The School of Liberal Arts And Sciences


The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at TDU focuses on disciplines such as Communication, Conservation, Computing, Law and Policy & Management. Currently the school offers courses in the areas of Conservation Science, Conservation Futures, Computer Science, Science Communication, Plant Diversity, Herbal Quality among others.

 

Undergraduate Programs

  1. Bachelor of Science – Life Sciences (Conservation Science)

 

Integrated Programs

  1. Integrated M.Sc. (4 years) – Computer science with specialisations in
    (i) Data Science
    (ii) Cyber Machine Systems
    (iii) FinTech
    (iv)  Health Informatics

 

Post Graduate Programs

  1. Master of Science – Life Sciences (Conservation Futures)
  2. Master of Science – Computer Science
  3. Master of Science – Science Communication
  4. Master of Science – Herbal Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs
  5. PG Diploma in Plant Diversity, Documentation and Identification

 

Certificate Programs

  1. Certificate course in Plant Systematics and Biodiversity
  2. Certificate course in Ethnobotany

 

All programmes offered at TDU are based on UGC’s Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) Scheme. The main feature of the CBCS is to make undergraduate education student centric rather than system centric or teacher centric. Some of the other advantages of the choice based credit system are;

  1. Student may undertake as many credits as they can cope with (without repeating all courses in a given semester if they fail in one/more courses).
  2. CBCS allows students to choose inter-disciplinary, intra-disciplinary courses, skill oriented papers (even from other disciplines according to their learning needs, interests and aptitude) and more flexibility for students.
  3. CBCS makes education broad-based and at par with global standards. One can take credits by combining unique combinations. For example, Physics with Economics, Microbiology with Chemistry or Environment Science etc.
  4. CBCS offers flexibility for students to study at different times and at different institutions to complete one course (ease mobility of students). Credits earned at one institution can be transferred to another institution.

Bachelor of Science – Life Sciences (Conservation Science)

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To introduce students to the methods of observation, measurement, assessment, classification and modulation (restoration) of the key parameters that signal change in conservation status of species and ecosystem, across evolving terrestrial and aquatic landscapes with an aim to support sustainable development.

Objectives:

  1. Understand the structure and functioning of nature at organism level, population, community and different ecosystems.
  2. Assess the process which shape the natural world at different temporal and spatial scales including the influence of human activities and the history of environment
  3. Articulate the threats to global biodiversity, current and contemporary approaches to conserve it.
  4. Understand the importance of multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to the study of conservation.
  5. Equip students with skills needed for  employment  in sustainable  collection of natural resources
  6. Support skill development for acquiring, interpreting and analyzing information and data with a critical understanding of the appropriate contexts for their use.
  7. Develop skills for analyzing, synthesizing and summarizing information critically, including prior research.
  8. Learn how to;
    1. Plan, conduct and report scientific investigations, including use of secondary data
    2. Collect record and analyse data using appropriate techniques in the field
    3. Conduct field investigations in a responsible and safe manner, paying due attention to risk assessment,
    4. Conduct field surveys and develop biodiversity management plans
    5. Use appropriate technology for analysis, mapping and interpretation of data
    6. Manage a research project including project design and management and communicate findings using appropriate communication media
    7. Reference work in an appropriate manner and compare findings to published literature.

 

How is this program unique?

Conservation Science is a dynamic, evolving area of science that calls for new and transdisciplinary approach that has emerged in response to the national and global issues confronting management of ecosystems and biological diversity.

This Bachelor’s in Conservation Science is a three year full-time degree program designed to provide a comprehensive foundation in conservation science providing graduates an in-depth understanding of the scientific study of diversity of living organism, their habitats and the practical steps needed to be taken today for effective conservation using new approaches and techniques.

It provides an opportunity for students to undertake theory and practice related coursework and develop both subject-specific and key generic skills, especially analytical skills, use of technology, efficient management of projects and use of multiple mediums for communication.

The course also takes a transdisciplinary approach, considering not just science, supporting diversity and ecology, habitats and contemporary scientific approaches to conservation, but also policy, socio-economic factors and the role of communication. This approach allows students to make an informed evaluation of possible solutions to biodiversity loss and propose conservation action plans.

New emerging topics in conservation science like Conservation Psychology, Conservation Finance, Multilateral Process, Natural Capital Accounting, etc will form the key elements of this degree program.

Experienced faculty and practitioners in conservation science both from within India and aboard will conduct this course.

