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by Dr Leena Pujari June 20 2024, 12:00 am Estimated Reading Time: 1 min, 47 secs

Discover how HSNC University's Masters in Liberal Studies cultivates socially conscious citizens, with a commitment to democratic values and constitutional principles, with interdisciplinary skills through integrated learning, writes Dr Leena Pujari.

Academic cultures have traditionally been marked by rigid disciplinary boundaries, limiting dialogue across domains. This singular approach often fails to capture the complexity of real-world issues. However, recent trends show a move towards interdisciplinary engagement, challenging these traditional divides. HSNC University's two-year postgraduate programme in Liberal Studies initiates this shift, promoting conversations around interdisciplinarity and dismantling entrenched academic silos.

The programme emphasizes holistic and integrated learning, bridging the gap between pure sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Graduates are envisioned to engage meaningfully across various sectors, benefiting from the programme's diversity and inclusion, and its critical and reflexive learning approaches.

Curated by experts from renowned institutions such as Ambedkar University, TISS, Azim Premji University, Krea University, and IIT Mumbai, the programme encourages intellectual curiosity, critical questioning, and a commitment to social justice. It offers a nuanced understanding of complexity through different prisms, fostering criticality, reflexivity, and imagination.

Developed through extensive deliberations with an advisory committee of interdisciplinary studies experts, the programme features eighteen courses spread over four semesters. It combines core courses and electives, with dialogic and participatory knowledge-making approaches, ensuring an engaging learning experience. The faculty's innovative pedagogies provide an enriching environment for student growth.

HSNC University, one of the few public universities in India offering liberal education and the first in Maharashtra to offer a Master's in Liberal Studies, meets the global demand for graduates with interdisciplinary skills. This programme aligns with the university's vision to promote interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary education.

Graduates from this MA programme find career opportunities in diverse fields such as teaching, research, policy making, technology, design, content writing, journalism, civil services, NGOs, and human resources. The programme is designed for students from varied academic backgrounds, ensuring they become industry-ready with an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach.

The Masters in Liberal Studies at HSNC University equips students with critical and analytical abilities, interdisciplinary skills, and a deep commitment to democratic values and constitutional principles, preparing them to become socially conscious and empathetic citizens.

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