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School of Humanities and Social Sciences

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) at the Indian Institute of Technology Mandi (IIT Mandi) hosts a range of academic and research activities in various social science and humanities disciplines. The undergraduate and postgraduate courses run by the School are designed to intrigue the humanitarian and societal concerns associated with development pathways. With fifteen faculty members, over forty Ph.D. scholars and a new batch of postgraduate students each year, the School is committed to providing an inclusive environment promoting high academic standards and a space for professional fulfillment. The School actively aligns with the overall vision and mission of the institute in fostering education that brings together science and technology, knowledge creation and innovation, in an India marching towards a just, inclusive and sustainable society...more


School Chair's Message

Welcome to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) at the Indian Institute of Technology Mandi (IIT Mandi). SHSS has carved a niche through its academic and research activities in disciplines ranging from Economics to English and World Literature, German Studies, Sociology, History, Himalayan Studies, Development Studies and allied areas. Our academic endeavor focuses on critical thinking and rational enquiry into complex disciplinary and interdisciplinary problems. We offer a wide range of courses at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. The unique location of our institute has also inspired several courses and research activities at the School that are particularly focused on the Himalayan region with significant interaction with the community. We also spearhead programs at various levels that aim to explore the issues and challenges faced by society, and propose and evaluate solutions for these.

What We Offer?

We at SHSS encourage extensive fieldwork and group projects to understand the complexities of developmental practices. The embeddedness of IIT Mandi in the rural Mandi region makes the School of Humanities and Social Sciences uniquely poised to address the concerns of local communities in an increasingly globalized world. Through innovative research and teaching, the School focuses on the Himalayan region, particularly in areas of sustainability, environment and culture, and provides an interface between society and technology.

The students at SHSS also engage in real world intervention and outreach programs. The purpose of field visits is not just about data collection, but students also generate general awareness amongst local communities on a host of issues. One such project carried out by the students was an awareness generation campaign on fake news and misinformation in and around the IIT Campus. Here the intervention was to design and develop posters and pamphlets for high-school students (adolescents aged 14 to 17 years) to generate awareness about the phenomena of misinformation and fake news

We have various research and academic collaborations within and outside India that ensure academic engagement of the highest caliber nationally and globally. Our faculty members have successfully drawn significant research grants from several national and international agencies. In addition, we collaborate regularly with highly reputed international institutions and publish research articles, monographs, reports and outreach materials in peer-reviewed journals and with leading publishers.

Our inhouse faculty expertise also facilitates professional consultancy in the domains of knowledge creation and policy evaluation, policy formulation in collaboration with the government, industry and the public sector to leverage developmental strategies. We aim to address issues pertinent to Himalayan studies, tribal and rural development, climate change, urban affairs, health and demography, heritage preservation, and translation studies.

At SHSS, we believe in creating an inclusive environment and inculcating and promoting ethical and high academic standards in our everyday practices. We provide equal opportunity to all and maintain an inclusive and well-balanced demographic composition in terms of faculty members, research scholars and students. To this end, the School ensures substantial academic freedom and flexibility to explore cutting-edge development, a space for professional fulfillment with all the necessary infrastructure, and constant collegial support for faculty members and students.


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