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The purpose of this course is to expose students of Technology and Management to different aspects of Indian society and culture. Students will develop an understanding of societal and cultural dimensions of the dynamic nature of society and the environment in which they will live and work as scientists, engineers and enterpreneurs. More specifically, they will get an appreciation of how societal and cultural issues interface with technology, science and business in the context of overall development of the country.
To develop an understanding of social environment
To develop an understanding of cultural environment
Understanding the linkages among social, cultural and scientifc/business environment
Introduction to Indian Society
Indian Society - Roots of Indian Society; Social Structure – Rural and Urban Contexts; Social Institutions in Indian Society; Caste, Tribe, Dalits and Other Excluded Groups; Power and Conflicts
Introduction to Culture in Indian Society
Basic understanding of culture in India; Languages and Literature in India; Culture Change and its Impact on Indian Society
Social Movements – tribal, women and environment
Reformers and Radicals – Rammohan Roy, Syed Ahmed Khan, Jyotirao Phule, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Tarabai Shinde, Dayananda Saraswati and Vivekananda Nurturing a Nation – M. K. Gandhi, Rabindra Nath Tagore, B R Ambedkar, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, EV Ramaswami, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rammanohar Lohia, Jayaprakash Narayan, Verrier Elwin Peasant, Tribal, Women and Environment movement
Social Issues in Modern India
Poverty – multidimensional aspects; Gender issues in development; Constition of India: Slums; Informal sector; Child, Physically challenged
Science, Technology and Society
Appropriate Technology; Science, Technology and Development Linkage; Science and Technology Policy
Interlinkage between Science, Technology and Society
Closing session for theory classes. Discussion and feedback from students.
Hasnain, Nadeem. 2010. Indian Society and Culture: Continuity and Change, New Royal Book Company, New Delhi.
Project - Village Study
Students will be asked to go to villages in groups around the University in Jatni or Parlakhemundi area to do a study of different aspects of Indian Society. They will be asked to make presentation based on their study and also submit a report. The details are given in the following document:
Professor Smita is presently Director Research at the Centurion University of Technology and Management, Odisha. She has a background in Social Anthropology and Development Planning. A gold medalist from the University of Delhi, she has several national and international awards to her credit. She received her Ph.D from the Asian Institute of Technolgy, Bangkok (Thailand) […]