School of Humanities and Social Science (SHSS)

The courses offered by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences aim at imparting and generating knowledge on emerging issues and problems of contemporary society, economy and polity. The course structure is choice based, flexible and is interdisciplinary. At the end of the course, a student would be equipped with analytical skills, social science theoretical knowledge based on empirical and field-based learning. Thus a student with this kind of learning can look forward to careers in teaching, management, research, policy making, development sector, media and administration. The School offers Doctoral Degree, Master’s Degree (MA) and Bachelor’s Degree (BA) Programmes apart from a number of Certificate, Diploma and Post-graduate diploma programmes. Included in the Bachelor’s Degree Programmes foundation courses, elective courses and application-oriented courses.


The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) is among the larger schools of studies at the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University. SHSS offers academic programmes in Twelve(12) disciplines: English, Hindi, Gujarati ,Sanskrit, Performing Arts, Journalism, Economics, History, Library and Information Science, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology.
The programmes offered by disciplines relate to core subject areas but at the same time straddle disciplines, in order to enlarge the canvas for academic pursuits. The School also links the development of courses to the ever-expanding socio-economic and political contexts in which School of Humanities and Social Science processes occur.
In view of the fact that BAOU is today the foremost centre of open and distance learning and is adequately equipped with modern educational technologies, the School has consciously tried to assign a significant role to ICT tools in devising the learning programmes. The following features are a hallmark of its programmes:
- Basic programmes in various disciplines at the under-graduate and post-graduate levels have been strengthened with foundation and application-oriented courses.
- Short-term and long-term courses focused on vocational and professional needs.
- Programmes and courses geared to meet the requirements of groups located on the fringes of society.
- Programmes in areas of concern to society with a School of Humanities and Social Science perspective.
The School has expanded its academic activities and has launched a research programme that applies newer methodologies to elicit a more creative response, both from within a discipline and from interdisciplinary interactions.
At this juncture the School is in a position to comprehend the "new” social reality in a better light and give School of Humanities and Social Sciences a purposeful orientation. The key element in this strategy is the adaptation of Social Science study to the requirements of mass education. Thus modern educational technology including ICT is likely to determine the relevance of School of Humanities and Social Sciences and course development in the next decade. These additions will enrich and make them compatible and appropriate in the light of new developments in the discipline areas.

Programmes Offered

Research Programme (Ph.D.)

Programme Name Min Duration Max Duration
Ph.D. in Economics 3 Year 6 Year
Ph.D. in English 3 Year 6 Year
Ph.D. in Gujarati 3 Year 6 Year
Ph.D. in History 3 Year 6 Year
Ph.D. in Sociology 3 Year 6 Year
Ph.D. in Political Science 3 Year 6 Year
Ph.D. in Library and Information Science 3 Year 6 Year
Ph.D. in Journalism and Mass Communication 3 Year 6 Year

Post Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses

Programme Name Min Duration Max Duration
Bachelor Of Arts (B.A.) 3 Year 8 Year
Bachelor Of Library Science (BLIS) 1 Year 4 Year
Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) 3 Year 8 Year

Diploma Courses

Certificate Courses


Book Publication

Conference Date Conference Conference Title Subject
28 March 2022 National Seminar Seminar Proceding - National Seminar "Role of Libraries in Transforming Societies” Role of Libraries in Transforming Societies
14-15 October, 2017 International Conference The Journey of Indian Languages : Perspective on Culture and Society English
20 October, 2018 National Conference "Pace and Pattern of Economic Development of Gujarat" Economics
16, March 2019 National Conference The Role of Library and Information Service in the New Millennium Chaitnaya Library and Information Science
23 March, 2019 National Conference "Various Dimensions of Indian Politics" Political Science
07-08 February-2020 International Conference Media, Culture and Development: Issues and Perspective Journalism and Mass Communication
3 JULY 2020 International भारतीय इतिहास में अनुसंधान और अनुसंधान में भारतीय इतिहास History

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School Staff

Associate Professor – GujaratiRead Profile
Associate Professor – Library and Information ScienceRead Profile
Assistant Professor – Journalism and Mass CommunicationRead Profile
Assistant Professor – EconomicsRead Profile
Assistant Professor – GujaratiRead Profile
Assistant Professor – SociologyRead Profile
Assistant Professor – HistoryRead Profile
Assistant Professor – HindiRead Profile
Assistant Professor – Political ScienceRead Profile
Assistant Professor – Performing ArtsRead Profile
Assistant Professor – Library and Information ScienceRead Profile
Assistant Professor, SanskritRead Profile
Data Entry Operator, PA to Director SHSSRead Profile

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