The focus will be on imparting knowledge & skills relevant to conservation action programs with an integrated approach.

The course involves a summer internship based on topics learnt in the second year, to enable the conceptualisation of a practical project idea for the student’s year 3 project work.

 

Structure of the program

The Bachelor of Science in Conservation Science is a 3 (three) years degree program culminating in a capstone project in the last semester. Students will undergo an internship during the 2nd year which will enable them to evolve and design their capstone project.

The four semesters will have the following focus:

Semester1: Students shall be oriented to an overview of conservation science. Then they will be introduced to the Principles of Ecology-Biodiversity and Ecosystem and Population Ecology. Computer skills and one local language will also be part of this semester.  They will also be introduced to the basics of Environmental studies as per the UGC syllabus.

Semester 2: Students shall focus on learning Ecology and Society, Probability and Statistics, System Science & System Dynamics, Qualitative Methods, Knowledge Systems and Science Communication in this semester. The practical will be an assessment through a term paper.

Semester 3: Students shall learn about Modern Conservation History & Bio-Ethics, Plant and Animal Systematics, Geo-Informatics, Principles of Conservation, Conservation and Cultural Systems

Semester 4: Students will learn about Local Health Traditions, Natural Resource Governance, Conservation Economics, Conservation Psychology and Climate Change

Semester 5: Students will understand Agro-Biodiversity, Conservation Informatics, Conservation Ethics, Law & Policy, Trade and Conservation and Bio-Entrepreneurship

Semester 6: Based on their summer internship learning, students will design and plan their project. At the end of the semester students will submit their project work for evaluation or a thesis/dissertation for publishing.

Partners who will offer the course

The following external stakeholders will be involved in the design, development and delivery of this program;

  1. ATREE, Bangalore, India
  2. National Law School of India University Bangalore, India
  3. Union Christian College, Alwaye, Kerala, India
  4. Madras Christian College, Chennai, India
  5. Centre for Ecological Science, IISC, Bangalore, India
  6. University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  7. United Nations Environment Programme, Kenya
  8. Luc Hoffman Institute, Switzerland
  9. United Nations University, Japan

 

Opportunities for students who will complete the program

This degree program in conservation science will prepare students for postgraduate studies as well as offer a variety of career options. If students wish to work in academia, perform field research or develop environmental policy, they could go ahead and enroll into an appropriate Master’s Program. However with a bachelor’s degree, students could find jobs in advocacy, conservation and education. Positions that can be pursued with a bachelor’s degree in conservation science include: Conservation Officer, Conservation Project Lead/Officer, Conservation Educator, Conservation Journalist, School Teacher, etc.

 

Fees and Financial Assistance

For details, please refer the Brochure.

Integrated Master in Computer Science

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Objective

The School of Liberal Arts and Science at the Institute of Transdisciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU) is a young, innovative and vibrant research based school expected to make important strides in Transdisciplinary research, education and outreach.

Society today is dominated by data and information. Exponential growth in production and consumption of data has created an unprecedented need for people skilled in planning, collecting, storing retrieving and analysing data, to extract useful insights from the data available. These people are expected to have good analytical and problem solving skills along with domain knowledge that will help them leverage data science to guide strategic decisions in organisations or institutions. With the advent of accessible technology, the amount of data created is growing exponentially. Hence data scientists are expected to build intelligent systems to manage, interpret, understand and derive key knowledge from big data sets.

This MSc (Integrated) program is designed to reflect the areas that industry both in India and abroad, needs urgently. Students will choose one of areas of focus or stream in which they will specialise;

  1. Data Science
  2. Cyber Physical Systems
  3. FinTech
  4. Health Informatics

 

How is this program unique? 

MSc (Computers) Integrated, a 4-year experiential learning based degree program, reflects TDU’s philosophy of Teaching in every aspect. The program is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on students’ all round development. The program provides students ample opportunity to learn while exploring the world around them and is designed to provide technical and life skills for a successful career in the 21st century, while the technical areas of focus will remain the central theme of the four years the students spend in the university. The program leverages the best of faculty that comprises mostly of practitioners from India and abroad, providing students a broad exposure to tools and technologies and also be grounded in specific areas of knowledge to make them wholesome productive global citizens.

The program is designed to be more of hands-on experiential learning with faculty playing the role of mentors. Workshops will provide students with the opportunity to explore the Universe outside the confines of the campus.

