Doctoral Program of the Department

The PhD program of the Department consists of two parts. The first part consists of three courses, each carrying 4 credits, totaling 12 credits, to be taught in a Semester, followed, in the second part, by a thesis/dissertation to be prepared by the student under the guidance of a research supervisor.

Name of the Course Contact
Eco(C)-1001 Research Methodology in Economics 48 04
Eco(C)-1002 Contemporary Economic Issues 48 04
Eco(C)-1004 Review of Literature 48 04

It may be noted that the PhD program of the Department is regulated by the UGC Regulation, 2016 (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Awards of MPhil/PhD Degree) published in the Gazette of India, May 5, 2016.

All the Ph.D. students have to undergo the one-semester Course Work conducted by the Department, before registration of the research topic in the Ph.D. program. The course work has three papers, each of them carrying four credits, and thus the course work carries 12 credits in all. Course on Research Methodology [Eco (C) - 1001] has got four credits. Credit I deals with methodological issues in economic research, while Credit II and III contain topics in Basic Statistics and Basic Econometrics which are very essential for research students in economics. The students are expected to be familiar with the research studies of famous economists listed in Credit IV. Courses on Contemporary Economic Issues [Eco (C)-1002] are divided into two groups. Each group has got a number of topics and the students are required to choose any two topics from each group. Each topic carries one credit. The third paper, Review of Literature [Eco (C) - 1004] does not have any specific course contents but the teacher who would be teaching this course is expected to ask each individual student researcher to choose a topic of research on which he/she is supposed to collect research materials, review the same and submit to the teacher concerned for improvement and examination. The syllabus may be downloaded for details.

The assessment of the performance of the students may include (i) Assignments, (ii) Literature review on any given topic (iii) Book review (iv) Presentation of any two topics from Eco(C)-1002 & Eco(C)-1003 and (v) Written examination based on the relevant Ordinance and Regulation of the University.

A successful candidate must secure a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 'B' (grade point 4.0 or 60% marks) in the coursework with a minimum of grade 'C' (grade point 3.0 or 50% marks) in each course in a 7 point scale in order to qualify for registration of Ph.D thesis as per the University Ordinance (OC 4 & 5) and Regulation 23 [OC-4(2) in 88th Academic Council Meeting held on 21st June 2012 and RC-23(v) in 86th AC Meeting held on 18th November 2011]:

Grade Grade Point Percentage
'O' = Outstanding 5.50-6.00 75 to 100
'A' = Very Good 4.50-5.49 65 to <75
'B' = Good 3.50-4.49 55 to <65
'C' = Average 2.50-3.49 45 to <55
'D' = Below Average 1.50-2.49 35 to <45
'E' = Poor 0.50-1.49 25 to <35
'F' = Fail 0.00-0.49 0 to <25

A ready reckoner (conversion table) for percentage marks to grade points and vice versa may be downloaded from here. The directly executable computer program (and the FORTRAN codes) also may be downloaded.



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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