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Ever since the college was founded in 1922 as the one offering intermediate course in Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of Economics was in existence. Undergraduate course in Economics was started in 1936 and Post Graduate programme in 1957. Right from its inception, it has had a spectacular track record of eminent faculty members who were the torch bearers of economic studies in Kerala. The Department has a wonderful galaxy of alumni as well. The Department also has a legacy of holding invited lectures and conducting national seminars and workshops regularly. The Department celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the Post Graduate Programme in 2006. In 2010, the Department has been granted recognition as an approved Research Centre of the Mahatma Gandhi University and since then it has become a rallying ground for researchers and scholars alike. Post Graduate Programme in Economics 2022-23 Admission Prospectus
Milestones
1922 Department  established
1934 BA Economics  started
1957 MA Course  begun
1982 MA Programme  was restructured with two sets of optionals
2001 Introduced Econometrics as an optional paper  for MA
2009 Started Add-on Course in Tourism
2010 Department was elevated to a Research Centre
2011 Started Add on Course on Human Rights
2012 Started offering Advanced Econometrics
2014 Began UG and PG Programmes under Autonomy
2015 Introduced  Own Curriculum & Syllabus
2016 Started Add-on Course in Financial Journalism
2017 Established the Centre for Trade, Technology & Innovation
2021 Centenary

Roll of Honour of Service
Prof. P R Krishna Iyer 1922-1965
Prof. C Z Scaria 1965-1986
Prof. T V Abraham 1950-1988
Prof. D Varghese 1950-1969
Prof. K M Kurien 1951-1988
Prof. Joseph Thomas 1968-1987
Prof. K K Francis 1956-1991
Prof. TV Varkey 1962-1990
Prof. Thomas Kanayamplavan 1961-1991
Prof. C O Abraham 1965-1990
Rev. Mar Joseph Powathil 1963-1972
Prof. George Joseph 1964-1994
Prof. P I Joseph 1967-1998
Prof. Joy Kurien 1967-2001
Rev. Fr. Tom Kunnumpuram 1987-2007
Dr. M S James 1979-2010
Dr. Jose. K. Joseph 1985-2011
Prof. T. K .Thomas 1985-2012
Dr. Jose Mathew 1987-2014
Prof. L Unnikrishnan 1987-2017
Dr. Joseph Kurian 1988-2019
Dr. Philip M P 1994-2019
Dr. Mathew J Mattam 1998-2019

 

Distinguished Alumni
Sri. Oommen Chandy (Former Chief Minister of Kerala)
Sri. K.C. Joseph (Former Minister for Rural Development)
Sri. Adoor Prakash (Former Minister of Health)
Sri. Narayana Panikkar (Former NSS General Secretary)
Mar. George Alenchery (Cardinal,Syro Malabar Church)
Mar. Joseph Powathil (Archbishop Emeritus, Changanacherry)
Mar. George Kocherry (Bishop of Ghana and Togo)
Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis (Major Archbishop, Malankara Church)
Dr. Siby Mathews IPS, (Chief Information Officer)
Sri. M S Mani IAS, (Central Service)
Sri. Madhavan Nair IRS, (Income Tax Commissioner)
Sri. Joseph Mathew IES, (Planning Board)
Sri. Augustine Peter IES, (Planning Board)
Sri. K C Johny IRS, (Customs)
Dr. A V Jose Economist, (ILO)
Sri. Paul Joseph IES, (Ministry of Agriculture)
Sri. Saju K Surndran IES (Cochin Special Economic Zone)
Sri. Sindhu S IES (Planning Commission)
Sri. Augustine Peter IES (Competition Commision)
Vinu Abraham (Script writer)
Martin Prakkattu (Film Director)
Dr. K J Joseph (Director, GIFT)

Student Achievements (2020-21)
Jacob James (MA) and S Bhanulal (BA)
FACT Aluva All India Quiz Competition 2021 1st

S Bhanulal (BA)
LIC Intercollegiate Quiz Competition 2021 1st

Aaron Verghese
Selection to National Coaching Camp of Indian Senior Men's Basketball Team for FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

Girin Sivichan
Second Best Paper at  Quaesitio 2020 The All India Paper Presentation Competition organized by St. Stephen’s College, Uzhavoor

