Extra Curricular/Co-Curricular Activities
- Panel Discussion on farmers suicide in India
A panel discussion on the topic “The political economy of farmer’s suicide in India “ was organized by the students of 3rd EPS on 8th July 2019 as part of the activity at the department. The discussion was steered by three panelists, Anirudh, Jammy, and Monce and moderated by Gursharanjeet. The moderator set the tone for the discussion by introducing the common problems of farmers in the state of Punjab. Among the panelists, Jammy started the discussion by stating the statistical information on farmer’s suicides and state-wise performance of agriculture. Following that, Monce emphasized the history of agrarian crisis and problems of the agricultural sector in the present context. The last panelist, Anirudh Bhardwaj highlighted the core economic issues and infrastructural problems. The forum was later open for questions in order to make it more open and interactive. The session was formally concluded after effective and informative interaction.
- Activities in Collaboration with CAPS - 2018
The Department of Economics in collaboration with Centre for Academic and Professional Support (CAPS) organized a training programme for 3rd Semester BA (EPS) students on the topic ‘Writing Argumentative Essay’ on 18th September 2017. The trainers initiated their presentation by defining Writing Argumentative Essays as a type of writing that requires the student to investigate a topic by collecting, generating, and evaluating evidence; and establish a position on the topic in a concise manner.
The structure of the argumentative essay as explained by CAPS trainers are as follows: -
- A clear, concise, and defined thesis statement that occurs in the first paragraph of the essay.
- Clear and logical transitions between the introduction, body, and conclusion.
- Body paragraphs that include evidential support.
- Evidential support (whether factual, logical, statistical, or anecdotal).
- A conclusion that does not simply restate the thesis but readdresses it in light of the evidence provided.
However, for the undergraduate students the following five-paragraph approach is one of the essentialities for Argumentative Writing. This is, however, by no means the only formula for writing such essays. If it sounds straightforward, that is because it is in fact, a method that consists of (a) an introductory paragraph (b) three evidentiary body paragraphs that may include discussion of opposing views and (c) a conclusion.
- Tripple Major Undergraduate Students Learning Trip 2018
The triple major students of PSECO and EPS final year pursuing the Environmental Course were taken for a field exposure service learning to different water bodies in Bangalore city. The trip covered Ulsoor Lake, Bellandur Lake and Agara Lake. The purpose of the trip is twofold in nature. First, the students were allowed an opportunity to practically see for themselves the extent of pollution in water bodies in the city and to examine what might be the causes for it. There were discussions pertaining to the lack of stringency on the part of the policy makers to arrest pollution of water bodies by penalizing the industries that dispose their wastes into streams and lakes. Secondly, the students were engaged in cleaning plastics and few other garbage in the vicinity of the lakes to contribute their services towards lake restoration.
- Report on Panel Discussion on GST V EPS & PSECO
The students of V BA PSEco and EPS organized a panel discussion on GST and its implications on Indian Economy in Room No.201 block I from 10.00-11.00 am on 15-7-2017. The audience for the program included students from V EPS and PSEco. There were four panelists and one moderator for the discussion. The panelists were Vaishnavi Kamala Kanukruti, Amrita Ragavendran, Vinayasree Vinod (V PSECO) and Jesvin P Joseph (V EPS). The discussion was moderated by Ria Jose from V EPS. The moderator set the tone for the discussion by giving an overview about GST and to what extent it is confirming to the canons of taxation. Among the four panelists, Vaishnavi spoke on the features of GST and the difference of GST from the existing tax system. Vinayashree threw light upon the calculation part of GST and its impact on the incidence of taxation. Amrita Rahavendran discussed the effect of GST on different sectors of Indian economy. Jesvin Joseph highlighted the merits and demerits associated with the implementation of GST in India. Following the discussion by the panelists, the audience engaged in a comprehensive question answer session. Questions were raised about the probable implications of GST on state tax revenue, compensation formula, registration for the GST compliance and the reasons for low tax on gold. The discussion was concluded by the moderator by consolidating the discussion points given by the panelists.
Faculty in Charge: Greeshma Manoj
- CAPS Session for I EPS 2018
EPS students were given training sessions on Four skills by CAPS in the Odd Semester
Delivering formal presentation
Room No.205, I Block
Room No.205, I Block
Room No.205, I Block
Public Speaking Skills
Room No.205, I Block
- Delivering Formal Presentation: Students were given an orientation on the aspects to be considered during formal presentation. Guidelines were given with respect to the points to be considered during the three phases of presentation, viz. pre - presentation, during presentation and post presentation.
