Ahmedabad University - A Liberal Education

Undergraduate Majors

Ahmedabad University doesn’t have departments within its Schools and Centres, instead we have different programmes offering a whole host of Majors for the students to choose from. A Major is an area of specialisation within a degree programme (for example, History or Chemical Engineering or Economics or Accounting). The student chooses a Major at the time of entering the University but has the flexibility to change the Major as per the prescribed policy. We also allow our students to come into the University with an undeclared Major. Each Major requires 60 or more credits and the total requirements for the degree will 120 credits or higher depending upon the number of credits a particular Major requires.  Usually, a Major has the following structure – a School Core, a Discipline Core, Discipline Electives, School Electives and Internships. Being an Honours degree a Thesis or Capstone project with a writing component is also there for Arts, Sciences, Management and Commerce programmes. For Engineering students, it is a project. 

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) Honours programmes and the Majors in the liberal Arts and Sciences that constitute them are an entry point for careers in broad and diverse areas. They are 21st-century programmes: rigorous, contemporary and contextual. They are interdisciplinary, and encourage experiential ‘self-learning’ in order to establish how best to ask the right questions and conduct research, and what methodology to use in a particular circumstance. In line with the other programmes at Ahmedabad University, this represents a rethinking of higher education and what it can achieve. As the world changes and artificial intelligence and big data make complex moral and political demands on our understanding; as digital technology remakes music and the possibilities of art; as questions about the future of the global environment spring up at the interstices of applied science, social sciences and philosophy, these programmes will seek to act as a bridge not only between the liberal arts and sciences, but between academic and public intellectual life.

  • Accounting

    Accounting is a system for measuring and summarising business activities, interpreting financial information and communicating the results to management and other stakeholders to help them make better business decisions. Digital technology allows accountants to perform tax preparation services, statistical analysis and forecast modelling much more efficiently. Thus, in addition to being knowledgeable in accounting practices, an accounting professional needs to be a skilled communicator, able to ethically apply accounting processes and to integrate these processes with computerised accounting technology. The paradigm shift in the field of Accounting necessitates a change in the traditional curriculum that focuses only on individual branches of accounting and lacks a multidisciplinary approach interweaving these courses with the other functional areas of management.  The major in Accounting is designed to develop a strong foundation in important aspects of any business’s operations by creating a theoretical framework to understand the importance and applicability of accounting principles and practices. It will enable students to create a comprehensive knowledge base by exploring various aspects of a business entity, including nuances of financial accounting, application of relevant tax laws, cost accounting techniques and their application for the purpose of management analysis, cost control and decision making. This major will also help students to develop a broad understanding of different dimensions of finance, including financial management, banking, and the structure and operation of financial markets and services. Students will be exposed to contemporary developments in financial reporting like the need of mandate corporate governance for corporate ethics, CARO in auditing, the adoption of IFRS in India, emergence of forensic accounting and deciphering misreporting of financial statements.  On completion of this major, the student will be able to:  Classify and arrange the financial information in financial statements as per the prescribed formats of the Companies Act, 2013 Break down the financial effects of corporate restructuring on the financial statements of companies Sketch the performance of companies through financial statement analysis techniques Interpret the needs of various stakeholders and develop the ability to communicate financial data effectively and provide meaningful recommendations Assemble cost accounting information and use various techniques of cost accounting to assess the managerial actions and decision making Interpret and use the provisions of tax laws judiciously for corporates and non-corporates Generate automated financial statements through the use of accounting software Implement the best practices of corporate governance The major aims to prepare students for meaningful employment in the field of Accounting. The undergraduate programme at Ahmedabad University will also enable students to pursue professional qualifications like Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Cost and Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Public Accounting (CPA), Certified Financial Planning (CFP), Chartered Financial Analyst, and Chartered Accountancy, among many others.  read more >>

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  • Accounting and Finance

    Accounting and Finance are core functions of a business organisation. But with the advent of technology, contemporary accountants are no longer the number crunchers that they were pictured to be and Finance is much more than just managing money. Digitised accounting has made it easy for accountants to perform tax preparation services, statistical analysis and forecast modelling much more efficiently. Technology has dramatically improved accuracy in the accounting and finance fields and reduced the margin of error but has also provoked problems of cybercrimes and digital hacking. Introduction of secure financial technologies like block-chain and crypto-currencies, or electronic payment systems are meant to address these issues and will further drive the use of digital technologies in financial intermediation and financial markets. In fact, these are times of massive change in the accounting and financial space. The major in Accounting and Finance is a response to this highly evolving backdrop. The major aims to prepare graduates who understand both the accounting and finance functions deeply. A two pronged approach to the curriculum is desirable - on one hand it is anchored by the key fundamentals of finance and introduction to new financial techniques and on the other it, will enable the students to create a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary Accounting techniques like forensic accounting. It also trains in the use of analytical tools in making financial decisions in  firms, institutions providing financial services, and the financial system at large. It will help students to understand how organisations finance their activities and what accounting practices they follow to track the monetary transactions. A broad understanding of these aspects would be facilitated through the inclusion of different dimensions of Accounting and Finance like financial accounting, decision making through cost accounting techniques, application of relevant tax laws, contemporary developments in financial reporting and auditing, techniques in financial management, investment analysis, issues in corporate finance, structure and operation of financial markets and services. Overall, it aims to provide a blend of the theory of Accounting and Finance through practical application and relevant case studies within the corporate space.  On completion of this major, the student will be able to: classify and arrange financial information in the financial statements and sketch the performance of companies through financial statement analysis techniques use analytic and quantitative techniques to understand data, make sound inferences, and make well-supported decisions apply best practices in financial management to make plans, organize projects, monitor outcomes and provide financial leadership interpret the needs of various stakeholders and develop the ability to communicate financial data effectively and provide meaningful recommendations implement best practices to create and evaluate financial portfolios to achieve investment outcomes observe and interpret financial markets to uncover potential opportunities assemble cost accounting information and use various techniques of cost accounting to assess managerial actions and decision making interpret and use the provisions of tax laws judiciously for corporates and non-corporates A major with a combination of Accounting and Finance is recognised worldwide for enhancing the critical as well as the analytical capacities for students. Those planning for career in industry, commerce and financial services will find career opportunities in banking, insurance, taxation, treasury, and financial management. Students can also pursue additional professional qualifications in the Accounting and Finance area like Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Cost and Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Public Accounting (CPA), Certified Financial Planning (CFP), Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Accountancy among many others.  read more >>

