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Department of Economics

(Assisted by the UGC under Special Assistance Programme from March, 2004.)

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The Department:

The Department of Economics was established on 2 November 1962. Faculty and staff strength at the Department currently comprises 12 sanctioned teaching posts (2P/4Associate Professors/6 Assistant Professors) and a complement of 2 non-teaching staff comprising a Senior Assistant and a Record Supplier. The current intake capacity of teaching courses at the Department is 150 (75+75) for the Postgraduate Economics Course and 10 for the M.Phil course in Economics. In keeping with curricular reform and development, the Department has instituted continuing evaluation of its students through Group-Discussions and a comprehensive Viva-voce examination (both years), and a Term Paper (final year), in addition to written examinations held at the conclusion of each postgraduate semester. Since the 8th Plan period, the Department has also imparted a field-orientation to its regular Postgraduate course through its Student Survey Programme (SSP), which offer rural sensitization to students of Economics, besides providing rigorous exposure to the entire investigative procedure involved in sample-surveys, ranging from sample drawal and execution of the SSP questionnaire, through tabulation and computation to the economic analysis of data and report presentation. Remedial teaching and student counselling using tutorial and preceptorial methods to help weaker students to frame answers to assignments and develop writing skills are featured in the regular course work.

With the induction of the Department into the UGC-SAP programme since 2004, the SSP has been reorganized around the SAP thrust areas. During the 1st phase of SAP the Department has created units/modules in the twin thrust areas of Regional Economics Studies and Gender Economics Studies which form components for a teaching syllabus as optional papers in the M.A./ M.Phil syllabi.

The M.Phil programme in Economics comprises compulsory course-work in selected focus-areas of theoretical, methodological and empirical areas in Economics, including three optional papers, and is followed by dissertation work to be submitted in partial fulfillment of the course requirements. The Department has an active research programme under which many students have successfully worked for a Ph.D. in Economics, with a number of doctoral dissertations currently underway. As per new UGC regulations, 2009, entrance examination, compulsory course work, etc. have been duly introduced to ensure rigour in research. The Department has an impressive performance record in the NET and SLET Examinations, where several students of the Department have qualified till date for lecturership/JRF.

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Courses:

M.A. Economics: Intake-75. This course currently comprises 1600 marks. 1200 marks allocated for written examinations spread across 4th Semesters, 400 marks are alloted to Continuing Internal Evaluation, comprising Group Discussion (40 marks), Viva-voce (40 marks) and Term Paper (80 marks), and Internal Class Tests (240 marks). The M.A. Economics course was last revised in 2008 in the light of the U.G.C. Model Curriculum and the Semester System that has been introduced since September 2008. The Syllabus provides rigorous coverage of core papers in Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomics and Monetary Theory, History of Economic Thought and Public Economics, Macro-Dynamics (Theories of Economic Growth and Trade Cycles), Economic Planning and Policy, Indian Economic Policy and Performance, Economics of Growth, Economics of Development, International Trade and Finance, Economics of Social Sector and Infrastructure, tool papers in Statistics and Mathematical Economics; and elective specializations in Agricultural Economics, Econometrics with Computer Applications, Labour Economics, Industrial Economics, Economics of Gender and Development, Resource and Environmental Economics, Demography and Human Population Studies, and Advanced International Economics. At present only four specialisations are being offered.

Special Paper Offered: Advance Econometrics, Agricultural Economics, Resource Economics & Demography, International Trade & Finance.

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Research Profile:
The most notable achievement of the Department during the XIth  Plan period has been the high success rate of its students through open competition in the NET and SLET examinations, which provides external evidence of the contemporary standard of its postgraduate teaching programme in Economics. The research programmes at the Department have also diversified with the increasing involvement of the faculty in research supervision leading to the introduction of several new research areas. Included among these are advanced empirical research in Regional Development Studies, Infrastructure Economics, International Trade and Monetary Economics, New Institutional Economics and Participatory Natural Resource Management, Gender Economics, Tribal Economics, Micro Finance and Rural Credit Institutions, etc, among others.
With the introduction of the SAP-DRS programme from 2004, Departmental Faculty have undertaken research on the focus areas of Regional Development studies and Gender economic studies.

The following are the projects that are in progress at the Department:

Working Group on Regional Development Studies:

Working Group on Gender Economics:

  1. Relative Attractiveness of Different Financial Instruments among Women Savers                 
  2. Regional Demography of Labour and the Gender Workforce in All India Perspective
  3. Women Workforce in Agricultural Operations           
  4. Labour Time Allocation by Rural Women in North Bengal                                                   
  5. Labour History and Women’s Work on the North Bengal Plantations
  6.  Women and Micro-Credit                                          
  7. Work Marginalisation of Women in Rural Society
  8. Labour ‘Unfreedom’ & Women Plantation Workers
  9. Gender Segmentations of Rural Society & Labour Markets
  10. Women’s Access to Credit & Institutional Support
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Projects:

