Society & Activities

An international webinar was organized on the topic, “ Role of State in Economic and Human Development” led by Dr. Ajay Chhibber, distinguished Visiting Scholar, Institute for International Economic Policy, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. The event was virtually held on 18 September, 2021 at 6 p.m. IST via Zoom platform and was also streamed live on Youtube

The Economics Society is named Epitome. All students, as well as the faculty of the Department are members of this society . Epitome has a well-structured student council who are responsible for conducting all events of the department throughout the year. Epitome is primarily a student driven society though the faculty guides and mentors the students constantly.

Though each year the society organises freshers welcome and farewell, the highlight of the society is conducting the annual inter- college festival ‘Pareto’. Named after the very famous Economist Vilfredo Pareto, the festival provides a vital platform to students across institutions in Delhi to participate and compete in various events. Events like quiz, ad mad, business plan, group discussion, etc. are organised to bring alive elements of economics in activities that involve skills and wits.

Every year, distinguished guests are invited at the inaugural ceremony. The inauguration is then followed by a lecture by eminent speakers. The later part of the programme comprises various competitive events designed to test the economic knowledge among students. The faculty and students of the Department of Economics work together tirelessly every year to come up with riveting exposition of mind and matter.

Departmental activities

1. EPITOME: The Economics Society of Shivaji Collegeorganised awebinar on 25th February, 2021. The topic of the webinar was “Union Budget 2021: Macroeconomic Impact and Employment Issue”. The speaker for the webinar was Prof. Sunil Ashra, Management Development Institute, Gurugaon. It was attended by more than 150 participants including students and faculty members of Shivaji College and other colleges of University of Delhi.

2. EPITOME: The Economics Society in collaboration with Alumni Relations Cell Shivaji Collegeorganised an International webinar on 6 November, 2020. The topic of the international webinar was “Social Inclusion: Making Development Sustainable”. The speaker for the international webinar was Dr. Nishith Prakash, Associate Professor of Economics on a joint position with the Department of Economics and the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. It was attended by more than 200 participants including students and faculty members of Shivaji College and other colleges of University of Delhi.

3. A webinar on “Pandemic and the Indian Resilience” on May 18, 2020, at 1:30 PM. Mr. Aniruddha Sen, Corporate SVP-WNS Global Services (P) Ltd, was the invited speaker at the event. Mr. Sen while mentioning the crisis the world is grappling with focused on how India can emerge out of this pandemic as a victor, and was of the view that COVID 19 is different from previous pandemics in terms of spread, mortality and recovery. More than 180 participants including students and faculty of the department and of other departments and colleges across Delhi University attended the Webinar. It was a very insightful and informative session that apprised the students of various positive possibilities that lie ahead for India.

4. EPITOME, the Economics Society of Shivaji College, organised a webinar on April 30, 2020 at 12 noon. The topic of the webinar was “Monetary and Fiscal Responses to COVID”. The speaker for the webinar was Dr. Lekha Chakraborty, Professor, National Instituteof Public Finance and Policy. It was attended by more than 150 participants including students and faculty members of Shivaji College and other colleges of University of Delhi. A few faculty members from outside University of Delhi also participated in this webinar.

5. The department of Economics has organised a One-day Seminar on “Financial Globalization and Macroeconomic Volatility” on October16, 2019. Dr. Parag Waknis, Associate Professor, School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University; and Dr. Rohit Azad, Assistant Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, JNU, were invited to deliver lectures.

6. The department has organised “Annual Economics Festival “PARETO”: Keynote lecture was delivered by Prof. Rajeev Malhotra, Executive Director, Centre for Development and Finance, O.P. Jindal Global University on “India’s Public Policy: Challenges and Long-term Prospects” on March 7, 2019.

7. The economics department has organised Lecture Series in 2018-19:

• Dr. Chetan Ghate, Professor at Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi and member of Monetary Policy Committee, RBI on “Monetary Business Cycle in India” on September 20, 2018

• Dr. Praveen Jha, Professor at Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, JNU on “Depreciating Rupee and External Sector: Issues and Challenges for the Indian Economy” on October 9, 2018.

• Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, Executive Vice President, Economic Development Corporation, Prince George’s County, USA on “US-India Business Outlook” on October 26, 2018.

• Dr. Shreekant Gupta, Professor at Delhi School of Economics gave a lecture on “The Economics and Politics of Global Warming” on January 17, 2019.

8. The department of Economics has organised Alumni Meet “Rendezvous” on April 7, 2018.

9. Prof. B.L. Pandit (Former Head, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics) on “Pricing of Land as an Asset” on February 27, 2018.

10. Mr. Kunal Tyagi (Assistant Manager, SBU_EDU of National Stock Exchange of India Limited) on “Introduction to Financial Markets” on November 2, 2017.

11. The Department of Economics invited Prof. Arun Kumar from Centre for Economic Studies and Planning ,School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University to deliver a talk on ―Goods and Services Tax (GST) Regime: Challenges and Prospects” on 16th September, 2016.

12. The Department organized its Annual Academic Festival ‘Pareto’ on March 18, 2016. The festival inaugurated by Prof. Prabhat Patnaik, Emeritus Professor, Centre for Economics Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University. The inaugural talk has followed by various competitive events that entwine creativity with the elements of economics.

13. The students of B. A. (H) Economics went to Manali for an Industrial Visit on 20-25 October, 2015. They visited ‘Catch’ water and beverage plant situated 25 kilometers away from city of Manali in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Under the aegis of Dharampal Satyapal (DS) Group, Catch runs its Natural Spring Water Plant in an area of 4 acres in the Kullu valley since 2000. They use Natural Spring water available in the region. They use the water and without using any chemical filtration techniques, package it to distribute the product so that the water maintains its natural taste and qualities.

14. The Department of Economics organized a statistical workshop An Introduction to Stata on September 18, 2015 to provide its students an insight into the use of available statistical software as well as to improve their efficiency of research work and analysis. Mr. Jay Dev Dubey, Consultant with Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) and Mr. Kapil Patidar, Research Officer, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, were invited to conduct the workshop. It commenced with lecture on prospects of STATA by each resource person. The lectures were followed by practical sessions in computer labs.

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