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The Department of Agricultural Economics was created in 1971 in the Division of Economics of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. It was transferred to the Faculty of Agriculture in the Agricultural Complex, Palampur in July, 1978.   Since then it has been functioning as a major Department in the College of Agriculture. The Department is engaged in its tri-fold mandate of teaching, research and extension education.  The Department is well equipped with facilities for high quality teaching and research. As regards teaching, it offers courses both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. till date, it has produced 30 Ph.D. and 87 M.Sc. students. The course curriculum has been continuously refined and modified in view of the developments at the national level. The department has completed about 92 externally aided research projects funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Government of India, Government of Himachal Pradesh, Directorate of Marketing (DMI), ICIMOD, Kathmandu, SJVN Limited, Department of Science and Technology and Indian Council of Social Sciences Research (ICSSR), etc. Through the output of these projects it has been supplying valuable policy inputs to all these agencies. The research agenda has also been continuously updated keeping pace with the general agricultural development scenario in the state and the country. While in eighties, the research focus was primarily on working out the economics of different crops and crop related enterprises, evolving optimum farming systems for small and marginal farmers and study of the problems of small and marginal farmers, the emphasis in the nineties also encompassed and gave a paradigm shift inter alia towards understanding the implications of ongoing process of liberalization and globalisation for the economic viability and ecological sustainability of hill and mountain agriculture. More recently, the research issues related to different aspects of environmental and natural resource economics including implications of climate change towards the livelihoods of the small and marginal farmers have also been included in the research agenda of the department.

With the merger of the Department of Extension Education with the Department of Agricultural Economics in 2009 it has been renamed as the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension Education & Rural Sociology.

Dr. S.K. Chauhan

Professor & Head