The Central University of Rajasthan introduces a new interdisciplinary Academic Department, Department of Society-Technology Interface (DSTI) to cultivate research and teaching to the post-graduate and research programme to the students from diverse educational backgrounds by linking two advanced streams of knowledge- Science and Technology and Social Sciences to look for better career opportunities and staying competitive.  Indian society and economy is completely transferred owing to intrinsic role played by the ICTs. The country is progressing exponentially towards reaping the developmental dividends arise out of the fast process of digitalization of society. The social-cultural-political-economic-policy narratives are completely shaped and consolidated around the uses of digital tools and technologies. Undoubtedly the country is in the midst of ‘digital society’. Reflection is felt around the development of futuristic academic discourses on “what can be” and “what ought to be” of that transformative process.  Such Academic Department also envisaged with the larger understanding of modern-day technology and big-data and analytics that they play in public policy and society.  We now stand at the brink of data-driven transformation where these data can be harness to derive meaningful insights that can help Business organizations, Government, Science, Technology and various other fields for better functioning. Data science, or data-driven science, is an interdisciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to extract knowledge and insights from data in various forms for the purpose of decision making. The need to translate the impacts of data sciences and digital technologies on the society, polity, politics, culture, policy has driven the formation of the Department.

The Department provides two very innovative programmes to the students and academic community, the first time ever in any Indian Universities: Two Years M.Sc in Digital Society and One-year Post-Graduate Diploma (PG-Diploma) in Cultural Informatics. While M.Sc in Digital Society is running with the active academic collaboration with International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Bangalore and PG Diploma in Cultural Informatics is supported academically by Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi.

 

M.Sc in Digital Society (2 Years)

Objectives of the program:

The Central University of Rajasthan in collaboration with International Institute of Information Technology – Bangalore (IIIT-B) has started a Two-year Masters Programme in Digital Society with effect from Academic Year 2017-18, similar to the one being offered at IIITB.

The programme introduces to the students from diverse educational backgrounds the academic interlinkages between the two advanced streams of knowledge- Science and Technology and Social Sciences for better career opportunities and staying competitive.

Digitalization is shaping almost all aspects of our professional and working lives. Career opportunities include work as internet researcher, digital media researcher, software development professional, digital consultants, ICT consultants, policy experts, etc. Students passing out from the programme will be working in ICT industries, research organization, private companies, public sector, consultancy services industry, and international organization and also in non-governmental organization. Both the Institutes: CURAJ and IIIT-B  will conduct combined Placement activities as per the Placement Rules exiting at the respective Institutions.

The Two Years Masters in Digital Society would fulfill the following objectives:

  • To help the students to appreciate and understand the digitalization ideas, tools and technologies from the perspectives of society at large.
  • To enable students to think innovative and generate ICT based solutions intended to address developmental deficits and challenges in the society.
  • To help the society to find out ways of strengthening system mainly to counter the laggards performances in the social and economic sectors of the economy.
  • To engage in evidenced-based policy-making process and advocates for deployment of digital technologies for the effective policy-implementation process.
  • To promote and enrich interdisciplinary research on the digital society by interlinking ICT and Social Sciences.

 Intake and eligibility: 20

  • The Two Years Masters in Digital Society is open to candidates with a Graduate degree (Three Years) in any disciplines from recognized University possessing minimum of 55% marks. The Graduate Degree may be in any of the following areas: Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Computer Sciences, and Engineering.
  • Admission to this course will be through Central University Common Examination Test (CUCET).
  • The CUCET examination will test numerical / quantitative, analytical, and verbal abilities, as well as design, social, and information technology awareness.
  • The selection process will include the entrance examination of CUCET score.
  • The admission criteria, tuition fees and other fees for the programme will be administered by rules and regulations as approved by the academic / administrative bodies of the University.

One Year Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Informatics (PG Diploma in Cultural Informatics)

Objectives of the program: 

This unique programme has been in Central University of Rajasthan with the active academic collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. As per the MOU with IGNCA, there will be sharing of academic resources, internship and other learning opportunities for the students of CURAJ.

