GENERAL PROFILE

Sanatana Dharma College , Alappuzha was started in June 1946 in response to an increasing demand for higher education in the erstwhile state of Travancore. The Department of Economics is as old as the College. The graduate course in Economics was started in 1946 and Post graduate course in 1966.

The Department was first headed by Prof A Gopala Menon. The Department attained new heights through a galaxy of eminent faculty members. During 60yrs of its service the department maintained an excellent academic record and has produced a number of eminent personalities who now hold prominent positions in different parts of the world.

We always express our desire to cope up with the dynamic changes in curriculum. This dynamism paved the way for the inclusion of optional papers on emerging areas like Economics of Environment and Social Sector, Economics of Insurance etc. The Department is poised for new leaps. The basic thrust of the Department is to extend the benefits of teaching and research to the society. The department now intends to strengthen the consultancy services and make the department a nodal agency for facilitating surveys on socio-economic issues.  The department will give emphasis on imparting ICT techniques effectively in P. G. teaching. The department also intends to start NET/JRF coaching for PG students.

The Department has been one of the leading departments of S D College ever since its inception by achieving academic excellence and also by providing applied edge to the courses being offered. The Dept of Economics is committed to maximising the intellectual, social and economic potential of all the individuals and communities it serves through outstanding teaching, research and enterprise activity informed by fundamental principles of responsible management. The  P G Dept of Economics  and Research Centre  will provide a dynamic learning and research-informed environment in which we will critically engage with students, colleagues and other stakeholders.

MISSION

The mission of the Department of Economics is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with solid training in applied economics and to promote an active research environment.

The Economics Department helps students think critically about the economic issues they confront in their daily lives, and develop a commitment to be actively engaged with policy issues in local, national, and global communities.

The Department educate students to become successful professionals and socially responsible citizens who are ready to contribute positively to the economic and social well-being of the region, state and nation, to play constructive roles in their communities, and to lead productive and meaningful lives. The Department has strong interdisciplinary links with other departments and programs,  The Department’s broad range of perspectives provides benefits to those programs as well as to its own students. Faculty are engaged in regional economics projects and students are involved in community-based learning endeavours.

We broaden horizons and build competences for socially responsible management of economic challenges. To fulfill these goals, we continue to develop a program of study, approaches to learning, and faculty expertise that meet the needs of our students.

VISION STATEMENT

Learning and understanding of Economics is the guiding principle for the development of a society for it facilitates a sustainable and inclusive development of the nation by harnessing the potentialities emerging from the knowledge-based globalizing society for the welfare of mankind.

             The Department of Economics aspires to: uphold high standards of academic performance , catch the pulses of students and provide them with quality education ,promote employment opportunities for students, maintain a collegial work environment interact with the greater community  and sustain continuous improvement and innovation by

  • providing student experience of the highest standard
  • being a research intensive Faculty, committed to knowledge generation, transfer and commercialisation
  • promoting the development of student skills necessary for lifelong learning, critical thinking, and engaged citizenship within a global society;
  • Enhancing collaboration of faculty and student in teaching, learning, and research;
  • shared governance, the diversity of ideas, academic freedom, cooperation and collegiality among faculty members.
  • an exceptionally high, and continually improving, level of faculty and student satisfaction with the University
  • Working with faculty to identify outstanding undergraduates in economics, and in other disciplines, who might be attracted to the graduate program.
  • Improving the quality of journal publications.
  • Enhancing the available statistical software/databases used in the Department’s labs and improve the maintenance of computer hardware. This is dependent on the commitment by the College to provide additional support for research.
  • Encouraging greater participation among faculty in the seminar series

In order to realize its stated vision and mission, the Department shall embrace the following core values:

  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity and innovations
  • Integrity, Honesty, Quality
  • Ethical practices
  • Leadership

As an integral component of S D College, the Faculty of Economics will play a pivotal role in leading on initiatives to deliver the college’s mission and vision also.

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