Placements (2020-21)
Gieo Giji MA 2019- 2022 TCS
Rhithurag MS MA 2020- 2022 Federal Bank
Kaveri Agnes Jacob MA 2020- 2022 Federal Bank
Merin Thomas MA 2020- 2022 ESAF Bank
Vyas Kumar BA 2018- 2021 TCS
Jees James BA 2018- 2021 Hael Enterprises
Beeya Thomas MA 2019- 2021 South Indian Bank
Elizabath James MA 2019- 2021 South Indian Bank
Annu Wilson MA 2019- 2021 South Indian Bank
Aksha MS BA 2018-2021 South Indian Bank
Senon Geo Baby BA 2018-2021 South Indian Bank
Alwin Joseph BA 2018-2021 South Indian Bank
Arpan VJ BA 2018-2021 South Indian Bank

Competitive Exams Cracked (Last three years)
Annu Wilson UGC NET
Jacob James UGC NET
Aishwarya Ajayan UGC NET
Kezia Saramma UGC NET
Shine Shaji UGC NET
Sarin Giji UGC NET
Elizabeth Jacob UGC NET
Kurien Abraham Puthumana GATE
Lawrence Mathew UGC NET
Devadathan S UGC NET
Abin Joseph UGC NET
Lekshmi Prasad UGC NET
Jiya Tom UGC NET
Cyril Philip UGC NET
Ann Mariam Roy UGC NET

UG Programme

  • BA Economics

PG Programme

  • MA Economics

Doctoral Programme

  • Ph.D. Economics

Add-on Course

  • Financial Journalism
faculty

Mr. Johnson K Joice

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Dr. Shinu Varkey

Assistant Professor & Head

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Dr. Anila Skariah

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Jeril Tom

Assistant Professor

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Mr. Pavanam Thomas

Assistant Professor

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Mr. Richie Dilip Kurien

Assistant Professor (Guest)

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Mr.Anan Joseph Benny

Assistant Professor (Contract)

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  • Berchmans Centre for Trade Technology and innovation

    The Centre was inaugurated by Prof. Heinz D Kurz, University of Graz, Austria in 2017
    He delivered the inaugural lecture on ‘The free trade doctrine of the Classical economists: No unconditional subscription to trade liberalisation’. In 2018, a Talk on Entrepreneurship was delivered by Mrs. Teena Paul, Director, Giftolexia.

  • Berchmans Centre for Visually Challenged and Print Disabled

    The centre with the initiative from the student ventured into the preparation of audio books using assistive technology to help visually impaired students in collaboration with Kerala Blind Federation and Chakshumathi. Prof. L Unnikrishnan was instrumental in this noble initiative.
    In 2014, Georgekutty Thareparampil, the Founder Kerala federation of the blind was honoured for his services for the physically challenged. The centre has got a depository of audio books

  • Reading Room and Library

    The departmental reading room and library offers Business newspapers, academic journals, industry reports and official data sets for students and research scholars.
    It also has a depository of dissertations and thesis produced.

  • Multi-media enabled Smart Classroom cum Seminar Hall

  • WiFi internet access enabled

  • Interactive Smart Panel enabled Classrooms

  • Prof C Z Scaria Memorial Lecture

    Cheruvallathu Zacharias (C Z) Scaria hails from Arakulam, Moolamattom, Idukki District. “CZ”, as he was known, had his school education from Kolapura Government School, Arakkulam and St. Mary’s High School, Palai. He had his B A (Hons) with first rank from St Joseph’s College, Trichy. He joined the Department of Economics, St Berchmans College in 1949 and became its head in 1967. Endowed with remarkable intellect, sharp wit, deep scholarship and above all a keen sense of vision and commitment, he mentored and inspired generations of students which include prominent politicians, bureaucrats, and economists. Along with the late Prof P R Krishna Iyer, the founder Head of the Department, he cradled and nurtured the department to its present stature. He retired from active service in 1987.