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  • Business Analytics

    Business analytics major will enable the students to analyse data for business decision making. It involves using information technology, statistical analysis, quantitative methods, and computer-based models to gain improved insight about business operations and aid better data-based business decision making.  Business analytics is an integral part of modern management. It helps solve complex business problems using data. Business analytics will provide the students with a range of specific frameworks, tools, and concepts that they will be able to apply across a wide range of real time business functions and situations. It will enable the students to learn techniques and tools to identify, understand and apply state-of-the art methods using hands-on approach to drive value for businesses, companies and society.  Business analytics skills are deployed. In all functions of any firm. On completion of this major, the student will be able to:  Understand and critically apply concepts and methods of business analytics  Identify, model and solve decision problems in different settings  Interpret results/solutions and identify appropriate courses of action for a given managerial situation whether a problem or an opportunity  Recognize, understand and apply the language, theory and models of the field of business analytics  Foster an ability to critically analyse, synthesise and solve complex unstructured business problems  Encourage an aptitude for business improvement, innovation and managerial action  Business analytics graduates find opportunities in both manufacturing and services organizations. They build data models and perform analysis for various functions of a firm like marketing, finance, human resource, operations & supply chain management.   read more >>

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  • Chemical Engineering

    Chemical Engineering deals with the design and development of processes to transform raw materials, micro-organisms and energy into economically useful products. Traditionally, chemical engineers have been employed in industries such as petroleum refining, petrochemicals, fertilisers, bulk inorganic chemicals, polymers and textiles. In recent times, with increased emphasis on life sciences, the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals also offer good opportunities for young chemical engineers. Many of the life-improving breakthroughs of the last century in areas such as health, agriculture, energy and the environment have been heavily dependent on advances in Chemical Engineering. One of the unique aspects of an Ahmedabad engineering education is its Engineering Foundation. The Engineering Foundation is a core that is common to all engineering majors. It comprises courses that cover the foundational knowledge of most engineering disciplines It encompass topics in electrical, computer science, chemical and mechanical engineering, amongst other fields. Besides imparting breadth, these courses will enable students and graduates to work in interdisciplinary teams and provide a robust foundation to becoming a contemporary engineer. At Ahmedabad University, the unique curriculum of the BTech programme with a major in Chemical Engineering exposes students to a range of General Education Requirement courses along with the Engineering Foundation courses. Apart from these, the students undergo the signature Foundation Programme of the university  which provides a broad perspective and equips students with basic skills such as effective communication, programming, data analysis as well as the ability to think critically. Learning by doing is encouraged alongside a strong emphasis on student projects and research. Students have the opportunity to engage early on in research with faculty or with individuals in industry to gain an in-depth understanding and acquire skills in specific areas. Not only are our programmes in line with current technologies, several of our elective courses focus on skill sets and know-how that are currently in high demand. On completion of this major, the student will be able to: Solve complex chemical engineering problems using knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering basics Identify critical issues in petroleum refining, petrochemicals, fertilisers, dyes and intermediates, bulk and fine chemicals, bio-products and pharmaceuticals Design equipment and plants for chemical and allied processes and perform feasibility analyses for starting new process plants Apply modelling, simulation and optimization tools for process development Identify measures for energy, environment, health, safety and society following ethical principles Understand organisational behaviour and project and financial management Work and lead teams in multidisciplinary areas with professional responsibility Communicate effectively in written, graphic and oral forms The Chemical Engineering undergraduate programme equips students for successful careers in diverse areas that make up the chemical engineering profession. It also prepares students for advanced study in chemical engineering, as well as for the pursuit of other fields, such as science, law, medicine, business and public policy.  read more >>

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  • Computer Science

    Traditionally, Computer Science involved the study of computers and computational systems and dealt mostly with software and software systems, including their theory, design, development and application. However, over the years as the field of Computer Science matured and expanded, it has helped to solve hard problems in many areas including mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, linguistics, economics, business, and the arts. Therefore, the problems that computer scientists encounter range from the abstract–determining what problems can be solved with computers and the complexity of the algorithms that solve them–to the tangible–designing applications that perform well on handheld devices, that are easy to use, and that uphold security measures. The major in Computer Science offers both breadth and depth of knowledge in computing. Students undergo rigorous coursework coupled with exposure to a rich set of applications and tools through project-based courses, course projects, and the Undergraduate Capstone project and Summer Internships. The core courses under this Major provide a solid foundation to students in the field of Computer Science. In addition to core courses, students may pursue electives in one or more specialisation areas to gain a deeper understanding of these areas. The specialisation areas that we  plan to offer are: artificial intelligence and machine learning, bio-computing, data science and its applications, quantum computing, systems and theoretical computer science. The major in Computer Science seeks to provide students: A solid foundation in theory, systems and applicative areas of computer science The ability to pursue opportunities in traditional and emerging areas of computing, both, in industry and in academia The ability to utilise their knowledge of computing principles, hands-on computing and problem-solving skills, and broad-based education involving humanities, social science and other physical and biological sciences to solve complex problems that cut across disciplines and have relevance to society The ability to drive innovation through their willingness to learn, adapt and work collaboratively with diverse teams and apply their problem-solving and technological expertise to drive advancement in emerging areas On completing this major, the student will be able to: Gain a firm understanding of the basic principles of computer science from the perspective of theory, systems and applications Think critically, analyse and solve complex multi-disciplinary problems by acquiring knowledge of relevant domains and applying knowledge of computing principles, computing and problem-solving skills Work collaboratively on complex multi-disciplinary problems as computer science specialists Practise and grow in the computing industry as computing professionals Conduct research and assist researchers with design, development and support of applications that involve knowledge of cutting-edge computer science tools and development frameworks as well as good analytical skills Communicate effectively Make informed decisions by weighing the ethical and social aspects of modern computing technology in the design, development and delivery of computing services   read more >>

