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Sushant School of Liberal Arts offers a B. A. (Hons) - Liberal Arts degree with flexibility and imagination that students can actually use in the workplace. We believe that a strong general education is critical and must foster opportunities for study in the humanities, enriching design, art & architecture, economics and business practice. The undergraduate programme will be delivered by outstanding faculty, is backed with excellent resources, international relationships and deep industry networks. The Sushant School of Liberal Arts is an excellently located, progressive, career-ready undergraduate opportunity for school students in India.



The plan of study for the B. A. (Hons) degree in Liberal Arts shall be

  • CORE COURSES that integrate key issues across the areas of Humanities, Business, Design, Art & Architecture, Literatureand the Sciences.
  • Specialized FOCUS MAJORS in Economics, Business & Entrepreneurship,
    Design, Art & Architecture(with other majors to be added over time).
  • Wide selection of MINOR subject areas.
  • Compulsory critical thinking SEMINARS, with a broadly Socratic tradition.
  • SURROUND extra-mural courses across the programme.
  • Interactions with outstanding faculty from India and abroad;
  • Lectures and seminars from leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and working professionals;
  • Opportunities for studying abroad at partner institutions;
  • Leadership, communication, entrepreneurship, and professional development activities.

However, each student will be required to focus and specialise in a MAJOR discipline. Initially, the Majors will be selected from:

  • Economics
  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Design
  • Art & Architecture

Further Majors will be added over time.

Students will be required to take a minimum of 60 Credits in their Major discipline. They can take a further 30 credits in the same discipline, in case they wish for a narrow specialisation in their programme of study.

Students will have the option to have a specialisation in a MINOR discipline. In case students want to offer a Minor, they would need a minimum of 20 Credits in their Minor discipline. They can take a further 10 credits in the same discipline, in case they wish for a narrow specialisation in their programme of study.

Courses will be taught and assessed as below

  • Lectures - Formal presentations to large groups of students.
  • Seminars -Groups who discuss assigned topics with a tutor.
  • Tutorials - More informal meetings in which small groups of students discuss their work with a tutor.
  • Continuous assessment - Coursework, participation in projects, seminars and formative examinations. Plus, depending on the course module, a final dissertation and summative examinations.

CORE COURSES will be mandatory requirements to be taken by all students, regardless of their future specialisation. These Core Courses will be taken in the first three semesters, and will be for a total of 60 credits. The Core Courses will cover:

  • The Humanities,
  • Business,
  • Design,
  • Art & Architecture,
  • Literature, and
  • the Sciences.

SEMINARS will follow a Socratic tradition of learning and will be a mandatory requirement to be taken by all students, regardless of their future specialisation. These Seminars will be taken in every semester, and will be for a total of 24 credits (4 credits per semester). Seminar modules will include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Project design and research methods
  • Art and revolution
  • Science, society and media
  • Research methods
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Sustainability and culture
  • Sustainability and economics
  • Socratic reading


The SURROUND PROGRAMME will be a mandatory requirement to be taken by all students, regardless of their future specialisation. Students will be free to choose from a range of extra-mural, practical and creative programmes. Students will be required to take a minimum of 6 Surround Credits (one in each semester) and can supplement their learning by taking up to a maximum of 18 such course credits across the programme. Surround programme options will include:

  • Visual fine arts
  • Performing arts
  • Languages
  • Physical education
  • IT literacy
  • Public speaking
  • Heritage restoration project
  • Digital photography
  • Film and video production

The CORE Programme

Overall: 60 credits

  • Semester 1: 25 credits
  • Semester 2: 25 credits
  • Semester 3: 10 credits

Programmatic spread:

