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Department of Economics



About The Department

Economics is the social science that studies economic activity to gain an understanding of the processes that govern the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in an economy. Economics focuses on the behavior and interactions of economic agents and how economies work. Consistent with this focus, primary textbooks often distinguish between microeconomics and macroeconomics.Microeconomics examines the behavior of basic elements in the economy, including individual agents and markets, their interactions, and the outcomes of interactions. Individual agents may include, for example, households, firms, buyers, and sellers. Macroeconomics analyzes the entire economy (meaning aggregated production, consumption, savings, and investment) and issues affecting it, including unemployment of resources (labor, capital, and land), inflation, economic growth, and the public policies that address these issues (monetary, fiscal, and other policies).

The Department of Economics was started in 1919 with the introduction of B.A. Economics Programme. M.A. Programme was started in 1960. The Department was recognized as the research department in 1975 and M.Phil was started in 1980. Many distinguished professors such as Sri. S. Thothadri Iyengar, Sri. K. A. Neelaganda Sasthri, Sri.M.S. Venkatrama Iyer, Sri. L.S. Parthasarathi, Sri. K.V. Sundaram and Dr. A.N. Rajamani have worked in the Department. There are 10 staff members in the department, out of which 5 staff hold Ph.D degree.

There are 150 UG, 50 PG and 17 M.Phil students in the Department. The dropout rate ranges between 1-5%. Nearly 95% of the students come from families having vocation in the agricultural sector. More than 90% of the students belong to BC/SC/ST communities. Many alumni of the department occupy decent employment in various Government and Private Agencies.

The Department offers both UG & PG Programme under Choice Based Credit System. Many staff members are involved in the curriculum development of Bharathidasan University and other Autonomous Colleges in the last five years. Sri.S.X. Prabhu, is the chairman of Board of Studies in Economics, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli. Many members of the staff also serve as Members of Board of Studies in various Universities and Autonomous Colleges.


Programmes offered

Programmes Offered
B.A. Economics
M.A. Economics
M.Phil. Economics
Ph.D. Economics
Thrust Areas
Micro Economics
Industrial Economics
Monitory Economics
Tourism Economics
Urban Economics
Macro Economics



The general library has more than 3000 books in Economics.

The department also maintains a Book Bank meant for SC/ST students.

The journals subscribed in Economics are listed below.

  • Eco. Political weekly
  • Facts for you
  • Indian Journal of Agricultural Eco.
  • Monthly Commentary
  • Southern Economist
  • Monthly Public opinion surveys


Projects completed

S.No Name of the Investigator Funding Agency Title of the Project Date Amount (in Rs.)
1 Dr. T. Sridhar
Dept. of Economics
UGC (Minor) A Study on unorganized labourers Feb - 2009 1,00,000
2 Dr.V.R.Mathizhagan
Dept. of Economics
UGC (minor) Towards the sustainable SHG movement through Microcredit Finance 2004-2006 80,000




The details of Seminars / Workshops organized by the department are provided below.

Dr.C.Rangarajan Endowment Lecture was delivered by Sri. Swaminathan S.Aiyar, The Consulting Editor, The Economics Times on “Political Economy- Its Challenges Facing India” on 12.08.2013

State Level Seminar on Money & Banking was organized by the Department of Economics on 30-09-2011.

XXX Annual Conference of Association of Economists of Tamilnadu was conducted by the Department of Economics from 09-10th January 2010.

The Department of Economics organized a Workshop on Research Methodology in Economics for M.Phil and Ph.D Students on 28th & 29th January 2009.

A one-day State Level seminar on Retail Trade – Issues and Challenges was organized by the Department of Economics on 30.09.2008

Events 2012


UG Programmes

PG Programmes

M.Phil Programmes

Ph.D Programmes

Diploma Programmes

Diploma Programmes
Fabrication Engineering
Factory Management
E-Commerce & Accounting
Journalism & Editing
Post Graduate Diploma Programmes
Bioprocess Technology
Clinical Trial Management & Regulatory Affairs

Certificate Programmes

Certificate Programmes
Human Rights Education
Office Automation
Web Designing
Biomedical Waste Management
Tourism & Travel Management
Functional English
Other Programmes
HCL Computer Certificate
ACS Coaching
NET/SET Coaching