The Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (GIPE), commonly known as Gokhale Institute, is one of the oldest research and training institutes in Economics in India. It is located on BMCC Road in the Deccan Gymkhana area of Pune, Maharashtra – the city often termed as the Oxford of the East.
The Institute was set up with an objective to conduct research on the economic and political problems of India and to train research workers in these disciplines. Professor Dhananjaya Rao Gadgil, a renowned scholar and visionary, was the first Director of the Institute. Under his leadership, the institution laid the foundation for research, teaching and training in different branches of economics. From those days it has evolved into a premiere institute for advanced study in economics boasting of faculty and alumni who have distinguished themselves nationally and internationally as academicians, policy makers and consultants.
In the early years, the research activities were financed through assistance from various ministries and public funding agencies including the Government of Maharashtra and private foundations like the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. In 1954, the Union Ministry of Food and Agriculture established the Agro-Economic Research Centre of the Institute. During the early fifties, the Rockefeller Foundation made a substantial grant, spread over years, for the conduct of a research programme in rural demography. The Union Ministry of Health also gave grants for conducting some specific demographic studies in 1954-57; and in 1964, the Ministry decided to strengthen and expand the research work on population by financing on a continuing basis a Population Research Centre as an integral part of the Institute. Ford Foundation gave a very generous financial assistance for more than a decade beginning with the year 1956. Later on, the Ford Foundation, in co-operation with the Planning Commission, provided a separate grant for research and training in the areas of planning and development, mainly devoted to input-output studies. In 1962, the University Grants Commission recognised the Institute as a Centre of Advanced Study in Agricultural Economics to start with and later, in 1964, as a Centre of Advanced Study in Economics. In 1977, the UGC, as a part of its Area Studies Programme, established at the Institute a Centre of Study of Economics of East European Countries. In the same year, the Reserve Bank of India instituted a Chair in Finance at the Institute.
The goal of the Institute —to conduct research into the economic and political problems of India and train research workers in these subjects— has been reconceptualised over years so as to confine the activities of the Institute to teaching and research in Economics alone, leaving aside the political problems of India. However, the applied and empirical research into Indian economic problems and policy evaluations indirectly encompass the political dimensions as well.
The curricular content of the ongoing MA Economics Programme offers a blend of core and applied optional courses. The student-faculty ratio is 3:1 for the MA Programme. The Institute offers an option of undertaking a Master’s Thesis as one of its subject credits. Thesis course at the MA level is unique to the Institute; established with an aim to sharpen the research skills of students and enabling them to put their theoretical knowledge to practical use. The Institute also provides a one-year diploma computer programme to provide training on various econometric packages.
|1937||V. G. Kale||Modern Tendencies in Economic Thought and Policy|
|1938||G. S. Ghurye||The Social Process|
|1939||B. R. Ambedkar||Federation Versus Freedom|
|1940||K. T. Shah||The Constituent Assembly|
|1941||A. V. Thakkar||The Problem of the Aborigines in India|
|1942||V. L. Mehta||A Plea for Planning in Cooperation|
|1943||S. G. Vaze||The Formation of Federations|
|1944||John Mathai||Economic Policy|
|1945||S. R. Deshpande||A Statistical Approach to Vital Economic Problems|
|1946||J. V. Joshi||India's Sterling Balances|
|1948||C. D. Deshmukh||Central Banking in India : A Retrospect|
|1949||D. G. Karve||Public Administration in Democracy|
|1950||R. L. Dey||Policy of Protection in India|
|1951||M. Venkatrangaiya||Competitive and Cooperative Trends in Federalism|
|1952||A. D. Gorwala||The Role of the Administrator: Past, Present and Future|
|1953||Laxmanshastri Joshi||Indian Nationalism|
|1954||W. R. Natu||Public Administration and Economic Development|
|1955||P. C. Mahalanobis||Some Thoughts on Planning in India|
|1956||S. K. Muranjan||Reflections on Economic Growth and Progress|
|1957||B. K. Madan||Financing the Second Five-Year Plan|
|1958||V. K. R. V. Rao||Some Reflections on the Rate of Saving in Developing Economy|
|1959||K. P. Chattopadhayay||Some Approaches to Study of Social Change|
|1960||B. Venkatappiah||The Role of Reserve Bank of India in the Development of Credit Institutions|
|1961||B. N. Ganguli||Economic Integration : Regional, National and International|
|1962||A. Appadorai||Dilemma in Modern Foreign Policy|
|1963||H. M. Patel||The Defence of India|
|1964||M. L. Dantwala||Agriculture in a Developing Economy: The Indian Experience (The Impact of Economic Development on the Agricultural Sector)|