  • Design: 10 credits
    • Design thinking (3 credits)
    • Art history (2 credits)
    • Film, television and new media studies (3 credits)
    • Experiencing the aesthetic (2 credits)
  • Art & Architecture: 10 credits
    • Appreciating art, architecture and aesthetics (3 credits)
    • Reading the past - history and built heritage (2 credits)
    • Habitat studies and sustainable development (3 credits)
    • Smart cities and urban sustainability (2 credits)
  • Business: 9 credits
    • Business mathematics (3 credits)
    • Laws and contracts (2 credits)
    • Basics of entrepreneurship (2 credits)
    • Leadership and organisational behaviour (2 credits)
  • Literature: 4 credits
    • Creative and professional writing (2 credits)
    • Comparative literature (2 credits)
  • Humanities: 22 credits
    • Spiritual studies (2 credits)
    • Education policy and practice (2 credits)
    • Ethics and compliance (2 credits)
    • Power of economic reasoning (3 credits)
    • Social justice, gender studies and human rights (2 credits)
    • Ideas and society (3 credits)
    • Introduction to politics and government (2 credits)
    • Introduction to philosophy (2 credits)
    • The making of India (2 credits)
    • World history (2 credits)
  • Sciences: 5 credits
    • Scientific modelling (2 credits)
    • Global sustainable development (3 credits)


Applications are now being accepted for admissions to the 2017-18 academic session for the B. A. (Hons) - Liberal Arts programme at the Sushant School of Liberal Arts. The academic year commences in August 2017.

50% Scholarships are available to every student admitted to the foundation year (2017). The scholarship will be continued in years 2 and 3 for students maintaining 7.5 CGPA on a scale of 10.

Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from students with a flair for the Liberal Arts, who have either completed their school leaving qualifications or who are completing their board examinations/qualification requirements in the current academic year (2016-17).

Sushant School of Liberal Arts accepts the following school leaving qualifications as acceptable for entry to B. A. (Hons) - Liberal Arts programme:

  • AISSCE (Class XII) examination of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
  • ISC (Year 12) examination of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)
  • Any other Indian board with a Class 12 equivalent examination (including Junior Colleges) that are recognised by the Council of Boards of School Education in India, COBSE (
  • The IB Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO)
  • A minimum of 3 A-levels or Pre-U qualifications from Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
  • Any other international examination board that is recognised by the Association of Indian Universities, AIU (

No specific subject(s) or combination of subjects is required. Students may be required to demonstrate competence in a subject to follow some specialist Major options.

Students who have not received their final school-leaving examination results at the time their application to the Sushant School of Liberal Arts is considered, may be offered a CONDITIONAL OFFER OF ADMISSION. Only those applicants who have made available their final school-leaving examination results will be considered for a FIRM OFFER OF ADMISSION..

Admission Process

Application for admission to the Sushant School of Liberal Arts consists of the following parts:

  1. Application Form
  2. Transcript of marks from Class 10 onwards
  3. Statement of Purpose (Optional - to be written by the applicants and not to exceed 500 words)
  4. Interview (for short-listed candidates only, and to be conducted in Gurgaon or else through Skype)
  • Last date for receiving applications for Round 1: 7th June 2017
  • Decisions on admissions will be finalised by: 15th July 2017
  • Last date for applicants to accept offers of admissions: 31st July 2017

The application process seeks to identify students with a record of academic performance in school, with the academic potential for a challenging programme, with wide interests beyond academics, and for students interested in inter-disciplinary studies in the liberal arts.

Career Prospects

A degree in the Liberal Arts help students prepare for a broad range of career options, or to continue their studies at a higher level in a more specific area of education. In India, most students opt for higher studies after graduation. A degree in Liberal Arts provides the foundational ground and prepares students for the competitive exams that are required to proceed for post graduate studies. Most MBA colleges look for students who have broad academic backgrounds. A Liberal Arts student, being able to bring to the table the knowledge of various fields, would naturally have an edge over graduates with more specialised degrees.

