A major expansion of the training programmes of the Institute occurred in 1968 when the Institute accepted responsibility for the training of probationers and officers of the Indian Economic Service of the Government of India.

Training is being given to probationers joining this service every year, occasionally with a gap of a year. Short-term refresher courses have been organized from time to time for officers already in service. Till recently, the probationers’ training consisted of an intensive nine-month course in quantitative economics and techniques of economic analysis of problems pertaining to primarily Indian Economy.

In the training programme, there was adequate focus on policy relevant empirical research. The course also included lectures in Economic Sociology and Institutional Aspects of Economic Development. A radically redesigned program of training has been introduced from July 2005 with a duration of four months, and it contains four courses: microeconomics, macroeconomics, public economics and quantitative techniques with emphasis on case studies with application to changing policy environment of the country and brain storming interaction with the development practitioners.

The refresher course for the officers has a duration of six to eight weeks and is organized whenever a need arises.

Staff members of the IES Section undertake research on Indian economic problems and policies. The staff of the Section, known for their research and other academic contribution nationally and globally, includes three Professors, one Associate Professor and one Assistant Professor

Head : Prof. Saudamini Das  
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Prof. Vikram Dayal
Dr. Oindrila De