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  • Computer Science and Engineering

    The curriculum design of the major in Computer Science and Engineering is in keeping with the multidisciplinary emphasis of the BTech programme as a whole. It combines a rigorous grounding in the field of computer science with added emphasis on the physical and architectural design of modern computer systems. Based on the breadth of the education provided, graduates will be able to design, develop and deploy computing systems across the hardware–software spectrum.  The core courses in Computer Science and Engineering introduce students to themes such as digital electronics, data structures, database management system, computer organisation, computer architecture, algorithm design, operating systems, computer networks, embedded system design, and theory of computing. These courses will enable students to develop expertise as well as widen their competence through exposure to deep research in the areas of data science, cyber physical systems, intelligent systems, and theoretical computer science.  Electives will allow students to develop their own area of specialization within the major. One of the unique aspects of an Ahmedabad  engineering education is its Engineering Foundation. The Engineering Foundation is a core that is common to all engineering majors. It comprises courses that cover the foundational knowledge of most engineering disciplines It encompass topics in electrical, computer science, chemical and mechanical engineering, amongst other fields. Besides imparting breadth, these courses will enable students and graduates to work in interdisciplinary teams and provide a robust foundation to becoming a contemporary engineer. On the completion of the major, students will: Have a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of Computer Science and Engineering including hardware and software  Be able to undertake rigorous analysis, design, development, deployment, and testing skills to formulate appropriate computing solutions in. order to solve business and societal needs Be able to use various programming languages, tools and technology supporting modern software frameworks for solving problems involving a large volume of data in various domains The Computer Science and Engineering programme of Ahmedabad University prepares students to be versatile and choose from diverse career paths. Our education equips students to pursue research, higher education and employment alike in software engineering, hardware design, IoT, data analytics, and other areas.  read more >>

    Offered at: School of Engineering and Applied Science

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  • Economics

    The distinguishing feature of the major in Economics at Ahmedabad University is its emphasis on rigour and creativity. Students will be taught to analyse and think independently about issues using an economics theoretical framework and data-based evidence. The programme focuses on the development of a strong foundation in Mathematics to allow students to better grasp modern economic theory. They will develop skills necessary to analyse economic and financial issues using mathematical models. Students will also develop a proficiency in statistics, empirical methods and statistical software packages.  The final year undergraduate thesis requirement will train students to think creatively about a topic of their own interest and to conduct systematic scientific research on it. The thesis and the years preceding it will provide ample opportunity to develop strong writing, communication and presentation skills.  The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Major in Economics will introduce students to microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, econometrics, history of economic thought and a study of the Indian economy. In addition, students may choose from a wide range of electives and learn more about specific areas of Economics such as development, environment, finance and labour economics. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the undergraduate programme at Ahmedabad University, students will also take classes in other subject areas and thus have an opportunity to learn alternative theories and pedagogies. The programme will provide an early opportunity for students to learn to collaborate with peers. This is because during the Foundation Programme, and subsequently throughout the curriculum, there will be a strong emphasis on project-based learning. On completion of the major, the student will be able to: Develop an awareness of important economic and policy issues nationally and globally. Analyse and think independently about issues using theoretical frameworks from the discipline of economics. Critically evaluate empirical research because of a proficiency in statistics, and empirical research methods.   Learn to manage and analyse data using statistical software. Communicate economic ideas and arguments effectively using data based evidence.  Think creatively and learn the process of systematic scientific research to evaluate economic and policy related topics. The degree will prepare students to study further or seek employment directly. One can pursue Graduate studies in economics or related disciplines such as Business, Law, Political Science, Public Administration and Public Policy. Employment opportunities, upon completing the major in Economics, include working in business, civil services, corporate sector, government, investment banks, journalism, media, technology firms, non-governmental organisations, think tanks and research institutions. Students will be encouraged and supported to pursue internships during the summer months.   read more >>

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  • Family Business and Entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurs are agents of change not only for industrial and economic transformation but also for social development. Entrepreneurship creates an environment for innovation and inventions, as well as jobs, wealth, resources, and products and services. The major in Family Business and Entrepreneurship is a  five year Integrated Master of Business Administration programme.  It prepares students to understand the motivation, dynamics, and decision-making ambience of family businesses and entrepreneurs and to develop skills and mindsets for managing businesses.  The Family Business and Entrepreneurship major addresses conception, design, organization, and management of new enterprises and family businesses. It encompasses various facets from opportunity identification through launch, growth, financing and profitability. Students are encouraged to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and hone their skills needed to develop a new enterprise with potential for growth and funding or to identify and pursue opportunities for growth within an existing organisation. Students are taught different tools and techniques required to start a new venture or manage an existing venture. They are trained to work with changing environments, new technological advancements and new business models. Simulation courses give students the opportunity to put together business plans with fellow students. The major also addresses issues like purpose, conflict, succession, leadership and professionalism in the context of family businesses. Students appreciate the importance of ethical business practices and complyiance with government and industry laws and regulations. Courses are offered in areas like strategy, business history, international business, innovation, sustainability, organisational behaviour, finance, marketing and organisational design. The Entrepreneurship Major may also be combined with minor to enhance the student’s entrepreneurial or organisational career options. On completion of this major, the student will be able to:  assess the attractiveness and pitfalls of business opportunities apply innovation, entrepreneurship theories and scientific research by collecting and analysing data to understand market conditions. iterate an initial idea to align with market requirements create a prototype after understanding basic functioning of the product/service and test the prototype in the market analyse key risk areas and processes associated with different options in introducing different types of products or services in the market develop and test the business model canvas in the real market scenario  develop a business plan to pitch to various stakeholders for collaborations  conduct processes for building  organisations The Family Business and Entrepreneurship Major is designed for: (a) potential entrepreneurs; (b) future intrapreneurs—people inside organisations who use entrepreneurship principles to create profitable business lines or introduce Major change; (c) business service providers—consultants, financers and bankers, accountants, lawyers and others who work closely with start-up and operating businesses and current small business owners who are interested in new opportunities through their existing organisations; and (d) members of family businesses.  read more >>