  1. “Impact of Integrated Child Development Services [ICDS] on the Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe Population in West Bengal”, Project undertaken for the Department of Women & Child Development, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India;  Project tenure: 1989-1990; Professor Manas Das Gupta, Professor Jeta Sankrityayana, Dr. Sanchari Roy Mukherjee
  2. “Women Labourers in the Informal Sector - A Case Study of the Hills & Plains of  Darjeeling District”, Project undertaken for the Indian Council of Social Science Research [ICSSR], New Delhi; Project tenure: 1990-1991,Professor Manas Das Gupta, Professor Jeta Sankrityayana
  3. “Baseline Survey of Adolescent Girls in West Bengal”, Study undertaken for the Department of Women & Child Development, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India; Project tenure: 1993-94   Faculty Consultant to the Action Research Project on 'Rural Health & FP Awareness', undertaken by State Resource Centre, West Bengal and executed through the Centre for Adult & Continuing Education [CACE], University of North Bengal. Project tenure: July 1997- June 1998 , Professor Manas Das Gupta, Professor Jeta Sankrityayana, Dr. Sanchari Roy Mukherjee
  4. Action Research Project on 'Rural Women's Empowerment', undertaken by the State Resource Centre, West Bengal and executed through Centre for Adult & Continuing Education, NBU. Project tenure: July 1998-June 1999, Professor Jeta Sankrityayana, Dr. Sanchari Roy Mukherjee
  5. 'Institutionalisation of Agroclimatic Regional Planning Approach', Project undertaken by Planning Commission & Darjeeling District Administration, Project tenure: 1997-2000, Professor Jeta Sankrityayana, Dr. Sanchari Roy Mukherjee
  6. Study on the Self and Social World of Female PG Students of North Bengal University’, at the Centre for Women's Studies, University of North Bengal, Project tenure: September 2000 – August 2001, Professor Sanjay Ray, Dr. Sanchari Roy Mukherjee   
  7. PRA Assessment of Rural Planning Needs in Bijanbari, Kalimpong-1 & Phansidewa Blocks, Darjeeling District, undertaken in Association with the Darjeeling NGO Network, for the Core Committee for the Institutionalisation of ACRP in Darjeeling District. Project tenure: November-December 2000, Professor Jeta Sankrityayana, Dr. Sanchari Roy Mukherjee
  8. Project Supervisor & Member of the Taskforce for preparing the Socioeconomic Perspective Plan for North Bengal, North Bengal Development Council, Govt. of West Bengal; Project tenure: January-March 2001, Professor Jeta Sankrityayana
  9. Action Research Project on 'Reproductive Health of Women in some Rural Areas of North Bengal', Study undertaken by State Resource Centre, West Bengal, and executed through Centre for Adult & Continuing Education [CACE], University of North Bengal, Project tenure: July 2001- June 2002, Professor Jeta Sankrityayana, Dr. Sanchari Roy Mukherjee
  10. Action Research Project on ‘Adolescence Sex Education in some Rural Areas of North Bengal', Study undertaken by State Resource Centre, West Bengal, and executed through Centre for Adult & Continuing Education [CACE], North Bengal University, Project tenure: July 2002- June 2004, Professor Jeta Sankrityayana, Dr. Sanchari Roy Mukherjee
  11. Project on ‘Child Marriage, Dowry related offences & Trafficking of Women and the Girl Child in North Bengal’, commisssioned by GoWB, Dr. Sanchari Roy Mukherjee (PI), Director, Centre for Women’s Studies, 2006
  12. District Human Development Report, Malda, commissioned by GoWB & UNDP, Professor Jeta Sankrityayana, 2007
  13. District Human Development Report, Uttar Dinajpur, commisssioned by GoWB & UNDP, Professor Jeta Sankrityayana and Professor Sanchari Roy Mukherjee, 2009
  14. Development Barriers & Potentials in the Borden Regions of W.B. – Project Report submitted in December 2009 [13th Finance Commission, GOI] – Professor Jeta Sankrityayana, Principal Investigator & Professor Sanchari Roy Mukherjee and Smt. Sudakshina Ray Datta, Associate Investigators
  15. Professor Anil Bhuimali: Major research project of the UGC on ‘Natural Resource Management and the Rural Poor: A Study in North Bengal’, Principal Investigator of the Project. The report is due for submission in March 2009-10
  16. Professor K.K. Bagchi: Major research project of the ICSSR on ‘Rural-Urban Migration in West Bengal’, Principal Investigator of the Project. 2009-2010.

Journal:

The Department publishes 2 Journals namely:

  1. Journal of Regional Economic Studies, Departmental Journal,  published by North Bengal University
  2. Journal of South Asian Economics, SAP-DRS Journal, published by North Bengal University.
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Faculty Directory:

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Dr. Kanchan Datta

Associate Professor

Econometrics

+91 - 9800067232

kanchan.datta@gmail.com

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Dr. Anil Bhuimali

Professor

International Economics, Micro Economics, Gender

+91 - 0353 - 277 6344

anilbhuimali@hotmail.com

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Dr. Kanak Kanti Bagchi

Professor

Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, Public Economics, and Labour Economics.

+91- 0353-2580178 (R), 2580220 (O), 9434886016 (M)

kkbagchi@hotmail.com, kanakbagchi@yahoo.co.in

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Dr. Sanchari Roy Mukharjee

Professor

Advanced Monetary Theory, Economics of Planning

+91 - 9832068254 , 8017329286

sancharirm@gmail.com ,  sancho12@rediffmail.com

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Dr. Kanchan Datta

Associate Professor

Econometrics

+91 - 9800067232

kanchan.datta@gmail.com

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Ms. Sudakshina Roy Dutta

Associate Professor

Agricultural Economics, Macroeconomics, Economics of Planning

+91 - 9733047578

sudakshina.dutta@gmail.com

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Dr. Gobinda Choudhury

Assistant  Professor

Econometrics, Resource and Demography

+91 - 9434720824

gobinda.choudhury@gmail.com

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Mr. Tamash Ranjan Majumdar

Assistant Professor

Resource and Environmental Economics, Demography, Econometrics and Statistics.

+91 - 9434351281

majumdar.tamashr@gmail.com

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Mr. Karan Tamang

Assistant Professor

International Economics,/Resource and Demography

+91 - 7407244204

karantamang_eco@yahoo.co.in

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Contact Us:

Department Address: Department of Economics, North Bengal University, Dist. Darjeeling, West Bengal, PIN – 734013, INDIA

Telephone No : 0353-2776352 / +91-353-2776321

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