IITs have now geared up to provide lessons not only in various branches of engineering and technology, but also in Ragas and Lasyyas. The top engineering courses are adding fine arts and humanities along with their engineering subjects. The idea behind this is to develop engineers of tomorrow into holistic individuals.
Various IITs offer courses in social sciences and humanities since many years. IIT-Madras offers five-year integrated MA programmes in English and economics, while IIT-Delhi offers two-year programmes and Kharagpur teaches even law. Providing humanities courses by engineering colleges is becoming popular these days and more colleges are creative courses to core engineering subjects. IIT officials hope that this would give future engineers a deeper understanding of human and social values and help them engage more creatively in the development of society.
Humanities Courses Offered at IITs
IIT-BHU (Varanasi) is redesigning most of its courses to teach humanistic studies through its newly formed Humanistic Studies department. It has handpicked 10 faculty members — all PhDs — for the department. IIT-Kharagpur is rolling out a centre for arts and music for students and research scholars.
Kharagpur has an ongoing collaboration in the areas of music and fine arts for which it has recently tied up with Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty. Kharagpur’s classical arts centre provides training in music, fine arts and the performing arts, and also offers credit courses in the forms of electives and micro-specializations. The centre will also create national and international outreach programmes for dissemination and collaborative research on science and technology interventions in Indian classical music and other classical arts.
IIT-BHU (Varanasi) is redesigning most of its courses to teach humanistic studies through its newly formed Humanistic Studies department. It has handpicked 10 faculty members — all PhDs — for the department.
Holilistic Development of Students
A tweet by Amitabh Kant said, “Delighted that IITs are redesigning their courses to include credits on arts and humanities including appreciation of creative arts. This would lead all round holistic development of our engineers & boost innovation & research in classical music, art forms & architecture.” Arts, humanities and creative arts subjects have definitely a lot to do with being human. They introduce reflexivity, push towards inclusivity and appreciate taste and delight in independent ideas and thoughts. They make us dare to think and criticize which, after all, is the basic point of education.