The University aspires to combine equity and social justice with excellence, and to pioneer an institutional culture of non-hierarchical functioning, team work and creativity. The University strongly believes that no knowledge becomes socially productive unless it spreads across society, transcending barriers of caste, creed and class. Only then can teaching and learning become liberating undertakings, contributing to the promotion of equality, social justice and excellence.
University with a difference
AUD caters exclusively to the study of the humanities and the social sciences. In today’s polarised world, the study of these streams, we strongly believe, will not only play a pivotal role in improving understanding amongst cultures but also transform human experiences into lessons for the future. The University aspires to mould its students into informed and sensitive professionals who will engage with their social responsibilities and will react to the needs of the marginalised sections of our society. The programmes and the structure of the University will therefore highlight this aspect while in no way losing sight of reaching and striving towards excellence.
To achieve this goal, the university has underlined a few essential undertakings:
- Optimally sized class cohorts
- Emphasis on group work, field work and project work (at least 25% of curricular time will be deployed for this )
- Emphasis on self-study
- Two semesters of 16 weeks each and a summer semester for earning extra credits, internships and professional partnerships.
The purpose of assessment at AUD is to facilitate and promote learning with understanding. Assessment will depend on both ‘continuous’ and end of course performance, but without putting unnecessary stress on students. Tutorials and regular mentoring are considered imperative. Results of continuous assessment will be communicated to students in time so that they improve on their subsequent work. An end-of-semester assessment exercise in any course will carry no more than 40% of the course grade ‘weight’. This assessment component may be in the form of a written examination, a term paper, a term-end submission or project, a viva-voce examination or a combination of these.
AUD believes in developing a personalised approach to students and has built-in institutional mechanisms for mentoring and nurturing students, particularly in language, study skills and analytical methods to assure success and excellence. A full-fledged Student Support Services division works towards this goal.
The progress of undergraduate students will be tracked by a mentoring system involving senior postgraduate students and faculty acting as tutors or mentors.
The tutorship would also serve as a means of providing financial assistance to students selected on the basis of merit.
Student aid programmes such as counselling, scholarships, financial assistance, bursaries, fee waivers, grants, campus jobs and placements will be put in place to make studying at AUD a possibility and a dream come true for quality students regardless of their background and financial status.
The University intends to take all necessary steps to ensure that linguistic and financial difficulties become no impediment for meritorious students towards enrolling at AUD. To that end AUD has many facilities and incentives that will make studying at AUD not only possible but a hugely enriching experience.