DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
The Department of Economics at Mother Teresa Women’s University was started in the year 1985. Since inception, the Department endeavours to highlight the need for a strong economic base for women and strives to promote economic empowerment of women through its triple functions of teaching, research and extension activities. In this regard the Department has incorporated gender dimensions in the Economics Curriculum to make the contributions of women to the national economy more visible. Further an array of grass root level surveys and research projects have been carried out with focus on Women, Work and Economy. Community out reach programmes are being launched to integrate women in the process of economic development.
PROFESSOR – 3
Name of the Staff: Dr.S.Sundari
Designation: Prof. and Head
Qualifications: M.A.(Eco.),M.A.(W.S),M.Phil., Ph.D.
Years of Teaching and Research Experience: 30 Years
Field of Specialisation: Household Economics,
Women, Work and Development.
Name of the Staff: Dr.A.Kalaimathi
Designation: Prof. and Director i/c,
Qualifications: M.A., M.Phil, M.Ed., B.A.L., M.B.A., PhD
Years of Teaching and Research Experience: 28 Years
Field of Specialisation: Economics, Education and Women’s Studies
Name of the Staff: Dr.N.Kala
Designation: Prof. and Registrar i/c, Mother Teresa Women’s University
Qualifications: M.A.(Eco.) M.A.(W.S) M.B.A., Ph.D.
Years of Teaching and Research Experience: 29 Years
Field of Specialisation: Industrial Economics,
Women and Development. Entrepreneurship, IPR
The Department is endowed with well qualified and expertise staff with more than 30 years of teaching and research experience. The members of the faculty acquire, enrich and update their knowledge by participating in various Regional / National and International Seminars, Conferences and Workshops.
- There is a good rapport between the students and the teachers. Continuous support is given to students.
- Curriculum in Economics is well designed. It aims to train students to face competitive exams and also challenges in the globalised job market.
- Add on programmes, skill training, field and industrial visits, special lectures, seminars, workshops etc. enhance students’ knowledge.
- New knowledge is generated in areas of IPR and Entrepreneurship.
- Library is well equipped with books, journals and reports. Access is available to e-journals and internet.
M.A. in Economics
M.PHIL in Economics
Ph.D in Economics ( Full Time and Part Time)
Add on Course on Entrepreneurship Development.
RESEARCH PROJECTS COMPLETED
- Migration : A Gender Analysis ( 2001- 2003) Financial support by University Grants Commission, New Delhi ( `2,45,040/-).
- Gender Bias in Intra – household Resource Allocation: Household Models, Empirical Evidence and Policy Implications (2009 – 2012) Major Research project funded by University Grants Commission, New Delhi, ( `4,84,700/).
- Water Bodies at Kodaikanal. Three Years Major Research Project (2008 – 2011) funded by University Grants Commission, New Delhi,(`7,00,000/- ).
ON GOING RESEARCH PROJECTS
- Impact of MGNREP on Labour Market in Tamil Nadu – Major Research Project – Sponsored by Dindigul Rural Development Administration, Government of Tamil Nadu. Amount: `1,16,600/-.
- Data Source on Women – Major Research Project – Sponsored by the Centre for Women’s Studies, MTWU, Kodaikanal. Amount: `1,00,000/-
ASSOCIATION/ INTER UNIVERSITY LINKAGES
Dr.S.Sundari, visited University of Kent in U.K under the Academic Link Inter - Exchange Scheme sponsored by Mother Teresa Women's University and British Council in 1991, to frame curriculum for P.G. Course in Women’s Studies and to participate in Seminars and Conferences.
The following papers were presented:
- Women Workers in the Indian Labour Market
- Indian Vs Western Feminism
- Role of Government in Women’s Development
- Entrepreneurs under Uncertainty: A Case Study of Bus Transport in Tamil Nadu.
She also Visited University of Loughborough and presented a paper titled, “Economic Problems of Women Workers in India”.
Dr.S.Sundari visited UK under the Higher Education Link Programme of the British Council between Mother Teresa Women's University, Kodaikanal and Royal Holloway , University of London in a project entitled ‘Women Empowerment and Poverty Reduction: Promoting Microlevel Enterprises’, in 2002. The Inter - University linkage helped mainly in the introduction of Innovative Programme viz. PG Diploma in Entrepreneurship as an add on course with the financial support of the University Grants Commission, New Delhi. Entrepreneurship Development has been introduced as a compulsory paper for all Post and Under Graduate Courses.
The alumni of the Department of Economics are well placed. They are largely working as Principals / Professors in reputed Colleges, Officers in IT companies, Officers in State Government Departments, management of NGO’s and entrepreneurs.