    Prof C Z was a gifted teacher and an eloquent orator. Though he taught a range of subjects during his long span of career, he was best known as a teacher of Microeconomics. Teaching was always a passion for Prof C Z and be it any topic, he communicated it effectively by the magic of his eloquence. Being a teacher par excellence, his students could experience his amazing erudition, analytical mind, prodigious memory, and abundant sense of humour. He also made it a point to connect with the best minds in the field of economics of that period like Joan Robinson, K N Raj, I S Gulati, etc. and could bring them to the department.

    Prof C Z Scaria had the rare honour of becoming a member of both the Senate and Syndicate of the University of Kerala for the longest period (1960 -1984). He was also a member/ chairman of various academic bodies like academic council, BOS and BOE of Kerala, Calicut and Madras Universities. He was always in the forefront to fight for the rights and dignity of private college teachers in Kerala. He was the President of AKPCTA and the Founding President of PCTA. He was truly a multi-faceted genius with tremendous interests in various fields like acting, music, oratory and even agriculture. Being a great educationist, a visionary and an institution-builder, he strode the academic sphere of Kerala like a colossus. He was above all a good human being full of warmth and affection.

    Prof. C Z Scaria passed away on 7th March 2000.

    Wife: Late Mrs Mary Scaria (Rajamma).

    Children: Jollykutty Zacharias, Late Prof Thomaskutty Scaria, Dr Joshy Zacharias, Dr Siby Zacharias, Dr Prakash Zacharias, Dr Valsamma Baby and Mrs Rani Philip.

    Previous Speakers:

    Sl No Speaker Year
    1 Dr I S Gulati 1988
    2 Dr K C Shankara Narayanan 1989
    3 Dr Chiranjib Sen 1990
    4 Dr P R Gopinathan Nair 1991
    5 Prof K J Oommen 1992
    6 Sri T N Jyachandran IAS 1993
    7 Sri K M Mani MLA 1994
    8 Dr P K Michael Tharakan 1995
    9 Dr Olle Tornquist 1996
    10 Dr Cyriac Thomas 1997
    11 Dr Achin Chakraborty 1998
    12 Dr Gerhard De Groot 1999
    13 Dr M A Oommen 2000
    14 Dr K C Zachariah 2001
    15 Dr Babu Paul IAS 2002
    16 Dr Alwin B Prakash 2003
    17 Mar Joseph Powathil 2004
    18 Dr B Ekbal 2005
    19 Sri K J Alphonse MLA 2006
    20 Dr M G S Narayanan 2007
    21 Dr T P Srinivasan IFS 2008
    22 Dr John Kurien 2009
    23 Dr P M Rajan Gurukkal 2010
    24 Dr K P Kannan 2011
    25 Dr K K George 2012
    26 Dr Jebamali Vinanchi Arachi 2013
    27 Dr Jose Jacob 2014
    28 Sri K S Money IAS 2015
    29 Prof Amit Bhaduri 2016
    30 Prof Pulapre Balakrishnan 2017
    31 Prof D Narasimha Reddy 2018
    32 Prof V Santhakumar 2019
    33 Prof. R Ramkumar 2020
    34 Dr. Rose Mary K Abraham IES 2021

  • Prof K K Francis Memorial Lecture

    Prof K K Francis was born in Karror near Palai, Kottayam on December 25, 1931. He was the third child of a family of nine children, five boys and four girls. He had his school education from St Thomas School, Palai. Later, he Joined St Joseph College, Trichy for his intermediate course. He passed B A (Hons) in Economics from Loyola College, Chennai and received a Masters in History from Nagpur University. Prof Francis Joined the Department of Economics, St Berchmans College on August 7, 1956.

    In the early years of his teaching career, Prof Francis taught both Economics and History. Though he had taught many subjects in Economics at the graduate and post graduate levels during the long 35 years of his career, Development Economics, International Trade and Macroeconomics were his favourites. He handled all these subjects with ease and facility. His classes were lively and interesting. Being a dedicated and exceptional teacher, he made ‘learning a joy’ for himself and his students. With his profound scholarship and exceptional expository skills and above all his tremendous passion for teaching he touched the hearts, moulded the thoughts and shaped the destinies of generations of students.  Endowed with the extraordinary talent of penetrating to the essence of a problem, he could make complex ideas and theories transparent and convey them lucidly in simple words.

