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Visva-Bharati invites applications

K. VIJAYA BHASKARA REDDY

The university has a wide variety of courses in the humanities, fine arts and sciences.

Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, is inviting applications for academic year 2008-09. The university established by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore stands out for its academic excellence and the diversity of the courses that it offers. The university institutes are offering the following courses.

The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Vidya-Bhavana) offers B.A. courses in Sanskrit, Bengali, English, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Oriya, Indo-Tibetan Studies, Philosophy, Economics, History, Persian, Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology, Comparative Religion, Geography, Journalism & Mass Communication, Functional Hindi and Mathematics. For Persian, Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese, the BA course is of four years including one-year preparatory course work. The institute also offers M.A. programmes in all these subjects.

The Institute of Science (Siksha-Bhavana) is offering master’s programmes in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Zoology, Botany, Statistics, Environmental Science and Computers. Bachelor’s degree is offered in all these subjects except in Environmental Science. The Institute of Music, Dance & Drama is offering B.Mus. and M.Mus. courses in Rabindra Sangit, Hindustani Classical in both Vocal and Instrumental (Sitar/Esraj/Tabla/Pakhawaj), Kathakali and Manipuri dance.

The Institute of Fine Arts (Kala-Bhavana) offers BFA, MFA, Casual Course, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Painting, Sculpture, Mural, Graphic Art (Print Making), Design (Textile/Ceramic) and History of Art (only for BFA and MFA students), two-year certificate course in Design and three-year bridge course in History of Art (leading to MFA).

The Institute of Agriculture (Palli Siksha Bhavana) offers four-year B.Sc in Agriculture (Honours) and M.Sc. in Agronomy, Plant Protection, Agricultural Extension, Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry and Horticulture.

The Institute of Rural Reconstruction (Palli Smagathana Vibhaga) offers M.A. and M.Sc. in Anthropology, M.A. Rural Development, MSW, BSW (Honours), three-year diploma in Textile Technology (Handloom), Furniture Technology & Interior Design, Pottery and Ceramic Technology. The Institute of Education (Vinaya-Bhavana) offers M.A. Education, B.A. and B.Sc. (Honours) in Physical Education and one-year B.P.Ed.

Interested students can obtain application from the office of the Deputy Registrar (Academic & Research) against a crossed demand draft (Rs. 200 - general category, Rs. 70 for SC, ST and OBC students) in favour of ‘Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan’ and payable at ‘State Bank of India, Santiniketan Branch (code: 2121)’ along with a self-addressed envelop affixed with postage stamps of Rs. 40. Applications are also available at select branches of Union Bank of India in major cities from June 4 to 30. Last date for receipt of applications is June 30. For further details, log on to www.visva-bharati.ac.in

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