First Economic Sciences Department in IIT -KANPUR

Every year many students appear for the JEE exam to get admission in the IIT college and course all over the country. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts Class 12th board exams as well as JEE Main. JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) is an all India common engineering examination.

IIT is best known for their engineering courses. However, this is the first time that KANPUR -IIT is the first in all the IITs who has started Economic Science department on Saturday (06-05-2017). Now, students who want to pursue Bachelor of Economic Sciences would get admission in it.

The Director of IIT- Kanpur, Prof Indranil Manna informed about the establishing New department of Economic Sciences. He also said that Economics program was already in existence but there was no separate department for the same.The Deputy director Prof Manindra Agarwal informed that IIT -Kanpur is first amongst IITs to start Department of Economic Sciences.

Earlier Economics was taught as a subject in IIT-Kanpur at the undergraduate level as a requirement in Humanities and Social Sciences department. Prof Maan said that this undergraduate programme in Economics had become very popular with more and more higher ranking JEE students opting for it. Also, the economics students continue to have excellent placements.

He said these reason prompted us to go for a complete department on the existing programme (course). But this kind of decision could not happen overnight as it involved one and a half years of thinking and consultations. After seeing the Pros and cons of this course, the formal approval of the Board of Governors, the department has become formally operational form may, 6,2017. Director mentioned again.

Since IIT Kanpur is the first among the IITS to start Department of Economic Sciences, therefore more faculty members for this department would be recruited soon.Deputy Director, IIT Kanpur, Prof Manindra Agarwal said that at present there is no separate building for the new department and it will continue to function in the premises of the Department of Humanities.

Head of the Department of Economic Sciences department, Prof Joydeep Dutta informed that the department will consist of 13 faculty members and it will continue to run four years BS and five-year BS-MS dual degree programme in Economics along with PhD programme. He also mentioned that as a BS-MS dual degree programme in Economics is very popular among the students, we are planning to start a new two-year interdisciplinary Masters programme in Economic Sciences, a first of its kind in the country.