Structure of the program 

The program is spread across eight semesters culminating with students undertaking a project work or an internship plus dissertation in the fourth semester. This will prepare them for the job market as they complete the program. We envision some projects transforming into successful start-up enterprises. 

Semester 1: This semester will largely focus on building the foundation with a mixture of life skills and basic computer skills needed for all three streams. Students will be building their Soft Skills required for success in life and in the work place during the course of this semester. The semester will start off with introductory courses in Mathematics, Statistics and Fundamentals of Computers and its use in problem solving. An open elective will give students the opportunity to explore the world not related to their main focus area. 

Semester 2: This semester will continue to build on the exposure provided during the 1st semester. Students will be exposed to basic financial literacy necessary to lead a successful business. Mathematics and Statistics will continue to be a part of their journey during this semester. Apart from life skills the students will further progress in their chosen focus area with courses on data structures and algorithms. An open elective will continue to provide students with the opportunity to explore the universe beyond the limits of their focus area. 

Semester 3: While Life Skills will continue to be a part of the experience, students will progress closer to their focus area in the form of a few electives. For the first time students will choose subjects that will take them further into the stream of their choice. In addition they will be exposed to information security, computer architecture and operating systems. An open elective allows the students to further explore the world around them.  

Semester 4: This semester gets students busy with some practical programming in the form of Python. They will also start exploring Human Computer Interaction and User Experience Designing. Students will progress further in the stream of their choice by taking an elective. They will continue to explore the world through an open elective and an application elective. 

Semester 5: With two electives students will make faster progress towards mastering technologies related to their stream of choice. Generic technologies in the form of NoSQL Databases, introduces students to basics of technologies used in big data. Students will also learn general principles of design patterns. Students will continue to get an opportunity to explore world beyond in the form of an open elective. 

Semester 6: This would be the last semester of formal course work. Students will get to choose from a bouquet of Electives – all leading to experiencing the concepts they have learnt over the past 3 years. In addition they will continue to experience the world beyond the course via an open elective and an application elective. 

Semester 7 & 8: These two semesters will culminate in a capstone project or a dissertation.

Partners who will offer the course

The faculty of TDU will be more of mentors to students and each of the subjects will be delivered as modules handled by well-established global industry and academic partners.

Opportunities for students who will complete the program

Students can look forward to careers in many different areas upon successful completion of the course 

Data Science: Business Analyst, Risk Officers, Data Scientists in different domains (e.g. Policy Research, Psephology, Actuarial Science, Weather Forecasting and Climate etc.), Academic Research

Cyber Physical Systems: IoT Engineers, Embedded Systems Developers, IoT Data Analysts, Academic Research. CPS is a fertile ground for start-ups with novel applications 

FinTech: Analysts in Financial Industry, Technology Support Engineers for Trading Floor, Banks and other Financial Institutions

Health Informatics :

 

Fees and Financial Assistance

For details, please refer the Brochure.

Master of Science – Computer Science

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Objective

The School of Liberal Arts and Science at the Institute of Transdisciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU) is a young, innovative, vibrant research based school expected to make important strides in Transdisciplinary research, education and outreach.

Society today is dominated by data and information. Exponential growth in production and consumption of data has created an unprecedented need for people skilled in planning, collecting, storing retrieving and analysing data, to extract useful insights from the data available. These people are expected to have good analytical and problem solving skills along with domain knowledge that will help them leverage data science to guide strategic decisions in organisations or institutions. With the advent of accessible technology, the amount of data created is growing exponentially. Hence data scientists are expected to build intelligent systems to manage, interpret, understand and derive key knowledge from big data sets.

This Master of Science program is designed to reflect the areas that industry both in India and abroad needs urgently. Students will choose one of areas of focus or stream in which they shall specialise;

  1. Data Science,
  2. Cyber Physical Systems
  3. FinTech
  4. Health Informatics

 

How is this program unique?

MSc (Computers), a 2-year experiential learning based post graduate degree program, is designed to equip students with the fundamentals of the process of planning, collecting, analysing data and the technologies to achieve efficient computations.  The program leverages the best of faculty that comprises mostly of practitioners from India and abroad, providing students a broad exposure to tools and technologies and also be grounded in specific areas of knowledge to make them wholesome productive global citizens.

The program is designed to be more of hands-on experiential learning with faculty playing the role of mentors. Workshops will provide students opportunity to explore the universe outside the confines of the campus.

Structure of the program

The program is spread across four semesters culminating with students undertaking a project work or an internship plus dissertation in the fourth semester. This will prepare them for the job market as they complete the program. We envision some projects to translate into successful start-up enterprises.

