Delhi School of Economics
The Delhi School of Economics (DSE) was established in 1949 as a centre for excellence and advanced learning and research in the social sciences with Professor V.K.R.V. Rao as the Founder-Director and the Department of Economics of the University of Delhi as the nucleus.
Guided by his vision of India’s future and support from India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, Professor V.K.R.V. Rao envisioned establishing an institution devoted to research and teaching in economics and allied areas in the social sciences, which would also produce students who would play an important role in the economic development and social progress of the country. Such students were to be not only well trained in rigorous theory with a quantitative orientation but also have a wider perception of important social issues facing the country.
Professor V.K.R.V. Rao was deeply inspired by a well-known prayer of Swami Vivekananda to serve the poor and downtrodden which is inscribed in the Swami Vivekananda Hall in the Delhi School of Economics.
“May I be born again and again, and suffer thousands of miseries so that I may worship the only God that exists, the only God I believe in, the sum total of all souls – and above all, my God the wicked, my God the miserable, my God the poor of all races, is the special object of my worship.” Read more
The Delhi School of Economics with its constituent departments – Economics, Geography and Sociology- is a premier post-graduate institution of academic excellence India. The Founder-Director, Professor V.K.R.V. Rao along with India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru as President of the Delhi School of Economics Society visualized an institution that would produce students who would play an important role in the economic development and social progress of the country. Professor V.K.R.V. Rao was also greatly influenced by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and believed in man-making, an integrated development of man and all his faculties through education. Thus, our Founder-Director had a grand and holistic vision of the School that extended much beyond making the Delhi School of Economics a centre of excellence for teaching and research. Read More
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