The making of a multidisciplinary curriculum- Prof. Bakhle on the thoughts that went behind SLABS’ course design
“No subject can be mastered in isolation to other subjects,” explains Prof. Janaki Bakhle, the author of Two Men and Music: Nationalism and the Making of an Indian Classical Tradition. Often described as the writer of brave history, Prof. Bakhle’s work touches the cultural and intellectual roots of modern tensions between India’s religious and ethnic communities. She currently teaches in the University of California, Berkeley and is one of the team members designing the path-breaking, innovative curriculum of School of Liberal Arts and Basic Sciences (SLABS) of SRM University, AP- Amaravati.
The School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at SRM-AP is envisaged as a one-of-a-kind in terms of providing learning experience to its students. The School endeavors to provide its students with unique integrated components such as research-intensive education and training, multidisciplinary projects, entrepreneurial activities, enrichment of design experiences, experiential learning through industry collaboration, professional skill development, and extensive study abroad opportunities. Even more uniquely, Engineering students will also have the option of pursuing minors in disciplines related to Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities.
SRM University, AP – Amaravati was established in 2017 with the vision to emerge as a world class university. The School of Liberal Arts and Basic Sciences (SLABS) established in 2018 offers BA, BBA, B.Com and B.Sc programs across 12 disciplines. The focus of SLABS is to develop multi-dimensional thought process and problem-solving skills amongst students which helps them to tackle the complex issues and challenges faced in the world today. As the name suggests, the focus will be on a professional education with a Liberal Arts bent. The training helps students to develop a multi-dimensional, creative, and innovative methodology towards tackling real life problems.
A free-wheeling discussion with Prof. Nicholas Dirks, Honorary Pro Chancellor of SRM University, AP- Amaravati
“Liberal Arts education can easily claim to be the oldest education stream in history,” elborates Prof. Nicholas Dirk, American academic and the former Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley who has been recently appointed as the Honorary Pro Chancellor of SRM University, AP – Amaravati.
While content may differ between countries and institutes, it is widely agreed that Liberal Arts education at the core refers to matters not relating to the professional, vocational, or technical curriculum. Clearly it offers opportunity for deep study and specialisation to anyone interested in these fields. In that case, one would be tempted to ask ‘What is the importance of Liberal Arts for a person interested in pursuing a conventional career track?’
The answer is ‘a lot’.
These days, the popular saying that has started taking rounds in the SRM- Amaravati campus is- “once a SRM-ian, always a SRM-ian” and why wouldn’t one be! With some real fun things at your calling twenty-four-seven, the kind of bonds SRM-ians are forging among themselves are meant to last them their lifetime. Why and how? After 7 to 8 hours of rigorous day schedule, the “after class” life at SRM- Amaravati is becoming quite splendid- for a host of reasons and here are our five favorites, taking the cool quotient of School of Liberal Arts and Basic Sciences (SLABS) and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) of SRM, Amaravati to a new high.