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DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
THE DELHI SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

HANDBOOK OF INFORMATION
M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Economics
2011-2012
 UNIVERSITY OF DELHI
DELHI-110007

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

1.  Please read the Handbook of Information carefully before filling the application form.

2.  Incomplete Application forms will not be entertained.

3.  The application forms for M.A./M.Phil./Ph.D. courses in Economics will be available from the office of the Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics against a demand draft of Rs. 500/- (for students belonging to General Category & non SC/ST Category) and Rs.300/- (for students belonging to SC/ST/PH category). The demand draft should be made from any nationalized bank drawn in favour of Registrar, University of Delhi, payable at Delhi from 16-May-2011 to 15-June-2011.

4.  Candidates seeking admission to the M.A./M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses must submit their completed registration form latest by 15th June 2011 to the Head, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007. Applicants for the Ph.D. programme who do not require financial assistance have the option of not taking the entrance examination. They are required to submit a research proposal along with the application form by 15th June 2011.

5.  After the deadline for receipt of application forms, application forms sent through Registered/ Speed Post or by any other means will not be accepted. Candidates are therefore advised to submit their application form at the earliest, instead of waiting for the last date.

6.  The Entrance Test for M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses will be held on Saturday, 25th June 2011 at the Delhi School of Economics. The test will be of 3 hours’ duration, and will commence at 10 a.m.

NOTE: In view of the large number of examinees, the candidates MUST reach the Delhi School of Economics at least one hour prior to the test, in order to know the Centre/Building allotted to them. The room allocation will be displayed at the Centre.

7.  Refund of fees is not permissible in the case of those who are unable to appear in the test on the scheduled date and time.

8.  Candidates must fill out and detach the admission ticket from the application form, and present it at the examination centre at 9.00 a.m. on Saturday, 25th June 2011. The photographs to be pasted on the application form and the admission ticket must be attested by a gazetted officer.

9.  A short list of M.Phil. and Ph.D. candidates to be interviewed will be announced in the afternoon of 8th July, 2011. The interviews will be held on 11th July 2011.

10.  The application form can also be downloaded from our website: http://www.econdse.org . The relevant procedure is given in detail in the website: click on the ‘PROGRAMS’ link and follow the instructions there. The hard copy of the downloaded application form should be sent by post to the department and this must be accompanied by a demand draft of Rs.500 for M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. For SC/ST/PH applicants, the relevant demand draft amount is Rs.300. The demand draft should be made from any nationalized bank and the draft should be prepared in favour of the Registrar, University of Delhi, and should be payable at Delhi.

11.  Refer to the application number generated for any future correspondence

Office Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(Monday through Friday)

Telephones

 School Office
27667540 27667725 Ext. 1531

Department Office
27667725 Ext. 1535

Ratan Tata Library
27667688 27667725 Ext. 1671/1672

Centre for Development Economics (EPABX)
27667005, 27666533–35

 Faculty Members (EPABX)
27667005, 27666533-35

 Fax
27667159

E-mail
dept@econdse.org

Website
www.econdse.org


 M.PHIL IN ECONOMICS

 

The M.Phil. Programme in Economics operates within the overall framework laid down by the ordinance governing the M.Phil. programme in the University.

1.  Student intake into the M.Phil. Programme will be determined as per the University Ordinance VI. Reservation will be provided as per university guidelines.

 2.  25% of the students enrolled in the M.Phil. programme will be entitled to get fellowships @ Rs.3000/- per month, with a contingency support of Rs.8000/- per year. Duration of the fellowship will be as per rules and regulations under the Ordinance for the M.Phil. rogramme of the Department. The selection of students for the above-mentioned Fellowships will be as per the merit list. 50% of the fellowships will be reserved for the reserved categories. Duration of the fellowship will be as per the rules and regulations under the Ordinance for the M.Phil. programme of the Department. No fellowship will be given for the extended period.

 3.  No fellowship will be given to students who join part-time M.Phil. programme.

 4.  All applicants for the M.Phil. Programme is required to take the entrance examination.

Eligibility

 A.  Students from Indian Universities

The minimum qualification for admission to the M.Phil. Programme shall be a Master’s degree in Economics or in any of the following allied subjects: Business Economics, Business Administration, Commerce, Statistics, Mathematics, Operations Research, History and Engineering, with at least 55% marks in the aggregate, or an equivalent qualification recognized by the Academic Council. The above minimum marks requirement shall not however apply in the case of the teachers of the University of Delhi holding substantive appointment before the promulgation of the ordinance relating to the M.Phil. programme. Such teachers need only have 50% in the aggregate to be eligible.

