Amritsar, May 16, 2023– Changing scenario across the spectrum has brought newer avenues for students pursuing Social Sciences and Humanities. The recent policy pronouncement in the name of National Education Policy, (NEP, 2020), has added newer dimensions to the existing academic curriculum which is being provided by the Department under the umbrella of4-year UG Degree of B. A. (Social Sciences). Set up in 2003, with the objective of providing cutting edge to students of Social Sciences, the School incorporates multidisciplinary approach and introduces the students to an array of subjects. The core subjects fall in the domain of Monetary Sciences(Economics), Behavioral Sciences (Sociology and Psychology), Earth Sciences (Geography) and Humanities (Political Science and History).
To better equip the students with cognitive and numeracy skills, the program has inbuilt content, structured around Logical Reasoning, Mental Ability along with Language Acquisition. In order to make students aware of different spectrums of Indian panorama, capsule courses on Cultural Heritage of India, Economic Issues, Social Issues, Current Affairs as well as Ethics, Constitution and Governance are also taught. The School not only strives for academic excellence but also exhorts its students to participate in sports and cultural activities. This has resulted in School producing many national level players as well as artists who have represented the University at different forums. The School in order to encourage holistic development of students has always encouraged students to undertake field surveys and go for summer internships. The School has a tradition of encouraging students for research and public speaking andfor this, a separate paper of ‘Term Paper’ presentation is compulsory, where students research and present their findings on different topics of their choice in front of an expert committee of teachers as well as classmates.
As the School completes twenty years of its existence, it is observed that the objective with which it was set up has been well met. From a strength of merely fourteen students, the school boasts of having around 650 students on its rolls. The yearly intake in B.A (Social Sciences) is 200 and in M.A. (International Relations) it is 30.
The prominent alumni of the School have carved their niche in different walks of life. The proud UPSC civil servants that the School has produced are currently working as District Collectors, District Magistrates,Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners of IncomeTax, Directorate General of GST Intelligenceas well as are serving at different posts in Indian Police Services (IPS).
The PCS civil servants who have been a product of theSchoolare serving in the several capacitiesof Civil Judge, Judicial Magistrate, Additional CommissionerExcise & Taxation andSession Judge.
The rigorous course has also produced students who are acting as saviors of the nation and working at different ranks in Indian Army, CRPF and BSF.
The School not only boasts of producing civil servants but proudly mentions the students who are working in different social sectors.
The students of the School have outcompeted others and availed several Fellowship to their credit. These include Young India Fellowship, Vedica Fellowship,Teach for India Fellowship, Punjab Youth Leader Fellowship, etc.
The School proudly has achieved its objective of academic excellence wherein the students have progressed to institutes of international and national repute. The flight of the students has been to some of the premier institutes like Imperial College London, King’s College London, Concordia University, Adler University, Deakin University, University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences,Ashoka University, Azim Premji University among many others.
The School is also offering M.A. in International Relations.
By: Madhur Vyas