THE K.N. RAJ FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME
In order to perpetuate the memory of Professor K.N. Raj, the Centre has instituted a K.N. Raj Training and Fellowship Programme which aims to improve the curriculum and teaching of Economics in Colleges and University Departments across India, especially Kerala. This is in response to a felt need to improve the quality of economics education at the undergraduate and graduate level. The KN Raj Teaching and Fellowship Programme aims to improve the curriculum and teaching of Economics in Colleges and University Departments across India, particularly in Kerala. This is in response to a felt need to improve the quality of economics education at the undergraduate and graduate level. The programme consists of three components.
1.Teaching Innovations Programme in Economics (TIPE)
2.Fellowship for Promising Teachers (FPT)
3.College Mentoring Programme (CMP).
TIPE aims to strengthen the economics education by providing a week long intensive training on specific basic courses. Under the Fellowship for Promising Teachers (FPT) programme, best performers in the TIPE can avail a fellowship of Rs 50000, of which Rs 25000 is for purchasing books. The fellowship requires the awardee to spend at least 30 days at CDS for preparing teaching materials and these 30 days may be spread over a period of one year. During the 30 days of visit, the awardee is eligible for rent free accommodation and boarding at CDS guest house/hostel. Further, during the term of the fellowship the awardee will have access to both library and computing resources at CDS and, if she or he so chooses, may be mentored by one of the CDS faculty. Further, subject to availability, the awardees will also be provided with office space.
Teaching Innovations Programme in Economics (TIPE)
Teaching Innovations Programme in Economics (TIPE) is one component of the K N Raj Teaching and Fellowship Programme at Centre for Development Studies (CDS). Professor K.N. Raj, the founding father of CDS, was a builder of institutions and a visionary who strived to improve the quality of teaching and research in economics in Kerala and elsewhere in the country. In order to commemorate his life and contributions to the larger community, CDS is privileged to have the launched the Programme on the basis of a generous grant made available to it by the Government of Kerala.
The focus of the course is to strengthen the fundamentals of economics education, by providing intensive week long training on economic theory, econometrics and on selected topics on Indian economy. The course consisted of taught sessions and interactive workshops on specific topics. Four broad topics were covered during the course, Micro Economics, Macro Economics, Econometrics and Issues in Indian Economy.