- Professional Communication: This session threw light upon the definition, purpose and mode of professional communication. Participants were also given insights in to 7 C’s of communication.
- Panel discussion: This session provided insights into the relevant points to be considered during panel discussion. The format of a panel discussion and the different roles one plays within a panel discussion and the rules and framework, difference between group discussion and panel discussion were also being discussed. Orientation was also given on the body language and method of speaking and the ethics linked to panel
- Public Speaking Skills: Orientation on the content and different styles of presentation during the public speaking.
In the Even Semester, following sessions were conducted by CAPS:
Group Discussion Skills
Room No.205, I Block
Critical Analysis Writing
Room No.205, I Block
Research Report Writing
Room No.205, I Block
- Group Discussion Skills: The students were oriented on the skills required for group discussion and points to be considered in a group discussion.
- Critical Analysis writing: Orientation on Reading and Reviewing Critically, Writing Effective Analysis, Organizing and Structuring the analysis were the discussion points in this session.
- Research Report writing: Topics covered included the different styles of research report writing and the approach towards these styles. Insights were also given on the formats and layout of the research report writing. Orientation was also given on the nature of citation and reference style in the report writing.
- 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference 2018
The PG interdisciplinary conference was conducted by the Dept. of Social Work and Sociology. The participating departments were Economics and Psychology from the Deanery of Humanities and Social Sciences and International relations from the Deanery of Law. There were parallel sessions on various themes such as Human wellbeing, health and health care, conflict management and corporate social responsibility, human resource management, inclusive development, labour, livelihood, migration and sustainable development, vulnerable groups and social development, environment and climate change. A total of 21 students from the department of economics participated in the conference across various sessions. The programme facilitated deliberations on the theses work of the final year students and gave them confidence to defend their work. Students of MA Applied Economics are mandatorily required to present their papers at conferences before submission of their thesis. This conference provided an opportunity for the same.
- Budget TV 9 Live 2018
Live On-Air Panel Discussion on TV9 on the Day of Union Budget by the Students of Economics, Christ University
“The Only Source of Knowledge is Experience—Albert Einstein”
On February 1st, 2018 when Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was presenting the Budget for the year 2018-19, the nation was listening to him eagerly; and with Jaitley, the State of Karnataka also listened carefully to the budget analysis and post-budget discussion aired by TV9. It was a proud moment in the history of Department of Economics, Christ University Bangalore as six students of the department’s flagship MA Applied Economics programme took part in the live discussion titled “NamoNomics”. TV9 is one of the leading news networks in South India with a huge portfolio across the States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. TV9 English is a 24/7 news channel that is operated under the TV9 network in Karnataka. TV9 English focuses on the issues pertaining to the State of Karnataka along with several national issues and it is one of the most watched news networks in the city of Bangalore.
Following the request made by the programme producer, a group of six students were assigned the task of listening to the budget and sharing their views on the macroeconomic impact of the budget. The group consisted of Ishani Chathopdhayay, Sonali Bheeraka, Jiss Palelil, Bhargav Dhakkappa, Kushal Jalan, Bodhodidas Gupta, all from first and second year MA Applied Economics. The programme kick-started with all the students going on air by 9:30 AM for the pre-budget discussion. All the six students shared their expectations and possibilities that the forthcoming budget may present to the Indian economy. This was followed by the live telecast of the budget speech by Honorable Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to both houses of the parliament. Once the budget speech was completed by the finance minister, the panel of
students again went on air, sharing their views on the possible impacts of the budget on the economy and how it may influence the 2019 general elections.
Kushal was of the opinion that the budget is a populist one to impress the larger sections of the voters across the country. His view was that the budget failed to recognize the contribution of the middle class and that the finance minister was shortsighted when it came to the allocation to the education sector. A similar view was shared by Ishani and Sonali. On the other hand, Jiss Palelil spoke how the budget failed to stick to the fiscal targets, otherwise proposed by the government before the budget speech. Tremendous sums allocated for healthcare and agriculture, though socially beneficial, may prove to be adding to already constrained fiscal deficit levels of the country. Bhargav gave an outlook of how the budget may have an impact on the debt-ridden banking sector in the country and Bodhodidas spoke about how the budget is just the mere reproduction of the policies that were announces in the previous budgets of the same government.
