Indian Economy: Some Contemporary Perspectives

By Prof. Wasim Ahmad   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 198
Understanding the role of economic activities has always been a challenging task for non-economics students and it is an unavoidable task. This course is designed for undergraduate students to learn the art of understanding the functioning of the economy in the light of its mixed economic set-up, historical developments and recent reforms. The course touches upon various relevant topic which are indeed useful for the budding economist and non-economics students who want to apply for general competitive exams and master’s program in management and civil services.

UG & Senior UG students
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Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 17 Mar 2023
Exam Date : 26 Mar 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1:Indian economy since independence, analysis of the pre- and post-reform periods of India’s economic growth and development
Week 2:Assessment of agriculture sector reforms, industrial reforms in a mixed economic set-up and tracing the contours of liberalization and self-reliance
Week 3: Socio-economic development and tax reforms
Week 4: Financial sector reforms and financial inclusion
Week 5:Indian banking sector crisis and recent developments
Week 6:India and WTO regulations: Inward and outward analysis
Week 7: Structural shocks and analysis of recent policy initiatives
Week 8:Indian economy: Recent outlook and challenges

Books and references

• Goyal Ashima (2014) “Handbook of the Indian Economy in the 21st Century: Understanding the Inherent Dynamism” Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India
• Kapila, U. (Ed.). (2008). Indian Economy since independence. Academic Foundation.
• Economic Survey, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, http://indiabudget.nic.in/survey.asp
• Relevant research reports from leading organizations

Instructor bio

Prof. Wasim Ahmad

IIT Kanpur
Dr. Wasim Ahmad is currently working as Associate Professor in the Department of Economic Sciences, IIT Kanpur. He also holds the PK Kelkar Young Faculty Chair of the Institute. He is also the Subir Chaudhary Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His areas of teaching and research are Macroeconomics, Finance, and Applied Econometrics.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 
26 March 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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