80 multiple choice questions will be asked covering the current BA/BSc Economics (Major) Syllabus of Gauhati University except the courses on Statistics, Econometrics, History of Economic Thought and Environmental and Resource Economics


The Department of Economics is one of the eight departments of Gauhati University which was established in 1948. Initially, classes were held in the Earle Law College at Panbazar. The Department shifted to the Arts Block in Jalukbari in 1952 and subsequently shifted to the New Academic Building in January 2013. Initially teaching was started in the Department with an intake of less than 50 students in the Post Graduate classes. The intake had to be raised up to 108 in response to growing demand for post graduate education in Economics in the state and the region. However, the intake had to be pegged back at 65 in 2001 as the Department adopted the semester system for its M.A./M.Sc. programmes. All PG programmes of the Department are now in the Choice Based Credit System platform. The intake for MA in Economics at present is 76. Students graduating from the Department have been regularly clearing UGC-NET-JRF.


In 2009, the department of Economics in a unique endeavor jointly offered the highly innovative Master of Business Economics Programme in collaboration with the Department of Business Administration. Now redesignated as MBA (Business Economics), the programme is now highly sought after and is an example of successful inter-departmental collaboration.  Besides the 150 enrolled in its MA programme and 60 more in its MBA (BE) programme, the department has responded to the growing demand for post graduate learning in Economics, by offering MA in Economics under its distance education programme in Institute of Distant and Open Learning of the University. The department is also responsible for framing syllabi and overseeing the implementation of Undergraduate Major and Elective Courses in Economics in colleges affiliated to the University.


The Department has been carrying forward a vibrant research programme. Quality of Ph.D./M.Phil programmes are ensured through rigorous course work, which are initiated  through pre-registration workshops to guide the scholars to start their research with confidence.  This is done over and above following the UGC recommended best practices which are rigorously followed. Apart from research under its M Phil and Ph D programme, the faculty members have been pursuing research sponsored by various government and non-government, national and international  funding agencies. The Department has been regularly bringing out a peer reviewed journal Assam Economic Review, where contribution s are received from within and outside the Northeast Region of India. The Department successfully completed UGC-SAP-DRS-1 in 31 March 2016 and has been recommended by the UGC Expert Committee for the next stage i.e., DRS-2


Right from the beginning the teachers of the Department were associated with various assignments. Professor P.C. Thomas served as educational advisor of UNESCO in Nepal for a year, as did Professor Sarangapani who went abroad on an UN assignment for a year. Teachers of the Department have also extended their services to the Government in various capacities in the State Planning Board, State Finance Commissions, State Level Advisory Committee of 20-Point Programme, High Level Committee for Farming, Formulation of Long Term Plan for Assam's Economic Development, Committee to Enquire Into The Economic Significance of The First Brahmaputra Bridge, different Pay Commissions, Gauhati Municipal Corporation, State Level Advisory Committee on Small Savings, Power Boards etc. The Department was also involved in the preparation of the Assam Human Development Report, 2003. In recent years the department had conducted studies for the Thirteenth Finance Commission and Fourteenth Finance Commission and also for the Planning Commission. Faculty members have served in various committees of National level bodies like the UGC and the ICSSR.

The department follows democratic and gender friendly principles. All faculty members are integral part of the decision making process and are equal stakeholders in all its activities.

 A Department of Institution Builders:

Initially, the Department started operation with a pan-Indian faculty, which included  stalwarts like Dr. P.C. Thomas (Head of the Department), Professor S. Sarangapani, Shri K. Krishnamurty and Dr. V. Venkata Rao. Professor Mehrotra of Commerce Department reinforced the department as a part time teacher. Subsequently, Dr. U.N. Bordoloi, Shri Dhirendra Nath Sarma, Shri Jyotish Gogoi, Dr. K. Alam, Dr. Atul Goswami, Dr. B. P. Misra etc joined the Department.



 The present HoD Prof. M. P. Bezbaruah has significant contribution to the formation and growth of North Eastern Economic Association (NEEA), which is a common forum for the students, teachers and researchers of Economics of the region. He is also rendering his service to the Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies(GUINEIS).

Prof. Srinath Baruah, former HoD was the founding Director of  the Gauhati University Institute of Distance and Open Learning (GU IDOL) also and had built up the first state open university in the region, Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University (KKSHOU) as its first Vice Chancellor.

Prof. Archana Sharma,  as Director  nurtured the  UGC sponsored Women’s Studies Research Centre , Gauhati University for 16 years and  established the  Department of Women’s Studies.




 Selection Procedure for Admission to MPhil / PhD in Economics in 2019

As notified elsewhere in this website, GU RET 2019 will be a test of 100 marks based on 50 multiple choice questions. Ten of these questions will be on General Awareness mostly related to Economics. Remaining 40 questions will be set covering the compulsory courses of the current MA/MSc Syllabus of Economics of Gauhati University.