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  • Finance

    Finance has evolved over the years especially with the advent of technology. Financial technologies like block-chain and crypto-currencies and electronic payment systems are driving financial intermediation and financial markets. It is against this highly dynamic backdrop that we offer our major in Finance. In order to address new industry requirements, the curriculum provides a multidisciplinary training which interweaving the fundamentals of Finance with the other functional areas of Management. The major in Finance provides deep quantitative and managerial training in various domains of finance. The objectives of the major and learning outcomes are firmly anchored around six key components—money, financial institutions, financial instruments (including financial services), financial markets, central banks and governmental regulatory bodies. On completion of this major, the student would have learnt accounting techniques and their application for the purpose of management analysis, control and decision making measurement, computation and analysis of financial activity, rooted in the fundamentals of financial mathematics and basic analytics through spreadsheets basic principles and theoretical frameworks of various financial services like insurance, mutual funds, investments and banking etc. the essential nature of fiduciary responsibility and the fundamental shift being witnessed in current times, and its long-term implications in terms of ethics and governance the international financial environment and its implications for the Indian financial system in an increasingly globalised financial setting the basic concepts of financing, investment and distribution decisions with their applications to use analytic and quantitative techniques to understand data, make sound inferences, and make well-supported decisions functioning of financial markets, with a special focus on capital and money markets and the role played by them in the fund-raising requirements of any economy to apply best practices in financial management to make plans, organise projects, monitor outcomes and provide financial leadership the basic principles and theoretical framework of various financial services like insurance, mutual funds, banking, etc. Students completing the major find opportunities in banking, insurance, investments, risk management and behavioural finance at institutions globally as well as pursue graduate studies. Students can also pursue independent financial advisory careers as personal financial consultants. The programme content also supports the pursuit and acquisition of additional professional qualifications in the finance area, like CFA, CFP and FRM etc.   read more >>

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  • Finance and Economics

    The major in Finance and Economics offers a comprehensive learning of financial sector performance and evaluation with a firm grounding in economic theories and policies. The curriculum is designed to develop a strong foundation in the area of financial markets and corporate finance in the broader context of economic policy announcements such as monetary policy, fiscal policy etc. since the performance of financial sector and the corporates is greatly influenced by major economic policies, both, domestic and international. This programme will equip student with deep knowledge of the complementary aspects of financial and economic theory. Students in this major take courses that builds a theoretical base in both the disciplines of Economics and Finance. Courses provide a strong training in analysis of data and models in these fields. Coupled with the multidisciplinary approach and project based learning, the curriculum helps develop a sound understanding of global financial markets, monetary policy challenges faced by central banks and everything in between.  As the financial sector is constantly undergoing rapid innovations and growth with the digital disruption due to FinTech, there are new set of skills required by the industry. There is also an increase in the flow of capital across borders, making many countries more vulnerable to external financial shocks. It is in this context that the industry needs dynamic professionals who possess analytical and data skills to work in the financial sector that is rapidly evolving. A student can chart a successful career in various profiles ranging from investment banking, equity analyst, project finance, portfolio manager to financial analyst, actuarial analysts’ etc.  On completion of this major, the student will be able to:  Interpret and assess the role of financial institutions and their impact in a given economic environment Develop techniques for financial performance evaluation of organisations Use tools and techniques of efficient financial allocation of an organisation Critically analyse and review performance of financial sector and economy at large Analyse financial and economic data using advance data tools and software Review and predict the possible consequences of economic and political policy announcements either in the domestic or international market Financial institutions such as banks, NBFCs, regulatory agencies and central banks are some of the prominent employers. Students with a Major in Finance and Economics at Ahmedabad University will have developed rigours skills to pursue a graduate degree in business, finance and/or economics. Further, they will also have developed research capabilities which would make them eligible to apply to PhD programmes globally.read more >>

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  • History

    History is more than a list of dates and events. The major in History at Ahmedabad University will help students cultivate the habit of thinking historically, inviting them to participate actively in the rigours, pleasures and adventures of historical inquiry. In other words, students are enabled to make sense of the times they live in using history.  Students will not only be introduced to key historical concepts but will also gain valuable methodological and analytical skills. They will build a set of fluencies in spoken and written communication, critical thinking and evidence-based reasoning. Crucially, they will learn how to deal with complexity in human affairs. The History curriculum, coupled with the overall programme structure at Ahmedabad University, will equip graduates not only with qualitative analytical skills but also a fair grounding in quantitative ways of thinking historically, which distinguishes our History Major from other reputed national and international programmes.  As with all programmes at Ahmedabad University, the major in History is characterised by a strong focus on interdisciplinarity. Core courses focusing on the fundamentals of History are offered alongside a wide range of electives, encouraging students to determine the foci of their study culminating in a research project. Students also have the option of learning classical and modern languages of their choice either based on their area of historical enquiry or to widen their career options in different sectors. The pedagogy integrates the best of traditional methods with the possibilities offered by new classroom technologies and innovative exercises in project-based learning. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the undergraduate programme at Ahmedabad University, students will also take classes in other subject areas and thus have an opportunity to learn alternative theories and pedagogies. The programme will provide an early opportunity for students to learn to collaborate with peers. This is because during the Foundation Programme, and subsequently throughout the curriculum, there will be a strong emphasis on project-based learning. The major in History is designed to equip students with a basic understanding of historical concepts and processes that have shaped the contemporary world.  Domain Knowledge and Application On completion of the major, the student will be able to: Form an overview of key historical developments in India and the world across a range of temporal and geographical contexts. Compare and contrast processes in different regions and periods, assess the applicability of established interpretive/explanatory frameworks and theories in the discipline, identify interconnections, intersections and broad thematic patterns linking historical processes. Determine what historical “facts” are, identify and gather suitable evidence for historical analysis, understand how facts are constituted by power relations. “Think historically” by seeing society as formed by multi-causal, long-ranging developments as well as specific conjunctures of economic, environmental, social, cultural and political change; conceptualize possible trajectories of historical development in the present and the future based on understanding the past. Engagement with Society On completion of the major, the student will be able to: Connect their personal/ family/local histories with broader historical processes.  Add dimensions to their understanding of contemporary events (in diverse domains of life) by examining them in historical context.  Personal Skills On completion of the major, the student will be able to: Engage in academic reasoning and argumentation (differentiating between information and argument, identifying the structure of an argument, writing an argument in proper format, evaluating arguments). Employ methods of historical analysis (archival study, reading primary sources and secondary scholarship, conducting interviews, gathering, classifying and assessing quantitative and qualitative evidence). Produce academic writing for short research projects as well as longer independent theses. We prepare our students, depending on their individual interests, for diverse career paths both within and outside academia. Students graduating in History at Ahmedabad University will gain competencies suitable for pursuing careers in teaching, research, museums, archives, libraries, law, the civil services, journalism, the publishing industry, advertising, the NGO sector, business and entrepreneurship, among other fields.  read more >>

