The Department of Economics was established in 1882 and is as old as St. Joseph’s College
itself. Economics was a subject at the Intermediate level till 1923 and once the college
became a First Grade College in 1923, Economics became one among the major subjects of
study for the degree students. The Department today offers both Undergraduate and Post
Graduate courses. The Post Graduate course was started in 2006.
The vision is to develop and establish the Department as a School of Economics.
UNDERGRADUATE COURSE: B A/BSc
‘To department is committed to generating interest in the discipline of Economics among
students by imparting sound theoretical knowledge and developing quantitative skills to
analyze economic behavior. We are engaged in creating responsible citizens with critical
thinking, right human values and attitudes who will become agents of change for our society.’
POST GRADUATE COURSE: MA
“Post Graduate Course in Economics aims at building human capital in the discipline of
Economics for teaching, training, and research and for employment in various sectors of the
economy. The department will remain focused on the need to the formation of Economists
who will be sensitive to the economic realities and become change agents for our developing
The College B.A offers four undergraduate courses in combination with other branches of
social sciences. These courses are designed from a social sciences perspective and are
suitable for students who prefer to study the subject as part of a social sciences curriculum.
Basic Statistics is a compulsory paper while Mathematical Methods, Advanced Statistics and
Basic Econometrics is only offered as optional papers.
B.A: History- Economics- Political Science (HEP)
B.A: Economics -Political Science -Sociology (EPS)
B.A: Industrial Relations- Economics – Sociology (IES)
B.A: Communicative English- Political Science- Economics (CPE) started in 2015.
B.Sc: Economics- Mathematics - Statistics (EMS) – started in 2010.
The pedagogy for the EMS course is different from the BA courses as the papers are taught
using quantitative methods. This course is suitable for students who have a sound background
Curriculum of the undergraduate course
The undergraduate course provides a good academic environment for developing interest in
the subject with subjects and syllabi that are current and relevant. Being an autonomous
college, the syllabi and the needs of the students go through review every year at the Board of
Studies and suitable changes are made as and when required. The department also focuses its
attention on its association the Economics Forum. This gives an opportunity for students to
organise and participate in various events which pertain to both Economics as well as inter-
departmental activities. The department also publishes its annual “Economics Beyond the
Classroom” for internal circulation.
POST GRADUATE COURSE: MA ECONOMICS
The Department offers an M.A Economics course which was started in the year 2006. The
post graduate course offers important papers necessary for employment, or for pursuing
research. The course has a high level of quantitative dimension to teaching the subject.
“Oikonomika” the student association for Post Graduate students of economics organises
various activities each year to engage students in different academic activities.
Curriculum of the Post Graduate course
From traditional subjects in Economics such as History of Economic Thought to theoretical
subjects and to evolving subjects like Institutional Economics, the curriculum provides
opportunities to delve into the myriad and complex nature of economics. The curriculum has
skill development based papers Research Methodology and Computer programming to train
students in searching and writing literature reviews, analyzing unit level NSS data and other
socio economic database along with training to use Excel, SPSS, STATA and R culminating
in a dissertation. The dissertation work strictly adheres to time line and has three inbuilt
seminars namely proposal seminar, work in progress seminar, final seminar and a research
paper from their research of 3000 words.
One of the few Post Graduate courses where an eight week internship is mandatory to
successfully complete the course. Students have interned in a variety of institutions and in a
variety of assignments. They have worked on research projects at ISEC, NIAS, IIM,
IIT,CDS,IGIDR, Planning Commission, other Universities research projects, SJC
department’s UGC, ICSSR research projects, State Planning Commission, Prime Minister’s
Office for Skill Development, in banks, public sector companies, NGOs and in a variety of
Our alumni, both graduates and post graduates are well placed in a variety of jobs such as
researchers in leading national and international academic and research institutions, as
college and school teachers, in the corporate sector, in private and nationalized banks, NGOs,
civil services, in the government and as leaders in political parties.
Faculty from the department have completed major and minor research projects from UGC
and ICSSR . The department regularly organizes student seminars and has also organized
national level seminars.
The Department of Economics has a qualified and experienced faculty. The faculty of the
Department have participated and presented papers in International, National and State level
seminars/ conferences. They have publications in reputed national and international journals.
In addition, staff members are invited as resource persons and are members of the Board of
Studies and Board of examiners of the different autonomous colleges in Bangalore city.
1. Mr. Clement D’Souza. M.A, M.Phil, Associate Professor
2. Ms. Anita Norohna, M.A, M.Phil, N.E.T, Assistant Professor , Head of the Department
3. Mr. Keshavamurthy M.A, M.Phil, KSLET, Assistant Professor
4. Ms. Treesa Joy, MA, NET , Assistant Professor
5. Dr. Tulika Bhattacharya, M.A., Ph. D, Assistant Professor
6. Dr. Nikhil Jha, Ph.D , Assistant Professor , PG Coordinator
7. Ms. Ann Francis, MA, Assistant Professor,
8. Dr. Padmaja Pancharathnam M.A, Phd, Assistant Professor
9. Ms. Raisa Elsa Joseph, MA , MPhil, (Part Time Faculty)