IIT Bombay to start an Economics program - Keep it accessible to Commerce, Humanities students

posted Jan 8, 2017, 4:22 AM by Prashant Bhattacharji   [ updated Apr 23, 2017, 4:56 AM ]
There's a good as well as bad side to this.
Seems like Eco programs at IITs have become popular (plenty of people like me who don't want anything to do with heavy engineering stuff like workshops and motors - thankfully I had to tolerate a limited amount of that stuff)
And with better access to Math, Stats, Finance, ML, management, programming courses (and some tech background) they will soon be more "in demand" than the traditional BA Eco programs at DU/Mumbai which currently have a very theoretical and qualitative version of eco. Employers and grad schools will see this closer to the quantitative and computing heavy programs at Oxford, Stanford etc.
But that is where things start to become a bit unfair to (say) commerce or humanities students who could very much benefit from this, but their options will be restricted to what will eventually become the second-tier BA Eco courses.
This shouldn't matter if IITs were private (like BITs) but as long as that isn't the case and they're built on taxpayer money, they need to make sure access to massive sections of student population isn't shut off to huge sections for arbitrary reasons.
Maybe just select the kids on the Math part?
Most of the posh ISC schools have stopped running their Humanities section altogether other than those with >200 students a batch.

"IIT-B, however, will not be the first to run an undergraduate course in economics as IIT Kharagpur and IIT Kanpur already run a similar programme."