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  • Human Resource and Organisations

    The major, Human Resource and Organisations,  builds competencies required for contemporary human resource management and prepares students for careers as human resource professionals. It focuses on the effective application of human resource management and organisation behaviour theories to the practice of human resource and effective management of organisations. Students would not only learn the different functions of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour but also the integration of these functions with business strategy. Students would be sensitized towards the role of Human Resource function towards legal and ethical aspects of business, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability. The major leverages technology and analytics to train students in decision making. Students also develop an understanding of workplace behavior and the transformation of work. On completion of this major, the student will be able to:  demonstrate the competence needed to effectively manage human resources which include analyzing human behavior, developing comprehensive strategic and tactical plans for an organisation, and prepare organisations to execute their strategies; evaluate complex qualitative and quantitative data to support strategic and operational decisions; demonstrate ethical and socially responsible behavior and contribute to creating a diverse, inclusive and collaborative work environment;  exhibit competencies like group managing skills, understanding of social and individual psychology and the interpretation of organisational behavior; trained in critical thinking, analytical decision-making, conflict resolution and negotiation skills. Successful graduates take up positions such as human resource administrators, corporate trainers, compensation and benefits managers, training and development specialists, recruiters, employment relations managers, diversity manager and staffing specialists.  read more >>

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  • Life Sciences

    The major in Life Sciences is offered as part of a five year Integrated Master of Science in Life Sciences programme. It is a distinctive programme which introduces students to modern concepts in biology ranging from molecules to ecosystems. The major  introduces students to the basic areas of biology as cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and later in certain specialised branches of biology such as cancer biology, nanotechnology, research methodology, recombinant DNA technology and bioinformatics. The laboratory courses will introduce students to research methods in biology and the 18 months long Masters thesis will help them to continue their research in an area of their interest. Students wanting to pursue their career in industry can substitute their credits with an extended industry internship or an industry project. Through the interdisciplinary approach, they will be able to think even outside biology and try to solve a problem from different angles and to become well-rounded scientists.  The major aims to generate curiosity about learning and scientific reasoning through laboratory work where the student will get hands-on experience to accompany the knowledge they gain from the lectures in class.  The objectives of the major are as follows: To introduce students to the basic areas of biology like biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology and molecular biology first and then let them choose their area of specialisation based on their interest.  Help students to develop skills of reasoning and critically analysing their ideas. Lecture-based courses will enable them to think about a problem and apply knowledge gained in the class to find solutions to a problem. Through laboratory courses, they will be trained in designing experiments to verify their theoretical solution, planning and executing experiments and finally analysis of the results accurately to solve a problem.  Develop an aptitude for research through the 18 months long Masters thesis and the research projects and provide flexibility to go for an industry internship or an industry project for those who wants to pursue their career in an industry.  Introduce students to ethics in life science which is important for them to learn early in the course. Provide excellent training to students to undertake diverse and challenging career opportunities in academia, industries, NGOs and entrepreneurship. On completing the Integrated Master of Science in Life Sciences programme, students will be able to: Apply their thorough knowledge gained in the class for critical thinking Apply knowledge to analyse a problem Design experiments to answer a query Apply ethical training where appropriate Collect and analyse data as accurately as possible Write about their scientific work and communicate it to a layperson An interdisciplinary approach will provide them the platform to apply knowledge gained in other areas in finding a solution to a problem The Integrated Master of science in Life sciences will provide an excellent training to pursue a career in research both in academia and industries. Students not interested in research will be guided for other career opportunities like entrepreneurship, NGOs, scientific writing and also in software programming or analytics.  read more >>

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  • Marketing

    The marketing function in an organization includes managing product and market development, market penetration, performing market research, making marketing plans, as well as strategically approaching important marketing activities such as advertising, distribution for sales, pricing, after-sales customer service, public relations and marketing communication. A major in Marketing will build strong foundational knowledge as well as skills in various areas in the marketing function and digital skills as relating to the function.   The Marketing major offers a combination of theory and application, striking an appropriate balance between the two. This major shall exposure learners to detailed application of critical concepts in the marketing domain such as the marketing mix, B2B vs B2C vs C2C marketing scenarios, global vs local marketing challenges, changing digital dynamics and their relevance. It shall provide an in-depth exposure to the area of choice-based sectors such as luxury, healthcare, pharmaceutical or fashion to name a few. There will be application of learning to real-life scenarios via industry seminars, live case studies, experimental learning, project-based courses and training in hard skills such as mathematics and market research as well as softer skills such as communication and negotiation. Marketing students will develop a thorough understanding of other functions of the business in relevance to the marketing domain and their importance in conducting marketing activities and designing effective marketing plans. Finally, this major shall equip students with the necessary knowledge and methods to make decisions and successfully solve a broad set of marketing problems. On completion of this major, the student will be able to:  Create effective marketing plans for various domains such as product characteristics, pricing, promotion and distribution mechanisms Develop hypotheses, conduct experiments, undertake market research and draw insights to  evaluate various market situations Use digital technology for various marketing activities Analyse situations from consumer, company, and market perspectives and make  effective decision making, keeping ethical considerations at the centre at all times Use quantitative methods to address marketing questions Students graduating with a major in Marketing will be able to explore careers in areas such as advertising, journalism, branding, sales management, retail management, merchandising, product development, distribution management and market research. They will also be suitable for jobs in areas such as people management, process development and budgeting within the marketing sphere.  read more >>

