Ahmedabad University - A Liberal Education

Divisions

The School of Arts and Sciences has five divisions: 

  • Biological and Life Sciences
  • Humanities and Languages
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Performing and Visual Arts.
  • Social Sciences

This gives students a unique opportunity to explore such vast field under one roof.

The Biological and Life Sciences division began in 2012 with a vision to nurture science, knowledge and innovation among highly motivated graduate students and researchers looking to break new ground in their chosen specialisations. We currently offer a five-year integrated Masters (MS) in Life Sciences, as well as a PhD programme. Our existing faculty focus on bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, nanotechnology, stem cell biology and related areas.The division aims to enrich human and environmental health through rigorous research and teaching, enabling both students and faculty to envision and develop rewarding careers. Our distinctive pedagogy is intended to deliver a broad-based, liberal scientific education that encourages the spirit of inquiry, multi-disciplinary research, and new kinds of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The liberal arts are more essential than ever to a broad-ranging and intellectually serious education. If science is said to be an attempt to make sense of the world, the humanities are an inquiry about how we live in that world, and language the rich medium through which we articulate that inquiry. Led by historians, philosophers, linguists, classicists and literary scholars, the Humanities and Languages division aims to become an advanced centre for scholarship and communication. Its research programme will be based not on narrow disciplinary lines, but on problems and themes on a global scale, with a special focus on Indian Ocean studies.

Physics is the primary way humans understand the universe around them. Mathematics, with its quest for beauty and patterns, is at the heart of every field in science and technology. These qualities are fundamental to the Mathematical and Physical Sciences division of the School of Arts and Sciences. The division will develop into a fully-fledged department of mathematics, physics, chemistry and data and statistical science, with a focus on vibrant interdisciplinary learning and individual-focused research programmes. At all levels of study, we emphasize the importance of expert teaching and the development of courses that engage with the most current thinking and research in the sciences. Over time, the division will support the other schools of Ahmedabad University in developing and delivering interdisciplinary courses. We expect to engage with Ahmedabad’s exceptional academic community in order to develop programmes and educational tools. We will also engage in outreach to industry and interested citizens.

How should economies be run? How do states and private corporations interact? How do we tackle society’s inequalities? The Social Sciences division is concerned with the study of societies in the aggregate and aims to further the understanding of fundamental questions in their most urgent and contemporary particulars.The division will be home to eminent scholars in economics, psychology, political science and related fields. Beginning in 2018, we will offer a Masters degree in Economics. We will go on to offer project-based undergraduate and graduate education in fields that include applied ethics and law, sociology, political science and international relations, anthropology, urban studies and related fields.

To lead a thoughtful life in the contemporary world, it is crucial to acknowledge and nurture the creative talent and energy inherent in every human being. Imagination has long held a central place in traditions of conceptual and inferential thinking in India and South Asia. Beyond the world of the studio, stage or gallery space, ingenuity informed by art has found a place, even in domains of life that are traditionally perceived to be distant, such as modern science. While Raja Ravi Varma, Amrita Sher-Gill, M. F. Hussain, and Abanindranath Tagore established striking new directions in Indian art, what is less often observed is that aesthetic sensibilities also prominently informed the scientific work of figures such as C. V. Raman and Homi Bhabha.