Standing Tall And Sturdy:  Department Of Humanities And Social Sciences

Standing Tall And Sturdy: Department Of Humanities And Social Sciences

Adarsh Swarnakar | Oct 05, 2020

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The coveted Department of Humanities and Social Sciences has been a part of the institute right from the time of its inception in 1961. Starting off with a mission to impart holistic and inter-disciplinary education in the field that can make the students more aware of the realities of the world and their implications, and foster creativity and curiosity to aid them in their technical studies, the department has made a name for itself in the country with one of the most sought-after courses. 

Programmes Offered

The Department offers a full-time PhD programme in the disciplines of English, Psychology, Economics, and Sociology, an MA Programme in Development Studies. With that, this fully functional department offers General Purpose Courses from all the above-mentioned disciplines, as Open Electives for B-Tech and Post-Graduate students of the Institute, understanding the importance of multi-faceted knowledge for the students of the present day who are required to reflect more social responsibility, flexibility, resourcefulness and creativity.

Research Work

With its much experienced and learned faculties, the department has been reaching newer heights. The varied areas of interests like Psychology, Languages, Economics, Sociology and their varied branches that the professors have and further promulgate, with all the zeal and charm, are certainly pioneering for an institute essentially dedicated for technological studies.

The department is also known for its path-breaking projects that present new, innovative and foresighted to many of the social problems that people from around the world face. The projects are sponsored by UNICEF, ICSSR, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, ICMR, DST among others, thus adding a feather in the cap and fostering more of these researches under the best of mentors. There are many ongoing projects which encompass the areas of disaster management, social media usage, and tribal studies among others.

Seminars and Conclaves

The department also conducts various seminars and conclaves time to time, the last one being National Conclave on Public Health Nutrition, held on 29th and 30th February 2020, which was attended by Dr Jalandhar Pradhan, HoD of the department and Principal Investigator; Guest of Honour, Dr Ravi Verma, Regional Director, International Centre for Research on Women, New Delhi; Chief Guest, Prof. Arvind Pandey, Former Director, National Institute of Medical Statistics, New Delhi; Mr Robert Johnston, a Nutrition Specialist at UNICEF.

The department was declared “Centre of Excellence for Tribal Studies” by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India. The formal inauguration of this was conducted at NIT Rourkela during the Tribal Conclave on 22 and 23 April 2017 and the chief guest of the occasion was our esteemed Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Shri Jual Oram.

Final communiqué

We reached out to Head of the Department, Dr Jalandhar Pradhan for his message to the students who are set to be a part of NITR junta.

The new students will be arriving shortly, and they would be following the institute guidelines. The regular classes ought to continue, online or offline. The professors are putting their best foot forward to conduct both theory and lab classes in a smooth manner, and we will keep that on.

Team Monday Morning wishes all the prospective students luck for all their future endeavours.

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