The event proved to be a platform for the students to interact not just with a few but with the people across the city of Bangalore, who were listening to the budget talk as well as the follow-up discussion. The discussion and the on-air live programme extended for about 4 hours and it finally came to an end by 1:30 PM. The programme was watched by several thousands of people across the State of Karnataka. A live webcast of the same was also available online, which was accessible for the public through the live channel of the TV9 English.
The video of the programme could be watched at the following link on YouTube:
- Co Curricular Activities IV EPS 2018
QUIZ (IV EPS)
A quiz was conducted on Monday, 11 December 2017 as an extracurricular activity in the economics hour. The quiz master was Anand Kole and was helped by Sanjana Krishnan and Jomol Johnson. The quiz had five rounds. The first two rounds had questions based on economics domain. The third round was a sports round. It was followed by a visual round. The last round was the rapid fire round. The quiz was well received and students actively participated. The aim of imparting knowledge was met.
PANEL DISCUSSION (IV EPS)
The students of IV EPS had organized a panel discussion on "Goods and Service Tax and its Impact on Indian Economy" on 20th December 2017. The panelists were Ms. Ashwathy, Ms. Lisa and Mr. Swethank. The panel discussion was moderated by Ms. Shreya. Each panelist had fifteen minutes to put forth their views and the audience was given the opportunity to interact with them at the end of the session. A lively and enlightening question-answer session ensued. The concluding address was delivered by Dr Rajeshwari who summarised the salient aspects of the discussion.
- panel Discussion on Macroeconomics Events
The Department of Economics organized a panel discussion on the “Recent Macroeconomic Events” exclusively for the students of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics (2 EMS). The topics for the discussion were:
1. The Political Economy of Public Sector Banking in India and The Ordinary Man
2. The Macroeconomic Trends of India: Growth, Development and Performance Over the Past Decade
The students of MA Applied Economics, 1st year were chosen to lead the discussion. The former topic was discussed by Jiss Palelil (1737005) and the latter one on the macroeconomic trends was delivered by Shankar Varma K.C (1737006). The discussion started based on the concerns raised by two eminent economists in the country, through the articles they published in a Malayalam magazine “Ezhuthu”.
Shankar Varma focused on how the Indian economy as an emerging hub is showcasing an extraordinary performance in the foregone decade. Though the article is appreciative of the macroeconomic variables of the country like GDP, GNP, Inflation etc., it also raised concerns regarding the nation?s ability to continue the same growth in the coming years, owing to the structural challenges and decline in the production activities across all sectors.
In his discussion, Jiss Palelil took a gander at how exactly the banking sector in the country is being transformed from social institutions to private sector entities. The recent decision of the government to establish Bank Investments Company (BIC) and Bank Boards Bureau (BBB) to „reform?, the Indian public sector banks has raised serious concerns from various corners. The Indian banking sector is known for its social outlook and reaches to several
millions of poor households. However, with the proposed structural transformation, the banks may lose the social responsibility and they might become mere clearing houses for sustaining the corporate pursuits and profit making companies.
The discussion was moderated by Dr Joshy KJ, HOD, Economics with his analysis and opinions on both issues. He explained to the students, the long-lasting impacts of such reforms in emerging economies like ours. This was followed by a brief Q&A session where the students raised their questions and concerns and also shared their opinions on the matter.
The discussion evolved out to be of very productive in nature and it was concluded with positive academic outcomes.
- Panel discussion on Union Budget 2018
Venue: Room No.206, Block I Time: 11.00-12.00 Date: 7-02-18
I BA EPS students organised a panel discussion on Union Budget 2018 in I EPS class room (Room No.207) on 7th February, 2018 from 11.00-12.00. The discussion was moderated by Srruthi Lekha and the four panelists were Mehvish Khan, Avinash, Ganesh Raj and Raghav Nair from I EPS.
