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The Department of Economics was established in 1986. Over the last thirty two years, the Department has carved out a niche in economics education map of India. The Department discharges three functions, namely teaching, research and extension. So far, it has produced a large number of post-graduates, as well as M.Phil. and Ph.D. scholars who are placed in some of the premier institutions in the country and elsewhere. The Department has also emerged as a popular centre for training officials from government and corporate sectors, especially in the area of econometrics.
About Head
PRASANT KUMAR PANDA is currently working as Professor in the Department of Economics, School of Management, Pondicherry University. Prior to joining Pondicherry University, he has worked as Professor and Head, Department of Economics, Professor In-charge (Academics) Central University of Tamil Nadu.. He has a Ph. D in Economics from Pondicherry University. He has undergone training in public economics and policy at National Institute of Public Finance Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi.  He was a K.N. Raj Fellow at Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum during Jan-Feb, 2019. His area of interest in teaching and research includes Public Economics and Public policy, Fiscal Policy, Decentralization and fiscal transfers, State fiscal management,   Applied Statistics and Econometrics, Health Care financing, and Health Economics. He has also taught at Central University of Tamil Nadu in various capacities like Assistant Professor and Associate professor .  Previously, being selected by the Union Public Service Commission, he had worked in UG and PG colleges of Government Puducherry, affiliated to Pondicherry University. He has also taught as visiting/Guest faculty at Orissa University of Agricultural and Technology, Biju Patnaik University of Technology, and Central University of Orissa. Being recognized as an Inspired Teacher, he was invited and participated in the prestigious “Inspired Teachers’ In-Residence Programme at Rashtrapati Bhavan” in 2015. He got first prize for his paper in a programme for South Asian Region Participants at NIPFP, New Delhi in 2008. He has rich administrative experience. He has worked as founder Coordinator for Dept of economics, Dept of Education and Dept of History at Central university of Tamil Nadu.  He has served  as  Head of the Department of Economics at CUTN for two terms. Besides, he has worked as Professor In-Charge (Academics) and academic coordinator of the Central University. He has also served as member of the Academic council, Executive council, and the Court of Central University of Tamil Nadu. He was the chairperson of Board of studies of Dept of Economics at Central University for several years and he is the member of BOS  of several Universities and Autonomous colleges . He has published his work both in national and international journals by reputed publishers. To his credit he has published 47 research papers and he is the editor/co-editor of four books in the area of Public finance, Health and human development. He is the editor of Vision: Journal of Indian Taxation. He has presented 47 research papers in national international conferences and delivered invited talks/chaired sessions in 55 occasions.   He has Completed Five Extramural Research projects funded By UGC, NCRI, MGNCRE (MHRD), ICSSR and Ministry of Finance (CTRPFP). He is a life member of the Indian Econometric Society (TIES) and Indian Association for Research in National Income and Wealth (IARNIW).
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The Department is housed in the School of Management building with spacious air conditioned class rooms, overhead LCD Projector and well equipped common computer lab
The thrust areas of research in the Department covers development studies, economic demography, environmental economics, financial economics, gender studies, industrial economics, international economics, microfinance, money and banking, and open-economy macroeconomics. The faculty members and Ph.D. scholars of the Department have published a large number of research papers in the above areas, in reputed national and international journals in economics.
Alumni of the Department are employed as faculty members in various Central Universities, IITs and other reputed educational institutions; as executives/managers in multinational companies/ banks, Government jobs, and also in Indian civil services. Every year a number of PG students of the Department successfully clear UGC-NET/JRF and SLET examinations. Many of the students of our Department are pursuing Ph.D. with fellowships in IIMs, IITs, other Central Universities and reputed institutes of higher learning in economics namely, CDS, Trivandrum; ISEC, Bangalore; IIPS and TISS, Mumbai; IFMR, MIDS and MSE, Chennai, etc

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