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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.

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         -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)
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

Mr. Johnson K Joice

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Dr. Shinu Varkey

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Dr. Anila Skariah

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Dr. Jeril Tom

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Mr. Pavanam Thomas

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Mr. Richie Dilip Kurien

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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

  • ICT powered 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

  • 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

    Date Event
    Oct 11 2021 Inauguration of the 2021-23 Batch M.A Economics
    Augustine Peter  IES, Former Member at Competition Commission of India & Visiting Fellow, RIS
    28 Sep 2021 Centenary The Alumni Talk  Series 3
    Vinu Abraham, Script writer
    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
    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
    Sep 05 Teachers Day Celebrations
    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
    Jul 24 2021 Centenary The Alumni Talk  Series 2
    Sibi Mathews, General Manager RBI Mumbai
    17 July 2020 Training Programme in Research Methodology
    Cyril Philip, University of Hyderabad
    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, Govt. of Goa.
    Jun 24 2021 Centenary The Alumni Talk  Series 1
    Vinod John, Freelance Journalist, Toronto.
    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
    May 6, 2021 Prospects for Economics Graduates
    George Varghese, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics University, Bengaluru.
    May 6, 2021 Prof. C O Abraham Memorial Lecture 2020
    Prof. R Nagaraj CDS Trivandrum
    Apr 16, 2021 Prof. C Z Scaria Memorial Lecture  2020
    Prof. R Ramkumar, TISS Mumbai
    Feb 5-12 2021 One week language development programme: Class on English Through Filims
    Jeeva Theresa Jose, Kristu Jayanti College Bangalore
    Feb 6 2021 Glimpses of Union Budget 2021: Will India Be ‘Back On Track’?
    Dr. M P Philip, Head, Department of Economics,  Gregorian College of Advanced Studies, Trivandrum
    Jan 30 2021 Pre-Budget Discussion 2021
    Prof. Mathew Kurian,  KN Raj Centre for Planning and Development,  MG University, Kottayam
    Jan 25, 2021 Prof. KK Francis Memorial Lecture 2020
    Dr. Alex M Thomas Azim Premji University Bengaluru
    05 Nov 2020 Indian Agriculture and Agriculture Bill 2020
    Dr. Shaijumon CS, Associate Professor IIST Thiruvananthapuram
    Nov 3, 2020 Student Paper Presentation on Farm Bills
    Prof. Mathew Kurian, KN Raj Centre for Planning and Development, MG University, Kottayam
    Oct 14 -20, 2020 Inauguration of the 87th Batch of BA Economics Programme (2020-23)
    KC Johny IRS, Principal Commissioner of GST, Hyderabad
    Aug 22-26, 2020 Five-day Online Faculty Development Programme in Behavioural Economics
    Dr. Ashish Kulkarni, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune
    Junofy Anto Rozarina, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
    Jul 17, 20, 21 2020 Workshop on Unethical  Practices in academic writing
    Fr Tinju Tom, Librarian, Assumption College Changanasserry
    Jun 6 2020 Covid 19 Economic Package: Some Reflections
    Dr. Philip M P, Former Head, Dept. of Economics, St Berchmans College
    May 30 2020 The New Normal Economy under the post- COVID 19 era
    Dr. L Venkatachalam, Professor, MIDS, Chennai
    May 16 2020 Online Class Rooms: Issues of Equity & Excellence in Higher Education
    Dr Rajan Varughese, Hon. Secretary Kerala State Higher Education Council
    Feb 20 2020 Prof. C O Abraham Memorial Lecture
    on Behavioural Economics for Public Policy
    Prof. L Venkatachalam, Professor, MIDS Chennai
    Feb 3 2020 National Seminar on Fifty years of Bank Nationalization: Indian Banking at Crossroads
    Dec 6-7 2019 Two-day Workshop on SPSS and Data Handling Techniques
    Nov 25 2019 Women Empowerment Campaign
    On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
    Smt. Mruduladevi Sasidharan (Dalit and Gender Activist)
    Nov 20 2019 Prof. KK Francis Memorial Lecture 2019
    on Fiscal Policy and Human Development
    Prof. Surajit Das CESP JNU
    Aug 30 2019 Workshop for Developing socially Relevant pedagogy in Microeconomics
    Aug 29 2019 Prof. C Z Scaria Memorial Lecture 2019
    on Status of Indian Education: A Few Disquieting Features
    Prof. V Santhakumar, Azim Premji University Bangalore
    1 Aug 3-14 2018 Two-day Erudite Scholar in Residence Programme 2018 Lecture Series
    and National Seminar on Equity and Sustainability in a Globalized World
    Prof Nrarashimha Reddy, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad
    Jul 31- Aug 1 2018 Erudite Scholar in Residence Programme 2018 Lecture Series
    and National Seminar on Growth Vs Equity: India in the Reform Era
    Prof Vamsi Vakulabharanam, The University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • 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