Established in 1966, our Department is one of the oldest in the University of Kashmir. The major objectives of our Department are to impart quality education to its students from all sections of the society, to conduct innovative and empirical research on various aspects of J&K economy, to provide policy inputs to the government and help in the economic development of the state and to supply skilled human resource to various organizations at national / state level.
M.A, M.Phil and Ph.D are the three academic programmes offered by our Department.
Admission to M. A. Programme is strictly based on entrance test. M. A. Programme based on Choice Based Credit Scheme consists of four Semesters of 96 credits, with 24 credits in each semester. Present Syllabus consists of 38 courses including 14 core, 16 DCE, 08 OE/GE courses. Based on inputs from students, scholars and internal as well as external experts, six major revisions in syllabus have been made since 2006. The latest revision (2018) was incorporated mainly to boost the performance of our students in competitive examinations.. We give top priority to our P.G Programme and there are five hours of class work per day for six days a week.Organzing extension lectures / Student Seminars/ Discussions and titorials are regular feature of our Academic Plan.
Admission to integrated Ph.D Programme is based on entrance test cum NET/SET and award of JRF. This Programme consists of five components: Research Methodology, Recent Developments in the Subject, Subject Variation , Dissertation and viva-voce. Like M.A. Programme there is regular class work of research scholars called course work for a period of six months per batch .Double Evaluation system is strictly followed in case of Course work papers. Seminars/Presentations and qualifying course work examination are prerequisite for submission of dissertations / theses. Open Viva-voce is in vogue in our department. The thrust area of research is Jammu and Kashmir Economy. Much of the research work has been concentrated on sectors like public finance, trade, Agriculture and Allied activities, Handicrafts, Tourism, industrial sector, Social Sector, Poverty Alleviation Schemes , labour market, rural development and Human Development.
Hosting conferences, organizing Seminars, extension lectures and coaching programmes, conducting refresher courses and workshops are other integral components of our academic activities. These events have been the major source of attraction for eminent scholars like Prof. A. K. Sen., Late Prof. A. M. Khusro, Prof. K. N. Raj, Prof. G.S Bhalla, Prof. B.B. Bhattacharya, Prof. G. K Chadha, Prof. B. L. Mungekar, Prof. T. S. Papola, Prof. R. K. Sen, prof. Arvind Subramanian(Chief Economic Advisor GOI) , Dr. Sabit Subasic( Ambassoder Bozinia andHarzigovinia ), Prof. Mahdeshwaran, Prof. Shanmighan, Prof. Banumurthy, Prof. Aslam Mahmood, Prof Arvind Pandey, Prof. Nissar Ahmad Khan and many more.
Our physical infrastructure has improved considerably over the recent past. The Department is connected with internet through LAN and Wi-Fi facilities. LCD aprojectors are being regularly used in the classroom for various courses. Xerox facility is available . Safe drinking water is available through water purifier. There are separate reading rooms for research scholars, separate washrooms for boys and girls with the facility for physically challenged studets as well, and a common room for girl students with attached washroom. However, our Computer Lab is still small in size containing just 16 computers. We are in the process of augmenting the same.
Our seminar library is rich in terms of basic text books. Besides more than 12,000 titles of textbooks for all Compulsory and Optional Courses of M. A. Programme, there are 50 Reports and Surveys and one full section each on Jammu and Kashmir Economy and competitive examinations. The library subscribes leading National news papers and magazines like The Economic Times, The Hindu, Outlook, Yojna, Frontline and Mainstream. Updated Photo Gallery of all the Nobel laureates in Economics and Well Documented Leading Articles of Economic Times since 2000 are the other important features of our seminar library.
Department has a fully equipped Census Workstation . This was established by the Minstry of Home Affairs GOI and Office of the Registrar General( ORGI) New delhi in 2014 at our department. To faciltate research on dempgraphic trend and other related issues a rich digital data bank is available at this wirkstation from 1901-2011.
The popularity of our subject has increased exponentially during the last few years. While as 4 to 5 applicants were competing for one seat in our M.A Programme till 2007-08, there were more than 19 candidates applying for the same seat during 2018.
Repeated revisions in the syllabus, improvement in the availability of relevant text books, dedicated and sincere efforts of the faculty and above all discipline and hard work of our students have boosted the image of the subject and the department in the society. Four pass outs qualified NET/ SET/ SELT/JRF during last one decade. As per recorded information 168 passout of our department were appointed as : Assistant Professors in the Higher Education Department of the State, Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) officers, Assistant Directors, in various departments , Lecturers at 10+2 level , Statistical Assistants and general line teachers during the last five years.
During the last few years, we have significantly reduced certain critical infrastructural constraints mainly through the judicious use of funds realized through self finance mode. We still need huge investment for up gradation and modernization of class rooms and the creation of a big sized computer lab for catering to the requirements of more than 200 P. G. students and research scholars of the department. However our real challenge is the small size of the faculty which has been the main constraint to our academic growth. Despite these limitations, it will be our endeavor to further improve our performance particularly in the area of competitive exams so that the visibility of our department both at the state and the national level enhances substantially.
