci­plinary foun­da­tion for an over­all per­spec­tive on polity, econ­omy and so­ci­ety, with fur­ther spe­cial­i­sa­tion at the post grad­u­ate level, to in­cul­cate a holis­tic and in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary ori­en­ta­tion to­wards the so­cial sci­ences. There is no en­trance or ap­ti­tude test for ad­mis­sion to this course. The univer­sity also of­fers a bach­e­lor of arts pro­gramme.

Mumbai Univer­sity is also of­fer­ing a range of cour­ses in the so­cial sci­ence and hu­man­i­ties dis­ci­pline. Th­ese in­clude bach­e­lor of arts, BA pro­gramme in film, tele­vi­sion and new me­dia pro­duc­tion, bach­e­lor of so­cial work, and bach­e­lor of mass me­dia. Dead­line for sub­mit­ting ap­pli­ca­tions is June 22. Ra­jasthan Univer­sity also runs cour­ses in this stream such cour­ses such as bach­e­lor of arts. The dead­line for sub­mit­ting ap­pli­ca­tions is June 18.

At Indira Gandhi Na­tional Open Univer­sity, you can ap­ply for the bach­e­lor of arts at the School of So­cial Sci­ences for the July 2016 ses­sion. Ad­mis­sion to the BA pro­gramme is through two streams – non-for­mal which is for those stu­dents who have not passed 10+2 or its equiv­a­lent ex­am­i­na­tion. They have to pass bach­e­lor’s prepara­tory pro­gramme of Ig­nou to qual­ify for ad­mis­sion to BA and for­mal stream where ad­mis­sion is done based on your score in 10+2 or its equiv­a­lent ex­am­i­na­tion. In or­der to en­able you to com­plete the bach­e­lor of arts pro­gramme within the min­i­mum pe­riod of three years, you are al­lowed to take cour­ses worth 32 cred­its in each year.

If you want to go for spe­cialised stud­ies of a par­tic­u­lar dis­ci­pline to ob­tain a BA ma­jor, or if you want to pur­sue the same dis­ci­pline for your post­grad­u­ate stud­ies, you can se­lect cour­ses worth 48 cred­its from that dis­ci­pline. In BA, op­tions to do ma­jor is avail­able in English, Hindi, Urdu, eco­nom­ics, his­tory, political sci­ence, pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion, so­ci­ol­ogy, psy­chol­ogy, phi­los­o­phy and math­e­mat­ics.

I gnou i s also of f er­ing a bach­e­lor’s de­gree pro­gramme in so­cial work. Per­sons with pro­fes­sional train­ing/de­gree in so­cial work gen­er­ally work in ar­eas such as health­care, com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and in­dus­try. The univer­sity’s School of Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity Ser­vice Man­age­ment is run­ning a pro­gramme called bach­e­lor of arts in tourism stud­ies. The pro­gramme is of 96 cred­its. The course can be com­pleted in a min­i­mum du­ra­tion of three years and max­i­mum six years. It is of­fered in both Jan­uary and July cy­cle of ad­mis­sions. Ap­ply by Au­gust 17.


Stu­dents at Ambed­kar Univer­sity at Kash­mere Gate.

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