The School of New India
In around the 8th Century BC, the Greeks coined the term ‘artesliberales’ to define those subjects or capacities that were considered essential for a free person to intelligently participate in civic life, including public debate, defending oneself in court, serving on juries, and military service. The Greeks understood the word ‘liberales’ as more than just political freedom. It referred also to a kind of inner creative freedom with which one learned to approach life and relations. It allowed the person to reach higher planes of existence from where external relations could be seen in a new light. Unfortunately, in our modern era we have been increasingly moving away from the goals of liberal arts in our universities in favour of narrow specializations and development of skills. It is our endeavour at the Thapar School to introduce the original ideas of liberal arts into the university education. Since our modern times are dominated by physical sciences, a holistic education in liberal arts must include scientific knowledge and an understanding of their method of reasoning. Hence ‘liberal arts and sciences’. Liberal Arts and Sciences is essentially an integrated programme rather than just interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary. By an ‘integrated programme’, we mean that it draws its meaning from the ground of the disciplines prior to their formation as separate areas. A good education in liberal arts and sciences would build adequate existential and critical foundations for leaders and thinkers of tomorrow. With a suitable major and concentration, liberal arts and sciences offers the broadest basis for inter-disciplinary thinking which is crucial to policy making. With excellence as its basic mantra, liberal arts and sciences attempts to release the creative potential in the human towards meaningful social existence. This tends to make liberal arts and sciences graduates the most versatile as socially committed public intellectuals. Such skills and abilities can be assets in the highest policy making bodies as well as in further studies in institutions of higher learning.
We, at the Thapar School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, value holistic education over training students in a narrow set of skills. If you are interested in a broad range of knowledge that prepares you to be a responsible citizen in a liberal democratic society then you should take a serious look at what we have to offer. After an undergraduate degree in liberal arts and sciences from the Thapar School, you will be well prepared for ‘higher education and research’ path at any leading international university and also well-placed for a good career in private or governmental organizations.
Modern world has become too complex and its problems require us to address them from multiple perspectives—that’s what you will learn at TSLAS. Technology is changing so rapidly in our times that by the time a student finishes training in a state-of-the-art skill it already becomes obsolete in the real world. Businesses are increasingly recognizing this fact and therefore prefer candidates with a broad holistic education for leadership roles, as a broadly educated person is found to be more nimble on her or his feet with fast changing situations.
Our program is designed in cooperation with University College Groningen, Netherlands, this reflects an amalgamation of Indian ingenuity and European elegance. Since we have partnerships with several European, US as well as Japanese and Israeli universities, you will also have opportunity to study in those universities as part of your degree requirements as well as get degrees from those universities along with ours if you fulfil the minimum credit-hour requirements at both the institutions (at Groningen you will pay the same fees for studying there as what you pay at TSLAS).
At the Thapar School you will be privileged to learn from world-class scholars in a small-size class setting. We are offering a very limited number of seats to inaugurate our program from June 2021 and looking for highly motivated high quality students irrespective of their economic circumstances.
The Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET) is one of India’s oldest educational institutions and is rated amongst the top ranked innovation–driven private universities for teaching and research in Engineering & Technology and related areas in sciences. The university has now decided to add a new wing by launching a School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The school will endeavour to provide an interdisciplinary liberal education at the undergraduate level at par with the best in the world. The Modern World has become too complex and therefore its problems require us to address them from multiple perspectives—that’s what we endeavour to achieve in our teaching and learning by introducing this new programme.
At the Thapar School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, we value holistic education over training our students in a narrow set of skills. If your child is interested in a broad range of knowledge that prepares her or him to be a responsible citizen in a liberal democratic society then you should take a serious look at what we have to offer. After an undergraduate degree in liberal arts and sciences from the Thapar School, your child will be well prepared for a ‘higher education and research’ path at any leading international university and also well-placed for a good career in private or governmental organizations.
Our program is designed in cooperation with University College Groningen, Netherlands, which reflects an amalgamation of Indian Ingenuity and European Elegance. Since we have partnerships with several European and North American as well as Japanese and Israeli universities, your child will also have an opportunity to study in those universities as part of her or his degree requirements as well as get degrees from those universities along with ours if she or he fulfils the minimum credit-hour requirements at both the institutions. Here at the Thapar School your child will be privileged to learn from world-class scholars in a small-size class setting. We are offering a very limited number of seats to inaugurate our programme from June 2021 and are looking for highly motivated high quality students irrespective of their economic circumstances.
ThaparSchool of Liberal Arts & Science
Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology
P.O. Box 32, Bhadson Road, Patiala, Punjab, 147004, India
Evolving from the Greek era, Liberal Arts offers the broadest foundations for inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary thinking drawing from relevant areas of Mathematics, Sciences, and the Humanities, including Performative Arts and Aesthetics. Its aim is to bring about creative thinkers who are adequately prepared for life and the coming times.
A liberal arts education with its emphasis on integrated essential knowledge opens the frontiers of the mind to new ways of thinking about the world, society, self, and the coming ecological challenges of the future. It provides you with invaluable analytic skills, capacity to tackle uncharted areas, understanding of group dynamics, ability to do careful research, and independently assess existing knowledge. It gives you widely regarded employability skills and basis for further education.
Thapar School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is set up to create a stimulating and inspiring academic environment in which young scholars could awaken to their true potential, critically understand their world from multiple perspectives, and become creative participants in a liberal democratic society. It is also committed to developing a thriving and open research environment in which any new idea is thinkable.
Thapar School of Liberal Arts and Sciences aims at creating excellence in all facets of intellectual life and a world-class platform for fresh and innovative thinking on wide-ranging global, societal, and individual challenges.
The Global Connect and Dual Degree Programmes offer a unique opportunity for students to gain much needed global exposure. The Global Connect Programmes at our School of Liberal Arts & Sciences provides unique first hand experience with the culture of the host country.
Our LAS students can make the best use of our global links, having options of studying in more than one university. They can enroll for:
TSLAS offers a total of 60 seats in BA/B.Sc./BBA B.Com in Liberal Arts and Sciences in the following majors. Students can choose their major at the end of first year (second semester) of their study. Maximum number of students allowed in a major is 20 and the minimum number of students needed to offer a major is 5.
1. Art and Experience
2. Colonial History and Modern India
3. Constructing Arguments
4. Creative Writing
5. Ecology and Environment
6. Framing Society
7. Imaginative Science
8. Individual and Collective
9. Introduction to Research Methods
10. Language and Literature
11. Social and Political Organization
Out of the following courses students are required to choose 6 courses
13. Computer Sciences
14. Economic Ideas
15. Fundamentals of Chemistry
16. Fundamentals of Physics
17. Historical Methods
18. Introduction to Philosophy
19. Mathematical Thinking
20. Political Ideologies
21. Psychology of Media
22. Studies in Cognitive Sciences
23. Sustainability Studies
Admission to BA/BBA/BSc (Hon)/B.Com(Hon) programs is subject to the fulfilment of the following eligibility criteria:
Selection of all students, irrespective of reservation or quota, will be based on the following:
All students must meet minimum requirement of 60% and above total marks in High School diploma (10 +2). If available, SAT scores will be given due consideration; as will AP and IB scores.
a. Personal Information, interests and General Awareness
b. Written essay demonstrating command of the English language, and, critical & creative writing skills (weightage for a and b 25%)
c. Online attitude-cum-aptitude test (weightage for c 25%)
A Personal Interaction with a Selection Committee comprising of esteemed professors and scholars from TSLAS