23rd March 2023
The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education, Deemed-to-be University, Hyderabad has inaugurated ICFAI School of Social Sciences on March 23, 2023. Dr C Rangarajan, Chancellor of the University delivered the inaugural address virtually. He welcomed the idea of setting up a separate School for Social Sciences at ICFAI. He further said that bringing in multidisciplinary education should not dilute the teaching of various disciplines as they have developed over the years. He emphasized that the subjects should be taught how they were taught, and should be taught well.
Dr Mahendra Dev, Distinguished Professor, ICFAI Business School Hyderabad and Former Director and Vice Chancellor of IGIDR, in his keynote address said, that all the social sciences are interlinked and the social science education would equip and empower students with broad understanding and knowledge on behavior, cultures, societies, inclusiveness, social justice, etc. He said that ICFAI School of Social Sciences needs to promote understanding of diversity and culture in the country and foster national integration and constitutional values. He said that the School should focus on areas like Sustainability, Sustainable Development Goals, Circular Economy, Social Innovation and Startups.
Prof J Mahender Reddy, Distinguished Advisor, ICFAI Group spoke about the genesis of ICFAI School of Social Sciences. He said that the School is carved out from the existing Department of Economics of the University and soon the school would include other disciplines like psychology, sociology and political science. Prof. Reddy said that different disciplines need to be integrated to bring in multidisciplinarity within and between faculties, in line with the National Education Policy, 2020.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Dr L S Ganesh spoke about the challenges in social sciences. The department has 23 faculty all holding a doctorate degree in Economics. The new School would focus on teaching, practice, research and field action projects.
About the ICFAI School of Social Sciences: The School intends to offer distinctive, high value education programs at the under- graduate and post-graduate levels, and promote high quality research at the masters and doctoral degree levels. Currently, the institution offers a 3-years BA undergraduate, a 2-year MA Postgraduate degree programs in Economics, and a doctoral research program leading to a PhD. Towards internationalizing higher education, a 4-years BA Economics program leading to an undergraduate degree with Honors or Honors with Research is to be offered from the coming 2023-24 academic year.
About ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE): The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE) is Deemed-to-be University under section 3 of the UGC Act 1956. ICFAI Business School (IBS) is a constituent of IFHE. About 5,800 students are pursuing various programs in the Faculty of Management (ICFAI Business School), Faculty of Science & Technology (IcfaiTech), Faculty of Law (ICFAI Law School) and ICFAI School of Architecture, NAAC, an autonomous institute of University Grants Commission has also accredited The University with ‘A++’ Grade with an impressive score (institutional CGPA) of 3.59 out of 4.
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