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  • About
    Seats
    42
    Per semester
    Duration
    2 Years
    ₹ 28,560

    Eligibility

    Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in any subject from a recognized university with a minimum of 45% marks (or an equivalent grade) are eligible for admission. There is a relaxation of 5% marks for candidates belonging to SC, ST and Physically Handicapped (PH) categories.

    The two-year MA Education Programme involves rigorous engagement with educational theory, practices and policies. It comprises of compulsory core courses, and a baskets of elective courses, which offer possibility for specialisation in various domains related to education.

    OBJECTIVES

    The objectives of theprogrammeare to:

    • Locate education in the varied contexts in which it operates.
    • Appreciate the multiple dimensions of Education -as a social phenomenon and as an area of knowledge
    • Develop analytical capability and independent thinking about issues in education and society
    • Read and comprehend academic literature relevant to education
    • Develop a deeper understanding of both theories in and practice of education, through multiple disciplinary perspectives
  • Programme Structure
    Seats
    42
    Per semester
    Duration
    2 Years
    ₹ 28,560

    Eligibility

    Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in any subject from a recognized university with a minimum of 45% marks (or an equivalent grade) are eligible for admission. There is a relaxation of 5% marks for candidates belonging to SC, ST and Physically Handicapped (PH) categories.

    Objectives:

    • To promote interdisciplinary study of complex socio-ecological issues at multiple spatial scales
    • To foster interdisciplinary perspectives, knowledge and skills from the natural and social sciences about the relationship between human societies, non-human beings and the biophysical environment
    • To promote careful field-based enquiry to study the ‘big questions’ of justice, well-being and sustainability in local, empirical contexts
    • To train students in critical reading, independent writing and field-based research skills
    • To foreground the experiences of the Global South in teaching and research
    • To develop and foster links of teaching and research to the world of practice in the areas of environment and development

    Program outcomes:

    Graduate AttributeProgramme Outcome
    Disciplinary KnowledgeAbility to connect perspectives from ecological and social sciences to understand complex socio-ecological issues at multiple spatial scales
    Ability to read, comprehend and analyse complex texts across the social and ecological sciences
    Communication SkillsAbility to read and write, communicate research findings effectively through written, media materials and colloquia
    Critical ThinkingAbility to apply analytical thought to a body of knowledge
    Ability to analyse and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims, beliefs on the basis of empirical evidence
    Ability to think critically and analyse discourses from different epistemological traditions
    Ability to understand the role of power and politics in outcomes of environmental and social actions
    Problem SolvingAbility to apply competencies acquired to understand and address real world problems, scenarios and case studies
    Analytical ReasoningAbility to evaluate the reliability and relevance of evidence from textual as well as field-based sources
    Ability to identify logical flaws in the arguments
    Ability to analyse and synthesise data from a variety of sources
    Ability to draw valid conclusions and support them with evidence
    Research-related SkillsAbility to formulate research questions based on observed realities in the field
    Ability to recognise cause-and-effect relationships, define problems, formulate hypotheses
    Ability to plan, execute and report the results of an experiment or field investigation
    Ability to design and carry out independent research on appropriate research problems
    Ability to assess social and environmental impacts of different laws and policies
    Scientific ReasoningAbility to analyse, interpret and draw conclusions from quantitative/ qualitative data
    Ability to critically evaluate ideas, evidence and experiences from an open-minded and reasoned perspective
    Reflective ThinkingAbility to develop critical sensibility to lived experiences, with self-awareness and reflexivity of both self and society
    Information/digital literacyAbility to use technologies like GIS and remote-sensing
     Ability to use specialised software for quantitative and qualitative data analysis
    Self-directed learningAbility to work independently, identify appropriate resources required for a project, and manage a project through to completion
    Multicultural CompetenceAbility to effectively engage in a multicultural society and interact respectfully with diverse groups
    Ability to learn values and beliefs of multiple cultures and a global perspective
    Moral and Ethical Awareness/ReasoningAbility to conduct ethical research with sensitivity and empathy towards human and non-human subjects of investigation
    Ability to embrace moral and ethical values in conducting life
    Ability to formulate a position/argument about an ethical issue from multiple perspectives
    Ability to use ethical practices in all work
    Leadership Readiness/qualitiesAbility to work in teams, proactive learning, collaboration, conflict management, peer learning
    Ability to pursue careful field-based enquiry into the ‘big questions’ of justice, well-being and sustainability in local, empirical contexts
    Lifelong LearningAbility to sustain a curiosity towards emerging issues and concerns specific to ecological sustainability and social justice
    Ability to identify sources of information to pursue lifelong, self-directed learning in the abovementioned areas

     

    Overall structure (programme template with course organisation, course titles, credits, etc.):