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  • Mechanical Engineering

    The major in Mechanical Engineering is structured around in-depth courses in the mechanics of machines, mechanical design, thermo-fluids, materials, manufacturing, and manufacturing systems. The use of simulation and design, and extensive hands-on courses on experimentation and design-to-manufacturing provide a rich understanding of innovation in these fields. The overall approach is to integrate the different subfields and bring out the cross-disciplinary nature of engineering in general, and Mechanical Engineering in particular. The curriculum is designed to address two aspects, viz., breadth in engineering via the Engineering Foundation coursework, and depth in the discipline via the major core courses. The focus is on strong and rigorous fundamentals, applications to engineered equipment and systems, and hands-on learning of products and equipment in a multi-subject setting. The pedagogy emphasises questioning, experimenting and developing learning skills to face a career where change is the norm. Students are exposed to the engineering of products and design in a laboratory setting using contemporary tools of analysis and design, including software packages widely used in engineering industries. Teamwork is emphasised alongside strong engineering skills. One of the unique aspects of an Ahmedabad  engineering education is its Engineering Foundation. The Engineering Foundation is a core that is common to all engineering majors. It comprises courses that cover the foundational knowledge of most engineering disciplines It encompass topics in electrical, computer science, chemical and mechanical engineering, amongst other fields. Besides imparting breadth, these courses will enable students and graduates to work in interdisciplinary teams and provide a robust foundation to becoming a contemporary engineer. On completion of the major, the student will be able to: Build strong understanding of Mechanical engineering fundamentals and learn to apply them to real world applications through product-based learning. Become industry-ready by understanding requirements from industry and learn to apply engineering knowledge to solve problems from Industry. Develop skills for imagination and creative thinking through innovations on multidisciplinary domains such as Mechatronics, Machine Learning, Healthcare, Electric Vehicles and Industry 4.0. Use computational softwares such as CAD/CAM, FEA/CFD and automation tools required for the analysis and design in practice. Be a good team player and learn to effectively communicate while working with cross-disciplinary teams and industry professionals with the use of latest tools such online meetings, presentations and documentation. Understand the societal issues such as water and air pollution, climatic changes, energy generation and agricultural productivity and learn to develop innovative solutions. Graduates in mechanical engineering are equipped for a variety of tasks spanning a range of industries, services, and other fields. Career paths include working in engineering fims, entrepreneurship, and undertaking further studies globaly. The cross-disciplinary focus of the curriculum equips graduates with the ability to learn and grow in new fields, which is essential to pursuing a successful career in moost engineering and technology settings.  read more >>

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  • Operations Management

    The Operations function in any organization comprises product development, factories that produces goods including vendors, distribution and warehousing activities, logistics and transportation, as well as service activities that help make supply meet demand across supply chains. Operations Management is the study of ways to make Operations functions and their activities efficient and effective by coordinating decisions and allocating resources optimally.  The Operations Management major is designed to provide tools, methods and processes that are required to manage production of goods and services efficiently and effectively. It provides a student a perspective and an understanding of how excellence in operations delivers competitive advantage. The major teaches you about principles & theories to make operational decisions (for example, levels of inventory to keep or how to schedule gates & planes at airports) as well as provides methods and processes to organize work in a wany to enhance productivity (for example, just-in-time and lean operations or vendor management or design of facilities). It combines managerial decision making with technical aspects of decision making. Typical areas of learning will include capacity and facilities planning, forecasting demand & resources, planning & scheduling activities, logistics & inventory management, project management, quality planning and control, coordinating decisions across functions of a firm for improved performance and customer service. Principles of operations management are applied in many functional domains and industries. Global supply chains have made operations function more technology oriented. The major will equip students to learn about technologies and softwares that are used in industry to make such decisions. The major is data oriented and teaches quantitative models for making better decisions.   Operations Managers are found in all business whether they are any kind of design or manufacturing or services. Traditionally, they have worked in factories & transportation sectors but increasing they are found in banks, retail, real estate, hospitals, entertainment & arts, event management, advertising, space industry, technology management firms, city management etc. Wherever, resources need to be allocated and activities need to be planned and executed, one will find operations managers. Consulting firms hire operations graduates to design and execute operational improvement strategies on shop floors or other kinds of service organization. On completion of this major, the student will be able to:  understand how operations management contributes to the achievement of an organization’s strategic objectives  analyze and identify bottlenecks and areas of operational improvement to enhance productivity use analytical methods to make operation decisions in manufacturing and service environments Evaluate approaches to problem solving and process improvement in production and distribution settings Undertake planning and scheduling activities in any operational context   read more >>

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  • Operations Research and Statistics

    Operations Research and Statistics are disciplines that are concerned with the application of  quantitative methods to making better decisions and analytically trying to obtain optimal solutions to complex decision making problems. They also provide an understanding of relationships between various factors that impact decisions.  Operations Research and Statistics major is designed for students who want to provide themselves with the analytical and statistical skills that are necessary for success in industry, business or in the public sector. Applications of Operations Research and Statistics or management science as it is referred to in business schools are found in every domain of enquiry and life – from business to engineering to medicine to defence to social sciences and even in evolution, biology, public health and climate change. Students in this major will learn to model complex unstructured problems, build an understanding and expertise in methods to derive solutions, and then use them in applications of  managerial situations and elsewhere. Course work for the major would include learning about data science, deterministic and stochastic optimization, simulation, models and methods of queueing and networks, statistical modelling and their applications in marketing, finance, manufacturing, supply chains etc. Case studies and experiential projects are the mechanisms through which models and methods will be applied.     On completion of this major, the student will be able to:  well versed in methods and tools of quantitative decision making able to model unstructured business problems and apply Operations Research and Statistical methods to analyze and make decisions able to design experiments, perform statistical and computational analysis, and analyse outcomes rigorously Students who pursue this major will be able to pursue careers as management science professionals, business analysts or as a statistician in various business management disciplines including marketing, finance, human resources, supply chain and operations functions. Graduates find positions in various industries including IT and Consulting sectors. This major opens up opportunities for graduate education in a variety of quantitative fields.read more >>

