Excellence in Action
The Department of Economics and Rural Development was started during the year 2011; formerly it was known as Centre for Rural Development which was started during the year 2005. The Department currently offers programmes such as M.A., in Economics; M.Phil., in Economics; Ph.D., in Economics as well as in Rural Development.
Within the short span of its establishment, the Department has made many landmark achievements in academic spheres. Some notable achievements are presented here.
This coveted position is one among the five Chairs awarded at the national level. For the first time in the entire history of Alagappa University, a Chair has been awarded to an individual faculty belonging to our Department.
This is almost equivalent to the National Level Professor. NABARD would provide funds for meeting the entire expenditures of this Chair for five years.
This is known as Professor Ramesh Chandra Agrawal Award of Excellence provided to an Indian scholar for the outstanding contribution in the field of Agricultural Economics by the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, Mumbai. This was awarded to a Professor of the Department.
Getting projects in Social Sciences are very difficult, but over one crore rupees worth of projects sponsored by the national and international agencies (IWMI, ICRISAT, etc.,) have already been completed.
Members from state University are rarely considered for Government Committees involving policy formulations, but faculty members from the Department have already worked as members in three different committees:
Over 100 research papers/articles have been published in well recognised national and international journals including the world’s top 20 Agricultural Economics journal rated by the Google Scholar.
Good number of books has been published through top class publishers including Routledge (UK) and Springer (Switzerland). Publication of book through Routledge and Springer is rare distinction in the University.
Several papers have been published in the world’s top 20 Agricultural Economics related journals rated by the Google Scholar.
‘h’ index reflects the quality of the researchers. Some faculty members in the Department have very high level ‘h’ index of 25, which is seldom seen in Social Sciences and Economics in particular.
Senior Professor and Head
Department of Economics and Rural Development
Karaikudi – 630 003
Tamil Nadu, India.
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com
Tel : 91-4565-225842 (O)
Fax : 91-4565-225202 / 223 100
The Department currently offers the following programmes:
Besides this, rigorous special coaching is also provided on a regular basis to all our students to write the competitive examinations such as SLET, NET, etc.
The department has very good infrastructure facilities with smart class room; good numbers of journals have been subscribed; computer facilities are available for all the students studying M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D., programmes. In order to increase the exposure of the students on various topical subjects/themes, seminars, conferences and workshops have been conducted on a regular basis.
The Department is well known among the south Indian Universities for its contribution to research. Research papers have been published not only in well reputed Indian journals like Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Economic and Political Weekly, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, and Agricultural Economics Research Review but also in top class international journals such as Water Policy, Irrigation and Drainage, International Journal of Water Resources Development, etc. Papers/articles have also been published on a regular basis in India's leading business and economic dailies on topical issues.
Several research projects on various themes sponsored by the national and international agencies such as the Ministry of Agriculture (Government of India), Planning Commission (Government of India), the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD, India), Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR, New Delhi), International Water Management Institute (Colombo, Sri Lanka) and International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) have been completed by the faculty members of the Department. Some unique contributions of the Department are:
Core Areas of Research:The Department has proven record in empirical works in the areas of Agricultural Economics, Benefit-Cost Analysis of Agricultural Projects, Economics of Irrigation Water including Micro-Irrigation, Economics of GM Crops, Evaluation Studies in Agriculture and Rural Economics, Policy Issues in Agriculture, Profitability in Agriculture, Rural Indebtedness and Watershed Development.
There are 3 MoUs Signed
The Department of Economics and Rural Development is one of the young Departments in the University. It was established during the year 2011; formerly it was known as Centre for Rural Development that was established during the year 2005. Since 2011, the Department has been offering academic programmes such as M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D., (all in Economics). Good number of students have completed their courses from the Department; a few of them are working in reputed institutions / places.
The students who completed their courses have also established an Alumni Association in the name of Alumni Association of DERD and have made significant contribution to the Alumni Association of the University which is named as Alagu Alumni Association.
The faculty members of the Department are actively involving with the followings academic associations in India:
Collaborative works (papers, etc) have also been carried out by the faculty members with the following leading institutions:
The Department of Economics and Rural Development is one of the young Departments in the University. It was established during the year 2011; formerly it was known as Centre for Rural Development that was established during the year 2005. Since 2011, the Department has been offering academic programmes such as M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D., (all in Economics). Good number of students have successfully completed their courses from the Department. The Department provides intensive training to the students to improve their employability skills. As a result of continuous training and effort, quite a few students have already placed at respectful places/institutions. The placement details of our students are provided here,
ALAGU ECONOMIST, December 2016
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