Russian Studies: Established in 1952, it is one of the only Centres of Higher Education in the Western Region of India, imparting training in Russian Philology at UG, PG and Doctoral levels, and it is also recognised for some of its Programmes, offered in lieu of those, equivalent in seven leading CIS Universities of higher education. The department has made valuable contributions to Indian Collaborations and Joint Ventures with CIS Countries in the fields of Science and Technology.
The major thrust areas are: Methods of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language and Interference of the Mother Tongue in the Target Language Acquisition; Audio-visual Aids and Interactive Tools in the teaching of the Target Language; and Typological and Comparative Studies in Contacting Languages and their Literatures.
It has also instituted a Gold Medal for the topper at the BA Programme. It introduced a new concept and component of ‘Self Study’ for all Programmes at UG and PG levels.
With a library of 5000+ books; having a rich collection of text-books and dictionaries, it received a building and equipment grant of Rs. 20 lacs for its Library, modernization of its Language Laboratory and setting up of an Electronic Classroom under the XI Plan grants of the UGC. It has, thus completed procurement and installation of the Language Laboratory cum Electronic Classroom, to be put to active use from the current Academic Year. The Department is also known and appreciated for its active role in co-scholastic activities, especially for its theatrical productions by ‘Ruslan’ for the last 32 years.
French Studies: The teaching of French has achieved much in terms of academic growth since 1890s, when Maharaja Sayajirao appointed Sri Aurobindo to teach French in the erstwhile Baroda College. Besides the Self-Financing Programmes, BA, Certificate, Diploma and Post-Diploma in French are also offered.
Teaching of French Language, Literature, Linguistics, Translation, Civilisation and Culture are the strong academic points of the Department. Students have been placed as language experts in various companies in India and abroad. The Department also has a strong liaison with the French Embassy.
:Members of the Teaching Faculty: Russian Studies:
Department of Sanskrit, Pali & Prakrit Established in 1949, the Department of Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit is one of the important centres of Sanskrit Studies providing facilities for teaching and research in three ancient languages. It also has the distinction of having a provision for study and research in fourteen Shastra disciplines like Vedanta, Purana, and Alamkara Shastra etc. The Department has introduced a Foundation course in Communicative Sanskrit at BA Semesters I & II to propagate day to day communication in Sanskrit Language. Besides that the Department also teaches portions from Ramayana, Mahabharata and Modern Literature balancing the past glory and the present creative writings in Sanskrit. The Department has maintained a strong research culture and demonstrated an impressive record of producing doctoral research. The special papers for the study of Pali and Prakrit languages have been introduced at UG & PG level.
:Members of the Teaching Faculty: Dr. Rabindra Panda (Offg. Head)
Dr. Shweta Jejurkar
Ms. Varda Vasa
Department of Sociology Established in 1951, founded by Professor M. N. Srinivas, the Department of Sociology, has earned a name, under the able guidance of Prof. M. N. Srinivas and Prof. I. P. Desai, as a leading department of teaching and research in Sociology in India.
Syllabi for various Programmes are revised from time to time with a view to bringing them at par with those suiting to the contemporary academic demands. At the PG level, there is an emphasis on both theoretical and empirical material.
The department has instituted the Prof. M. N. Srinivas Scholarship for M.A. students, and the I.P. Desai Scholarship for T.Y.B.A. and S.Y.B.A. students.
The Gift Book Collection Library is a unique feature of the department. It is a collection of books, gifted by students, teachers and other donors from outside the Department.
:Members of the Teaching Faculty: Prof. Pradeep Singh Choondawat (Offg. Head)
Dr. Sreedevi Xavier
Ms. Mandakini Jha
Sindhi The subject of Sindhi is governed directly under the Faculty Board and training in Sindhi is imparted since 1965. The subject is offered at BA Semesters 01 and 02 (Allied and Foundation Courses) and BA Semesters 03 and 04 (Allied and Interdisciplinary Elective Courses).
:Member of the Teaching Faculty: Dr. Varsha Udhodasani*
*Temporary appointments during the AY 2015-2016
Departments under other Faculties: The following Departments, under other Faculties, make an integral part of the basic component of Inter-Institutional collaborations of the Faculty of Arts and also make important components of different Programmes of Studies.
Department of Psychology: Faculty of Education and Psychology Since its inception in 1935 under the aegis of the erstwhile Baroda College, the Department of Psychology has grown appreciably and made important contribution in the fields of teaching-learning, research and community activities. The Department offers four fields of specialization at the UG and PG levels: Clinical, Industrial, Educational and Counseling Psychology.
The two degree programmes, BA and MA are offered in academic coordination with the Faculty of Arts.
The Department also contributes through community outreach programmes. Established in 2003, the Counseling Centre of the Department caters to a large section of clientele, referred by both, private and government establishments.
Apart from conducting aptitude tests for school children, the department since the last four years has been annually organizing ‘Mental Health Week’, during which it hosts a variety of events for the benefit of the local population.
Prof. Urmi Nanda Biswas (Head)
Department of Geography: Faculty of Science Established in 1952, the Department of Geography offers courses at the Faculties of Science and Arts, and offers BA and MSc Programmes. Arts graduates with Geography as the Core Course are also eligible for admission into MSc Programme.
