With renowned academicians, UPES Dehradun launches ‘School of Liberal Studies’


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UPES Dehradun, a NAAC ‘A’ accredited university, has now launched one of its kind, School of Liberal Studies. It has brought together renowned academicians from diverse fields to deliberate on the need to redefine liberal studies.

Several stalwarts from different field of studies joined the launch event

Robert Lensink, Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business, Groningen University joined in for the virtual launch. Nawtej Dosanjh, President & CEO, MirraU, a start-up university in Florida, USA; Dipankar Gupta, Retd Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU were also present.

Other brilliant minds present at the launch event include- Nandini Chatterjee Singh, Cognitive neuroscientist and currently Senior Project Officer at UNESCO MGIEP; Narayanan Srinivasan, Professor and Head, Department of Cognitive Science, IIT Kanpur.

Sanjay Mitra, Professor of Practice, School of Public Policy, IIT Delhi; Vijay Mahajan, CEO, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, and Director, Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi and Sugata Marjit, Distinguished Professor, IIFT, and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Calcutta, also graced the event with their presence.

All of these distinguished personalities are also on the advisory board of the School of Liberal Studies. Shubhashis Gangopadhyan, Dean of UPES School of Liberal Studies, moderated the discussion. He is an eminent economist and a well-known researcher in diverse fields.

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A trans-disciplinary approach

“To redefine liberal studies for the 21st century, the pedagogy and curriculum of UPES School of Liberal Studies are based on a trans-disciplinary approach,” Mr. Gangopadhyan tells.

It offers courses across multiple domains, including Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Literature, Applied Mathematics and Data Science.

Students can design their own degree by combining School of Liberal Studies programs with various options of Electives, Minors, Signature and Life Skills courses available through other schools of UPES i.e Engineering, Computer Science, Business, Law, Design, Modern Media, Health Sciences & Technology and School for Life.

Dr Sunil Rai, Vice-Chancellor, UPES said, “School of Liberal Studies is a giant step forward in making UPES a trans-disciplinary university. The new school seeks to revolutionise the education process. Further, our vision is to become the ‘University of Tomorrow’ to create well-rounded individuals and leaders driven by excellence and empathy.”

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UPES is now inviting applications

UPES School of Liberal Studies is now inviting applications from interested candidates for its five undergraduate degree programs- B.Sc. Economics with Data Science, B.Sc. Applied Mathematics & Statistics, B.Sc. Psychology & Behaviour, B.Sc. Politics, Economics and Society, and B.A. Literature.

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