Liberal education (“liberal ed”) is a mode of teaching any branch of knowledge; this mode is based on broad foundations and, critically, student choice of branch or “major.” The “foundations + branch choice” concept is widely used in global universities (e.g. MIT).
Open to already-admitted undergraduates at IIT Bombay, the Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (LASE) program allows students to access any branch of knowledge at IIT Bombay after their first year.
At the end of the first year, undergraduates can attempt a branch change. Now they have one more option: switch to the LASE program and then choose from one of five branches of knowledge or concentrations:
- Natural Sciences
- Engineering Sciences
- Social Sciences
- Art & Design
- Custom Concentration
The process is simple:
Step 1: take the LASE test/interview at the end of your first year. If you are selected, you will have the option of the LASE program in the Branch Change portal.
Step 2: take 5 Foundation Courses in Semesters 3 and 4 plus any electives of your choice
Step 3: by the end of Semester 4, choose any of the concentrations to work on in Semesters 5 to 8
Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science (BS) as per their choice of concentration:
BS Natural Sciences
BS Engineering Sciences
BS Social Sciences
BS Art & Design
BS “Custom Concentration” eg Healthcare Engineering
Explore the course structure above and apply here.