Vijayawada: Dr P Sathyanarayanan, President, SRM University, Andhra Pradesh, in a programme here on Wednesday announced the setting up of School of Liberal Arts and Basic Sciences (SLABS) at its university campus in Amaravati.
SLABS will have its first intake of students in 2018 and will offer B.A, B.B.A, B.Com and B.Sc programmes across 12 departments – Economics, English, History, Journalism, Psychology, Business Studies, Commerce, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and Computer Science. “Today, we face increasingly complex issues and challenges, and tackling these calls for multi-dimensional thought processes and problem solving skills.
Education needs to focus on this and much more. We aim to help students develop such skills through the liberal arts and basic sciences education offered at SRM SLABS,” said Dr Sathyanarayanan. Prof. Nicholas Dirks, Honorary Pro Chancellor, SRM University, AP – Amaravati, said efforts are being made to provide the best facilities to undergraduates at the university.
He said, “As we launch SLABS, we are working to ensure that our undergraduate students will be the full beneficiaries of the best set of undergraduate experiences available anywhere, in the larger context of building a leading research university with aspirations to become world-class in every possible sense ranging from machine learning and data science to public policy and social analysis.”
SRM is committed to offering a distinctive form of learning empowering young students and thinkers with historical and cultural perspectives, as well as language, critical thinking and communication skills, said D Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, SRM University. Several officials of the university were also present.