Each Panelist came up with different viewpoints, few noted out the pros and few the cons maintain a balance in the panel discussion. Mehvish khan spoke about the health sector in detail as to what are the implementations the government has proposed and planned to execute in the future. She also covered the details of the proposed budget on the agricultural and educational sector briefly which included topics such as cost of living, agricultural and rural economy, flagship programmes for the poor, plans for the senior citizens and fiscal management. Followed by the first panelist, the second panelist briefed about the banking system and political point of view of the budget 2018 along with specifications on recapitalization of banks to give out credits to MSMEs. The third speaker, Ganesh Raj spoke about how this year’s budget is just a cloud of dreams and has no value in the presence as it is merely going to vanish in the coming days and let us experience the same old issues. His views were totally in contradiction to that of the first speaker Ms.Mehvish khan who spoke of how these plans and proposals can bring India its good days. He questioned as to how the government is going to implement the agricultural plan and how is it going to be helpful to the public if the prices of the drugs remain high though we have 24 new medical colleges introduced in different parts of the world? His overall view was that it is going to be the richer minority benefited again as usual than the poor majority population because the plans proposed which are said to be for the lower class economy of the country stands without a pathway to reach the destination. The final speaker of the session who ended with a final brief of the budget as content was Raghav Nair. He also gave a macro picture of budget and the reference of the union budget with the capital markets and the income tax. He also covered a range of topics from critising the efficiency of the budget to the fiscal consolidation.
After the panel discussion, the floor was open for discussion. One of the questions posed from the audience was by Jan Wilson saying that, Issue of Kisan card to farmers which gives loans to them for their needs and cancellation of prevailed subsidies which gave them at a lower price. Is this a motive by the central govt. to increase the debt of fishermen thereby forcing them to quit their traditional occupation and handover the space to corporate? Was this a benefit or a burden?? We had questions and debate by the audience on the topic of military expenditure, how it has vanished and how government this time has taken a trade-off of butter over guns this time in the budget.
The panel discussion ended with the same point as to where it had started. The union budget 2018 is more of a long term goal than a short term goal which has been given much of a political importance to gain supports in the election than the real value of development and prosperity for the country’s economy. This panel discussion was indeed a fruitful discussion for us. I speak on behalf of the 2BA in EPS, the students of economics and we thank our class teacher Mrs. Greeshma Manoj, the department and Christ University for such a wonderful opportunity.
- Panel Discussion on Goods and Service Tax
Venue: Room No.103, Central Block Time: 12.00-1.00 Date: 1-02-2018
The students of II MA Applied Economics conducted a panel discussion on GST on 1st of February 2018, in the final year applied economics class. The session was moderated by Kamala Pillai and there were four speakers were Santosh Jose, Nivedita Satish, Makaji Ingle and Neha Bharadwaj from II MA Economics. The session began with a brief introduction to GST by the moderator. Goods and Service Tax is an indirect tax levied on the supply of goods and services. GST Law has replaced many indirect tax laws that previously existed in India. The first speaker Santhosh Jose discussed on the history of sales tax and its implications on the economy which resulted in the need for a universal tax system represented by the goods and service tax. The next speaker, Makaji , spoke about value added tax , which was the predecessor to GST and its implications to the current tax system in Indian economy. Nivedita Sathish spoke about the impact of the new tax system on the agricultural as well as industrial sector of the economy. She was of the opinion that this new tax regime has actually reduced the growth rate of the unorganised sector which can have huge ramifications on the industrial employment. The last speaker Neha spoke about the overall effects of the GST on the Indian Economy and its long term implications on the economy. It is too early to predict the final effects of GST but as far as it has been, the impact of GST has been positive and has reduced the tax burden on the people by removing the cascading effect and replacing taxes. After the view points expressed by four panelists, the floor was open for discussion. The session was concluded by the moderator by summarizing the points of the four panelists.
- National Level Young Economist Competition 2014-2015
The most awaited event of the year, the 9th Young Economist Competition was held on the 15th of December, 2014. Theme of this year’s competition was ‘Gender Equality and Development’. Ten candidates were shortlisted from around thirty abstracts received from candidates across the country. The candidates in the final round represented the institutions such as Loyola college Chennai, Central University Thanjavur, Stella Mary’s College Chennai, Hindu College Delhi, Jyoti Nivas College, Bangalore, Mount Carmel College Bangalore, St.Josephs College Banglaore and CHRIST (Deemed to be University). The panel of judges were great personalities in the field of Economics: Dr.Chidambaran Iyer from NIAS, Dr.Sreekantaradhya from Mysore University and Dr.Ramanjaneyulu from Bangalore University. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners were awarded with prize money Rs.10000, Rs. 7500 and Rs.5000 respectively. Akshada Krishnan from CHRIST (Deemed to be University) won the first prize. Second and Third prizes were won by Harini V.R and Sattvika Ashok from Stella Marys College, Chennai.