 B.  Students from foreign Universities

Indian Nationals holding a Master’s degree in Economics or in an allied subject, as well as all foreign nationals have the option of seeking admission to M.Phil. Economics by taking the Department’s Entrance Examination or seeking admission on individual basis by submitting their GRE Scores along with recommendations from two academic referees. Those who choose to take the entrance test must apply to the Head of the Department on the prescribed form by the due date. No matter which option they choose, all foreign nationals must route their applications through:

Foreign Students Advisor
Foreign Students Registry
Faculty of Management Studies
University of Delhi
Delhi 110007

N.B. Foreign nationals with Indian degrees and Indian nationals with degrees from foreign universities should ideally appear for the entrance test. In case it is not feasible for a candidate to appear for the test she/he should follow the procedure laid down in B above.

Duration

The duration of the M.Phil. is one and half years for full-time students and two years for part-time students. Full-time teachers of the University of Delhi and its constituent colleges holding a substantive post alone are eligible for admission on a part-time basis.

Structure

The M.Phil. in Economics will consist of two parts, both parts having equal weight. Part I will comprise three full time courses and Part II a dissertation. The three courses in Part I will be of at least six months’ duration each.

Span Period

A student must complete the M.Phil. programme i.e. clear both Part I and Part II of the course within three years of initial registration for the M.Phil. full-time programme, and within four years of initial registration for the M.Phil. Part-time programme.

Attendance

Students shall be required to attend the lectures and participate in seminars arranged in the department, and maintain a regular schedule of meetings with their term-paper supervisors. All students are required to attend at least two thirds of the lectures and seminars. The convenor of the M.Phil committee will assign students to faculty advisers as need be until such time as they write their dissertation proposal.

Examination

The mode of examination for Part I will include term papers, class exams, and presentations, as decided by the student advisory committee. In Part II, a student is required to write a dissertation on a subject approved by the Advisory Committee, under the supervision of the supervisor(s) appointed for the purpose. Only a student who clears at least two courses in the Part I examination may be allowed to proceed to his/her dissertation work. A student will be permitted to submit the dissertation only when he/she has passed the examinations in all the courses of Part- I.

The dissertation will be submitted only when the supervisor(s) concerned is/are satisfied that it is worthy of consideration in part fulfillment of the M.Phil. Degree. The application for submission of the dissertation shall also be countersigned by the Head of the Department. The dissertation may include results of original research, a fresh interpretation of existing facts and data, or a review of a critical nature, or may take such other form as may be determined by the Advisory Committee. No student shall be allowed to appear in any part of the examination (Part I/Part II) more than twice.

A candidate who having fulfilled the attendance requirement and being otherwise eligible to appear at the examination fails, or fails to appear shall be required to appear/reappear for the same on his/her being an ex-student in accordance with the rules prescribed in this behalf.

Evaluation and Classification of Results: Students admitted to the M.Phil. will be evaluated in Parts I and II of the M.Phil examination under the numerical system and successful candidates of the M.Phil examination will be classifiedinto the following three categories.

1. Pass At least 50% in each of two courses and no less than 40% in the third and 50% in the Dissertation including viva-voce

2. First Division with 60% marks or more in the aggregate

3. First Division with 75% marks or more in the aggregate with Distinction

Transition to Ph.D

Students initially registered in the M.Phil. programme who obtains a score of 60% or more in the coursework are eligible for admission to the doctoral programme without completing their M.Phil. degree and each case would be based on the specific recommendation of the DRC.

Students who perform at a prescribed level (60% or more) on average in courses of the Part-I examination may be allowed to proceed to the Ph.D. programme without being required to undertake Part II. The student will put in a formal request to the Head/DRC Convener about a switch from the M.Phil. to the Ph.D. programme. A student who is admitted to the Ph.D. programme in this manner would then have to take two additional courses as part of the Ph.D. course work, as decided by the DRC. A student, who has been allowed to proceed to the Ph.D. programme as above, shall have the option to return to the M.Phil. programme at a later stage. However, such a student shall be required to clear the M.Phil. programme within the overall span period of three years from the date of initial registration to the full– time M.Phil. programme or within four years from the date of initial registration to the M.Phil. part-time programme. These students will then be eligible to receive UGC fellowships under the same conditions as other Ph.D. students who have been admitted through the entrance exam.

