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IITGN invites applications for PG programmes in Cognitive Science, Society & Culture


The Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) has invited applications for MSc in Cognitive Science—an interdisciplinary field comprising of psychology, philosophy, computer science, neuroscience and artificial intelligence. The institute has also invited applications for MA in Society and Culture—a course that provides students the breadth and focuses in the key disciplines within humanities and social sciences.

According to a release by the institute, Cognitive Science is growing as a discipline of utmost importance with applications in every major field. The institute claimed that it has a state-of-the-art Centre for Cognitive and Brain Sciences.

The centre conducts high-quality research in the frontier areas of cognitive science on various cutting-edge topics like perception, curiosity, attention, motor learning, decision making, prosthetics, rehabilitation, robotics, consumer behavior, multisensory perception, music cognition, tactile perception, etc.

Unique qualities of the IITGN courses

Highlighting the unique qualities of these two courses, Prof Jaison Manjaly, Head, Discipline of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar, said, “The interdisciplinary nature of all the IIT Gandhinagar courses makes a student’s learning experience highly enriching. The MA in Society and Culture offers students diverse perspectives on social and cultural factors with a nuanced and more in-depth understanding of their context.”

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“The MSc in Cognitive Science, on the other hand, offers a deeper understanding of mind, brain, and cognition. These programs are also uniquely aligned to the IITGN’s vision to enable lifelong learning among the students,” Manjaly said.

Key date

The deadline for both MSc (Cognitive Science) and MA (Society and Culture) is January 31, 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both admission tests and interviews for the courses will be conducted online. Applications for these two courses can be obtained from the website of the institute.


Eligible candidates admitted to the MSc (Cognitive Science) and MA (Society and Culture) programs will receive a monthly scholarship of Rs 5,000.

The institute also encourages the MSc (Cognitive Science) and MA (Society and Culture) students to present their research work at national and international conferences, and provide travel scholarships of up to Rs 60,000.


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