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Image 01The Delhi School of Economics (DSE) was established in 1949 as a centre for training and research in Economics, with India's first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, as its President, and eminent economist and institution-builder, V. K. R. V. Rao, as its Founder- Director. Over time, other disciplinary departments have been added to DSE, which now comprises the Departments of Economics, Geography and Sociology.

The Department of Economics is considered to be one of the country's premier academic institutions and is acknowledged as a centre for excellence in post-graduate teaching and research. The Department supports Masters and Doctoral programmes in Economics, which draw a huge number of applicants from all over the country and many from abroad. These programmes have a strong theoretical and quantitative focus with a emphasis on empirical application. Driven by an experienced and highly qualified faculty, the programmes are at par with the best in the world.

Thus, the academic rigour of the programme ensures that students of the Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics are well-equipped with the analytical skills and temperament required for grappling with real world situations.

Furthermore, the emphasis on clear and independent thought and logical reasoning implies that the students of the Department are capable of succeeding in making a difference where it matters the most - to the BottomLine.


"This is no ordinary temple of learning. For many of us who have devoted our lives to the study and pursuit of Economics, this is the ultimate sanctum sanctorum of Indian Economics. For generations young men and women have dreamt of being here....."

Dr. Manmohan Singh - Honourable Prime Minister, India and Honorary Professor, Delhi School of Economics

When some of us joined the school in the early 1960s, we felt proud of the tradition we inherited, and also felt energised by the opportunities and freedom we were given to make the school a place of excellence in the social sciences. It is wonderful to recall the challenging and exciting tasks we faced and the pleasing results that emerged. I have, personally, never had better students than at the school, and the intellectual excitement of teaching as well learning from my students is one my fondest memories

Amartya Sen - Nobel Laureate (1998)
Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Philosophy and Economics, Harvard University

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Prof. Pami Dua, Director, Delhi School of Economics

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Prof. Aditya Bhattacharjea, Head, Department of Economics

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