Contributor: Alex Thomas (2007-09 Batch)
UoH is an excellent place for academics. The placements have not yet reached the levels of GIPE, MSE, etc because our department is primarily a research one, though with the growing demands of students, placements have started to increase.
Regarding the courses, the student can opt from various elective apart from the compulsory courses. Some of the compulsory courses are Classical Political Economy, Political Economy of Development (Marxian economics), General equilibrium etc. So, the student gets a feel of the different paradigms in economics and how their analysis functions. Apart from these, for the placement oriented student, the department offers about 3 or 4 elective papers in various aspects of econometrics. For the math lovers, we have optimization, game theory etc. Apart from these, recent courses like law and economics, environmental economics, health economics, new institutional economics are also present.
The faculty is pretty impressive. There are about 5 really good faculty. Some are really bad.
Another interesting opportunity is that of interdisciplinary courses- one student can take a maximum of 3 interdisciplinary courses from any other department. For instance, students of economics have taken up courses like indian economic history, philosophy of science, law, state and society, economic anthropology, diaspora studies, etc.
Also, the department lets to audit papers i.e. there is no compulsory attendance or exams, but you get to sit for the class and learn the subject.