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Chennai, Feb 7

IIT Madras has introduced a five-year Integrated Masters Programme.

Mr M.S. Ananth, Director, said that the integrated programme would be offered in Developmental Studies, Economics and English Studies, and would be run by the Humanities Department.

The first two years of the programme would encompass all three disciplines, and the stream specialisation would begin from the third year of the programme.

The final semester will be devoted to a dissertation in a chosen specialisation.

Some of the features of the course include wide exposure to humanities and social sciences to help students appreciate the "multi-disciplinary nature of fundamental concepts," according to a release, and compulsory courses in ecology and environmental science and life sciences.

It would also include basic courses in statistics, mathematics, IT, and communication skills.

There would be emphasis on India, with courses in Indian economy, philosophy, constitution/governance, and society.

Mr Ananth said that the students would need to obtain at least 195 credits over the five years, the same as are required in a dual degree programme.

Initially the institute would take 30 students for the programme - 10 for each stream - and would look to expand it to about 50 students in the next 4-5 years.

Eligibility requirements for the programme include 60 per cent in any plus-2 board examination; the course fees are about Rs 12,000 per year.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 8, 2006)
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