Faculty of Science and Humanities, one of the faculties of SRM Institute of Science and Technology, was started in 2003 with a single Department of Biotechnology consisting of 87 students at UG level and 69 students at PG level. For the last 15 years, the growth and development of Faculty of Science and Humanities has been enormous. In 2017-18 the FSH boasted a student strength of nearly 4231 students and a faculty figure around 267. For the current academic year 2018-19 the strength of incoming freshers is expected to be around 2000.
The growth of the FSH can also be measured in the steady expansion of the number of Departments. From just the Department of Bio-Technology in 2003 offering courses at the Bachelors and Masters level, today the FSH has thirteen major Departments and five allied departments offering more than 17 programs at the Bachelor’s level and 9 at the Master’s level.
The Department of Bio Technology has Post Doctoral Fellows and the Departments of English, Tamil, Hindi, Commerce and Journalism and Mass Communication offer the Ph.D Program with both full time and part time scholars.
The Faculty of Science and Humanities has had the rich tradition of attracting students from all parts of India and also from other parts of the world like South Asia, East Asia and Africa; and in the overseas Indian student community from the Middle East, Africa and the United States. The FSH is an active participant in SRM Institute of Science and Technology’s student semester-abroad and faculty exchange programs.
In 2011 a student affairs cell, a career development cell and a placement cell have been initiated has also initiated keeping in mind the academic and social welfare of the students; and an NSS programme for the welfare of the communities around SRM Institute of Science and Technology.
Spectrum, the University Newspaper edited and published by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, brings out useful general and technical information about the goings on in the several campuses and faculties as also highlighting the inventions of the student community. And staying with the national and global trends from the start of 2017, Spectrum has become an e-paper.
At the FSH Career Development and Placement are two sides of the same coin intended for the student to attain his desired position upon graduation. The records over the last five years show that only about 10 to 15 per cent of the graduating class go for higher education in India or overseas. A small fraction of the student community return to the FSH to pursue a Master’s program. The major departments at the FSH see a whole range of companies both from core and information technology as well as popular and large media outlets, both print and electronic.
The FSH takes great pride in its teaching faculty getting recognized nationally or internationally through awards from reputed organizations. Seven of our faculty members have won national awards and two have walked away with international recognitions.
Almost every department has a student story or more to tell when it comes to getting selected for a fellowship to Japan or the United States, attending a semester-at-sea through the Rotary International Fellowship, securing a paid internship at a concern like Goldman Sachs or participating in an international competition at Europe. The same goes for students attending a NSS camp in China or representing the University and the FSH at the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.
The Faculty of Science and Humanities is led by veteran academicians and administrators—Dr. R. Balasubramanian as Director, Dr. J.Jothikumar as Dean and Dr. John Thiruvadigal as Dean of Sciences.