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The University

The North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) at Shillong, Meghalaya (India) was set up by an Act of Parliament and notified on 19th July 1973. The objectives of the University, as laid down in the Act, are "to disseminate and advance knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities in such branches of learning as it may deem fit; to pay special attention to the improvement of the social and economic conditions and welfare of the people of the hill areas of the North-eastern region, and in particular, the intellectual, academic and cultural advancement".   



NEHU is performing well and it was re-accredited by the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) as an 'A' grade university in 2017. It was also adjudged as a 'University with Potential for Excellence' in 2006 by the University Grants Commission making it one of the top few universities in India. According to India Today Nielsen Survey NEHU ranked 16 in 2012 (as against 22 in 2011 and 25 in 2010) among the top 50 universities in India. According to the ranking made by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, NEHU ranked 39 in 2019 as against 61 in 2018 among the top 100 Universities in India.

The Department of Economics

The Department of Economics is one of the seven Departments in the School of Economics, Management and Information Sciences of NEHU. It was established in 1974. The Department ranks commendably among the Indian institutions of higher learning as per the ranking of IDEAS/RePEc, a global electronic archive of working papers and publications in Economics, Econometrics/ Statistics and Finance, maintained/ hosted by the Dept. of Economics, Univ. of Connecticut/ Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, USA.

The Masters Program

The Department offers MA/MSc (Economics) programme at the Masters level at an intake capacity of 55 students per year. The Programme characterizes a 4-semesters course. It follows the Choice-based Credit System in which a number of open courses offered within or across the department also may be pursued. The MA/Msc Syllabus of the Department is revised generally every three years to keep it up-to-date. Admission to the Masters Program is given in July for which applications are invited sometime during May-June every year, mostly depending on publication of BA/BSc results of NEHU. The call for applications is duly advertised in newspapers and on the website of the University. The list of candidates qualifying for admission to MA/MSc is normally announced in the month of July and session begins in the 1st week of August.

The Research Programs

The Department offers both MPhil and PhD programmes in economics at the research level at an intake capacity of 20 scholars in each programme. Research in Economics of North-Eastern Region, especially that of the upland areas of India, Institutional Economics and the Economics of Environment has been a special involvement of the Department. It has contributed significantly to an understanding of the problems of the Economy of North-Eastern Region of India and evolving effective programmes and policies for their appropriate solution. Admission to M.Phil and Ph.D programmes is given every year; the call for applications is duly advertised in newspapers and on website of the University. The research students (pursuing MPhil or PhD) are required to undergo a one-semester course work consisting of three courses, before they would be registered for the research work towards their dissertations. Departmental Seminars are a part of the academic programmes of the Department.

The Bachelors Program

The University has a number of affiliated collegesthat offer economics at the Under-Graduate (BA/BSc) level. The Board of Studies (BOS), chaired by the Head, Department of Economics, NEHU makes the syllabus as well as it takes the necessary measures to keep up the quality of eduction at the UG level. The Board in 2009 updated and restructured the BA/BSc Syllabus under Three Years Degree course in the light of UGC Model curricula.  The Syllabus was revised under Semester System in 2015 and further revised in 2017 (Latest Syllabus).

Orientation & Refresher Courses

The Department conducts from time to time Orientation/Refresher Courses for the teachers in Economics. Orientation/Refresher Courses are open to the teachers of the University and the affiliated Colleges of the University as well as to the teachers of other universities/colleges.

Seminars & Workshops

The Department conducts from time to time seminars and workshops for the teachers and research workers in Economics.

The Thrust Area

The thrust areas of research in the Department are : Economics of NER, Rural Development, Institutional Economics, Studies on Poverty and Human Development, Industrial Economics, Econometrics and Agricultural Economics. Research publications by the faculty members of the Department in these areas are a significant contribution to the literature in economics in general and the Economics of the North-Eastern Region in particular. The Department has also successfully completed a number of Research Projects and several other projects are ongoing.

Keeping Abreast with the Contemporary Development

The Department has always been eager to venture into newer areas of teaching and research. A one-year Diploma course in Techniques of Analysis and Computer Programming was started in the Department as early as 1985, when the use of personal computers in economic analysis was not much wide-spread in India. Two optional papers in Computer Applications in Economic Analysis at the MA/MSc level were introduced as early as 1992 - years before the UGC appreciated the application of computers to economic analysis and incorporated a course regarding the same in its model curricula in 1998. The Department further felt that it has ignored teaching and research in heterodox or non-traditional economics, the approach that defies the mainstream economics or challanges the establishment economics, which is mainly based on the neoclassical reasoning. Hence, the Department introduced three new courses into MA/MSc syllabus in 2008: Evolutionary Economics, Experimental Economics and Institutional Economics. Teaching of Economics of Law, Behavioral Economics and Agent-based Computational Economics was also brought into our agenda. When other universities in India had largely ignored the teaching and research in these non-traditional branches of economics we introduced these papers. We also introduced a paper on Historical Perspective of Modern Economics that aims at introducing the history of economic ideas, especially after 1950. It is different from the traditional approach to teaching the History of Economic thought that stresses on the works of the Classical and the Neoclassical economists (and the Keynesian and the Neo/New-Keynesian economists at its best).



Journal of Alternative Economic Analysis

The Journal focuses on the research contributions to various upcoming approaches to analysis of the functioning of real-world economies in different countries. It welcomes original research articles/papers on agent-based computational, evolutionary, old (new) institutional, behavioral, ecological and environmental economics.

Quarterly Bulletin of the Department

The Department publishes a quarterly bulletin to publicize the research output of high quality emanating from the research work/activities of its faculty members and research scholars.
Current Research Work in the Department

A number of research topics, especially on the economy of the upland areas, are currently being investigated in the Department.
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