Gandhian Centre for Philosophical Arts and Sciences
Gandhian Centre for Philosophical Arts and Sciences is a department which engages with interdisciplinary teaching and research with a view to developing alternative knowledge systems to deal with contemporary crises. The Centre engages with intersectionality of aesthetics, philosophy, ecology, journalism, Gandhian and peace studies.
The Centre offers :
a) A post-graduate degree MA in Ecosophical Aesthetics - first of its kind anywhere, is a two-year programme to fulfill the need for ‘art writers’. It is essentially ‘art journalism from ecosophical perspective’. Ecosophy combines ecology and philosophy. The programme includes a philosophical appreciation of all art forms – music, dance, literature, theatre, cinema, painting etc with a focus on writing and ecosophy is the connecting thread. Anyone with graduation or equivalent degree can take up this programme.
b) MA in Art and Peace Studies- an innovative post graduate programme which attempts to connect art and peace studies form a philosophical perspective. It includes areas such as society, polity, development studies, gender studies, Gnadhian studies, journalism, media and international peace and different forms of art such a music, dance, theatre, visul arts and cinema.
c) BA in Aesthetics and Peace Studies- covers awide ranging areas of liberal arts/ humanities and social sciences with a broad framework of Aesthetics and Peace Studies catering to a variety of interests and honing certain specific skills. With this background the students should be able to work in media and art organisations.
d) A certificate programme in Gandhian and Peace Studies: The course intends to add strength to everyone, desirous of shaping oneself in a better way and engaging with a focus on welfare of all i.e. sarvodaya in Gandhian philosophy.
e) A certificate programme in Yakshagana appreciation: Yakshagana is a traditional art form, primarily performed in Coastal Karnataka and Malnad region. It is a complete theatre art in the sense it makes use of instrumental music, songs, dance, dialogues and rich costumes.
f) A certificate programme in Art Appreciation: The course presents an environment for creative thinking and scope for experimentation. It is offered by Centre for Creative and Cultural Studies, a unit of the Gandhian Centre.
I have learnt a lot at GCPAS over and above the subjects being taught. The inter disciplinarity lends a connection among different areas of knowledge and the liberal atmosphere offers a fine climate for exploration, It is ecosophical aesthetic and peaceful. Thanks, GCPAS.
Ms. Lavanya N.K,
Nalandaway, Chennai and Gandhi-kind Fellowship Awardee
The subjects being offered at GCPAS are unique in nature and they form a rare combination. They are taught with utmost care, preparing students for a wider view of life and the real world. The courses can offer a profession as well as a mission for life.
Ms. Dhanya Hegde
Learning at GCPAS has been a growing experience. The courses have a certain purpose in mind and they try to address the contemporary challenges of our times. We get ready for the real world as well as for the broader cause.
Mr. Vijeth Krishna
Deccan Herald, Bengaluru
The courses being offered are meant to make a difference – both within oneself and in the larger world. Ecosophy, Aesthetics and Peace are the major areas which can make our life worth-living.
Dr. Arunima Chauhan
Dr. Arunima Chauhan, Malaysia