Vice Chancellor

Dr.Ajit Ranade
Vice Chancellor

Greetings Visitors !

The Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (Deemed to be University u/s 3 of UGC Act, 1956) is widely known as a premier institution for teaching and research in India since 1930. The Institute has always worked at two levels: research and teaching. It is well known for its pioneering work in research and policy formulation in the fields of agriculture, co-operation, irrigation, poverty and food policy, employment guarantee, crop insurance, federal finance, monetary economics, business cycles, input-output economics, business strategy and market development and so on. The Institute’s faculty is active in performing assignments for prestigious Institutions like UNFPA, UNICEF, World Bank, IFPRI, RBI, Ministries of the Central and State Governments, Corporates in the public and private sectors, and so on.

Other notable academic activities of the Institute include (a) the publication of Artha-Vijnana, a quarterly journal of economics, for the last six decades, (b) the publication of working papers and books, (c) organizing training programmes, workshops, conferences and seminars, (d) hosting the R. R. Kale Memorial Lecture, the Dr. P. R. Dubhashi Lecture and the Kunda Datar Memorial Lecture which are delivered every year by distinguished scholars and notable individuals.

Over the years the Institute has significantly expanded and diversified its post-graduate teaching programmes to offer specializations in important sub-fields of economics. At present the Institute offers six post-graduate programmes namely M.Sc.(Economics), M.Sc.(Agri-business Economics), M.Sc.(Financial Economics), M.Sc.(International Business Economics and Finance),M.Sc.(Population Studies and Health Economics) and M.A.(Economics). The Institute also offers a three year undergraduate programme B.Sc.(Economics). The PG and UG programmes of the Institute have always been recognized for their high caliber. This has enabled the graduate students to hone their skills to the special and specific needs of the corporates and institutions that work in those areas. The Institute also has a rigorous Ph.D. programme with a strength of about 100 students.

Every year the students organize the Economics Conclave on subjects of contemporary debate and ‘Manan’ which is an intercollegiate event. They also engage in debates amongst themselves and with their faculty members in faculty seminars and ‘UTBT’, i.e. “Under The Banyan Tree!” under which, as legend goes, Namdar Gokhale and Mahatma Gandhi would sit together to deliberate with one another. Besides this students engage in sports, cultural activities, trekking and several social activities.

Looking forward to a long and fruitful association…

India’s population is rising, but at a slower pace than before. And though India is expected to be the most populous country in a few decades, India’s total fertility rate (number of children born to a woman in a lifetime) is already very close to the replacement rate of 2.1. But these are macro numbers. 

However, if we go deeper into India’s demography, social realities are complex. For instance, diversity along religion and caste is an inescapable feature of India’s population. 

On World Population Day 2022 which is 11 July, the Population Research Centre (PRC) at the Gokhale Institute has organised a lecture and a panel discussion. 

The session will begin with a discussion among three social scientists: P M Kulkarni, who is a veteran demographer and a former professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Rajeshwari Deshpande, who is a professor of political science at Savitribai Phule Pune University, and R B Bhagat, a population scientist and director at the Department of Migration and Urban Studies at Indian Institute of Population Sciences. 

Former Chief Election Commissioner of India Dr S Y Quraishi will deliver a lecture on the topic “The Population Myth.” This is also the topic of his recent book

Date: 11 July 2022

Time: 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Venue: Kale Hall, Library Block 

Attend it live on Facebook here

The event will be broadcast Live on the Facebook page of Gokhale Institute. Interested folks from in and around Pune are requested to attend the event in-person.