About Us

The Department of Liberal Arts at IITH Hyderabad is a leading centre for the study of a highly diverse range of subjects including Anthropology, Cognitive Science, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Economics, English (Literature and Language), Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology, and Science and Technology Studies. The department is deeply committed to teaching innovative and intellectually stimulating courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as to world-class research in cutting-edge areas. In addition, Liberal Arts at IIT Hyderabad places a lot of importance on interdisciplinary collaborations through projects and other academic collaborations of national and international importance. If the department boasts of a team of excellent faculty members, it also houses young students and scholars who deeply contribute to the department’s academic growth. Further, Liberal Arts at IIT Hyderabad is very proud of its alumni many amongst who are currently serving as faculty members in various national institutes and universities of repute or pursuing higher academics and socially relevant projects. Simply put, the department of Liberal Arts enriches the academic and creative life of the institute, encourages cutting-edge scholarship, and cultivates a deeper understanding of humanity at large.

Message from Head of the Department

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Liberal Arts at IIT Hyderabad! We offer a vibrant and diverse academic culture which is both cultivated and advanced by our team of exceptional and devoted faculty members. Drawing upon the classical model of education through intellectual inquiry and interweaving it with the progressive ideologies of a globalized and technologized world, our department houses various branches of the Humanities and the Social Sciences, while also offering several programs in the Creative and Performing Arts. Our mission is to excel in teaching and research not only in the core areas of the Humanities and the Social Sciences but also to harness the enormous possibilities that reside in interdisciplinary research in alliance with scientific and technical disciplines. We also aspire to facilitate collaborations and partnerships with reputed national and global academic organizations as well as individuals. In all, the Department of Liberal Arts at IIT Hyderabad seeks to foster a knowledge economy that contributes to scholarly growth, policy level transformations and, ultimately, to societal development.

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Prof. Srirupa Chatterjee

Head of the Department

Recent Achievement


GraamHeet Forbes Asia 100 to Watch List

GramHeet provides integrated postharvest services to smallholder farmers in India to prevent food grain losses and increase their income significantly. We provide decentralized storage, instant credit, and market linkages to smallholder farmers at the village level through a digital platform. Our innovative model of hermetic storage prevents food grain losses and increases shelf-life organically up to 16 months. Further, due to the convenient and affordable storage facility and instant credit, smallholder farmers avail of seasonal price gains and increase their income by up to 40%. In the last two years, we worked with more than 3500 farmers and prevented food grain losses of 1000 MT. We started in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra in Aug 2020. Today, we are working in the Akola and Parbhani districts of Maharashtra and the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
"The journey of startup was not a simple linear line, through curves and edges, we powered on. The global recognition from Forbes Asia is indeed motivating and encouraging for us to continue our impact journey. Thanks to all our supporters for being with us on this journey and believing in our vision to build a sustainable food system where every farmer cultivates with dignity and feeds the world with pride." Shweta Thakare (Co-founder & COO)

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