Economics Department

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Dr. Subrata Majumder

Assistant Professor in Economics

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About the Department: 

Economics helps in the understanding of the relationship between people and the various problems they face in the market, especially those related to monetary transactions and investments. In simple words it can be said that, Economics is a study of mankind in the ordinary business of life, it helps us to understand the basic economic problems faced by consumers, how businesses make economic decisions, ways people invest money to save for the future and how economic policy affects the individual, nation and the world. 

The Department of Economics, Sundarban Mahavidyalaya offers the Honours and General Courses of Economics according to the Undergraduate Courses of Calcutta University. The new syllabus, introduced by the University in 2018 under CBCS, offers an introductory treatment of economic theory with some discussion of policy applications and economic institutions. The courses have been designed to develop and sharpen skills of analysis, logical reasoning, interpretation and understanding of various economic issues in our everyday lives. The study of Economics involves constructions of theories built on logical reasoning and verification of these theories based on observation of economic phenomena and analysis of data. The syllabus covers both the theoretical and applied aspects. Simple statistical and mathematical techniques needed for economic analysis are also taught within this course.  The Department of Economics also teaches different papers of Economics in the Department of Commerce of Sundarban Mahavidyalaya. 

This department is the only single man department in this college. Dr. Subrata Majumder (Assistant Professor in Economics) is performing as the Head of the Department since his joining (June 02, 2014). 

Why Should We Study Economics: 

Understanding how the Economy Works: Economics provides a framework for understanding the functioning of the economy at different levels, be it local, national, or global. It helps us comprehend the interplay of various factors like production, consumption, trade, inflation, unemployment, and economic growth. Such knowledge is essential for making informed decisions as individuals, businesses, or policymakers.

Making Rational Decisions: Economics equips individuals with analytical tools and concepts to make rational decisions in various spheres of life. Whether it's personal finance, investment choices, or career decisions, understanding economic principles helps individuals assess costs, benefits, risks, and trade-offs to make optimal choices.

Policy Implications: Economic theories and models guide policymakers in designing effective policies to address societal issues. By studying economics, policymakers gain insights into how various policy interventions impact different sectors, industries, and individuals. It aids in formulating policies to tackle unemployment, poverty, inflation, environmental challenges, income inequality, and other socio-economic problems.

Predicting and Analyzing Trends: Economic analysis enables us to identify and interpret trends in the economy. By examining indicators such as GDP, inflation rates, interest rates, and employment figures, economists can forecast future economic conditions and assess potential risks. This information is invaluable for businesses, investors, and policymakers in making informed decisions and developing strategies.

International Perspective: Economics helps us understand the dynamics of international trade, finance, and globalization. It explains how countries interact, the implications of trade policies, the benefits of specialization, and the consequences of economic integration. With the increasing interconnectedness of economies worldwide, knowledge of economics is crucial for individuals and businesses operating in a globalized environment.

Evaluating Social Issues: Economics provides a framework for analyzing and evaluating complex social issues such as poverty, inequality, healthcare, education, and climate change. It enables us to assess the costs and benefits of alternative approaches, evaluate the efficiency of resource allocation, and consider the distributional consequences of policy decisions. By applying economic principles, we can strive for more equitable and sustainable solutions.

Career Opportunities: Studying economics opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Economists are sought after in various sectors, including government, finance, consulting, research institutions, international organizations, and academia. The analytical and problem-solving skills developed through studying economics are highly transferable and in demand across industries.

Career Opportunities: 

Economist: Economists work in both public and private sectors, conducting research, analyzing data, and making forecasts to understand economic trends and patterns. They often work for government agencies, financial institutions, consulting firms, or research organizations.

Financial Analyst: Financial analysts assess investment opportunities, analyze financial data, and make recommendations to individuals or organizations. They work in banks, investment firms, insurance companies, and other financial institutions.

Data Analyst: Data analysts collect, analyze, and interpret large datasets to extract meaningful insights and inform decision-making processes. In economics, data analysts often focus on economic indicators, market trends, and consumer behavior. They can work in various sectors, including finance, market research, and government.

Policy Analyst: Policy analysts examine economic policies and their impact on various stakeholders, such as governments, businesses, or communities. They provide recommendations for policy improvements based on economic analysis and research. Policy analysts can work for government agencies, think tanks, research institutes, or non-profit organizations.

Economic Consultant: Economic consultants work with businesses, organizations, or governments to provide expert advice on economic issues, market dynamics, and strategic decision-making. They analyze data, conduct feasibility studies, and offer recommendations to improve efficiency and profitability.

Market Research Analyst: Market research analysts gather and interpret data to assess market conditions, consumer preferences, and competitors. They help businesses make informed decisions regarding product development, marketing strategies, and market expansion.

Academic Researcher: Many economists pursue careers in academia, conducting original research, publishing scholarly articles, and teaching economics at colleges and universities. This path often requires advanced degrees and a strong research focus.

International Economist: International economists specialize in analyzing global economic issues, international trade, exchange rates, and policy implications. They often work for international organizations, such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), or trade associations.

Economic Journalist: Economic journalists report on economic news, analyze financial markets, and interpret economic policies for the general public. They work for newspapers, magazines, television networks, or online media outlets.

Our Vision:  

The vision of our department is to Empower students to become critically acute, intellectually able, virtuous in ethical conduct and alive to valid social causes so that they are able to contribute to the nation as responsible citizens and future leaders by fulfilling their academic potential. 

Our Mission:  

We seek to create an inclusive atmosphere that enables our financially weak students to access educational opportunities as well as facilities like ICT-based learning and other associated conveniences and ensure that every deserving student receives equal treatment, as much as possible.

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Postal Address: Department of Economics, Sundarban Mahavidyalaya, PO+PS: Kakdwip, District: South 24 Parganas, West Bengal-743347