IIT Gandhinagar has begun the application procedure for admission to its MA Program in Society and Culture for the 2016 academic session. The program is open for candidates with an aggregate of 55% or above marks in Bachelor’s degree program. The last date for submission of application form is January 15, 2016. There is NO Application Fee. Final selection will be based on performance in a Written Test and Personal Interview.
MA in Society and Culture is a one of its kind Master degree program which encapsulates a wide field of study ranging from Sociology, Literature and History to Political Science and Anthropology.
IIT Gandhinagar is the only institute in India which in addition to Engineering courses, also offers this specialized program. IIT Gandhinagar Course Fee for the program for one semester is 19,750 INR.
Schedule for Admission
Last Date for Submission of Application
January 15, 2016
Announcement of short-listed Candidates on Website
January 30, 2016
Test and Interview
March 12-13, 2016
Announcement of selected candidates on Website
March 25, 2016
Last Date for Payment of fees
April 15, 2016
Who are Eligible to Apply?
Students with a minimum of 55% marks or equivalent CPI/GPA in Bachelor’s Degree Exam are eligible to apply for this program.
Students who are in the last year of their graduate program and are due to graduate in the academic year 2015-16 can also apply. Relaxation for SC/ST/ OBC candidates is in accordance with the guidelines of UGC and Supreme Court.
These are, however, minimum eligibility requirements and the selection committee may use higher cut offs for the preparation of final list of candidates.
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Highlights for the Program
Students admitted to the program will receive a monthly stipend of 5000 INR. The stipend support will be renewed each semester on the basis of the student’s performance in the program.
The institute also aids students who wish to present their research work in national and international Seminars and Conferences. For such undertakings, students are provided a Travel Scholarship of 60,000 INR.
How to Apply?
The Application Process is completely online and the application form is available on theIIT Gandhinagar official website. There is no application fee.
You do not need to send a hard copy of the filled in application form to IIT Gandhinagar. However, a hard copy of the filled in application form will be required at the time of Personal Interview. The candidate also needs to submit a Statement of Purpose in the Application Form.
Statement of Purpose
Every student, who wishes to apply to the program, must prepare a statement of purpose in not more than 350 words. The Statement of Purpose should include the following details but not be limited to it:
- What is the motivation behind pursuing an MA in Society and Culture?
- What is your area of Research Interest?
- Are you interested in a specific discipline or are you open to other disciplines also?
- What are your future plans and how does an MA in Society and Culture fit in your future plans?
- What are your research capabilities?
- How does your prior research experience add value to the course?
- What are the other activities that you have participated in and how does it help you in understanding the course?
For admission to the MA in Society and Culture Program a students will have to appear for a Written Test and Personal Interview. The final selection of candidates is based on the performance in the test, interview, academic performance and aptitude for the study of society and culture.
To determine the affinity of a candidate to understand society and culture, the application form contains a questionnaire which needs to be carefully filled.
The Questionnaire has three questions out of which an applicant has to answer only Two. The three questions are given below:
- What, according to you, are the conditions which could justify curtailing artistic freedom of expression?
- According to commentator Pratap Bhanu Mehta: "The language of development in India speaks a transactional language of goods and services, of individual advancement. It does not speak the language of freedom and citizenship, the restraints of reciprocity. It has no means of conceptualising the tensions inherent to development." Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons.
- Do you think that introducing a uniform civil code will help improve communal relations in India? Give your reasons.
You should select the questions carefully and write a well-argued answer. Since the selection process will also consider the questions answered in the form, it is necessary to prepare a structured and informative answer. Your answer should reflect your understanding of the society and culture around you. The answers should not be more than 250 words long.Last Updated - 15 Dec 2015