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  • Philosophy, History and Languages

    The major in Philosophy, History and Languages (PHL) brings together a vibrant community of students and faculty who share a concern with questions that are cross-disciplinary. Acquainting students with major intellectual trends in the Humanities, the major in Philosophy, History and Languages is problem-based or theme-based and draws upon diverse theoretical approaches. The major emphasises precision of scholarship and encourages students to chart new critical approaches to areas of study that span Philosophy, History and Languages. Depending on the theme chosen, students have the option to enroll in a range of courses, such as ethics, intellectual history, postcolonial studies, literary studies, humanistic study of ecology, ethnomusicology and political philosophy. A central component of the major is the study of languages relevant to a student’s chosen theme or problem. We hope that over time Philosophy, History and Languages will encompass the study of both classical and contemporary South Asian and European languages. These languages include Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu, Persian, Sanskrit, Dutch, French, Japanese, and German. Students in Philosophy, History and Languages tailor their language study according to their intellectual interests and acquire advanced competency in their language of study. The Philosophy, History and Languages programme will be developing high-quality study and research of these languages in the School of Arts and Sciences. This will be accomplished by linking these languages to faculty research and teaching so that students are able to study languages from beginning to advanced levels and in a variety of genres. The major in Philosophy, History and Languages is a customised programme in the Humanities and allows students to explore themes across disciplines. It  has two major goals: (1) to open up a space for students who want to study the Humanities but are undecided between Philosophy, History and Languages/literatures; and (2) to create a space for students to work on a theme that lies at the interface of two or more disciplines in the Humanities, and therefore cannot be accommodated squarely within any of the traditional Humanities disciplines. Given its goals, Philosophy, History and Languages is a unique attempt to reorient and restructure the domain of the Humanities in the context of higher education in India. Students of the Philosophy, History and Languages Major will acquire the skills required to succeed in professions such as law, media, politics, the development sector, government service, the civil services, publicity and marketing, journalism, translation, research, and further studies in higher education. The skills they will develop include: Identify the structure of arguments, whether in the disciplines of history or philosophy, and apply it in a variety of contexts  Paraphrase, summarise, compare and contrast various interpretations, theories and methodologies in the disciplines of philosophy and history [100, 200 levels] Acquire reading, writing and speaking skills in a new language and use it in various contexts, including translation, commensurate at least with CEFR level B1 (intermediate) competence [https://www.fluentin3months.com/cefr-levels/]  Write in accordance with the style and format prescribed in the disciplines of philosophy and history  Analyse, evaluate and critique existing interpretations in the disciplines of history and philosophy  Plan and construct new arguments in conversation with the state of a particular field in history and/or philosophy  Generate new knowledge that lies at the interface of the disciplines of philosophy and history, and communicate this knowledge in the form of a substantial piece of writing    read more >>

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  • Physics

    From the large-scale processes that form galaxies to the complex phenomena we encounter at a quantum scale, Physics is the science of the most fundamental forces that shape our universe, govern our lives and underlie our technological achievements. An Undergraduate degree in Physics gives students a rigorous and hands-on instruction in the principles of this science. The major in Physics introduces students to the principles of Physics in the fundamental areas of classical mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and mathematical physics, and in certain specialised branches of Physics such as atomic physics, solid state physics etc. The student will learn about the scientific method of understanding physical phenomena through both lecture-based courses and laboratory courses. Computational methods of studying physical phenomena will be an integral part of the programme. The undergraduate thesis and capstone project, and any research projects, will introduce students to research methods in Physics and require them to carry out research in an area of their interest. Through laboratory and theory courses and combined with the University’s interdisciplinary course of study outside the major, the major in Physics hopes to create the well-rounded scientists of tomorrow. The major in Physics aims to inculcate in students the spirit of inquiry and scientific reasoning through lecture-based and laboratory courses which also include problem-solving exercises. To enable this, the following broad objectives of the major are envisioned: Introduce students to the principles of Physics in the fundamental areas of Physics  Impart a broad understanding of the physical principles, and help students develop critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills Through lecture-based courses, enable students to consider a problem involving physical phenomena, to identify physical variables and the laws of physics that are relevant to the problem, and to apply them to solve the problem Through laboratory courses, train students in: designing experiments to answer a physics query, building the necessary equipment (in some laboratory courses), recognising the sensitivity of the equipment they are using, taking data as accurately as possible, and recognising errors in measurement Introduce students to research methods in physics through the Undergraduate Thesis or Capstone project, or any research projects Enhance students’ writing skills through scientific writing, and help them clarify their own understanding of the topic, and introduce students to the notion that a scientist's role includes sharing scientific discoveries and advancements with the public Provide an excellent training in physics for those keen on pursuing higher degrees in the discipline and counsel those who wish to choose alternative career paths On completing this major, the student will be able to: given a physical phenomenon, identify what may be determined in terms of physical variables and the laws of Physics that are relevant to the phenomenon apply these laws to explain the phenomenon design basic experiments to answer a Physics query recognise the sensitivity of the equipment they are using take data as accurately as possible analyse errors in measurements write about scientific topics in a manner understandable to a layperson apply methods of reasoning to look at problems outside of Physics The major in Physics will provide an excellent training in Physics for those keen on pursuing higher degrees in Physics. Those students who may not wish to pursue higher education will be counselled about alternative career paths, such as in finance, science writing, software programming or analytics, and the courses required to pursue such paths.  read more >>

