05-16-2015, 04:53 PM
Development studies: theory, empirics +
Jobs in this area requires a skill set that is specialized and technical, as well as to integrate a better understanding of the theory development. Most institutions prefer that students obtain a Bachelor's degree in a social science subject, "in the economy,"
You follow the trends in the economy. You realise that, having the passion to work on development issues in India, development studies is the subject for you. Now you can choose from the wide range of available options and ask yourself-what should I do?
If you are just finishing or finishing school, keep in mind that colleges that offer undergraduate courses labeled "development studies" are rare. Development studies as a discipline may include any subject from human rights to financial modelling for project finance. Jobs in development usually require, therefore, a skill set that is specialized and technical; In addition, they require the integration of a broader understanding of the theory development, for example, Amartya Sen. capabilities approaching or political theory of "late industrialization."
Most institutions prefer that students obtain a Bachelor's degree in a social science subject, "in the economy," said k. Nagaraj, Professor at the Institute of development studies (MIDS) Madras. Technical specializations may result in more advanced degrees.
At the level of master's degree and above, the options are plentiful. Institutions offering m. a., m. Phil and Ph.d. degrees in development studies include the Tata Institute of social sciences (THIS), the Centre for development studies (CDS), Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), MIDS, IIT-Madras, Delhi School of Economics and the Institute of development studies, Kolkata (IDS).
For Masters courses, such as that offered by THIS, candidates are expected to possess a strong (usually 1st class) BA degree. For m. Phil. degrees, a master in social sciences, such as economics or quantitative disciplines, such as physics or statistics is preferable-IDS is an example.
"One of the best courses in the country", according to Mr. Nagaraj, is m. Phil./Ph.d.. The CDS program. Admission is based on performance in MA, a research proposal which demonstrates the candidate's understanding of theory, empirics, and methodology of teaching qualifications (such as UGC), if applicable.
Research methods, economic theory and Economic Development are the Indian basic courses and represent 16 credits; a dissertation is paid eight credits. The mixture of courses offered reflects "the emphasis in parallel to our rigorous programme of two years: first, the acquisition of empirical research tools, and second, an understanding of the theoretical framework of developmental problems," says k. M Nair, a professor at the CDS.
Experts such as Mr. Nagaraj would also recommend I and PhD programs at the Department of Humanities and social sciences at IIT-Madras. It offers a "unique program five years integrated, released in 2006, [which] leads to the Master of Arts (MA) degree in three major disciplines. Development studies, economics, English studies "
Students enrolled in this premier institution could also expect to benefit from close contact with the engineering, science and management departments.
For the degrees MA, the curriculum allows greater flexibility. At THIS, for example, students have a wide range of options for concentration in disciplines such as economics, sociology, political science, psychology, and women, cultural and media studies.
Another option, often subject to obtain scholarships, is enrolling at many development studies courses offered abroad, for example in the United Kingdom, Oxford and London School of Economics (LSE) have master's degrees, which are popular.
Scholarships to support such research include British Chevening, Rhodes (for those with strong extracurricular achievements, too) and Commonwealth Scholarships.
Kaveri Kumar studied at LSE, and now works at the development in London. She says: "What I liked most about the course was the freedom to explore different aspects of the theory of development; working in the development was more about learning on the job, rather than applying any principles I studied at University. "
As in the numerous options available in India, it is important to do your "due diligence" on foreign degrees and to make an informed decision regarding the application.