K.N.Raj Training and Fellowship Programme

The structure of the K.N. Raj Training and Fellowship Programme is under revision. The new structure will be put in place from April1, 2019.

K.N. Raj Training and Fellowship Programme aims to improve the curriculum and teaching of Economics in Colleges and University Departments across India, especially Kerala. This is in response to a felt need to improve the quality of economics education at the  undergraduate and graduate level. Towards this goal a month long training programme for college and university teachers preferably working in Kerala would be organised at CDS premises. The programme would also award a fellowship for one month, for select participants based on their performance in the training programme. The focus of the course would be to strengthen the fundamentals of economics education, by providing intensive week long training on specific basic courses. CDS has a rich history of running such programmes successfully in the past. The Teaching Innovations Programme for College Teachers in Economics (TIPE) was conducted during the period 2006 to 2011 and the feedback had been very encouraging.  The experience of the programme encourages us to take this forward.

K.N. Raj Endowment Fund: Professor K.N. Raj, the founding father of CDS, was a builder of institutions and a visionary who strived to improve the quality of teaching and research in economics in Kerala and elsewhere in the country. In order to commemorate his life and contributions to the larger community, CDS is privileged to have launched a series of fellowship and training schemes on the basis of a generous grant made available to it by the Kerala State Government.
Course Structure and Programme : The course would consist of taught sessions and interactive workshops on specific topics.  Four broad topics would be covered during the course, Micro Economics, Macro Economics, Econometrics and Issues in Indian Economy. Each topic would be covered in a five-day week with two lecture sessions in the morning and workshops in the afternoon. Lectures are intended to refresh fundamentals of the specific topics, while workshops would be interactive sessions consisting of mock lectures by participants, aimed at improving the teaching skills of the participants.
The scheduled dates for the topics are as follows.
Dates                          Course
March 18th to 22nd       Micro Economics
March  25th to 29th       Macro Economics
April 1st to 5th             Econometrics
April 8th to 12th           Issues in Indian Economy
Target Clientele : Lecturers of Economics from Universities and colleges across India. Preference will be given to younger instructors from colleges and universities within Kerala.
Number of Participants : Maximum number of participants for the programme will be 20.
Application Form and Selection of Candidates: The application form can be downloaded from CDS website (http://www.cds.edu). The candidate’s qualification and experience will be the main criteria for selection.
Coordination and Course Faculty: The course is coordinated by Dr. Vinoj Abraham. The core faculty is drawn from the CDS teaching and research staff. Prominent academicians from other academic institutions will complement them.
Course Fee/Fellowship:  The course is conducted under the K.N. Raj Training and Fellowship programme. There would be no course fee.  Double occupancy accommodation would be provided at CDS along with three meals during the programme, the cost of which would be borne by CDS through the fellowship programme. CDS would also provide course ware, access to Library and computing facility through the fellowship programme. All other expenses, including travel cost, will have to borne by the selected candidates.
Duty Leave: The Department of Higher Education of the Government of Kerala is being approached for securing duty leave for lecturers from Kerala State for attending the programme.
Course Completion Certificate:All participants who successfully complete the course will be given a course completion certificate of the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum.
K.N. Raj Teaching Grant Fellowship: – Under this scheme eligible candidates from the participants of the training programme can apply for the K.N. Raj Teaching Grant Fellowship. The fellowship is for  candidates  to visit the Centre to prepare teaching materials on a specific topic. Selection would be on the basis of their performance in the Training programme. The fellowship will consist of a travel grant from the place of residence to CDS, Trivandrum and back, rent-free accommodation and boarding at CDS guest house/hostel for a period of thirty days and a grant of up to Rs.10,000 for purchasing textbooks and other teaching research materials. The awardee will also be provided with a grant of up to Rs. 35,000/- for purchasing a Laptop computer. At the end of the award period, the awardee is expected to produce teaching resources such as lecture notes. During the term of the fellowship the awardee will have access to both library and computing resources at the Centre and, if she or he so chooses, may be mentored by one of the CDS faculty. Further, subject to availability, the awardees will also be provided with office space.
Last date for applying for the programme:  February 1st , 2019
Brochure for details                                    Application Form
Completed forms should be sent to the following address either by post (superscribe K N Raj Training & Fellowship Programme on envelop) or as scanned attachments by email on or before February 1st, 2019

Mr. Emmanuel T.J
Centre for Development Studies,
Prasanth Nagar Road, Ulloor, Trivandrum – 695011
Tel: 2448881 (Extn.256), 2774256
E-mail: knrajf@cds.ac.in, web: www.cds.edu