    • The 64 credits required for completion of the Programme are distributed between Core courses (32 credits), specialised Elective courses (22 credits), summer internship (2 credits) and MA dissertation (8 credits).
    • For their dissertation, students are required to take up an independent research project under a designated faculty supervisor. It commences at the end of Semester III and is completed in Semester IV. It is assessed on the basis of a written dissertation thesis and a viva voce.
    • Students can choose to specialize in three broad areas through selection of elective courses and dissertation topic: (a) Environmental Policy and Management; (b) Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Conservation; (c) Environmental Politics and Justice
    • Students have the option to exit the MA programme with a postgraduate diploma in Human Ecology after completing two semesters and the summer internship, subject to the assessment rules of the School.
    • Details of course titles, course codes, description, credits and assessment structure are provided in the attached Programme Handbook.
     Semester 1Semester 2SummerSemester 3Semester 4
    Core

    Ecology, Ecosystems and Biodiversity (4)
    Development and
    Social Change (4)
    Environmental History (4)

    Social & Political Ecology (4)
    Environmental Law, Policy & Governance (4)
    Environmental &
    Ecological Economics (4)

     

     

     

    Elective

     

     

     

    Elective (16 Credit in all)

    Elective (6 Credit in all)

    Research SkillsResearch Methodology I (4)Research Methodology II (4)   
    Field-based
    Research Practicum
      Internship(2) Dissertation(8)


    Teaching-learning:

    Instructional strategies:

    • Classroom lectures are combined with workshops, seminars and field projects, all with an emphasis on analytical skills, oral and written communication and empirical research.
    • Students are required to read extensively, write regularly and be available for rigorous field-based learning.
    • The MAED programme uses the Ecology Lab and the GIS Lab at the Kashmere Gate campus as well as its long-term field sites in Delhi, Ladakh, Madhya Pradesh and the Northeast to expose students to rigorous, hands-on research.
    • The programme also uses the expertise of the Centre for Urban Ecology and Sustainability for field-based learning for some core and elective courses.

    Assessment and Evaluation

    • The MAED programme assesses student progression at multiple levels, moving from ability to recall, remember and understand concepts, towards application, analysis and evaluation, and eventually to create new knowledge.
    • The programme follows a system of continuous assessment, and therefore students are expected to be regular in attending classes, workshops and other educational exercises.
    • The purpose of assessment and evaluation is to facilitate academic learning and supplement it with practical understanding and hands-on exposure.
    • Students are evaluated and graded on the basis of a variety of assessment situations including written tests/examinations, take-home assignments, term papers, class participation and discussion, presentations, field-based projects and independent study.
    • The mode and pattern of assessment differs from course to course.
    • Absence from classes is allowed only on valid medical grounds, and exceptions to this rule require special permission.

    Special needs for the programme (instructional space: studio, lab, clinic, workshop, etc.; equipment, software, any other – please specify):

    • Improvement in facilities (equipment, staffing and infrastructure) at the Ecology lab at the Kashmere Gate campus
    • Increase in the number of workstations equipped with GIS software at the Computer lab at Kashmere Gate
    • Enhanced outlay for field-based learning under the Learning Enhancement Scheme or any other scheme of the University

    Linkages with external agencies (e.g., with field-based organizations, hospital; any others):

    • Uttarakhad Forest Department for field-based learning at the Timli Reserve Forest
    • Nature Conservation Foundation (Ladakh, Valparai, other field stations)
    • ATREE (Guwahati, Bangalore, Western Ghats)
    • WWF India (various field stations)
    • Samrakshan Trust (district Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh)

     

  • FAQ
    Seats
    42
    Per semester
    Duration
    2 Years
    ₹ 28,560

    Eligibility

    Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in any subject from a recognized university with a minimum of 45% marks (or an equivalent grade) are eligible for admission. There is a relaxation of 5% marks for candidates belonging to SC, ST and Physically Handicapped (PH) categories.

    Entrance process (test, interview, cut-offs, etc.):

    Selection of candidates for the MA programme is through a Written Test (75%) and Personal Interview. Candidates are examined on their general awareness of environmental and developmental issues, quantitative/analytical skills, reading & comprehension abilities and logic & reasoning skills.

    Programme scheduling (semesters; years; whether includes inter-semester breaks or not; etc.):

    • The MAED programme comprises 64 credits spread over two years (4 semesters).
    • Each semester is of 16 credits carried out over 16 weeks of academic work including assessments and field projects.
    • A summer internship is held between the 2nd and 3rd semesters

    What are the intended aims of the programme?

    The aims of the two-year MA programme in Environment and Development are:

    • To promote interdisciplinary study of complex socio-ecological issues at multiple spatial scales
    • To foster interdisciplinary perspectives, knowledge and skills from the natural and social sciences about the relationship between human societies, non-human beings and the biophysical environment
    • To promote careful field-based enquiry to study the ‘big questions’ of justice, well-being and sustainability in local, empirical contexts
    • To train students in critical reading, independent writing and field-based research skills
    • To foreground the experiences of the Global South in teaching and research
    • To develop and foster links of teaching and research to the world of practice in the areas of environment and development

    How does the programme link with the vision of AUD?

