The School of Arts and Sciences at Ahmedabad University helps to form the core of the University’s educational experience. We offer undergraduate and graduate learning to the highest academic standards in a variety of disciplines, spanning the range from visual arts to life sciences, from mathematics to history. Committed to offering students an excellent liberal education, the School practices collaborative, interdisciplinary learning. We aim to build a stimulating academic environment and enable our faculty and students to excel in their scholarship, develop new knowledge and build rewarding careers. The School of Arts and Sciences asserts the centrality of the arts, sciences and humanities in a broad, fulfilling education and a diverse public sphere.
The School of Arts and Sciences was created with a rare chance to re-imagine a place of learning in the global academy and within subcontinental traditions of scholarship and knowledge. By 2023, it will have more than two hundred faculty and staff, and over a thousand students. Institutionally, it is already rooted in the ambitious, creative character of the University, and is inspired by the cultural history of Ahmedabad, which was chosen by UNESCO as India’s first World Heritage City. The School of Arts and Sciences building, designed by Rahul Mehrotra Architects, was completed in 2019. It is visible from the entrance to the University’s 180-acre campus, and will be bounded to the north by a forest.
The School of Arts and Sciences has five divisions: Biological and Life Sciences, Humanities and Languages, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Performing and Visual Arts, and Social Sciences. This is, we are told, Asia’s century: global structures of economic, political and cultural power are currently in flux. It is also a time when demands for an overlap between the arts and sciences are greater than ever. Our goal here is to change learning, and to motivate our students to change the world. As artificial intelligence and big data make complex moral and political demands on our understanding; as digital technology fundamentally changes music and the possibilities of art; as questions about the future of the environment spring up at the interstices of science and philosophy, we will seek to act as a bridge not only between the liberal arts and sciences, but between academic and intellectual life.
Dr. Patrick French,
Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
Professor for the Public Understanding of the Humanities