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Forum for Rethinking Undergraduate Economics Education

Date: 13-15 October 2017

Venue : Learning Centre, WIPRO/Azim Premji Foundation, Sarjapur Road


Since the 2007 Global Financial Crisis, much has happened to the economics curriculum worldwide due to mobilizations by economics teachers and by students. Moreover, the landscape of higher education in India has been transformed in the last decade, with an increase in private universities. This has led to a sharp increase in economics program. However, not much rethinking has happened to the economics program (curriculum, pedagogy, resources, linkages) in the Indian educational system – be it school, college, or university. This forum targets the economics undergraduate curriculum and pedagogy in India. The aim of the forum is not only to identify and document the challenges and strengths of the undergraduate economics curriculum but also to assess the suitability of it to meet the current demands of the student (higher education/jobs) as well as that of society (equity, just, humane, and sustainable).

More details about the forum.

Day 1
October 13, 2017
9:00—10:30 am: Session 1
  • Welcome Address
  • ‘Thinking about Undergraduate Education: Prospects and Pitfalls,’ by Venu Narayan, Azim Premji University.
10:30 - 11:00 am: Tea Break
11:00 - 12:30 am: Session 2
  • ‘Curricular Values for Undergraduate Economics’ by G. Omkarnath, University of Hyderabad.
  • ‘Pedagogical Implications of Pluralism in Indian Economics Education’ by Adaina K. C. and Divya Pradeep, Christ University.
  • ‘Why Teach History of Economic Thought’ by Ajit Sinha, Azim Premji University.
12:30 - 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 pm: Session 3
  • Student Discussion on the Content of the UG Economics Curriculum. Moderated by Rahul De, Azim Premji University.
2:30 - 2:45 pm: Tea Break
2:45 - 3:45 pm: Session 4
  • ‘Moodle as a Teaching Resource’ by Hemanshu Kumar, Ashoka University.
  • ‘The Elephant in the Room: Teaching Economics in Neoliberal Times’ by ChirashreeDasgupta, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
3:45 - 4:30 pm: Discussion on UGC & structural constraints faced by economics programs.

Day 2
October 14, 2017
9:00—10:00 am: Session 1
  • 'What are the Ten Things an Undergraduate Student Should Know?’ by Amit Basole, Azim Premji University.
10:00 - 10:30 am: Tea Break
10:30 - 12:30 am: Session 2
  • ‘Teaching Macroeconomics in DU: Some Lessons’ by NitishKashyap, Miranda House, Delhi University.
  • ‘Teaching and Learning the Indian Economy’ by Nilesh Kumar, St.Josephs’ College.
  • ‘Teaching of Indian Economy at Undergraduate Level: Syllabus and Materials’ by Muhammed Kasim, Farook College.
  • ‘Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Great Depression in the Indian Macroeconomics Classroom’ by Krishna Kumar, Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University.
12:30 - 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 pm: Session 3
  • Student discussion on Pedagogy, Resources and School-UG linkages.Moderated by Rahul De, Azim Premji University.
2:30 - 2:45 pm: Tea Break
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm: Session 4
  • ‘Challenges in Teaching a Quantitative Subject:Teaching Practices for Students with Weak Maths Skills’ by Arun Kumar, Jindal Global University.
  • ‘What Should be Taught in an Undergraduate Econometrics Course?’ by AnandShrivastava, Azim Premji University.
  • ‘Issues with Teaching Econometrics in Indian Universities’ by Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Shantiniketan.
4:15 - 4:45 pm: Discussion on common themes from the day.

Day 3
October 15, 2017
9:00—10:30 am: Session 1


  • ‘Multidimensional Assessment Techniques’ by SubhashiniMuthukrishnan, St. Joseph’s College.
  • ‘Some Thoughts on Elective Design and Pedagogy’ by Yugank Goyal, Jindal Global University.
  • ‘Inclusion, Agency and Voice: Embracing Diversity within an Economics Classroom’ by KadeFinnoff, Azim Premji University.
10:30 - 11:00 am: Tea Break
11:00 - 12:30 am: Session 2

School Teaching

  • ‘School Pedagogy: Possibilities and Challenges’ by Anima Chowdhury, National Public School.
  • ‘Resources and Pedagogy for 21st Century Schools’ by AnupamaChandrasekharan.
12:30 - 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 pm: Session 3

New horizons for UG education

  • ‘The Need for Undergraduate Economics Research’ by Alex M. Thomas, Azim Premji University.
  • ‘Rethinking The Economic Cannon’ by Arjun Jayadev, Azim Premji University.
2:30 - 3:30 pm: Wrapping Up
3:30 - 4:00 pm: Tea (Optional)

Please express your interest to attend this forum by writing to one of the organizers.

Organizing Committee

Rahul De ([email protected])
Alex Thomas ([email protected])
School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University

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