Amritsar, July 10, 2014: A "21-Day Refresher Course in Social Sciences" was inaugurated here today at the Academic Staff College of the Guru Nanak Dev University.
Balwinder Singh Tiwana, Director, UGC-Academic Staff College, Punjabi University, Patiala was the Chief Guest. Prof.Tiwana in his inaugural address shed light on the significance, relevance of the Social Sciences in the modern era, which in his opinion, has to play a major role in stemming the moral degradation of the society. The need of the hour is to impart knowledge of Social Sciences to other professionals like doctors, engineers, scientists etc. in order to inculcate basic human values, he emphasised.
Tracing the history of Social Sciences, he said that until 14th century, the Social Sciences were not segregated at all. The demarcation of Social Sciences in the various disciplines like Sociology, History, Political Science, Public Administration and so on began later on, he added. The development in various aspects of human life would not have been possible at all, but for the unprecedented advancements in the field of science and technology, he added. Both the sciences have to work in tandem for the overall development of human society, he concluded.
Jagrup Singh Sekhon, Head, Department of Political Science and School of Social Sciences and Course Coordinator briefed the participants about the thrust area of this course. He threw light on the increasing role of social scientists in order to make this world a better place to live in.
Avinash Nagpal, Director, Academic Staff College and Prof. Jagrup Singh Sekhon accorded a floral welcome to the Chief Guest. Tracing the history of establishing Academic Staff Colleges by the UGC in the year 1987, she said that the main aims of these courses is to make the teaching fraternity more competent, more efficient, in all the respects related with the teaching. She hoped that the participants would definitely get their knowledge and expertise enhanced and refreshed at the end of the course. Dr. Mohan Kumar proposed formal vote of thanks.