The Department integrates classroom teaching and field training. Educational tours are conducted right from the first year of the Graduation Programme through which practical knowledge in physical, social, economic and environmental aspects is imparted. Hands on training with visiting faculties is also organized for the students.
Prof. Niladri Dash (Head)
Department of Mathematics: Faculty of Science Established in1949, the Department of Mathematics offers Programmes, both at the Faculties of Science (at UG and PG Levels) and Arts (at UG Level),and is actively engaged in research and analysis in Classical Harmonic Analysis, Special Functions, Topology and Classical General Relativity and Fluid Mechanics. Since January 1958 many researchers in the Department have initiated a good number of quality research work in the study of Fourier Series in general, and Lacunary Fourier Series in particular.
Since 1973 the Department is actively engaged in the Field of Special Functions Research too.
The Department was awarded FIST Programme of the DST in 2009. With support from FIST and UGC XI Plan Grants the Department is well equipped with modern facilities and equipment for its academic and research pursuits.
Prof. Haribhai Kataria (Head)
Department of Statistics: Faculty of Science Department of Statistics was established in the year 1949. Currently there are 10 permanent faculty members, including 4 Professors, 2 Readers and 4 Lecturers; and 4 temporary faculty members. Department is actively involved in research in the areas of probability, Statistical Quality Control, Statistical Inference, Operations research & Design of Experiments. The dept. has to its credit several research papers in nationally as well as internationally reputed journals. Faculty members have done major/ minor research projects funded by various agencies of Govt. of India. Collaborative research work has also been taken up with universities in USA during the year 2007. Department has introduced a NEW PG course: M.Sc. Biostatistics from academic year 2009-10.
Population Research Centre (PRC) of the department came into existence on 1st July 1967. Out of the eighteen PRC’s established by the Govt. of India, nine of them have been given the status of fully developed centers and it is a matter of pride that the PRC, Baroda, is one of them. The center has made major strides in widening the scope of its activities and getting recognition both at the national as well as international level. The department also has a Statistical Service Unit, which provides statistical consultation to the researchers, working in different areas.
Prof. K. Muralidharan (Head)
04. Members of the Non-Teaching Staff: 06. Overall rules and guidelines: a. Wherever applicable in terms of limited number of seats, the Faculty of Arts follows guidelines of the Government of Gujarat in the matter of reservation of seats for candidates belonging to the categories of SC (7%), ST (15%) and SEBC (27%).
b. All governing rules for CBCS, amended by the CBCS Implementation Committee of the Faculty of Arts from time to time, or as commensurate with the rules and regulations, framed and accepted to be implemented by the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, will be binding upon the governance and pursuance of the Choice Based Credit System at the Faculty of Arts from time to time. Therefore, students admitted in the entire initial phase of the first three years (beginning with the Academic Year 2011-2012) will be required to follow any such changes or amendments that may be implemented by the above committee.
c. The Faculty of Arts follows the overall grading system of the Parent Institution, as indicated below:
Percentage of Marks:
Division / Grade:
90.01 – 100.00 %
First / O
9.01 – 10.00
80.01 – 90.00 %
First / A
8.01 – 9.00
70.01 – 80.00 %
First / B
7.01 – 8.00
60.01 – 70.00 %
First / C
6.01 – 7.00
50.01 – 60.00 %
Second / D
5.01 – 6.00
40.00 – 50.00 %
Pass / E
4.00 – 5.00
Upto 39.99 %
d. As per the rules of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, all students are required to submit to the Faculty Office a Medical Screening Report for Thalassaemia Minor from appropriate testing bodies or as obtained from screening camps, organized from time to time by the University along with the Indian Red Cross Society.
e. FOR CLARIFICATIONS / QUERIES, PLEASE contact in person THE COORDINATOR, CBCS, Faculty of Arts (BHASHA BHAVAN) during Visiting Hours (11.00 – 12.00 hrs.), or through prior intimation, on any working day, or one may also write to: THE COORDINATOR, (FoA-CBCS, Faculty of Arts, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara - 390002, INDIA), and mail at: email@example.com
05. The Choice Based Credit System (CBCS):
07. Terminologies, which make the integral part of the CBCS: The CBCS, introduced in this Faculty during the Academic Year 2011-2012, was envisaged with a view to introducing and practicing several unique features such as ability to match students’ scholastic needs and aspirations, improvement in educational quality and excellence, and the like.
The Faculty of Arts, therefore, introduced a consolidated BA Honors Programme in the CBCS pattern with effect from the Academic Year 2011-12 progressively. The major components of CBCS, viz. Semester System, multidimensional and holistic course structures based on wider choices, assignment of credits to courses, evaluation through a grading system, and continuous assessment – make the basic components of the system, introduced progressively for all academic programmes, offered under the Faculty, i.e. BA, MA, BLIS, MLIS, Certificate, Diploma and Post-Diploma, w.e.f. the Academic Year 2011-12.