Semester 1: This semester will largely focus on building the foundation needed for all four streams along with electives in the specialization area. Students will start working on an industry ready project as a group to develop Skills required for success in life and in the work place during the course of this semester. The semester will start off with advanced courses in Mathematics & Statistics, Principles of Programming Languages and NoSQL databases. The electives will give students the opportunity to explore the specialization area.

Semester 2: The students will further progress in their chosen focus area with courses like Advanced data structures and algorithms, Design Patterns, File Systems and Distributed Computing.  In this semester also students will work on an industry ready project as a team to develop Skills required for success in life and in the work place during the course of this semester.

Semester 3: This would be the last semester of formal course work. Students will get to choose from a bouquet of Electives – all leading to experiencing the concepts they have learnt over the past 1 year. In addition they will continue to work on a project.

Semester 4: This semester will culminate in a project or a dissertation

Partners who will offer the course

The faculty of TDU will be mentors to the students, and each of the subjects will be delivered as modules handled by well-established global industry and academic partners.

Opportunities for students who will complete the program

Students can look forward to careers in many different areas upon successful completion of the course

Data Science: Business Analyst, Risk Officers, Data Scientists in different domains (e.g. Policy Research, Psephology, Actuarial Science, Weather Forecasting and Climate etc.), Academic Research

Cyber Physical Systems: IoT Engineers, Embedded Systems Developers, IoT Data Analysts, Academic Research. CPS is a fertile ground for start-ups with novel applications

FinTech: Analysts in Financial Industry, Technology Support Engineers for Trading Floor, Banks and other Financial Institutions

Health Informatics :

 

Fees and Financial Assistance

For details, please refer the Brochure.

Master of Science – Life Sciences (Conservation Futures)

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Objectives:

  1. Understand current and emerging challenges toward conservation action and identify appropriate solutions;
  2. Understand the methods of science and be able to use it in thinking and planning processes related to conservation;
  3. Articulate and use inter and transdisciplinary approaches to promote effective conservation action;
  4. Strengthen understanding of policy and legal issues as well as issues of economy in promoting better conservation and development;
  5. Strengthen public and policy discussions based on science and reason;
  6. Develop materials for effective promotion of conservation science to non-specific audiences;
  7. Increase science-policy links and
  8. Internalise the ethics that govern science, research and implementation

How is this program unique?

The unique advantage of the program at TDU will be the transdisciplinary nature of the institution’s science background, its linkages with national and international organisations, its interfaces with multiple subject disciplines and the focus that links both traditional and new media (online media and social media).

 

Structure of the program

The course will have both teaching and research focus with the last semester entirely dedicated to research and preparation of a dissertation.

Semester1:  During this semester, students will be introduced to basics of conservation science, ecology, environmental management, research methodology, political ecology and philosophy and analytical skills including statistics.

Semester 2: During this semester, the students will be taken out for a field visit to expose them to field based, practical aspects related to conservation issues. After the field visit the students will be encouraged to identify one to two areas of focus for pursuing specialized interest that can form the research area for the final semester. During this semester, the students will be taught courses like systems thinking, complexity, conservation psychology, design and art in conservation, governance.

Semester 3: During this semester, the students will learn about bioethics, equity and benefit sharing, bio-entrepreneurship, traditional knowledge, cultural and intangible heritage, law and policy issues and multilateral processes.

Semester 4: The semester will be dedicated to students undertaking internships and doing research in areas of their choice based on the topics discussed during the course. One course on conservation and development however will be taught.

Based on their summer internship learning, students will design and plan their project. At the end of the semester students will submit their project work for evaluation or a thesis/dissertation for publishing.

 

Partners who will offer the course

The following external stakeholders will be involved in the design, development and delivery of this program;

  1. Ashoka Trust for Research in Environment and Ecology(ATREE), India
  2. Foundation for Ecological Security, Gujarat (FES), India
  3. University of Washington, USA
  4. McGill University, Canada
  5. University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  6. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Kenya
  7. United Nations University – Institute of Sustainability Studies, Japan
  8. Dakshin Foundation, India
  9. Takshasila, India
  10. Research Information Systems for Developing Countries, India
  11. The Secretariat to Convention on Biological Diversity, Canada
  12. National Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS), India

Opportunities for students who will complete the program

This program is the ideal degree for students interested in becoming professional conservation and development specialists. Graduates could find careers as conservation scientists, wildlife experts, policy specialists and the related, and can find jobs with a range of agencies such as the United Nations, Government, NGOs and private sector. Some can also set up independent consultancy firms.

