Vishleshan, the Economics Discussion Group of Arthashastra aims to stimulate intellectual discourse on critical current economic issues. Through various eminent guest speakers, various subjects are thoroughly analysed and then discussed. It is imperative for economics students to know about all the macroeconomic issues that occur around the world, that directly or indirectly affect our lives. All economic issues have a mechanism behind them that causes it to have certain economic consequences, and it is important to understand that mechanism so that in future we may have the power of knowledge and effective tools to bring amends and avoid any economic catastrophe. As our syllabus does not covers such contemporary issues due to time crunch, we aim to cover them and diffuse the knowledge not only among students of economics but also among those hailing from other streams. It is an opportunity for curious minds to discuss beyond the usual constructs of classroom teaching- a forum to inspire and provide greater opportunities of discourse to the next generation global citizens.

Reading Group Sessions

Brexit (September 2016)
Goods & Services Tax Bill (August 2016)
Feminism (March 2016)
The Effectiveness of Entitlement Programs (August 2015)

Renowned economists like Dr. Amartya Sen, Dr. Subrahmanian Swami, Dr. Arvind Virmani, Dr. Rajeev Malhotra, Dr. Reetika Khera, Mr. Irfan Habib and Mr. Pulapre Balakrishnan have been a part of this platform in the past.
This forum was initiated by Aditi Singh and Deeksha Trehan in the academic year 2013-14.
From the academic year 2015-16, Vishleshan has started organizing Reading Groups to facilitate discussion and free flow of ideas on a pre-determined topic. Members of this group are sent reading material in advance, which is deconstructed and analysed extensively during the session. Vishleshan has successfully held reading groups on varied topics: The Effectiveness of entitlement Programs, Feminism, Brexit and GST Bill.
Speaker Sessions

Markets, Growth and Social Opportunity:25 years of economic reforms in India, a talk by Pulapre Balakrishnan (September 2016)
India in the Age of Imperialism and the Idea of Nation-State, a talk by Irfan Habib (March 2016)
Doles, Freebies, Handouts: A Right(s) Perspective on Populism, a talk by Dr. Reetika Khera (August 2015)

Economics Research Grant

From the academic session 2015-2016, a research grant was initiated by the Vishleshan committee, headed by Arushi Gupta and Ananya Goyal, under the aegis of the Economics department to encourage and support students to pursue empirical research projects, right at the outset of their career in economics. The department provides funding up to rupees five thousand. The research teams are guided by the department faculty. The research grant facilitates students a platform to gain training in data collection, analysis, report-writing and project presentation.
After the submission of project proposals, short-listed teams appear before a panel for an interview. Once approved, they begin with field-work and data collection, followed by the submission of the project report. Workshops on statistical software for data analysis are organized by the Department to train the selected candidates in research methodology. At the final stage of their research project, the teams are required to make presentations on their projects.