"To generate knowledge in pursuit of attainment of goals both local and global for creating a humane society and to create an eco-system favorable to thought experiments"
To achieve academic excellence by providing the opportunities for personal growth , skill enhancement or professional job advancement through high quality education that is inclusive, inspiring and free from barriers to learning.
The core values of faculty, staff and students include:
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
To achieve the stated mission, the departmnet has formulated the following Goals:
- To achieve academic excellence through hard work, critical thinking and effective decision-making;
- To enable the students to acquire knowledge, enrich skills and develop right attitudes and ideologies and develop their personalities through a carefully integrated curriculum that will lead to satisfaction and productivity in their chosen careers; and
- To recruit,strengthen and develop quality faculty and staff.
- To adopt best practices in leadership, administration and governance to ensure a healthy and safe environment for all stakeholders.
- To develop world class infrastructure and instuitional capabilities in order to ensure the comfortable educational journey of students and scholars.
Departemnt has produced 70 M.Phil and 38 Ph.D scholars so far. Admission to Ph.D M.Phil, Integrated Ph.D Programme, direct Ph.D, part time Ph.D is made every year as per the avalability of vacancies. producing high quality, cutting edge research is among top priorities of the department. The thrust areas of Research besides core emerging Economic issues of contemporary importance have been the sector specific development issues of Jammu and Kashmir Economy.
The two year Masters programme under Choice Based Credit System Scheme in economics and six months course work for Integrated M.Phil / Ph.D programme are main teaching activities of the Department. Besides, the faculty is also teaching the students of M.A Economics Programme through Distance mode, during the contact programmes conducted by Directorate of Distance Education. The curricullum for teaching at all these levels is devised in a manner that combines riquor with relevance, acquainting student with thorough grounding in economic theory, empirical techniques and contemporary policy debates. the programme attracts a talented pool of students from all sections of the Kashmir society.
Alumni of the Department have a world of opportunity before them. Many of the pass outs of this department are recruited in various administrative departments of the state and central government. Many of them have excelled in research and higher education. Every year five to six students of the department get admission for higher learning in centres of repute across the country. As per recorded information the number of students employed in gazetted cadre since 2008 is 168.
Infrastructure & Resources
The Departmental has a well developed Library. Established in 1966, in Naseem Bagh and named as Seminar Library it was renamed as Professor A.M Khusro Memorial Departmental Library. It was inaugurated after shifting to new block by Dr. C Rangarajan former Governor Reserve Bank of India on 25th of October 2007. Every endeavour has been made to keep available a good number of updated quality reading and research material. These resources include a total number of 12533 references and text books as at present. The departmental library also houses a dedicated book corner for students aspiring to prepare for different competitive examinations. It has a rich collection of back volumes of journal like The Economist, Economic and political weekly, monthly journals , magazines and news papers like Mainstream, Yojna , Frontline, The economic times, The Hindu and all important local dailies. An updated photo gallery of Nobel Laureates in Economics is a unique feature of this library.
Population Research Centre
The department has a dedicated Population Research Centre (PRC) associated to it. It was established in 1985. This centre’s research activity is funded and supported by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India. This centre has completed one hundred and sixteen research projects and imparted training to students and scholars to acquaint them with recent methods and methodologies for carrying out cutting edge research in the areas of Demography, Health, Rural Development etc.
The Department of Economics in collaboration with the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Govt. of India has set up the Census Workstation to expedite research on Census Data. The Workstation was inaugurated on 20th November 2014 by Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, Ex Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, C.S. Sapru, Joint Director Census Operations J&K, and Dr. Effat Yasmin, Head Department of Economics. The workstation functions under the direct supervision of Dr. Effat Yasmin, Head Department of Economics.
The workstation has the facility to access all the digital census data from 1901 to 2011. The workstation provides research opportunities based on information on the country’s population size, composition, living conditions, social and cultural aspects. While census data includes important summary indicators and tables, massive data at the unit level has potential for in-depth analysis of social, economic and demographic conditions of the country’s population. The workstation houses a conference hall fitted with the state of art audio-visual equipment to facilitate research presentations and a data server for data compilation by researchers. STATE-SE-13 software is also available at this workstation to facilitate Researchers.
PG Programme through Distance Mode
Devising curriculum, Preparing Study material, delivering lectures during contact programme of Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) and setting of Question Papers and evaluation of answer scripts of DDE is also taken up by the Department as a matter of routine.
PG/UG/Board of Studies
Revision of syllabus for Post Graduate and Under Graduate programme is done frequently in time with emerging trands and requirements of the subject. The curriculum at UG/PG has been revised four times since 2013 under Choice Based Credit Based System.
Post Graduate Department of Economics, University of Kashmir, Hazratbal, Srinagar, 190006.
Phone: 0194- 2427541