Madras School of Economics
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|Madras School Of Economics|
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Madras School of Economics is an institution of higher education in economics, located in Chennai, India. Affiliated with Central University of Tamil Nadu, it offers master's and doctoral programs in the area of economics.
Madras School of Economics was founded in 1993 as a private post-graduate institution for teaching and research in economics. MSE offers a two-year Master's program in Economics, Financial Economics, Applied Quantitative Finance, Actuarial Economics and Environmental Economics affiliated to the Central University of Tamil Nadu, and a Ph.D. programme affiliated to Madras University. MSE has undertaken a large number of research projects since its inception, including the World Bank sponsored Capacity Building Programme in Environmental Economics. The World Bank project involved research, training, curriculum, and overseas fellowship components which were coordinated by MSE. Subsequently, the Ministry of Environment and Forests approved the proposal to set up a Centre of Excellence in Environmental Economics at MSE. MSE has also served as an ENVIS Centre in Environmental Economics under the Environment Information System (ENVIS) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. A dedicated program on Trade and Environment, with support from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, has been initiated at MSE. With a very active research unit and well formulated curriculum, it has made its presence felt in both government as well as the corporate sector. With an in-depth subjective knowledge and wit, the students here have proved themselves within the various sectors they worked in, including consumer and corporate banking, academia, investment banking, analytics, research cells and various government bodies.
It recently introduced a five-year integrated Master's course in Economics for school pass-outs. This is in collaboration with the Central University of Tamil Nadu with an intake of 50 students per year.
Founding members of the school
- A. C. Muthiah - Chairman and President, Southern Petrochemicals Industries Corporation Limited Chennai
- A. Sivasailam - Chairman and Managing Director Tractor and Farm Equipments Limited, Chennai
- C. Rangarajan - Chairman, Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council, Government of India
- Kaushik Basu - Professor, Cornell University USA
- M. V. Arunachalam - former Vice Chairman and Managing Director Tube Investments, Chennai
- Montek Singh Ahluwalia - Deputy Chairman Union Planning Commission, Government of India, New Delhi
- N. Vaghul - Chairman ICICI Bank, Mumbai
- Raja Jesudoss Chelliah - Founder Chairman Emeritus of Madras School of Economics
- S. Venkitaramanan - former Governor Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Mumbai
- U. Sankar - Honorary Professor Madras School of Economics, Chennai
Areas of Specialization
The School’s main areas of specialization are:
- environmental economics
- energy and infrastructure economics
- international economics
- finances and economies of the southern states of India
The School has worked with a broad range of public and private partners to develop research projects on issues such as growth and globalization, environmental sustainability, and investment opportunities.
Centre of Excellence in Environmental Economics
The Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India has designated Madras School of Economics as a Centre of Excellence in the area of Environmental Economics. The Centre carries out research work on: Development of Economic Instruments, Trade and Environment, and Cost-Benefit Analysis. The Centre is primarily engaged in research projects, training programme and providing policy assistance to the Ministry on various topics. The Centre is also responsible for the development and maintenance of a website (http://coe.mse.ac.in), and for the dissemination of concept papers on Environmental Economics.The thrust areas of the Centre of Excellence include the following:
- Managing and hosting a web-site on environmental economic
- Development of economic instruments for pollution prevention and control
- Trade and Environment Issues
- Environmental Cost-Benefit Analysis
- Policy assistance to the Ministry in environmental economics
- Organization of training programmes
MSE has developed and maintains a website on environmental economics (www.mse.ac.in/coe) which contains more than 3500 abstracts, information on various research projects in India, environmental legislation, case studies of green business, and a list of academic institutions offering courses or doing research in environmental economics.
MSE undertakes research on its own as well as carries out research projects sponsored by various agencies such as, government departments, Ministries and International Organizations. In the past it has undertaken research funded by agencies such as World Resources Institute, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India, the Union Planning Commission, Indian Space Research Organisation, United Nations Development Programme, Royal Netherlands Embassy, International Labour Organisation, The World Bank and Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
"Arthiki" is an annual fest of Madras School of Economics, with many events like Quiz, Essay Writing, Crossword, Crisis Management etc. "Alpha" is a club to create a platform for the students, alumnus and faculty of madras school of economics to share their knowledge on topics related to finance and economics. The club conducts workshops, talks by industry people,quizzes and publishes a bi-monthly editorial Athena. The school also has SPIC MACAY cultural programmes.
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2. Madras School of Economics gets grant of Rs.10 crore