This interdisciplinary course is a combination of Arts, Information Technology, Society and Culture. Cultural informatics is about the application of media technology for production, curation, restoration and dissemination of cultural heritage. Application of Technology is significant because it makes cultural expression more creative and it is accessible to the world. It is a space where culture, digital media technology and information converge.

This course is designed to teach the students about the conceptual understanding of the subject and to equip them with practical knowledge of computing, audio-visual moving images, archiving, and using Information Technologies for conservation, preservation and dissemination of art and culture. This course gives emphasis on Fundamental of Cultural Informatics, Research Methodology, User Interface Design, Heritage and Museum Studies, Audio-Visual Archiving, Cultural Anthropology, Indian Arts and Knowledge System, and Cultural Heritage of Rajasthan. The course is also oriented towards finding jobs in relevant area of activities of the cultural Institutions.

The main objectives of this course are:

  • To provide learners the conceptual understanding of informatics of arts and culture
  • To teach the learners how to use media technologies for Informatics professionalism
  • To develop skills in the learners about audio-visual moving images
  • To promote research on folklore and oral history
  • To teach the learners about art and visual resource documentation and archive management
  • To conserve, preserve, store and disseminate cultural heritage of Rajasthan in specific region and in India at large
  • To develop skills in learners for acquiring jobs in cultural industries

 Intake and eligibility: 10

  • Eligibility: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in subjects Cultural Studies/Media Studies/Heritage Studies/Museum Studies/Indian Society and Culture/Art History/Computer Science/Allied subjects with 50% Marks (45% for SC/ST) in aggregate.
  • Admission to this course will be through Central University Common Examination Test (CUCET).

Regular

Dr. Gyana Ranjan Panda

Assistant Professor and Coordinator

Masters in Political Science (Utkal), M. Phil, and Ph. D from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), UGC-NET.

gyana_pplg@curaj.ac.in

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Dr. Mandar Vijay Kulkarni

Assistant Professor

M. A. in International Development with specialization in Economic Development Policy and Management (Nagoya University, Japan) and Ph.D. in International Development (Nagoya University, Japan)

mandar.kulkarni@curaj.ac.in

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Mrs. Sangeeta Kumari

Academic Associate

M.A. Museology, National Museum Institute of History of Art, Museology and Conservation, New Delhi (2007); B.A. History (Hons.), University Of Delhi, New Delhi, (2004); UGC-NET

sangeeta.kumari@curaj.ac.in

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Mr. Swayam Prakash

Assistant Professor

B.Tech, Computer Science and Engineering, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, West Bengal, Kolkata; M.Tech, Artificial Intelligence, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

swayamprakash@curaj.ac.in

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A computer laboratory is available with internet facility for the students of Department of Society Technology Interface (presently sharing with department of Economics and Public Policy, Law and Governance). There are 24 computers for the students, which are mainly used for the Dissertation/ research work by the masters’ students and research scholars. In this Lab, the Students are expected to learn computer programming languages like PYTHON, R, SAS, and other Data Visualisation techniques.  In each Semester, there are 4 Credit Compulsory course works that are Lab centric.

The Students of the M.Sc in Digital Society would be undertaking their internship  and thesis works in the last Semester of the Programme in external industry and organisation, where there are expected to use external lab facilities besides the Research Lab of Central University of Rajasthan to write their project works.

Achievement Title Attached File
  • The First Batch of the M.Sc in Digital Society Programme (2018-20) is studying in International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-Bangalore) as part of the completing their first semester course works under students exchange programme.
  • The First Batch Students of the M.Sc in Digital Society Programme are undergoing their Winter School Training Programme in IIIT-Bangalore (December 2018).

Department of Society-Tech & Interface

CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF RAJASTHAN
NH-8, Bandar Sindri,
Dist-Ajmer-305817, Rajasthan [INDIA]

Email: hod.dsti@curaj.ac.in
: +91-1463-238755