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About Doon -
In emerging frontiers of global economy, Economics as a discipline has emerged as a great employer. Today Economists work in range of settings from corporate sector, government departments as policy advisors and market gazers to risk analysts besides teaching and research. The possibilities are enormous if the training is rigorous. Doon University seized this potential, and started the School of Social Sciences with a Master degree program in Economics since July 2010 and from July 2011 session, intends to start a Five-Year Integrated M.Sc course in Economics with an opt out option after completion of three years with a BA (Honours) degree.
Brains behind the Course Design
Prior to the commencement of this programme, a Brainstorming session of experts from different organization was held on 28th March 2010 to discuss the nature, focus and orientation of this programme as well as the curriculum and course structure. The eminent experts present during the meeting were Shri R.K.Singh, OSD Higher Education, Govt. Of Uttarakhand, Prof. S.P. Singh, Head Economics, IIT Roorkee, Prof. E. Somanathan, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, Prof. Chetan Ghate, Associate Professor, Planning Unit, ISI, Prof. Tridip Ray, Associate Professor, Planning Unit, ISI, Prof. Arunava Sen, Planning Unit, ISI and Prof. Sripad Motiram, Associate Professor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai. And, through much debate, discussion and analysis, a comprehensive and contemporary course was designed.
The Need for an Integrated Program:
The mandate of Doon University demands that the University provides quality education options to the school leaving students. The state particularly the city of Dehradun hosts a number of reputed schools drawing students from India and abroad. In the absence of good institutions of higher education, these students have no option but to go out after their schooling. Doon University is an attempt to fill this huge gap by providing a number of interdisciplinary and advanced courses in the field of economics in integrated mode.
The proposed five year integrated MSc in Economics by the Doon University will have three broad streams namely Economics, Environmental & Resource Economics and Business Economics. In the first three years the rigorous courses on economic theories and tools are designed to help students build their analytical skills and overall understanding of the discipline. The courses are of honours level and students have an option to exit with honours degree. The last four semesters will have papers on advanced and applied courses in the respective specialisation. The admission in the integrated course is on the basis of entrance test.
A Beginning in this Direction
With the intention to start a five years’ integrated course in Economics, Doon University organized a Brainstorming session for the formulation and orientation of the course on 7th Feb 2011 at Conference Hall of the University. The panel of experts who participated in this Brainstorming session consisted of Dr. H.C.Pokhriyal, School of Open Learning,D.U., Prof S.P. Singh, IIT Roorkee, Prof. S.K.Jain,J.N.U., Dr. Indira Rajaraman, ISI, Delhi, Prof. Sripad Motiram,IGIDR, Mumbai, Dr. R.P.Mamgain,IIDS, Delhi, Prof. Ashok Mittal, A.M.U., Aligarh, Dr. M.Prasad, IIT Kanpur and Dr.. Meeta Kumar,Miranda House, Delhi.
Through an exhaustive research and constructive debate and discussion, the course structure was drawn out.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Course Offered: 2-Year M.A. Economics/5 yr Integrated MSc in Economics
Integrated MSc: 30 Students
MA Economics: 20 Students
Proposed Date of Commencement of Session: mid July