 

Fees and Financial Assistance

For details, please refer the Brochure.

Master of Science – Herbal Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs

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Introduction

The demand for herbal products is growing rapidly and is projected to reach US $ 115 Billion by 2020 as per recent reports published by Global Industry Analysts Inc., a worldwide business strategy and market intelligence source. This is driven by the growing adoption of preventive care as a safe and effective strategy to improve health and wellbeing. Europe represents the largest market worldwide, while Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing market with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) at 9% over the analysis period (2006-2012).

The two key challenges faced by the herbal industry today are: (a) shortage of skilled & well trained human resources and (b) lack of clarity on regulatory affairs to ensure quality and efficacy of herbal products for marketing. To address these challenges, the Transdisciplinary University (TDU) has developed a Master’s program on Herbal Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs. With over two decades of experience in the field of conservation, sustainable use and value addition to medicinal plants, the faculty associated with TDU provides cutting-edge insights into dealing with the futures of both herbal and Ayurvedic industry that needs to be guided by trained manpower.

The course is expected to provide students a platform to specialize in this unique domain and also to help meet the needs of the herbal industry and regulatory authorities who need trained personnel in this domain

Objectives

  • To bridge the industry-academia gap by providing skilled and directly employable resources in the market
  • To develop Quality Assurance professionals to meet the emerging human resource needs of the herbal industry
  • To prepare trained human resources to tap the increasing market demand, globally, in quality product development and deployment.

Uniqueness of the course

The program curriculum is uniquely designed to blend both the product and process curriculum models ideal for industry based degree programs. There are a number of institutions that offer training in herbal quality and regulation, but none who offer a degree program that will help the herbal industry and regulatory bodies to improve quality and regulation of herbal products in the market besides preparing students to increase their employability and entrepreneurship skills.

Program Structure

Semester1: Students will be introduced to basics of herbal industry and project management through theory, practice and field visits. It contributes for a skilled resource in terms of traceability of bio resources, quality supply of the raw materials, resolving issues in supply of herbal raw material to the industry. The core focus would be on:

  • Herbal Material Sourcing – Quality and Efficiency
  • Certification of Herbal Raw Materials
  • Herbal Resource Quality Control and Statistics
  • Resource Management with special reference to Community Owned Enterprises

Semester 2: Students will be introduced to the basics of the herbal industrial set-up right from procurement of semi-processed raw material to Good Manufacturing Practice. The curriculum during this semester contributes to authentic identification of semi-processed/value added raw drugs, to mass production and crisis management and medicinal plant economics. The following will be taught during this semester:

  • Quality Assurance of Semi-processed Raw Materials
  • Economics of Herbal Industry and Risk Management
  • Process Optimization and Validation of Herbal Products
  • Good Manufacturing Practice

Semester 3: Students will be exposed to Quality Assurance and Regulatory aspects in Herbal industrial sector where the curriculum will contribute to skilled resource in inventory management of private/public/participatory supply chain issues, quality testing of the finished product and packaging and business management of the herbal product. The following key topics will be covered during this semester:

  • Architecture of Herbal Processing Industry
  • Differential Quality Management of Phyto-pharma Sector
  • Regulatory Issues related to Herbal Products
  • Business Management- Legal and Policy Issues

Semester 4: Students will have to undertake internships and do research in areas of their choice based on the topics discussed during the course. At the end of the semester students will submit their project work for evaluation or a thesis/dissertation for publishing.  The project work is expected to contribute to skilled development in project crisis/risk management of herbal products.

Partners who will offer the course

The course will be taught by expert faculty at TDU who have more than twenty years of experience in dealing with the subject area. In addition, courses will be taught by representatives from the industry such as experts from companies such as Dabur, Natural Remedies, Himalaya and others. Legal and regulatory aspects will be taught by lawyers and experts who practice in procurement, supply chain management, IPR, marketing and the related.  Specific modules will also be taught by local healers and entrepreneurs.