    The late Prof Krishna Iyer, the founder head of the Department and his colleague had this to say about him, “Prof Francis is a very competent teacher with a rare capacity for simple and lucid exposition of the most difficult topics in Economics”.

    Prof K K Francis was a vibrant and multifaceted personality accentuated by an unforgettable charisma and commendable interpersonal skills. He was an inspiring orator, astute debater and a seasoned stage performer. He played the lead roles like Lady Macbeth, Iago and Shylock in the major Shakespeare productions of the College. He was an enthralling singer as well. He also left his mark in the area of College teachers’ union and association activities by speaking for their rights and dignity. He was in the forefront of Direct payment agitation of teachers in 1972. He was the elected Regional President of united AKPCTA.

    He expired on May 1, 1991 with one year left for retirement.

    Wife: Late Prof Leela Francis

    Children: Late Shaji  K Francis, Susha Elizabeth Francis and Smitha Francis.

    Previous Speakers

    Sl No Speaker Year
    1 Dr Ramachandran Nair 1992
    2 Sri P J Joseph 1993
    3 Prof C Z Scaria 1994
    4 Sri Dominic Joseph IRS 1995
    5 Sri James Joseph IAS 1996
    6 Dr George Joseph IPS 1997
    7 D. C R Soman 1998
    8 Dr K Babu Joseph 1999
    9 Dr M P Mathai 2000
    10 Dr C V Ananda Bose IAS 2001
    11 Jus. K T Thomas 2002
    12 Dr K N Harilal 2003
    13 Prof C O Abraham 2004
    14 Dr P M Mathew 2005
    15 Dr A V Jose ILO 2006
    16 Sri S John 2007
    17 Dr Scaria Zachariah 2008
    18 Dr K J Joseph 2009
    19 Dr Sunil Mani 2010
    20 Dr C P Chandrashekhar 2011
    21 Sri K C Johny IRS 2012
    22 Dr L Radhakrishnan IAS 2013
    23 Dr K Joseph Thomas 2014
    24 Prof Surajit Mazumdar 2015
    25 Prof Jayati Ghosh 2016
    26 Prof Indrani Chakraborty 2017
    27 Prof Padmini Swaminathan 2018
    28 Dr Surajit Das 2019
    29 Dr. Alex M Thomas 2020
    30 Dr Smitha Francis 2021

  • Prof C O Abraham Memorial Lecture

    Prof C O Abraham was born in Madappally, Kottayam District on September 3, 1934. He had his schooling in Pioneer L P School Ayarkkattuvayal and St Berchmas High School Changanassery. He pursued intermediate, graduation and post-graduation studies from St Berchmans College, Changanassery. After completing BA in Economics in 1954, he served in the Department of Agriculture, Government of Kerala for a period of eight years. He joined for the MA Economics programme in 1963 and completed it in 1965, securing the 1st rank with first class from Kerala University – a rare and highly appreciable feat. In the same year, he joined the Faculty of his alma mater as lecturer.

    Prof C O Abraham was an outstanding teacher and was much passionate about his profession. He inspired his students with a love of the subjects he taught. The depth and range of his knowledge in the discipline, particularly in economic theory, was remarkable. Although he could handle any subject in Economics with facility and interest, Macroeconomics, was his forte which he taught with authority. His scholarship attracted students not only throughout his tenure at the college, but even after his retirement from the service in 1990. He wrote many text books and study aids (guides) for the intermediate and the graduate programmes; the most celebrated one among them is “Economic Systems”. His books speak volumes of his scholarship, analytical skills and hard work.

    Alongside his academic engagements he showed a keen interest in public life. He served as a Member, Madappally Grama Panchayath and involved actively in socially relevant issues. Prof C O Abraham was an immensely affectionate person with deep empathy and concern for his colleagues, associates, friends and students.

    After his retirement, Prof C O Abraham moved to Kalluvathukkal in Kollam district. He expired on July 9, 2013. He is survived by his wife Mrs Accamma Abraham and daughters Aniamma, Ashamma, Anupama, Minu and Angel.

