The event started with Dr. Ghosh highlighting the existing gap between academia & industry and emphasising on how the curriculum crafted by the academy would serve as an ideal bridge. He also provided insights into his intellectual trajectory and journey as an economist. Dr. Poddar then spoke about the importance of big data, the limitations faced by economists to deal with available data sets as well as his own struggles to find young graduates with “real world skills”. The discussions prompted several questions from the audience ranging from the avenues of data collection, its reliability and testing mechanisms to the importance of analysing human behaviour and that of the study of the political economy. Dr. Ghosh then emphasised that unlike sciences, economics was an open system and the non-quantifiable human element is what added to the uncertainty in predictions. Students also inquired about the career prospects offered by the course, their ability to further pursue degrees like the PhD as well as how the course would integrate the financial elements of markets with economics.
The audience also had the chance to hear the perspectives of our Advisory board member, Mr. P.D Singh who was also present amongst us. He gave his insights on how economics, analytics and finance was inter-dependent and also concurred with Dr. Poddar’s opinion of young graduates lacking job readiness.
Date(s) - 18/04/2015
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm