The Indian Institute of Science Education Research, Mohanpur (IISER), has decided to open two new departments — humanities and computer science — from the 2019-20 academic session.
Humanities will be an elective subject that will be offered as an optional course to the students studying science major. However, later if the faculty wants to carry out PhD and research in the stream, the institute will start awarding doctoral degrees in humanities.
“In computer science, however, IISER will offer Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (BSMS) as major and minor degree. The BSMS is an integrated five-year course,” said Sourav Pal, director of the institute. He added that humanities as a subject is very important. “A scientist needs to know several aspects of humanities for their development,” he pointed out.
During his address at the seventh convocation of IISER on its Mohanpur campus in Nadia on Tuesday, the director said: “These departments will expand the horizon to explore newer research paradigms on one hand and develop a holistic human resource for the future on the other.”
About 226 students were handed over degrees and nine gold medals were awarded at the convocation.
Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, former president of the Indian Academy of Sciences , Bengaluru, was the chief guest at the convocation. “We need to have more of you, more that can contribute to the development of science in the country,” he told students.
Source: Times of India