    Previous Speakers

    Sl No Speaker Year
    1 Prof Prabhat Patnaik 2015
    2 Prof Pulin B Naik 2016
    3 Prof Govind Rao 2017
    4 Dr Vamsi Vakulabharanam 2018
    5 Prof L Venkatachalam 2019
    6 Prof. R Nagaraj 2020
    7 Prof. Lekha Chakraborty 2021

  • M P Johnson Memorial Annual Paper Presentation Competition and Best Paper Award

    Sri Johnson M P (1956-1981) was called to the eternal life unexpectedly while he was a student of MA Economics Programme in the Department. He was an outstanding student with exceptional academic records. He secured the highest marks in the BA Economics Programme 1976-79. His teachers and friends still cherish their fond memories of him and remember him for his simplicity, sincerity and commitment to life. This award is instituted by Dr Philip M.P. in loving memory of his brother for the annual paper presentation competition being held in the Department. The First Johnson MP Memorial National Paper Presentation Competition was held in 2020.

  • Elbin Simon Memorial Annual Inter-School Quiz Competition

    Elbin Simon departed for the heavenly call unexpectedly while he was a student of BA Economics Programme in the Department.  The Elbin Simon Memorial Inter-School Quiz Competition is an annual event held by the department as part of the annual fest.

  • Association Activities

    • Workshops and Skill Development Programmes on Statistical Packages like MS Excel, SPSS, STATA, EViews etc.
    • Economics Discussion Forum on current issues
    • Demographic/Socio-economic/Health Surveys
    • Intra-department quiz
    • Paper/poster presentations
    • Debate competitions
    • Colour a home: financial assistance project for house construction/renovation for the needy students
    • Celebration of Commemorative Days
    • Celebrating Festivals

  • Carpediem

    Carpediem is the All India Inter-collegiate economic fest hosted by the department. It is a platform to showcases the talents of the students and is a sought-after event with participation from colleges far and near. Various competitions ranging from quiz and poster designing to dance and photography make the event vibrant. Altogether, Carpediem is an event to cheer and chill out.

  • Seminars Conferences and Workshops

    Induction Programme

    Oct 11 2021 Inauguration of the 2021-23 Batch M.A Economics – Augustine Peter IES

    Sep 16 2021 Induction Programme of the 88th Batch of BA Economics 2021-24 – Dr Mathew Kurian, Joint Director, K.N. Raj Study Centre for Planning and Centre -State Financial Relations

    Sep 17 2021 Groom to Bloom – Dr Ajith James Jose, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, St Berchmans College Kerala

    Sep 17 2021 Methodology of Study – Rev Fr Tinju Tom, Librarian, Assumption College, Changanassery

    Memorial lectures

    May 24, 2022 Prof. C O Abraham Memorial Lecture 2021 – Prof Lekha Chakraborty

    Apr 30, 2022 Prof. C Z Abraham Memorial Lecture 2021 – Rosemary K Abraham IES

    Mar 02, 2022 Prof. K K Francis Memorial Lecture – Dr Smitha Francis

    Seminars & Talks

    May 13, 2022 Webinar on Personal Finance Management in association with AMFI – Shri. Suryakant Sharma

    Feb 10, 2022 Webinar on Economic Survey & Union Budget – KN Balagopal – TM Thomas Issac

    Jan 20, 2022 Invited Talk on Might of Media and Right of Reader – K Jayakumar IAS

    Dec 16, 2021 Invited Lecture on India’s Industrial Response to Liberalisation – K T Chacko IAS

    Aug 02 2021 Invited Lecture and Student Paper Presentations – Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Economic Growth and Development – Dr. Muhammed Najeeb K K, Fellow, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kharagpur

    Soft-Skill Programmes

    May 25, 2022 Academic Writing & Academic Resources – Fr Tinju Tom

    May 23, 2022 Introduction to Research Methodology – Dr Antony Joseph K

    Apr 09, 2022 Hands-on Training in Jamovi

    Jan 16, 2022 Getting Started with an Academic Project – Dr S Muraleedharan

    Dec 17, 2021 Add on course Inauguration – Dr Anil Kumar Vadavathoor

    Sep 27th-30th and Oct 01st, 2nd & 4th Skill Training Programme

    Research Methodology: Theory and Techniques – Dr Martin Patrick, Chief Economist, CPPR Kochi

