Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation

The Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT), Thiruvananthapuram is envisaged as a centre of excellence, specializing in research, training and consultancy, to provide fiscal and social policy inputs to the Government of Kerala in particular and the South Indian states in general. The GIFT was formed in 2009 by upgrading the Centre for Taxation Studies (CTS), an autonomous institution formed by the Government of Kerala in 1992 for undertaking research, training, consultancy, and publication in the area of public economics. The Institute has specialized faculty in three core areas namely Law, Public Finance, Accounting and Management. The Institute offers specialized courses like Post-Graduate Diploma in Taxation and Diploma in Sales Taxation.

The GIFT is named after Professor Iqbal Singh Gulati (1924-2002), an eminent economist who was closely associated with public policy making in various capacities, notably as Chairman of the Kerala State Planning Board. Dr. Gulati was also one of the leading authorities on Centre-State financial relations, taxation, the public distribution system, migration-related issues and international trade.

Department of Economics, University of Kerala

One of the first 16 Universities in India and the first in the state of Kerala, the University of Kerala was founded as the University of Travancore in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore in 1937. At present, the University has sixteen faculties and forty one departments of teaching and research in addition to study centres and other departments.

The Department of Economics started in 1959 in the University of Kerala is one of the leading centers for teaching and research in the field of Economics. Since its inception, it has achieved a spectacular track record in teaching and research, and is privileged to have some brilliant and eminent personalities as faculty and has successfully groomed many talented students who continue to bring honor to this institution. An Inter University Centre for Alternative Economics (IUCAE), attached to the Department of Economics, was set up in 2015 by Professor Abdul Salim. The main objective of the centre is to integrate alternative socio-economic ideas and thereby strengthen our research base to meet the challenges of the fast growing knowledge economy.

Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthpuram, Kerala, India

Established in 1971 by late Professor K.N. Raj, the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) is an internationally renowned, autonomous institution known for its cuttingedge research in applied economics and topics germane to socio-economic development. Research at CDS is organized around seven thematic issues, conducted independently, or under various endowment units and endowment funds. The teaching programmes include M.A, M.Phil and Ph.D, all affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The Centre draws its financial support mainly from the Government of Kerala and the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).The state of -the-art CDS library is one of the biggest repositories in South India with over 1,50,000 titles in economics and related disciplines and subscribing to about 400 professional journals. Equipped with modern infrastructure, computing facilities and fully wi-fi enabled residential campus for faculty and students, the Centre stands out in the current competitive world of academics.

  • Conference Organising Secretary
    Professor D. Narayana
    Director, Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT)
    Gandhipuram Road, Chavadimukku
    Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695017
  • +91- 0471 259 6960
  • +91- 9447192396
  • Contact persons at GIFT: Sheeja N +91-9447754626, Preena Das +91-9746266469

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