On announcement of GU RET 2019 results, a short-list will be prepared by the Department of Economics, GU. The shortlisted candidates will be invited for counseling. In the counseling session a candidate will first make a brief presentation (of 5 to 7 munities) on a subject of contemporary / theoretical relevance to economics and /or a research idea formed by the scholar. Power point presentation will not be required. A candidate may carry a note of her/his point, but he/she is not expected to read out from a written note.

The presentation will be followed by an interaction with the faculty members.

Candidates will be evaluated out of 20 marks from the counseling process. Final selection will be based on performance of the candidate out of the total of 120 marks (100 from GU RET and 20 from Counseling)

Courses offered in the Department

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MA / MSc in Economics

Choice Based Credit



MBA (Business Economics)*

Choice Based Credit



M Phil

As per M Phil/Ph D Regulation 2017 of Gauhati University

As per vacancy

(Usually around 15)


Ph D

As per M Phil/Ph D Regulation 2017 of Gauhati University

As per vacancy

 (Usually around 15)

*In collaboration with the Department of Business Administration

Courses under academic guidance of the Department


·       Major and Elective courses in Economics at the Under Graduate level of Colleges affiliated to the University. 

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Alumni Meet of the Department of Economics, Gauhati University The Alumni Association of the Department of Economics, Gauhati University had its first meet on the 30th September, 2016 with a day long programme.
    In the first half of the programme, a workshop on ‘Writing A Research Paper’ was held. In the workshop, Dr. M.P. Bezbaruah , senior Professor and former Head of the Department, delivered a lecture on the topic. The workshop participants were the fresh alumni and research scholars of the department. The workshop ended after an open discussion where other faculty members of the department also took part.
    The second half of the programme started with a formal meeting with the alumni present. The alumni represented different batches of Post Graduates of this department since the early seventies. A new Executive Body was formed with Prof. Nissar A Barua, Head of the Department of Economics, GU as the ex-officio President, Prof. Archana Sharma as the Secretary, Sri Haramohan Barman, former Principal Secretary (Income Tax) and Sri Jagdish Goswami former Professor and Head, Department of Economics, B.Borooah College, Guwahati as Vice Presidents. Among others the Executive Body included Dr. Dipti Khound, former Professor and Head, Department of Economics, Arya Vidyapeeth College, Dr. Sanjoy Talukdar, former Principal, Barbhag College.
    After the meeting, there was a cultural function conducted by ‘Manthan’ a Performing Art and Literary Club of the students of the Department of Economics, Gauhati University.
    The alumni expressed their happiness for getting the opportunity of coming back to their alma mater and made some valuable suggestions regarding the future course of action of the Alumni Association. Preparation of a directory of the Alumni has been given priority.
    The Department of Economics, Gauhati University was established in 1948 as one of the founding departments of the University. As such , it was felt that the preparation of a Directory will be a gargantuan task without the help and cooperation of the alumni themselves. The Alumni Association therefore, requested all alumni of the department to contact them at the email id or in the face book group ‘Alumni GU Eco’. The alumni were also informed about the forthcoming events of the department, viz., the 18th Conference of the North Eastern Economic Association to be held in December 2016 and the Annual Ecofest where the support of the alumni is highly solicited.

Assam Economic Review
Assam Economic Review published annually in January/February by the Department of Economics, Gauhati University (ISSN 2319-6254). The aim of the journal is to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas and findings of research on any branch of economics. Papers dealing with (i) latest advances in research and methods of analysis and/or (ii) analysing primary data to substantiate/debate existing theories and policies in the context of Economy of Northeast India and/or (iii) attempting to test new hypothesis to illustrate actual economic phenomenon in an operational economy will be given preference.

For details, please visit the webpage of Assam Economic Review (AER)

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    MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)

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Archana Sharma
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Dibrugath)
Professor and former Head
Madhurjya Prasad Bezbaruah Head of the Department
MA (Delhi) PhD (Gauhati)
Nissar A Barua
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Public Finance, Development Economics, Financial Economics, Health Economics
Runumi Dowerah Baruah
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Demography, Statistical Method for Economic Analysis
Sakiya Khan
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
International Economics

Associate Professor

Gayatri Goswami
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Mathematical Economics, Operation Research

Assistant Professor

Amiya Sarma
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
International Economics, Econometrics
Anshuman Barua
MA (Gauhati) MPhil (JNU)
Development Economics, Financial Economics, Demography, Health Economics
Bandana Chowdhury
MSc (Gauhati) MA (in Public Administration, IGNOU) MPhil (Gauhati)
Public Finance, Statistical Methods, Development Economics
Nivedita Goswami
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (IGIDR)
Public Finance
Ratul Mahanta
MA (Gauhati) PhD (IITG)
Mathematical Economics, Environmental Economics