Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Goa has introduced a foundation programme in humanities and social sciences for its BTech students to provide exposure to its students beyond technical expertise.
Students are introduced to diverse disciplines spanning from aesthetics, cinema and literature, to politics, music and environment. The programme will begin in the current academic year in the autumn semester 2019-20 for BTech first semester students.
According to BK Mishra, Director, IIT Goa, “This foundation course is also being used to introduce the students of the institute to Goa’s people, language, environment, resources, history culture, literature, food, as also its problems.”
“We require engineers who are creative and socially aware. Through this programme we have taken the initiative to expose our students to different spheres of knowledge. IIT-Goa wants future engineers to develop an understanding of the world we inhabit, along with the society, environment, art, polity, literature, culture, and politics. Since we are based in Goa, we need to understand what it is to be Goan to foster deeper ties with this land because of that Goa has a prominent place in this programme,” he said.
The foundation programme in humanities and social sciences is an attempt to place emphasis on the holistic development of the students, where, besides being technically sound, they also become original thinkers, creative, and problem solvers.
Sabiha Hashami, Programme coordinator and assistant professor of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Goa, said that the programme strives to provide students with a better understanding of the national and environmental crisis, international issues, societies, cultures, and politics. “It makes them more equipped to find answers to the problems faced by the world today. The programme also has modules on communication skills and adolescence development, which will be helpful in making students aware of themselves and communicate better,” she said.
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