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BA in Economics

An understanding of everyday lives and activities that produce and reproduce livelihood and social structures.


Economics is an attempt to understand everyday lives, a study of how people interact with each other and the natural environment to produce and reproduce their livelihoods. It is about the various sorts of social dealings that create, coordinate and maintain the structures of our lives: markets, states or social norms. Some of its questions attempt to understand how human beings cooperate and work together, why productive activity takes different forms, and why labour, which we all do in different ways, are treated with different values.

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A well-trained economist needs to hone sensibilities and capacities to understand and improve the workings of these facets of life by understanding ideas and concepts that are abstract and technical.

Our programme is designed to provide a strong understanding of the Indian economy, economic theory, tools of analysis and practical application of these skills to current economic issues. We help you make connections between the minute details and larger ideas.

We believe that an understanding of history and philosophical approaches will enable you to think actively about the social and political present.

Core Econ

Our Economics team is part of a group of international institutions that include the Institute for New Economic Thinking (New York) and Sciences Po-Paris that contribute to CoreEcon, which is dedicated to developing an innovative undergraduate Economics curriculum. The CORE project has produced a new introductory undergraduate textbook that will be provided free globally and used by many leading universities in the world. Leading Economists from all over the world have contributed to writing the book.

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Living on campus

We believe that learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. In living together, you can meet and encounter diverse people from different social and cultural backgrounds and experiences. Our campus has a range of activities from discussion groups to sports and clubs for our students and faculty to interact with each other and build meaningful relationships over their years of study.

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Our degree encourages you to explore and follow your interests. We design our courses to ensure that you can specialise in a subject of your choice while learning a variety of subjects across disciplines.


You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of your degree to build all the tools you need for your three years of study. This includes foundational courses, an understanding of India, interdisciplinary studies, and a workshop in creative expressions.


We provide active academic assistance and ensure that you are able to meet the requirements of the academic programme to fulfil your aspirations.


We ensure that no student has to drop out of university because of financial trouble or social disadvantage. We provide financial assistance to deserving students.

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Course structure

Our programme ensures that you understand important economic theories, concepts, and tools. You will be able to identify and describe important real-world economic actors and institutions, including those involved in policy-making. We take you through interesting economic issues or problems for which evidence can be evaluated and help you analyse them.

Please visit this page to learn more about our four-year undergraduate programmes.

You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of the year for these courses. 

These courses are for you to understand the contexts of each discipline you will study, and the many ways in which these disciplines interact. We help you build all the tools you will need for to study in the undergraduate programme. 

We introduce you to different modes of thought and themes, including writing and communication skills, strong critical abilities, a facility for language, and the ability to connect ideas across fields of study and inquiry.

We encourage you to make links between your chosen field of study and the world in which we live. 

  • Foundations

    These courses will help you develop a toolkit to prepare for your undergraduate study. You will develop your critical reading and writing skills and communication abilities.

    The key areas you will work on are language capacities, reading, writing and speaking. We will work with different forms of writing, ranging from autobiographical writing to mappings and note-taking. These classes will include classroom discussions, presentations, collaborative works, group work and practicums.

  • Creative Expressions

    In this set of courses, you will explore embodied ways of learning through a sustained practice of an art form or a sport. You could choose from a variety of interests including, but not limited to woodwork, martial arts, music, theatre, dance, yoga and visual art.

  • Understanding India

    In these courses, we will explore the nature and diversity of the Indian experience. We study the vast diversity of historical, cultural and linguistic aspects that define Indianness.

    You will learn to understand how the subcontinent has changed in its environment, across geography, geology and territory. We will think together about debates on the people who live here, their culture, and the larger questions around population and inequality. Most importantly, we examine the many structures that organise Indian society.

How the economy works, why it sometimes does not work well for everyone involved, and how it changes. 

You can choose from a wide variety of topics covering the diversity of economics as a discipline in the last three semesters of your programme.

Electives introduce economic theory and methods, theoretical perspectives, and historical context for theories. 

You can also choose from an interdisciplinary set of courses to train you in mathematical reasoning and writing for economics. You can choose two courses from mathematics, biology, philosophy and history.

You can choose one minor as your area of study. All the courses will be about current Indian and global scenarios, be it social, political, cultural or ecological conditions.

  • Data, Democracy and Development

    The set of courses will orient you to think about data as an essential part of building empathy and democratic values. We ensure you have the requisite tools for data collection, analysis, presentation, and dissemination so that you can construct the right platforms and build technologies that embody democratic principles. These courses will foster a culture of investigation with data, keeping in mind questions of ethics and politics.

  • Development

    Development aims to create social conditions for individual and social well being. How are development issues framed and what issues are involved in bringing about social change? What are the theoretical, conceptual and practical contestations around the political project that is development? This set of courses explores the many interdisciplinary fields like the humanities, social sciences, science and technology that inform development challenges.

  • Sports and Fitness

    We believe that a regimen of physical activity can have a powerful effect on an individual's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Sport can be used as an effective tool to help an individual learn crucial life skills and also to build an empathetic, equitable community. In these set of courses, we want you to have a powerful experience of sport not just as a physical activity but as a way to build yourself and your social surroundings. We also want to teach you ways in which you can create these transformational experiences for others.

  • Climate Studies

    These courses will help you develop the knowledge necessary to understand the earth’s climate systems. You will examine and analyse the role of human activity on the earth’s climate and its effects on the present and future climate scenarios, and identify the effects of climate change on biodiversity through the lens of historical changes in the Holocene. We hope you will apply systems thinking to examine the origins of the climate crisis and proposed solutions and grow comfortable with civic engagement and transfer of knowledge and resources for climate solutions at different levels.

  • Media and Democracy

    Over the course of time, human communication has been mediated by market-driven technology and gadgets. In turn, these forms of communications shape the public sphere in which ideas of what we are circulate. Modernity has had a close relationship with communication technologies.

    This is a set of courses to help you understand what role media and technologies play in shaping democracy, democratic policies and publics in India. We live in a world of unprecedented access to information. Media and communication have the capacity to deepen democracy but also the ability to foster anti-democratic politics.

  • Education

    In this set of courses, you will learn the nature and content of education, and its context and structure, especially in India. We begin by a broad overview of what a democratic conception of education entails, and what the values and ethics that define educational structures are. We examine aspects of education that encourage learning and the role of a teacher in the learning process. will explore and evaluate classroom practices and environments and learn how educational processes determine what is worth teaching.