The post-graduate department acquired the research department status on obtaining the affiliation for the full-time and part-time Ph.D. programme in 1998. However, even before the department was officially declared as a full-fledged research department, two of the faculty members were guiding and supervising Ph.D. candidates on an individual basis. Another milestone in the glorious history of the department was the addition of M.Phil. Degree Programme with both full-time and part-time options in 2003. This is the year which also saw the admission of girl students into all different courses including Economics. Today, the department having been rechristened as Post-Graduate & Research Department of Economics, has two sections of under-graduate degree course, one section of post-graduate course and two research degree programmes with both full-time and part-time options, all affiliated to the University of Madras.
Through the Department 29 Ph.D. Scholars and 26 M.Phil. Scholars have acquired their Research Degrees so far.
RESEARCH ACTIVITIES IN THE DEPARTMENT
Total Number of Guides : 2
Total No. of Ph.D. Degrees Awarded
from 2013-14 to 2017-18 : 29
Total No. of M.Phil. Degrees Awarded
from 2013-14 to 2017-18 : 26
Total No. of Ongoing Ph.D Research
Projects : 8 (6 Dr. V.S. Murali +2 Dr. J.S. Sindhu)