Under the double pressure of industrialization and globalization, India faces social and cultural problems that require original and innovative
research in social sciences and humanities. Social science and humanities education and research in India, however, are declining at an
alarming rate, both in quantity and quality. As a consequence, no useful scientific output is produced. Moreover, no bright, intelligent
and young people are attracted to build a career in these knowledge domains.
The Academy for Social Sciences and Humanities (ĀSHA) has been set up to address this situation in one state, Karnataka. It will evaluate the current syllabi in the social sciences and humanities, propose changes in them, produce a vision document on the required nature of higher education in 21st century, involve Indian and international scholars and government administrators in the process, introduce social science and humanities modules in the engineering colleges, train teachers, and create a dynamic movement with the potential of replication in all parts of India.