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  • Psychology

    Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour. The undergraduate courses and research in Psychology enable students to learn: (i) how people perceive, learn and think; (ii) how behaviour is motivated; (iii) how individuals differ from one another; (iv) how the behaviour changes across the life-span; (v) how interpersonal variables impact relationships in groups, organisations and society; and (vi) how pathological behaviour develops and is modified. Though the focus is mostly on an individual person, comparative studies with other organisms and across cultures enrich knowledge at biological and social-cultural level - in line with the interdisciplinary approach of the Ahmedabad University.  The courses in the Psychology major introduce students to the theories and empirical studies of mental processes and behaviour. Experiments in the laboratory are performed to verify known psychological facts and principles and to investigate new ones. Psychological testing makes students skilled in the assessment of people. Consequently, attitude, knowledge and skills relevant to (i) careers in business, counselling, education, law, medicine and public policy, and (ii) research in psychology are acquired. Students majoring in psychology are expected to demonstrate: The knowledge of the basic psychological processes and practises in Psychology The skills to observe, record and analyse a problem using scientific method and to draw sound inferences from the data The knowledge and application of cognitive processes such as perception, memory, learning, thinking, reasoning, and intelligence The knowledge of life-span development of various psychological processes The knowledge of social influences on human behaviour The knowledge of biological factors shaping human behaviour The knowledge of psychiatric disorders and the tools and techniques to treat them read more >>

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  • Social and Political Sciences

    The major in Social and Political Sciences or SPS at Ahmedabad University is envisioned as a truly interdisciplinary programme that goes beyond traditional disciplinary categories such as history, politics, sociology and economics. It is designed to train students to critically analyse the relationships between contemporary society, politics, economy and culture. The SPS major addresses the urgent need for well-informed professionals with the societal insights, historical consciousness, critical analytical skills and methodological training required to engage meaningfully with complex socio-political realities of the 21st century and to design and implement solutions. Students will explore rich theoretical questions with an eye towards applying their insights to the problems of contemporary society, such as: What is the responsibility of the modern state towards its citizens? What are the values of a liberal democracy, and how are they realized or undermined? How do social structures influence individual experiences of power and inequality? How are social identities constructed and how do they shape understandings and contestations relating to gender, race, class and caste? In what ways have new media technologies redefined the construction of the self and society? What are the connections between the processes of globalization, transnational institutions and local phenomena? What are the claims of a free market society and how does it operate in practice? Is inequality an inevitable outcome of modern capitalist societies? By engaging with such questions, the coursework will take students through key themes, influential thinkers and crucial debates in various social science disciplines. Students will be equipped with skills in quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis, case study and comparative research, archival and document analysis, and participant observation. Furthermore, course activities and assignments will require students to examine how abstract ideas specifically relate to the worlds they inhabit, and the possibilities that exist for engaging with the forces that are shaping their society.   will take eight theory courses, a sequence of three methods courses, and six Major electives. The Social and Political Sciences Major (which includes  GER courses, eight theory courses, a sequence of three methods courses, and six major electives) is designed to equip students with a basic understanding of how to apply social science analysis to contemporary economic, political and social problems: Domain Knowledge and Application: On completion of the major, the student will be able to: analyse intersections of society, state, culture, and economy; understand how the contemporary world is shaped by historical processes; demonstrate familiarity with key social science concepts and frameworks; analyse the relationship between knowledge production and power relations in society; identify and analyse social processes, mechanisms and institutions; and frame a research question, identify suitable types of evidence, gather and interpret quantitative and qualitative data. Engagement with society: On completion of the major, the student will be able to: use problem-solving approaches to bridge the gap between knowledge and application; and connect their personal experiences with larger social structures and phenomena. Personal skills: On completion of the major, the student will be able to: design and carry out independent study and collaborative projects; engage in academic reasoning and argumentation, and present their analysis using both conventional and digital modes of presentation. Ahmedabad University also recognises that career options for young graduates are becoming more diverse, and therefore places emphasis on the skills required to innovate and succeed in a fast-changing economy. Students majoring in SPS will be able to pursue higher studies in disciplines such as anthropology, development studies, international studies, political science, sociology and urban planning. In addition to academics, students will have acquired the required skills to pursue careers in journalism, law, new media, the development sector and in civil services.    read more >>

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  • Supply Chain Management

    Supply chain management involves the integration of business processes and decisions across organizations from suppliers through manufacturers and distributors to the final customer in order to deliver good and services effectively and efficiently. Creating a seamless flow of goods and services becomes the objective of supply chain management so that a firm is able to meet the changing requirements of customers effectively. Supply chains have become global and there are many organizations involved in making supply meet demand. The recent pandemic has made supply chain management central to economies and survival in nations. They have changed the ways production and distribution of goods and service is likely to take place post this crisis thereby creating new opportunities for graduates entering into supply chain industry in the near future. The Supply Chain Management major provides students an understanding of functions that comprise the supply chain, i.e., demand planning, procurement & supplier management, production and distribution, and customer servicing as well as mechanisms for coordinating activities across them. The major combines building of skills in technology and analytical methods, developing an understanding of managerial decision making environment that leads to functional & strategic decisions, and a fostering of perspectives towards enhanced productivity and customer value add. Students learn about core functions that comprise a supply chain and the nature of operational decision making therein. The major emphasizes the strategic nature of this function and a recognition of its values in coordination of decisions and functions across several firms.  Students who pursue this programme will become strong problem solvers with a keen eye for detail. They will be able identify vulnerabilities in supply chain operations and propose solutions to improve efficiency.   On completion of this major, the student will be able to:  Identify issues in individual functions that lead to seamless flow of goods and services and bring about supply chain coordination  Apply theories and principles to evaluate and manage an effective supply chain  Understand the foundational role of logistics as it relates to linking suppliers to producers and customers Align the management of a supply chain with corporate goals and strategies.  Analyze and improve supply chain processes and design systems that will deliver high value to the customer Graduates of this major join entry-level management analyst positions in consultancy, operations, logistics and distribution, manufacturing, purchasing, sourcing, warehousing, and other industrial sectors. They are ready to build professional careers with manufacturers, distributors, transportation carriers, logistics service providers as well as consulting and technology companies that develop solutions for the same.  read more >>

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