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IIT Madras expanding social science programmes

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Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Madras is expanding social science programmes by adding Economics to the already existing streams of Development Studies and English Studies and offering all the three streams as two-year programmes instead of the current five-year integrated MA programmes. These programmes will be offered from the 2023 academic session.

There will be 25 seats for Indian students under each stream. These programmes will also be made open to international students on a supernumerary basis. The application process will commence in March/April 2023 and classes will start in July 2023. Instead of HSEE, admission to the two-year M.A. programmes will be made on the basis of a soon-to-be-announced entrance examination.

IIT Madras is hopeful of attracting a more diverse set of candidates by making the MA programmes available after graduation from varied streams.

Highlighting the major impact of this new initiative, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said, “The restructuring of the MA programme is done with an aim to make the same accessible to more students who have completed their bachelor degrees from multiple disciplines spreading across humanities, science, commerce, engineering etc. Such type of a humanities and social science exposure is very much needed for the next generations of students to face and address different challenges posed by the modern world. This expanded list of MA programs will open up new avenues of placement and employability as the students will be trained as domain-specific experts with international readiness and national focus.”

The unique aspects of the new programmes include evidence-based policy analyses, the role of technology in shaping socio-economic development, data science and governance, and engagement with contemporary issues such as climate change, sustainability, and urbanization among others.

The course curriculum of the M.A. programmes will be restructured to include more contemporary subjects such as Economics of Innovation, Urban Planning and Development, Health Policy, Environmental Humanities, Climate Economics, Technology and Policy, and Computational Linguistics, among others.

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