School of
Humanities and Social Sciences

M.A. in Development Studies

SHSS introduced a new Post Graduate Programme (M. A.) in Development Studies in August, 2018. The two-year Master’s programme aims to create a pool of development practitioners and/or academics, who will be well equipped to participate in the process of sustainable development. The location of the Institute will also provide the programme with a unique opportunity to deal with development challenges in the Himalayan region, which has both local and global relevance. Another unique feature of the programme will be significant emphasis on field research and the orientation of problem solving to achieve development goals. In 2018, a batch of thirteen students joined the programme and the School is looking forward to the admission of the second batch in 2019.

MA 1st batch

MA Practicum
First batch of students filling admission forms in August 2018

Salient features of the programme

  • A combination of rigorous coursework (both in terms of Core Courses and various Elective Courses) and exposure to real-world development challenges.
  • While the Core Courses are more thematic and approached development issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, Elective Courses go deeper into a discipline to approach a problem
  • Basic understanding of multi-disciplinary approaches towards development challenges and planning. The course work will be at par with national and international standards.
  • Understanding the basic scientific and technological underpinning of some of the developmental challenges and their existing remedies.
  • A mandatory Field Study component to understand the laboratory of Development Studies.
  • Participatory research through components of dissertation/guided internship.
  • Ability to communicate the results to a range of stakeholders: academia, professionals in policy making and implementation, local communities etc.