The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) is one of the oldest departments at IIT Madras. Offering both Master’s and Doctoral programmes, as well as electives for B.Tech and M.Tech students, the department boasts a well-balanced student-teacher ratio and comprises faculty from a wide range of related fields.
Welcome to the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, one of the oldest departments of IIT Madras. Our journey started in 1959, the year the Institute came into existence and since then our chronicles of growth stand as a testimony to our proactive engagement with the changing needs of humanities and social sciences education.
We take immense pride in the teaching and research culture of the department which is guided by scientific temper as well as an aspiration for swarajya or creative autonomy in thought and action. We are equally privileged to have a group of young and highly motivated students who believe that their reach should exceed their grasp and define the spirit of the department.
Department Degree Distribution programme (D3P)
The Centre for Indian Kowledge Systems at IIT Madras is a multidisciplinary hub for research into India’s scientific, technological and cultural heritage.
The Centre consists of seven faculty members from the Departments of Humanities and Social Sciences and Civil Engineering.
The Centre has been established in 2022 on the basis of a grant from the IKS Division of the Ministry of Education.
IIT Madras is uniquely placed in making substantial contributions to national policy-making processes.
CTaP aims to provide hitherto unavailable analyses and strategy options to the national policy-making bodies, by leveraging IITM’s cutting edge research activities in the areas of Energy, healthcare, waste management and educational technologies.
The Kenyon Review and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India are jointly organizing a Writing Workshop which will encourage and facilitate Indian students and scholars to hone their writing skills. The Kenyon – IIT Madras Writing Workshop will be a rigorous yet an enjoyable experience.