To achieve academic excellence through a broad based and liberal education that enhances the capability to analyze, understand and offer solutions to contemporary economic, political and social issues with an ethical and inclusive approach.
Three elements are fundamental to the vision: Capability enhancement, inclusiveness, relevance to contemporary society. In order to achieve the vision, the school has set the following major Goals:
- To foster critical and liberal thinking on economic, poltical, social and cultural issues.
- To promote a positive attitude towards institutions that support democracy, ethical values and inclusive development.
- To aim at high quality course contents and learning outcomes.
- To make SAHSS a vibrant entity that would make a significant contribution to GU’s growth..
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Dr. Prem Vashistha
For each goal, the school has set up a set of strategies to follow.
Apart from the main programs being conducted by the School, we plan to make a significant contribution to the development of the University core curriculum and co-curricular activity through teaching of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary courses with considerable input from humanities and social sciences.
At present the school has following departments; English, Economics, Psychology, Media &Communication, Social Work, Library & Information Sciences and Foreign languages. The school has undergraduate (UG) programs in English, Economics, Social Work, Psychology, and Media& Communications and post graduate (PG) program in Psychology, Social Work, Media & communication .The School has Doctoral program in English, Psychology, Media& Communication, and Library & Information Sciences. In the coming session we plan to launch additional UG programs in Sociology, History, Political Science, Human Geography and MA in Applied Economics along with a doctoral program in Economics.
As part of the administrative structure, the school has a coordination committee with major responsibility of enhancing interface between schools and between the departments within the school. The school has planned to set up a centre for Inclusive Development, Public Policy and Governance. This centre is visualized to be the hub of research of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature. Efforts will be made to have tie up with important national and international academic organizations. We are also making efforts to have collaboration with foreign universities for faculty exchange and some degree programs as well.
The school is reviewing pedagogy on a continuous basis to incorporate suitable modifications. Practical aspect is given due importance in each program .For example, Media and Journalism students are given training and internship in production houses, FM radio station and newspapers .Psychology students conduct laboratory experiments, field trips and internship . The faculty of Psychology department provides counseling and guidance for students in resolving their concerns relating to examination anxiety, stress and emotional problems. Students of Economics are involved in discussing policy issues, including Union Budget, etc. that gives them good orientation of application of theory to policy issues. All this enhances the employability of our students in their respective disciplines in academia, industry, NGO’s, etc.
Dr. Prem Vashistha
School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences