Department of Education in Social Sciences and Humanities


The Department of Education in Social Sciences & Humanities (DESSH) is one of the four major Departments of the Regional Institute of Education, Ajmer. There are six sanctioned posts of academic faculty in this Department i.e. Hindi (Assistant Professor:01); English (Assistant Professor: 01 and Associate Professor:01); Urdu(Assistant Professor:01); Geography(Assistant Professor:01) and History (Assistant Professor:01). However, at present the Department has two professors (English: 01 and Urdu: 01) and one Associate Professor each in Hindi and Geography respectively. The Department is actively engaged both in Pre-service Teacher Education programmes including B.A.B. Ed. and B.Ed. besides contributing to B.Sc.B.Ed. and M.Ed. The faculty of DESSH undertake the In-service Teacher Education Programmes including Research, Training, Development and Extension. In addition to it, the faculty of DESSH undertake the works pertaining to literary activities being organised from time to time in the Institute, Early Literacy Programmes and promoting Hindi language and inculcating human values as enshrined in the Constitution of India. The Department has well-furnished Geography Lab and Language Lab (in progress).

Language is not everything in education but education is nothing without language. Hindi, English and Urdu constitute the triumvirate linguistic diversity of DESSH for nurturing language education as an integral part of teacher education programme for catering the educational needs of the Northern Region. Learning the language is part of learning the concepts, as the concepts are constructed through language. The efficacy of linguistic proficiency as the ability to correlate and comprehend holistic vision of the concept is extremely remarkable. Language forms essential part of academic literacy and learning language itself serves the goal of achieving academic competence. In fact, language functions as a key to unlock the barriers of knowledge and experience. It is a means of communication through which the child contemplates the past, grasps the present and approaches the future.

It is significant to mention that the relation between language and literature is very intimate. Literature is taught and learnt not for getting information only. It also serves the purpose of enjoyment. Literature is a thing of beauty because it has the beauty of language, beauty of form, beauty of thoughts and beauty of emotions. Language cannot be used in a vacuum; it requires some suitable context, and literature is the best context where language can be used. Nevertheless, teaching language should be the aim of teaching literature because language is the key to open the door of every subject. Language across the curriculum needs to emphasised in order to strengthen the linguistic proficiency and communication skills amongst all student-teachers irrespective of subjects and disciplines enabling them more employable and suitable for the noble profession which we call teaching.

At present the subjects under Social Sciences include Geography, History, Economics and Political Science. The main purpose of teaching and learning social sciences is to prepare responsible citizens who play the role of watchdogs in safeguarding the social and ethical values. The Department undertakes the activities pertaining to working with community which is an integral part of pre-service teacher education programmes leading to the pupil-teachers to face the challenges in real life situations.