All students entering the undergraduate programme at Ahmedabad University go through our common core, the Foundation Programme, in the first year. This Programme builds the foundations of interdisciplinary learning at Ahmedabad University and enables students to engage with issues of the society through project based learning. The Foundation programme is built around six domains that define contemporary academic and life skills in the 21st century, areas of innovation that are transforming the world, and perspectives that help become a responsible member of any society. These include:
Data Science, Materials, Biology and Life, Behaviour, Constitution and Civilization, and Communication.
The delivery of these areas is done through thematic courses in studio format to develop amongst our students a holistic approach to thinking and enquiry.They would learn to understand multiple issues that define a problem and learn the art and science of synthesis. The Thematic Studios are:
Democracy and Justice, Environment and Climate Change, Neighbourhoods, and Water
The goal is to engage the students’ imagination with contemporary problems that the society in which they live encounters. Each theme is explored through a set of domains thereby creating interdisciplinary learning. At the same time, domain knowledge is delivered through an application area. For instance, certain topics studied in the Studio on Water will include inputs from Biology and Life, Behaviour, Data Science, and Communication. The students will thus learn that many systems of knowledge are required to solve challenging problems.
The Foundation Programme will contribute 12 credits to the total number of credits earned by students at the University.
The Foundation Programme provides students their first exposure to the interdisciplinary educational philosophy of Ahmedabad University and inculcates critical thinking skills. Students in a Studio first identify issues relevant to the Theme of the Studio, understand the various dimensions to these issues, analyse the related data, and consider solutions. While school education is often focused narrowly on a few related subjects the Foundation Programme expands the outlook of students and teaches them that real life issues and societal problems are multi-dimensional and require interdisciplinary solutions.
At Ahmedabad University the goal of the undergraduate curriculum is first and foremost to make a student a thinking citizen of the country and the world, with the abilities and the inclination to make the world a better place, and then an engineer or a manager or a history major. This underlying philosophy then dictates how we design our undergraduate programme. It is different from that of more traditional undergraduate programmes and therefore this undergraduate programme can not be compared with other programmes that focus only on one discipline of study.
The Foundation Programme Thematic Studios are interdisciplinary and immersive courses in the Studio format on Democracy and Justice, Environment and Climate Change, Neighbourhoods and Water. The duration of each Studio is 4 weeks, and Studios are divided into four week-long modules each of which address one important aspect related to the Theme. The final module may involve an activity that requires students to integrate
Coming to the University is an exciting experience – an opportunity to try out new courses of study and to make new friends. The Undergraduate Curriculum at Ahmedabad University is challenging yet flexible and each student can design her academic programme to suit her interests, while satisfying the requirements of her Major.
BA (Honours) Programme offers a suite of Majors for students to choose from. The Curriculum of each Major has been carefully designed so as to impart in students excellent communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to critically analyse social and political issues globally, and to work in teams. They may pursue higher degrees in academia or opt for a professional career with the Majors offered in Economics, History, Philosophy, History and Languages, Psychology and Social and Political Sciences.
The BBA (Hons) Programme provides business education that includes modern management theories as well as practical insights from the industry. The Management School offers ten Majors out of which students choose two as their area of Specialisation. The Majors list includes contemporary areas such as Finance and Economics, Business Analytics, Supply Chain Management.
The BCom (Hons) Programme is a full-time degree Programme with a Major in Accounting that focuses on law, taxation, and banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI). The Programme offers a broad learning experience through courses such as mathematical economics and econometrics; strategic management and entrepreneurship, and elements of mathematics.
The BCom Professional (Hons) Programme is the first-of-its-kind programme in India. It is a four year degree designed for students who wish to pursue professional qualifications such as CA, CS, CWA, ACCA, CIMA, CFA or CFP, simultaneously along with their Commerce degree. The programme offers a Major in Accounting.
BS (Honours) is a comprehensive degree Programme for students who wish to pursue higher education in Sciences, in India or abroad. With the interdisciplinary training obtained throughout this course students can also opt for alternative career paths such as science writing, programming, analytics etc. The Majors currently offered under the BS (Honours) Programme are Computer Science and Physics.
The core curriculum engineering courses are thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, reaction engineering, process technologies, process equipment design, process simulation and control, and biochemical engineering. A chemical engineering graduate is responsible for conception, design, operation and maintenance of processes for materials production, storage, transformation and transportation involving chemical processes. Conventional areas of work include petro-chemicals and plastics, minerals processing, paints, specialty chemicals besides many others. Emerging applications include energy conversion and storage, bio- and health-related, pharmaceuticals, and environmental technologies, and many others.
The core courses of computer science and engineering are basic electronic circuits, data structures, digital design, signals and systems, operating systems, database management system, computer organization and architecture, algorithm design, computer networks, embedded system design, and models of computation. The curriculum design philosophy truly utilizes the multi-disciplinary nature. These courses enable students to develop the expertise as well as widen their competence and global perspectives in the areas of Data Science, Cyber Physical Systems, Intelligent Systems, and Theoretical Computer Science.
The core courses of mechanical engineering are mechanics of solids and fluids, rigid body mechanics and mechanisms, machine design, control engineering, thermo-fluids and energy science, and materials and manufacturing. Besides applications to traditional fields, such as, transportation, power generation and conventional manufacturing, the education imparts abilities to engage with medical devices, "smart" products, new materials and manufacturing processes, environmental issues as well as multi-disciplinary issues like transportation, energy resources and climate change.
Ahmedabad University offers a five year Integrated Master's in Business Administration with a major in Entrepreneurship and Family Business and minor from across the schools. The programme relies on Experiential Learning, where students get to choose from a wide range of courses, projects, internships, and international immersion opportunities. Students are awarded with both BBA as well as MBA degree, on completion of the programme requirements specified by the University.
Integrated Masters Programme offer students the option to gain both, their bachelor's and master's degrees in a unified five-year Programme. Students may enrol in these Programmes after graduating from Class 12 or the equivalent. This programme offers a Major in Life Sciences, focuses on innovation, developing an aptitude for scientific and industrial research to prepare the students for challenging career opportunities in industry and academia.
*It is a five year programme.