The Department came into existence with the very inception of IIT Kharagpur in 1951. Its objective was to provide value-based liberal education to budding scientists and engineers so that they can become professionals with a difference to understand the social realities. With the passage of time, the role of the Department has widened quite significantly. Currently, the Department houses many disciplines such as English Language & Literature, Communication Studies, Economics, German, Philosophy, Psychology, Human Resource Management, History, Sanskrit and Sociology. The Department is actively engaged in teaching, research, training, and outreach activities. It runs two major programs; one at undergraduate level, 5 yr. integrated M Sc in Economics and another at postgraduate level, Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM). The Department takes up projects and consultancies from public and private agencies to address the challenges they face and provides solutions. In keeping with its multidisciplinary character, it carries out research in diverse and emerging areas of human interest and social concern.
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Kharagpur has been committed to providing a value based education that would not only impart education but also empower young minds to make a difference. Department has two major programmes, one at undergraduate level (i.e., five yr. integrated M Sc in Economics). Students get admission through JEE (Advance). Over the years, this programme has become very popular and students are well placed. We have another programme at postgraduate level (i.e., Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM). It is designed to cater the need of modern industrial society. This programme offers the students specialized knowledge and skills required to meet the challenges of the corporate world. The core strength of the programme lies in developing skills which are relevant to the current trend in the area of Human Resource Management. It is indeed a testimony that our alumni are placed at top management positions in leading organizations across all the sectors and are guiding them on the road of inclusive growth. In the Institute, our Department will keep on playing a vital role to import knowledge to engineering, science and other students which will enable them to face the challenges related to human value and ethics. I am confident; our students will always make us proud from their performances wherever they are.