|1965||Pitambar Pant||Decades of Transition – Opportunities and Tasks|
|1966||D. R. Gadgil||District Development Planning|
|1967||S. L. Kirloskar||Universities and the Training of Industrial and Business Management|
|1968||E. M. S. Namboodripad||The Republican Constitution in the Struggle for Socialism|
|1969||J. J. Anjaria||Strategy of Economic Development|
|1971||Rajani Kothari||Political Economy of Development|
|1972||V. V. John||Education as Investment|
|1973||K. N. Raj||The Politics and Economics of "Intermediate Regimes"|
|1974||H. K. Paranjape||India's Strategy for Industrial Growth: An Appraisal|
|1975||Ashok Mitra||Growth and Diseconomies|
|1976||S. V. Kogekar||Revision of the Constitution|
|1977||M. N. Srinivas||Science, Technology and Rural Development in India|
|1978||J. P. Naik||Educational Reform in India : A Historical Review|
|1979||Tarlok Singh||The Planning Process and Public Policy : A Reassessment|
|1980||Aloo J. Dastur||Problems of Indian Minorities|
|1981||V. M. Dandekar||Measurement of Poverty|
|1982||I. S. Gulati||IMF Conditionality and Low Income Countries|
|1983||I. G. Patel||Inflation - Should it be Cured or Endured?|
|1984||M. P. Rege||Concepts of Justice and Equality in the Indian Tradition|
|1985||Andre Beteille||Equality of Opportunity and the Equal Distribution of Benefits|
|1986||Manmohan Singh||The Quest for Equity in Development|
|1987||K. R. Ranadive||Town and Country in Economy in Transition|
|1988||Sukhamoy Chakravarti||Development of Development Thinking|
|1989||Malcolm S. Adiseshiah||Eighth Plan Perspectives|
|1990||D. T. Lakdawala||Indian Public Debt|
|1991||B. S. Minhas||Public Versus Private Sector: Neglect of Lessons of Economics in Indian Policy Formulation|
|1992||Verghese Kurien||Agricultural and Rural Development in the 1990s and Beyond: What should India Do and Why?|
|1993||Raja J. Chelliah||An Essay on Fiscal Deficit|
|1994||G. Ram Reddy||The Financing of Higher Education in India|
|1995||Madhav Gadgil||Patenting Life|
|1996||A. M. Ahmadi||Constitutional Values and the Indian Ethos|
|1997||Vasant Gowariker||Something Happening in India that this Nation Should be Proud of|
|1998||S. Venkitaramanan||Dilemmas of Development: The Indian Experience|
|1999||Mihir Rakshit||Post-Uruguay Round Trade Negotiations: A Developing Country Perspective|
|2000||A. Vaidyanathan||Poverty and Development Policy|
|2001||Amaresh Bagchi||Fifty Years of Fiscal Federalism in India : An Appraisal|
|2002||Jagdish Bhagwati||The Globalisation Debate and India’s Economic Reforms|
|2003||C. Rangarajan||Challenges for Monetary Policy|
|2004||A. P. J. Abdul Kalam||The evolution of enlightened citizen centric Society (Politics without nobility is similar to a balloon without air )|
|2005||Utsa Patnaik||Poverty and Neo –Liberalism|
The Institute campus is a mélange of old and new buildings spread over a large and lush green area. It provides just the right sylvan, solitary and peaceful setting required for learning and researching. After having undergone a recent landscaping, the campus attracts many a visitors as well. The campus constitutes of an academic block, faculty block, administration block, seminar hall and the Dhananjaya Rao Gadgil Library. There is a conference hall, known as Kale Memorial Hall, on the top floor of the Library which is used by the Institute and also let out to others on rent. The austere and majestic buildings radiate the old charm characteristic of the Pune city. On the Fergusson Hill behind the Institute lies the spot where Gokhale took the vows of the Servants of India Society – poverty, obedience, and service to nation - and administered them to three others. It has become a landmark because of the erection of a column there. Gokhale’s bungalow still stands in the precincts of the campus. A massive and graceful banyan tree adds to the charm of the place. This is said to be the tree under which Gopal Krishna Gokhale and Mahatma Gandhi (who regarded Gokhale as his political guru) used to muse over political issues in their times. The residential campus of the GIPE too, is set in the midst of lush greenery and gives the place a uniquely quaint contour, especially in the rains.
The Library has one of the largest collections of social science documents in India. The total collection exceeds 2.5 lakhs of books and 470 national and international journals. It has a large number of publications on Economics and all allied social science subjects and successfully caters to the needs of scholars, academicians, policy makers and other users working in social science subjects in India and abroad. Though attached to GIPE, the library extends membership to outsiders also and thereby performs the dual function of an academic and a public library as well.
The Library is a depository library of the publications of the United Nations and its agencies, the World Bank, the European Economic Community, the International Monetary Fund, and the Government of Canada. The Library possesses quite a large number of rare books published before the advent of twentieth century and which may not be available elsewhere. The oldest book in the Library dates back to 1680. Besides, there are quite a few hundred books which were published during the 18th and 19th centuries.
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