Integrated M.A. in Development Studies
Integrated M.A. in English Studies
Distinctive Features of The Programme
The programme has been designed to expose students to a plurality of ideas and perspectives. The distinctive feature of this programme is that it allows students to
choose their disciplines after getting a wide exposure to the field of humanities and
social sciences. During the first two years of the programme, students will be introduced
to a variety of common subjects related to the two major disciplines offered from
the third year. These common subjects are meant both to develop students’ appreciation of the multi-disciplinary nature of fundamental concepts in humanities and social
sciences and to enable them in choosing their professional disciplines.
The programme requires students to complete 195 credits spread over five years to earn the degree. Discipline-related courses account for a minimum 46% of total 195 credits.
This includes core and elective courses and dissertation (refer to the Table below)*.
||No. of Courses
|Common Courses(including mini projects)
|Discipline Courses (Core and Electives)
|Other Electives (including Free / Minor stream)
|Dissertation and Seminar
*NOTE : Subject to change
A very distinctive feature of the programme is the involvement of the Engineering,
Sciences and Management faculties in offering innovative courses in collaboration with
the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Such courses are offered as minor
streams or electives. Collaboration with other departments is also visualized
through dissertation work under joint-supervision.
The programme allows learning opportunities along with students of Engineering and
The programme imparts substantial knowledge of Indian economy, literature,
philosophy, culture, society, and public management.
The programme provides opportunities for learning a Foreign Language. Currently
German and French are offered.
Brief Description of Disciplines of The Programme
This stream addresses questions of “order and change” in a globalizing world. A multidisciplinary
approach is adopted in the first two years of the programme, which sets the
base for higher-level understanding. It attempts to include issues related to
“development” across countries over a long period of time. At present, the programme
is designed to include three thematic modules on i) Gender ii) Science, Technology and
Development, and iii) Urbanization. Students will have scope to further specialize in
any of these three themes through dissertation and elective courses. Overall, this
stream, with a mixture of taught courses and field research/training, attempts to mould
students to act as effective agents of social change. Students of this stream are expected
to be placed in national and international development institutions and academia.
The English Studies stream has been designed for students who have the aptitude and
the sensitivity for literary and linguistic analyses. This stream will provide a
comprehensive understanding of English literature with special emphasis on current
debates in literary theory, lesser-known literatures and the importance of an
interdisciplinary approach. Courses in linguistics will give students an insight into the
structure and function of natural languages as a system of cognition and
communication. Students will also be exposed to other disciplines such as Economics,
Sociology, History, and Philosophy that will widen their horizon and equip them with
basic quantitative and analytical skills. Students will have a range of career options
open to them from academics and editing to journalism and language training.