Opportunities for students who will complete the course

  • Quality Assurance officers, , Raw Drug Analysts / Processing Advisors / Quality Control Inspectors / Industrial Production Managers
  • Organic Certifiers/Quality Auditors
  • Management level position at NGOs / CBOs dealing with Medicinal plants
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Options for continuing education including pursuing Doctoral degree in health care Management / Herbal Industry / Raw drugs, and
  • Regulatory affairs officers.
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    Fees and Financial Assistance

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Master of Science – Science Communication

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Objective

Science needs communication for impact. The world of science communication is undergoing transition. The media scene is changing across the world. The print medium, which was the mainstay of communication till a decade ago, is facing decline. On the other hand internet-based online media has been increasing in pace. Thus, while the traditional spaces for science communication are declining, new areas are opening up which require new skills.

Today, an internet-linked computer is all that is required to start a communication platform. Communicating through blogs, online publications, Facebook and Twitter have become as important as communicating with peers through peer-reviewed journal articles.

National governments, ministries, public- and private-funded research institutions have all taken to social media with alacrity. These have opened channels of two-way communications that did not exist before.

However, there is a need for understanding the difference between anecdotal and peer-reviewed information and activist literature and scientific truth. For this, the method of science has to be understood and a scientific temper needs to be developed.

The MSc Science Communication program at the Transdisciplinary University (TDU), Bengaluru, India, will train students to fulfill the needs of the industry. They would be able to join the media industry (print, electronic and online), research institutions as public policy communicators, and the industry (data communication, product communication and corporate communication). They will also be better equipped to handle research- and project-related communication in academia.

The two-year post graduate degree program, will be open to graduates in any discipline, but with a proven aptitude for communicating science. It will also be open for working professionals who are willing to take a career break to strengthen their science communication skills. To add flexibility for working professionals, the program will provide an option to drop a semester and return with the junior batch to make up the credits required for the degree.

 

How is this program unique?

The MSc Science Communication program will provide the students these unique benefits –

  • Opportunity to learn from high calibre and well-established faculty who are communication practitioners drawn from industry.
  • A unique program design focussed on imparting skills for the workplace enabling students to be successful communication practitioners than just theoretically knowledgeable students.
  • Exposure to key communication media, including news media, the web and social media, live presentations, fiction film and television, science centre exhibits and more.
  • Opportunity to produce real world science communication materials and a final semester internship/project at workplaces, giving them the edge in the science and communications job markets.

 

Structure of the program

The program is spread across four semesters culminating with students undertaking a capstone project work or an internship plus dissertation. This would make them ready for the job market as they complete the program. Some of the projects may even be the beginning of startup enterprises.

Semester 1: This semester will deal with fundamentals. Students will be introduced to what science and communication are through a series of lectures and assignments enabling students to understand the history of science and the key principles of communication. Then students will be introduced to the method of science. An Intranet platform from this semester onwards, where the students will be encouraged to create a digitial portfolio of their work and present it to their classmates and faculty members.

Semester 2: This is the skills semester, where the students will focus on acquiring skills required for communicating science through multiple media like print, radio, television, online and social media. They learn about science and public policy which should give them a conceptual understanding and the skills necessary to communicate science to strengthen opinion of both public and policy makers.

Semester 3: Students will understand and develop value-added skills needed to deal with national and international sensibilities when communicating science especially essential skills like technical writing and copy-editing and an understanding on science and media ethics. Together, mentors and students will look into the present and the future of science and science communication. They will also get an understanding on the international agreements, national policies and laws that a science communicator needs to know about. The sunrise sector of data mining and analytics shall help focus on strengthening the students’ skills on science visualization.

At the beginning of Semester 3, the students will intern with an industry, institution or a media house and will be encouraged to explore their inherent strengths and preferences to develop skills necessary for a career in science communication.

Semester 4: During this Semester the students will complete the value-added courses that spill over from Semester 3 and a final project of eight weeks that will announce to the science communication world that they have arrived. Students will develop a science communication group project, that will result in a cutting-edge body of work that will give the students the confidence to enter the science communication world in high spirits, and thus will be of the highest standards in content and the means of communication employed.

 

Partners who will offer the course

A range of national and international partners will be involved in offering this programme. Such partners include Indian Science Writers Association (ISWA), Forum for Environmental Journalists in India (FEJI), Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous body under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, the United Nations Environment and a range of experts from both print and electronic media in addition to scientists of national repute.

 

Opportunities for students who will complete the program

The MSc Science Communication program will enable the students to opt for one of these career options:

  • Media – Print, electronic or online
  • Academia and research institutions – as information officers
  • Government organisations – as information officers
  • Indian Information Service
  • International organisations as communication specialists
  • Corporate sector – as communication specialists, technical writers and product communicators.

 

Fees and Financial Assistance

For details, please refer the Brochure.