Head: Prof. Utpal Kumar De
Prof. Utpal Kumar De
Department of Economics,
North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong 793 022
The Department of Economics is one of the oldest and largest Department of NEHU. The Department was established in 1974. At present there are 12 fulltime faculty members and one is on lien. Three teaching posts are still vacant. The Department ranks commendably among the Indian Institutions of higher learning as per the ranking of IDEAS/RePEc, a global electronic archive of working papers and publication in Economics, Econometrics/Statistics and Finance maintained/hosted by the Department of Economics, University of Connecticut/Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, USA.
During the year 2014-15 the Department concentrated on its regular Postgraduate Teaching Programme and Research. Also, the Department successfully organized one National Seminar on “Poverty, Inequality and Health in India with Special Reference to North-East India during 8-10 October, 2015” in collaboration with Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and NABARD, Mumbai. A large number of participants (more than 150) and invited speakers presented papers from different parts of India and abroad. A one-day workshop was also organized on the “techniques of data analysis for empirical research” for the Research Scholars of Economics and Commerce Department of NEHU on 07-10-2015 (Resource Person: Dr Girijasankar Mallick, University of Western Sydney, Australia).
One invited lecture was organized on 12-05-2016 where Prof. Biswanath Bhattacharyya, Former Advisor of Asian Development Bank and presently a Visiting Faculty of McGill University delivered a speech on the topic “Asian, India and China: Great Transformation”. A very good interaction was made with the faculty members, research scholars and students of the Department of Economics and Commerce of the University. Also, an Awareness Programme on “The Benefits of commodity future trading and hedging (Risk Management & Price Discovery) and how various Industries can manage Risk and Safe guard themselves from the adverse effect of high price fluctuation” was organized on 27.04.2016, where experts from Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd, Kolkata interacted with the Faculty members, Research Scholars and Students of both the Department of Economics and Department of Commerce.
Moreover, the faculty members of the Department participated in a number of regional, national and international Seminars/Conferences. In the previous year, in total 30 Nos. of papers have been published by the faculty members in various Journals and Edited Volumes. Also they delivered lectures in 57 Nos. of Seminars and Conference. Also, the course curricula of post-graduate studies have been revised and the syllabus of Undergraduate Course is in the pipeline.