The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at Graphic Era University is dedicated to promoting the liberal arts with a focus on economics, psychology, political science, English, and sociology. The department offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in these disciplines with honors as well as regular track. The department is committed to outcome-based education and encourages both faculty and students to engage in cutting-edge research through participation in conferences, workshops, and other events.
The mission of the department is to promote excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities, broaden the creative horizons of students, and make them vibrant in their academic settings. The pedagogical tools emphasize improving communication skills and engaging students in diverse activities to strengthen their moral character. The department also aims to promote academic, social and responsible citizenship.
he department has seen a significant increase in enrollment over the years across its ten disciplines. It has hosted several eminent social scientists and encourages students to develop leadership and community engagement skills through field trips to various organizations, such as the Centre for Business and Entrepreneurship, Rajkiya Balika Inter College, and Lok Adalat.
Internships are an essential part of the curriculum, and students have benefited from on-site training in renowned organizations like Axis Bank, Punjab National Bank, and the Directorate of Economics and Statistics (Government of Uttarakhand). Placements are also a vital aspect of the department, with students securing positions in prestigious organizations like Tommy Hilfiger, Capegemini, Byju’s, True Blue, and FIS Global. Many students are also preparing for the Civil Services Examination, Combined Defence Services Examination, and Common Admission Test for admission to prestigious institutions like the Indian Institutes of Management.
The department has had notable success in scholarships and awards in sports and other fields. For example, Arya Pant, who completed the BA (Hons) Economics program, secured admission to Queen Mary College, University of London, for the MSc (Economics) program. Anjali Verma, also from the BA (Hons) Economics program, scored high in the CAT Examination to secure a seat in the IIM Kashipur.
In 2020-21, the department established the Centre for Advanced Study in Social Sciences with advisors like former NSA Shivshankar Menon and former Chief Secretary C.K. Matthew. The center has initiated two research projects focused on skill development, partnering with the Nudge Foundation in Bangalore and People’s Science Institute in Dehradun. It now plans to start a coaching center to provide mentoring for competitive examinations covering NET, Civil Services Examination, and more. Lastly, it aims to establish a Policy Innovation Lab in partnership with the National Law School of India, Bangalore.
Faculty members of the department have published research papers in leading national and international journals indexed in Scopus and Web of Science. The department has also organized national and international workshops and seminars, with eight national workshops conducted in 2017-18 and two national workshops in 2020-21.
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