 
Fees etc.

The following fees are required to be deposited with the University Cashier:

Admission fee  : Rs. 10
Library Deposit (refundable) : Rs. 1000
Tuition Fee  : @ Rs. 18/- p.m. Rs. 324
Athletics Association : Rs. 50
Cultural fee : Rs. 10
Library Development Fee : Rs. 200 p.a.
Computer Fee : Rs. 4000*
N.S.S. Fee : Rs. 20
DSE Development fee : Rs. 500
DSE Library Services fee : Rs. 1000
University Development Fee : Rs. 300 p.a.
Enrolment Fee : Rs. 150
University Library Fee : Rs. 12 p.a.
Prevention of sexual harassment fund : Rs. 10 p.a.


*To alleviate the financial hardship of the needy students, the above fees may be fully or partially waived, as per the assessment of a departmental committee. Needy students should submit an application at the time of depositing of admission fees for full/partial waiver for the computer fee. This application must be accompanied by a statement of circumstances, and a certificate of proof of the annual family income.

Examination Fee: Parts I and II Rs.  800 each

Note: The structure of fees may change as per the University decision from time to time.

M.Phil. Admission 2011-2012

Application forms for M.Phil. Admissions are obtainable from the office of the Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics or can be downloaded from our webpage. Application forms must be supported by the required documents and must be accompanied by a demand draft of Rs.500. For SC/ST/PH applicants, the relevant demand draft amount is Rs.300. The demand draft should be made from any nationalized bank and the draft should be prepared in favour of the Registrar, University of Delhi, and should be payable at Delhi.

Candidates awaiting results of their last qualifying examination are eligible to apply. They must, however, produce proof of eligibility, if selected, at the time of admission. The admission will be on the basis of a written test followed by an interview for those candidates who score above the minimum cut off in the written examination. The cut-off will be decided by the M.Phil. Committee. The entrance examination will be held on 25th June 2011 at 10:00 a.m. The short list for interview will be put up in the afternoon of July 8th, 2011, and the interviews will be held on July 11th, 2011.

For the entrance examination, applicants will be expected to be familiar with M.A. first year material in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.

List of indicative textbooks:

(i) Advanced Microeconomic Theory – Geoffrey A. Jehle and Philip J. Reny
(ii) Advanced Macroeconomics – David Romer
(iii) Basic Econometrics – D. Gujarati

The question paper for the entrance examination will consist of two parts. The first part will comprise of multiple-choice questions in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. The second part would consist of short answer questions. Weightage would be the same for both the parts.

Course work for M.Phil. Programme

All those admitted to the M.Phil. programme will be required to do coursework for two semesters and will be evaluated at the end of each semester.

PH.D. IN ECONOMICS

 

To be eligible for Admission to the Ph.D. Programme, a candidate must have obtained a Master’s or M.Phil. degree of the University of Delhi, or any other recognized University, or any degree recognized as equivalent in the subject in which the candidate wishes to pursue a course of research, or in an allied subject. She/he must have obtained either a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent grading in the M.Phil. degree or a minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grading in the Master’s degree.

The student intake in the Ph.D. programme will be determined by para 3 of University Ordinance VI-B: 3. The extent of reservations and the eligibility criteria with respect to the reserved categories of students to be admitted to the doctoral programme will be governed by guidelines issued by the University in accordance with statutory provisions. (See http:// www.du.ac.in/hini/du/Phd_ordinance.pdf )

 Admission Procedure for the Ph.D. Programme:

 Option I

Candidates who would like to be considered for financial assistance are required to appear for an entrance examination on Saturday, 25th June 2011. This will be followed by an interview for those candidates who score above the minimum cut off in the written examination. The cut-off will be decided by the Departmental Research Committee (DRC). For the entrance examination, applicants will be expected to be familiar with M.A. first year material in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.

List of indicative textbooks:

(i) Advanced Microeconomic Theory – Geoffrey A. Jehle and Philip J. Reny
(ii) Advanced Macroeconomics – David Romer
(iii) Basic Econometrics – D. Gujarati

The question paper for the entrance examination will consist of two parts. The first part will comprise of multiple-choice questions in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. The second part would consist of short answer questions. Weightage would be the same for both the parts.