    The School of Human Ecology has a special link to the overall vision of Ambedkar University of promoting inclusive, broad-based, multidisciplinary higher education that caters to social justice and sustainability. The School expects to create future change-makers who can contribute to sustainability, well-being and social justice at the national and global scale through research, advocacy and practice. In keeping with AUD’s focus on innovative ways of teaching and generating knowledge, the programme promotes field-based teaching and research around social-environmental concerns.

    How is the proposed programme positioned vis-à- vis the programmatic scheme envisaged for the School at its inception? How does the programme link with other programme(s) of the School?

    The original conception of the School was to be a thought leader in developing the field of human ecology in India. Research and teaching at the School of Human Ecology (SHE) aimed to bring together ideas, methodologies and toolkits from various disciplines in the natural sciences and social sciences to understand interactions between the environment and human society at multiple spatial scales.

    • The MA Environment & Development (MAED) programme has taken forward this vision and developed three main clusters of teaching and research:
      • Environmental politics and justice;
      • Ecosystems, biodiversity and conservation; and
      • Environmental policy and management.
    • Each of these clusters is positioned to expand into a stand-alone Masters programme as soon as adequate resources are made available to the School.
    • The MAED programme has created strong linkages with the PhD programme in Human Ecology, with steady student progression from MAED into the PhD programme.

    Does the programme connect to, build on or overlap with any other programmes offered in the University? Is it offered in collaboration with any School/Centre at AUD (if yes, please specify the nature of collaboration)?

    • The elective courses offered in the MAED programme attract students every year from Schools like SDS, SBPPSE, SDes, SHS and SLS.
    • The MAED programme offers a fruitful avenue for further study to undergraduate students who are exposed to courses like Environmental Issues and Challenges (compulsory) and Introduction to Human Ecology (advanced elective) offered by the MAED faculty in the School of Undergraduate Studies.
    • The MAED programme uses the expertise of the Centre for Urban Ecology and Sustainability for teaching and research for some core and elective courses.
    • Three major areas of study incubated in the School of Human Ecology, and specifically within the MAED programme (global studies, urban studies and public health) have become the main areas of study in the newly constituted School of Global Affairs (SGA). Two of the faculty involved in these areas have now moved to SGA, while several courses offered by the other faculty of the MAED programme continue to be listed as elective and core courses in SGA’s MA programmes.

    How is it positioned in relation to other similar programmes in the field?

    The MAED programme is unique in India given its orientation and scope, since it is one of the only social science based programmes which simultaneously offers its students a robust set of ecology-based courses. There are several MSc programmes in India that offer a brief orientation to social science perspectives, but a strong social science core is lacking in such programmes.

    Is there a sufficiently defined body of knowledge and literature to support the programme?

    Yes. Details are available in the detailed Programme Handbook.

    What are the professional trajectories that the graduates of the programme may pursue?

    The MAED programme has an excellent rate of placement, given its unique programmatic and graduate attributes. Alumni of the MAED programme are working in government agencies, NGOs, academia, research organizations, policy bodies, think-tanks, consultancy firms, civil society initiatives and the media. Several alumni are pursuing higher studies in Masters and research programmes in India and abroad. Independent research during internship and dissertation and emphasis on field-based learning has contributed strongly to our alumni’s success in the workplace and academia.

    Are there sufficient in-house faculty resources available for the programme? If not, please provide an estimate of additional faculty resources required.

    The existing faculty at the School of Human Ecology, with their core training in various natural and social disciplines, are well-equipped to lead interdisciplinary teaching and research. They use their long-term field sites and areas of expertise to expose students to core ideas of human ecology.

    • Once the sanctioned faculty strength of 7 is in place, it will be adequate for the MAED programme.
    • However, to expand the MA and Research offerings of the School and to meet the requirements of the compulsory Undergraduate course in Environment, at least 3 additional faculty members are required.
    • The School will also continue to require the services of distinguished and specialist Adjunct faculty to expose students to the world of practice.

    Rationale for the nomenclature of the programme

    The programme name highlights the challenges and dilemmas of ‘sustainable development’ by highlighting the complex linkages between human well-being and ecological sustainability. It encourages students to understand the challenges of pursuing unlimited economic growth in an increasingly unequal and globalized world with finite natural resources.

    Fees
    Fee is charged per semester based on semester credits. Semester I credit load of MA Education is 17 credits. For the first semester the approximate fee would be Rs.28560/- (i.e 1680 per credit) + Rs. 500 per semester for student welfare + Rs. 5000 refundable caution deposit. Partial to full fee waiver and scholarships are available.

    Full waiver of tution fees will be extended to students belonging to SC, ST and PwD categories.

  • Courses
    Seats
    42
    Per semester
    Duration
    2 Years
    ₹ 28,560

    Eligibility

    Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in any subject from a recognized university with a minimum of 45% marks (or an equivalent grade) are eligible for admission. There is a relaxation of 5% marks for candidates belonging to SC, ST and Physically Handicapped (PH) categories.

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