Students are encouraged to choose an emphasis while studying for their degrees in order to develop a specific set of skills. Liberal Arts cover a wide-ranging field that often encompasses many disciplines. Those who earn a degree in Liberal Arts often appeal to employers who seek job candidates with analytical and communications skills. Given the inter-disciplinary character of the programme, Liberal Arts graduates would be eligible for almost any career. Journalism, business, advertising, civil services, writing, research, NGOs, policy making and financial analysis, banking and public relations are just some of the careers that students can opt for, right after their graduation.

Ansal University

Dr Kamlesh Misra
Vice Chancellor

Prof. Kamlesh Misra graduated with Master’s Degree in Economics from Allahabad University, India. After completing his Ph.D. from Northeastern University, Boston, he taught there as lecturer until 1990. He did his advanced training in Financial Management of Local and Regional Governments from Harvard Institute for International Development, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. He served as an Economist at the Center for Social & Urban Research, Pittsburgh University from 1990 to 1994 when he returned to India to Join as HDFC Associate Professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi.

Dr Misra is a well-known and reputed strategist and innovative leader in conceiving, organizing and managing educational and research organizations. He combines in him qualities of vision, building, organizing, motivating and leading teams to perform at their peak level. He is well regarded as a thoughtful leader and speaker on the formulation and implementation of corporate strategies, knowledge and innovation management.

Prof. Misra is known for creating some of the most successful business models in the education sector without compromising on the ethical dimensions of teaching as a profession. He has held the position of Director of several well-known institutions in India. He was the founding Vice Chancellor of Auro University, Surat and currently he hold the position of Vice Chancellor at Ansal University, Gurgaon.

Strategic Management, Public Finance, Urban finance, financial management, Management of Government Finances, and Economic Restructuring are the areas of his special interest. Dr Misra is author of six books and has written over fifty papers in refereed journals.

Dr M. K. Vajpayee

Dr M. K. Vajpayee is a dynamic professional around 24 years experience in education sector, having vast knowledge of university set up, academic administration and management. He has been associated with various University Boards and Govt. Committees. Participated in more than 71 National/International Conferences, workshops and public lectures. He has designed an exclusive model of non formal literacy program.

Presently as; Registrar and member Governing Body Ansal University.

He has served as;
  • Senior Director Educational Planning & Development
  • Registrar
  • Director, in various reputed Universities/Institutions.

He is also honorary,

  • Advisor, International Organization for Educational Development.
  • Chairman HumanityTech India, New Delhi
  • Advisor, Himalayan University, A P.
  • Advisor, RNB Global University, Rajasthan
  • Director on Board, CMAI, New Delhi.
  • Advisor, International Management Centre, Delhi.
  • Advisor, DMV Education Project, New Delhi.
  • Member, DTB Association, New Delhi.
  • Advisor, JJT University, Rajasthan,

Awards Received:

  • Distinguished Award from World Education Summit, Dubai in Feb 2016.
  • Education Excellence Award from Assocham-MHRD,Govt of India and in Feb 2016.
  • Outstanding Award for the year 2013-14 from O.P Jindal Global University.
  • Best Worker Award in 1998 from NCI & Research Centre.
  • TCS –DMVT award for promoting E-Literacy Program.
  • HumanityTech India award for valuable contribution in education.
  • Received Assocham award for significant contribution in education sector in 2017

Research : 1.‘Shiksharopan’ Functional Literacy Program Model. 2. Life Insurance market.
Conference/workshops: More than 71
Publications: 18

Sushant School of Liberal Arts

Dr Giles Tillotson

The Dean of the School, Professor Giles Tillotson was educated at Trinity College Cambridge, where he read Philosophy, History of Art and Oriental Studies. After completing his PhD, he was elected a Research Fellow at Peterhouse, Cambridge (1986-90). He then taught for fourteen years at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he became Reader in History of Art, and Chair of Art & Archaeology. He is also a Fellow (and former Director) of the Royal Asiatic Society, London. 

