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Baseline Survey 1998 - An Overview
The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, with financial support from the World Bank, has been implementing the India-Environmental Capacity Building Technical Assistance Project from 1 October 1996. An important component of the project is environmental economics. The Expert Committee on Environmental Economics (ECEE), under the Chairmanship of Dr. Raja J. Chelliah, is responsible for effective implementation and monitoring of this programme. Four core institutions (Madras School of Economics, Chennai; Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai; Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi; and Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta) and 18 interested institutions have been chosen for countrywide implementation of the project. The four sub-committees (Environmental Economics Course and Curriculum Committee, Environmental Economics Training Committee for Practicing Economists and Non-economists, Environmental Economics Research Committee and Environmental Economics Overseas Fellowship Committee) are entrusted with the responsibility of implementing the four sub-components of the environmental economics programme.

The ECEE at its meeting held on 9 September, 1997 recommended a Base Line Survey on the Status of Teaching and Research in Environmental Economics in India. The main objective of the Survey is to elicit information from universities, research institutions and colleges regarding 

  1. names of experts in environmental economics,
  2. courses offered in environmental economics at undergraduate and post graduate levels, 
  3. M. Phil and Ph.D. dissertations in environmental economics, and 
  4. research projects undertaken/completed in environmental economics, and 
  5. publications in environmental economics.

An advertisement regarding the Survey was inserted in November 1997 in Down to Earth, Economic and Political Weekly, Indian Economic Journal, Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Quantitative Economics, Indian Journal of Labour Economics and UGC News. Letters were also sent to Heads of Economics Departments of all universities, and Directors of ICSSR institutes, IITs and IIMs requesting them to furnish the information. A second letter was sent to all these institutions in May 1998. Based on the information received till 31 July, 1998, a draft report of the Baseline Survey was released at the Project Launch Meeting held at Chennai on 14 October, 1998.

The Environmental Economics Course and Curriculum Committee recommended that the draft report should be updated so that it could be used as a basis to identify institutions for library support and circulation of quarterly newsletters about the environmental economics programme and scholars for participation in different activities of this programme. Hence, an advertisement was inserted in Economic and Political Weekly and UGC News in May 1999. Letters were also sent to all the institutions included in the first list.

This report incorporates all the information received from 92 respondents till 15 December 1999. This information is categorized under six heads: list of universities/institutes, list of specialists, list of courses offered, list of dissertations, list of projects and list of publications. Heads of the institutions are requested to furnish information about their on-going and new activities in the field of environmental economics for inclusion in the quarterly newsletters published by MSE in January, April, July and October every year.

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