|Course Type||Course Code||No. Of Credits|
|Discipline Core||SUS1EC110 (was EC14)||4|
Ambedkar University Delhi Proposal for Launch of a Course
(To be approved by the Board of Studies and the Academic Council)
School/Centre proposing the course
School of Undergraduate Studies
BA Honours Programmes
Issues in the Indian Economy
SUS1EC110 (was EC14)
Course type (core/compulsory/optional/any other – please specify)
Discipline Core for Economics Hons. students, Optional for others Hons. students.
Level (Predoctoral/MA/PG Diploma/Certificate/UG)
Course coordinator and team
Dr. Anirban Biswas
1. Historical background: India as a developing economy
This module provides a discussion to the economic problems during the colonial period. This module also discusses how those socio-economic deformities created in the colonial period resulted in the problems of inequalities, underdevelopment and mass poverty during the post independence period of India.
2.State and Society: Continuities and change since independence
This module gives an understanding to the concept of the state and its role in the development of the economy and society. This discussion is very important to understand the changing nature of the state from the colonial period to an independent democracy.
3.Indian Economic Policy through time:
This module provides an in depth understanding of the planning process which was designed and implanted by the government to solve the economic and social problems in independent India. In this regard the discussion address various economic policies aimed for the development of various sectors.
is also an elaborate discussion on the liberalization policies opted by the Indian government in the 1990’s.
4.Issues in agricultural development – agrarian structure, investment, technology and productivity.
This module focuses on the agrarian sector. It considers the challenges poised to the agrarian sector from the very beginning of the independence. The development of the agrarian sector during the planning period, introduction of new technology, productivity and growth, stagnation, challenges by the WTO regime, regional distribution, commercialization are included in the discussion.
5.Industrialization: Trends and fluctuations, patterns of structural change and constraints.
This module discusses the industrialization processes in the economy since the planning period. The heavy industrialization phases, development of small and medium scale industries, monopolies in the industrial sector, post liberalization developments and challenges from the international markets are the important topics in this module.
6.Services and their growth
This module discusses the service sector and its ever growing importance in the Indian economy. In this context the discussion also extends to the growth of this sector in the post liberalization period and how a duality is emerging very fast between the formal and informal segments of services.
7. Trade and external relations in Indian development.
The aspect of trade has also observed a tremendous change from the planning phase of the economy to the liberalization phase. This module discusses that aspect by considering various trade policies and the performance of various sectors in international market over the period.
8.Gender and labour
In this module the aspect of gender and labour are discussed. Gender in a developing country like India infested with various deformities e.g patriarchy, caste etc. In this context it becomes important to understand what are the obstacles faced by the gender in a growing economy. Issues like their participation in labour force, education etc are included in this module.
9.Poverty, Unemployment and Inequality
India inherited mass poverty and unemployment along with social inequality from the colonial period. Thus from the very beginning the challenges to the policy makers are to eradicate these problems. But over the period it is observed that the ill nexus of these poverty, unemployment and inequality have become more complex. According to many economists things have become worse after the liberalization. This module discusses the policies and problems of poverty, unemployment and inequality in India.
1.Content: This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the Indian economic developments since independence. For that purpose the course has two particular focus (1) the developments during the planning era; (2) the developments since the economic reform. It is expected that by the end of the course the students should be able to (a) describe the economic and socio-political back ground behind the planning models; (b) the theoretical understanding on the various planning models in India; (c) the benefits and drawbacks of the planning models and their implementations; (d) rationale behind the economic reforms; (e) sectoral developments under the planning and reform/contemporary period.
2.Skills: By the end of the course the student should be able to
Suggested readings (Additional references (books/articles) shall be added according to need).
Assessment structure (modes and frequency of assessments)
One written test (30%) ; Take home assignment (30%); End-semester exam (40%)
Signature of Course Coordinator(s)
Recommendation of the School of Studies:
The proposal was discussed by the Board of Studies in its ………………………meeting held on…………………………and has been approved in the present form.
Signature of the Dean of the School