An expert on the art history of India, he is the author of numerous books on architecture, history and landscape. He has extensive experience in managing research and publication projects and has worked in that capacity for the City Palace, Jaipur for the last six years. His areas of special expertise include the history and architecture of the Rajput courts of Rajasthan, and of the Mughal cities of Delhi and Agra; Indian architecture in the period of British rule and after Independence; and landscape painting in India. He first visited India in 1979 (as a year-off student on a teaching assignment) and returned frequently before settling in India in 2004.  He now lives in Gurgaon.

Giles Tillotson’s many books include Taj Mahal (published in 2008 by Profile UK, Penguin India and Harvard).  A cultural history of the famous monument and an account of both Indian and foreign responses to it, this book has been hailed as ‘a delightful and fascinating excavation of the Taj Mahal’s many layers of meaning’.  An earlier book Jaipur Nama (Penguin India, 2006) is a study of that celebrated city, also based on local and foreign perceptions through history, creating what India Today called ‘a kaleidoscopic picture of Jaipur over the centuries from the most varied points of view’.  Another book (co-authored with Vibhuti Sachdev) is Jaipur City Palace (Roli Books, 2008), an illustrated history of one of India’s most popular tourist attractions, described by the Hindustan Times as a ‘must read’.

These three books – and his novel, Return to Bhanupur (Penguin Books New Delhi, 2012) – are all aimed at the general reader.  Dr Tillotson is also the author of a number of specialist scholarly works, including The Rajput Palaces (1987) and The Tradition of Indian Architecture (1989), both published by Yale University Press and OUP Delhi; The Artificial Empire (Curzon Press, 2000) and Building Jaipur (co-authored with Vibhuti Sachdev, Reaktion UK and OUP Delhi 2002).  Early in his career he also wrote a study of art on the South China Coast, Fan Kwae Pictures (HSBC/Spink, 1987), and a handbook to Mughal architecture, Mughal India (Penguin, 1990).

Dr Chitrakalpa Sen
Associate Professor of Economics

Dr Chitrakalpa Sen is Associate Professor of Economics. An economist by training, Dr Sen holds a Masters degree in economics from the University of Calcutta and a PhD from West Bengal University of Technology (now known as MaulanaAbulKalam Azad University of Technology). During his doctoral years, Sen served as a Project Fellow for a major UGC funded project, under the School of Management of the University. His papers are regularly published in national and international peer-reviewed journals. He has also authored/co-authored a number of books with reputed international publishers. He teaches courses related to economics and quantitative methods. His current research interests are in financial econometrics, in particular the nonlinear behaviour of high frequency financial markets with a focus on green stocks.


Dr Kamlesh Misra is an economist with a PhD from Northeastern University, Boston. He did his advanced Training in Financial Management from HIID, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. He has previously taught at the Northeastern University and University of Pittsburgh before returning to India. He has written over 60 research papers in fields of economics and management and has written/edited six books. He is passionate teacher and an inspiration to his students. He enjoys painting, photography, travelling and music. He was recently appointed Vice Chancellor of Ansal University.

Dr Vibhuti Sachdev

Dr Vibhuti Sachdev qualified as an architect (SPA, Delhi) and has a PhD in VastuVidya (University of London). She works as a conservation consultant, writer and designer, and is interested in issues of Indian modernity, urbanism, and the craft and cultural traditions. She has taught at the University of Sussex, and written four books and several articles on the subjects of Jaipur, VastuVidya, Indian cities and Indian modernities. She is currently Dean and Professor at the Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Ansal University.

Prof Mike Knowles

Prof Mike Knowles has forty years’ experience in professional practice and education. Believing in the value of design and craft skills for society, he moved to India to develop job creation through export projects and helped establish the In Group. In 2005 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and up until recently, headed the India Fellowship.In 2008 he established a Skills Academy for the University of the Arts in London, and was conferred a Visiting Professorship.In 2010 he was given responsibility for developing the Sushant School of Design at Ansal University, where he is now Director of the creative Hub and Director International

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