Option II

Candidates who do not require financial assistance have the option of not taking the entrance examination. They should instead submit a proposal for doctoral research by Wednesday, 15th June 2011 along with their application form. An electronic version of the research proposal should also be mailed to dept@econdse.org by the same date. Such candidates are encouraged to contact individual faculty members with a draft of their proposals well before the deadline, in order to ensure that the proposal is properly formulated and the subject is acceptable to a potential supervisor.

Based on the results of the Entrance Test (for applicants under Option I) and evaluation of the research proposals (for applicants under Option II), a shortlist of Ph.D. candidates to be interviewed will be announced in the afternoon of 8th July, 2011. The interviews will be held on Monday, 11th July 2011.

Course work for the Ph.D. Programme:

All those admitted to the Ph.D. programme will be required to do coursework for two semesters and will be evaluated at the end of each semester. Provisional admission of each student to the Ph.D. programme will be confirmed only after successful completion of course work and defence of the thesis topic in a departmental seminar. The Ph.D. Programme will be governed by the detailed provisions of Ordinance VI-B of the University of Delhi.

 Financial Assistance

Only Ph.D. candidates selected through the entrance examination will be eligible for financial aid awarded on the recommendation of the DRC, Department of Economics. All candidates admitted through the entrance examination may be awarded UGC (Non-NET) Fellowships of Rs 5000/- per month with contingency support of Rs 8000/- per year as per the University Rules.

A limited number of University Teaching Assistantships (under UTA scheme 2006 of the University) of Rs. 30,000/ per month are available for students who received their Master’s degree in last two years and are admitted to the Ph.D. programme through the entrance examination. This scheme is governed by a set of rules as notified by the University from time to time. Interested candidates may see http://www.du.ac.in/index.php?id=656 .

Applicants may independently apply for the UGC-JRF Research Scholarships (see section 6 below).

RULES REGARDING PAYMENT OF SUPERVISION AND OTHER FEES BY RESEARCH STUDENTS

Every research student shall be required to pay the following fees:

Supervision Fee : Rs.20/-p.m. from the date of registration (to be paid annually)
Enrolment Fee : Rs.300/- to be paid at the time of admission by a Candidate who is joining the University afresh, otherwise a special annual fee of Rs.50/-
University Development Fee : Rs.300/- (annual)
Library Fee : Rs.12/- per annum
Library Deposit (refundable) : Rs.1000/-
Athletic Fee : Rs.50/- per annum
Library Development Fee Fund : Rs.200/- per annum  (non-refundable)
Computer fee* : Rs. 4000/- per annum
DSE Development Fee : Rs. 500/-
DSE Library Services fee : Rs. 1000/-
Prevention of sexual harassment Fund : Rs. 10/- per annum
Additional fee payable by Foreign Students : US $500/- Registration Fee and  US $100/- as Special Fee

* To alleviate the financial hardship of the needy students, the above fees may be fully or partially waived, as per the assessment of a departmental committee. Needy students should submit an application at the time of depositing of admission fees for full/partial waiver for the computer fee. This application must be accompanied by a statement of circumstances, and a certificate of proof of the annual family income.

Note

i. A research student who has been awarded bursary by the university shall be treated as having paid the supervision fee for the period for which the bursary is awarded.

ii. Members of the teaching staff of the University Colleges and the teachers of the Higher Secondary Schools recognized by the Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi and such scholars as are working as Research Assistants/Library Assistants/Technical Assistants in the University of Delhi shall be exempted from payment of supervision fees.

iii. Those who are exempted from payment of supervision fees under (i) and (ii) above shall be required to pay the Special Annual Fee of Rs. 3/- (in case of (i) and Research Assistants/ library Assistants/ Technical Assistants), and Athletic Fee of Rs. 5/- at the beginning of each academic year.

iv. The structure of fees may change as per the University decision from time to time.

6.UGC-JRF RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS

The University Grants Commission holds a national level test as an eligibility condition for consideration for the award of the Junior Research Fellowships for both M.Phil. and Ph.D. studies. The U.G.C. test is held at several university centres across the country. For details view UGC webpage: http://www.ugc.ac.in