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Five-year honours in social sciences at PU from this session Five-year honours in social sciences at PU from this session

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CHANDIGARH: From the new session (2015-16), Panjab University (PU) will join the exclusive club of institutions offering a five-year integrated honours school programme in social sciences. With the admission schedule set to be announced shortly, PU will enroll students for a combined three-year BA (honours) and two-year MA (honours) programme.

However, those who wish to opt out after 3 years of under-graduate studies will be allowed to take a BA degree. Students, who complete the BA honours programme, can continue at the master's level in a discipline in which they have majored.

Students who have cleared Class XII examinations will be eligible for the course. PU spokesperson said that the new course will provide a multi-disciplinary foundation for an overall perspective on polity, economy and society, at the undergraduate level, with further specialization at the MA level to inculcate a holistic and interdisciplinary orientation to social sciences.

The programme has been devised to provide varied perspectives, encourage analytical skills and understanding for solving crucial problems confronted by contemporary society.

The integrated five-year honours programme will provide foundational knowledge in geography, history, economics, political science, sociology and public administration, along with an introduction to main concepts in psychology, philosophy and natural sciences, among other themes.

The course follows choice based credit system and comprises discipline-specific electives, generic electives, skill enhancement courses and ability enhancement courses, as per latest stipulation by UGC.

Special lectures by eminent scholars will help students interact with best minds in the field and this experiential learning will add to their understanding of the social sciences. The programme will focus on logical reasoning, use of classical and development of writing skills to analyse and present evidence.

"The programme intends to train students to become reflective and critical thinkers, independent learners and specially equipped in interdisciplinary skills for social analysis and research. It will prepare them with a strong foundation for teaching and research opportunities, competitive examinations and employment in civil society, government and the corporate sector," added the spokesperson.

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