    Skill Training Programme: Introduction to Mendeley – Dr. Renjith Thomas, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, St Berchmans College Kerala

    Life-Skill Training

    Course on Basic Life Support System and Disaster Management

    Nov 25, 2021 Legal Awareness Symposium – Women and Law – Adv. Sindhu Gopalakrishnan

    Placement Assistance

    May 28, 2022 Roadmap for Internships – Devassi Ouseph

    May 02, 2022 KTET Crash Course

    Jan 15, 2022 Career Guidance – What after Economics

    Nov 13, 2021 Internships: Merits and Possibilities – Devassy Ouseph

    May 30, 2021 Higher Studies after Economics

    May 6, 2021 Prospects for Economics Graduates – George Varghese, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics University, Bengaluru.

    Finishing School

    Finishing school programme for soft skills, language skills, personal presentation and grooming, resume preparation, group discussion techniques, and interview skills

    Association Activities

    Jun 21, 2022 International Yoga Day Celebrations – Yoga Posture Photo Contest

    Jun 15, 2022 Awards Ceremony for S Grade Winners

    Jun 05, 2022 World Environment Day Celebrations – Footsteps – Pensee – Quiz

    Apr 2022 Johnson MP Memorial National Paper Presentation Competition

    Mar 8, 2022 International Women’s Day Progressiveness Assessment Survey

    Mar 04, 2022 Health Action Campaign & BMI Monitoring – World Obesity Day

    Mar 02, 2022 Organic Horticulture Project Launch

    March 2022 SB Model UN

    Jan 30, 2022 Martyr’s Day 2022 Book Distribution

    Jan 28, 2022 Digital Kottayam Pamphlet Distribution

    Jan 25, 2022 National Voter’s Day Voter Enrolment Facilitation Campaign

    Dec 01, 2021 Inauguration of Economics Association – Dr. Shaijumon CS

    Dec 01, 2021 AIDS Day Awareness Campaign

    Nov 12, 2021 Merit Day – Dr Leena Mathew

    Sep 05 2021 Teachers Day Celebrations

    Jul 16 2021 World Population Day Invited Lecture and Essay Writing Competition World Population Day amid AI and Big Data – Dr. Renji George Amballoor, Deputy Director at the Directorate of Higher Education, Goa.

    Jun 19 2021 Book Review Competition as part of the National Reading Day 2021 celebrations

    Jun 5 2021 Plant a Tree Campaign as part of the World Environmental Day 2021

    Alumni Talk Series

    May 17, 2022 Alumni Gettogether MA 1984-86

    28 Sep 2021 Centenary The Alumni Talk Series 3 – Vinu Abraham, Script writer

    Jul 24 2021 Centenary The Alumni Talk Series 2 – Sibi Mathews, General Manager RBI Mumbai

    Jun 24 2021 Centenary The Alumni Talk Series 1 – Vinod John, Freelance Journalist, Toronto.

    Summer Internship Programme

    15- 30 May 2022 Summer Internship Programme for Higher Secondary Students

  • Weblinks

    Prospects for Economics Graduates | George Varghese


    Indian Agriculture and Agriculture Bill 2020 | Dr. Shaijumon CS


    Introduction to Behavioural Economics | Dr. Ashish Kulkarni


    Decision making under uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases | Dr. Ashish Kulkarni


    Experimental Economics | Junofy Anto Rozarina


    Social preferences | Junofy Anto Rozarina


    Behavioural Economics in public policy | Junofy Anto Rozarina


    Workshop on Unethical Practices in academic writing | Fr. Tinju Tom


    Roadmap for Internships | Devassy Ouseph


    Exploring Digital Resources | Tinju Tom


    Unethical Practices in Academic Writing | Tinju Tom


    Journalism in Contemporary India | Rajesh Abraham


    Pandemic Windfalls and the Billionaires Boom | Dr Shaijumon CS


    Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Economic Growth and Development | Dr Muhammed Najeeb


    COVID 19 & New Normal Economy | L Venkatachalam


    COVID 19 Economic Package Some Reflections | Dr. Philip MP


    World Population Day Amid AI and BigData | Renji George Amballoor


    Personal Finance Management | Suryakant Sharma | AMFI