The Academic Year in which a student is admitted into the First Semester of any Programme (BA, MA, M.Phil., Ph.D., BLIS, MLIS, CERTIFICATE, DIPLOMA, POST DIPLOMA) is termed as THE BASE YEAR.
A semester, roughly of 21-22 weeks, with 15-18 weeks of academic activities, as per its proposed academic calendar, is the division of an academic year. A semester system, therefore, divides the academic year into two terms, including Admissions, Mid Semester and End Semester examinations and all other activities, related to that particular semester.
THEREFORE, THE TWO SEMESTERS FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2013-2014 ARE VISUALISED AS BELOW:
The term “PROGRAMME” is a fixed Educational Programme, instead of “DEGREE”.
A ‘course’ is a component of programme. In the CBCS, papers are referred to as courses. Each course is identified by a unique course / subject code and it can have components comprising theoretical / tutorial / laboratory work / field work / project work and the like. Every course carries some defined weightages and these weightages are called credits. In the Faculty of Arts all courses for all Programmes, other than BLIS and MLIS, are of 3 credits.
A credit defines the course contents divided into 3-4 units and is determined by the number of hours of instruction, imparted per week in terms of contact hours.
1 credit = 1 hour of direct teaching per week. Therefore, a 3 Credit Course will imply 03 hours of direct teaching per week for the entire duration of 15-18 weeks in each Semester.
Grade and calculation of Semester Grade Point Average and Cumulative Grade Point Average: Grade is an index to indicate the performance of a student in a particular Course / Programme. Grading reduces subjective elements in the process of evaluation. A grading system, allots grades, depending on the range of marks secured in a particular course. Grade Point is the weightage, allotted to each grade depending on the range of marks secured by a student in a course.
Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) indicates the performance of a student in a given semester. SGPA is based on the total credit points earned by the student in all the courses and the total numbers of credits assigned to the courses in a semester.
08. Eligibility Criteria for admission into BA-Honors Programme of Studies: Admissions into the BA Programme of Studies are conducted once in an Academic Year and for Semesters 01 and 02, together.
Who are eligible to apply for admission into BA Semesters 01 and 02 ?
Candidates, who have passed HSC or its equivalent Examination of March / July 2016 with English as one of their subjects and who have been born before December 15, 2000 are eligible to apply for admission into the First Semester of the BA – Honors Programme of the Faculty of Arts.
Candidates, who have passed HSC or its equivalent Examination of March / July 2015, 2014 or 2013 with English as one of their subjects, and who have been born before December 15, 2000 and have not taken admission into any Degree Course / Programme of Studies may also apply for admission to the BA – Honors Programme of the Faculty of Arts. Admission to such candidates may be granted subject to availability of seats.
Further that all students, thus admitted into Semester 01, 03, 05 will have to strictly observe rules of the Faculty of Arts in terms of intake capacity for various courses and SEAT LIMITS, which may change from time to time.
09. Structure and Credit Distribution of Courses for BA Honors
10. Guidelines for selection of Courses for BA Programme of Studies: The Faculty, through its various Departments and disciplines taught under it, imparts training under the following major categories of courses:
a. Core Courses
b. Allied Courses
c. Foundation Courses
d. Interdisciplinary Elective Courses
e. Project Work
All entrants at Semester 01 of the BA Honors Programme (w.e.f. the Academic Year 2011-2012) are required to offer 04 Foundation Courses, 01 Core Course, 02 Allied Courses, and 01 Interdisciplinary Elective Course from amongst the disciplines offered under Table A, and select disciplines / courses as per Table B at Semester II.
All students will have to offer Foundation Courses in English and Hindi HL, however, those who have not studied Hindi at any level at and after CLASS / STANDARD VI during schooling, may be allowed to offer Hindi LL, subject to their appealing for the same at the time of admission, and permission being granted by the committee, specially constituted for the purpose. STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE IN TERMS OF MARKS-SHEETS from CLASS / STANDARD VII to XII.
Students are allowed to choose Foundation Courses (04 and 08) and Interdisciplinary Electives from the groups other than their Core and Allied Courses.
Choices of Disciplines for Core and Allied Courses have to be indicated at Semester I from amongst Core and Allied Subjects, listed appropriately. IT MUST BE NOTED THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO REPETITION OF DISCIPLINES / SUBJECTS AT CORE, ALLIED and INTERDISCIPLINARY ELECTIVE COURSES.
IF A STUDENT HAS OPTED FOR Arabic, French, German, Persian or Russian at CORE or ALLIED COURSES, THERE SHOULD BE NO REPETITION OF THE SAME DISCIPLINES / SUBJECTS AT FOUNDATION 04 / 08 COURSES ALSO.
Allied Courses and Interdisciplinary Electives, wherever applicable, ARE TO BE WRITTTEN / ENTERED in the admission forms IN THEIR ALPHABETICAL ORDER.
Students will continue to offer the same two Allied Courses at Semesters III and IV.
The Social Orientation and Extension Activity Courses include: NCC, NSS and ACC, which are conducted under the aegis of the NCC Units, NSS Coordination Office at the Faculty of Social Work and ACC at the Department of Physical Education (Union Pavilion), and all new entrants are required to opt for any one of them, for which they are advised to contact the concerned offices directly.