The Kashmir Institute of Economics is the first ever post-graduate department of the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and was established in May 1978, a couple of years before the establishment of the University. In 1990, the Institute was renamed as Kashmir Institute of Development Studies (KIDS) and later on in 1998 the previous name was restored.
The Kashmir Institute of Economics comprises several units including Department of Islamic Economy and Banking, CPEC Center and recently established Policy Advisory Center. The Institute offers degree programs in BS Economics, M.Sc. Economics, M.Phil, Economics and PhD Economics. The Department of Islamic Economy and Banking offers BS degree with specialization in Islamic Finance.
The CPEC Center and Policy Advisory Center are the research units of the Institute to provide policy support to the government and other policy related institutions. The CPEC Center has a significant role in creating awareness about CPEC and its implications for Economy of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The Kashmir Institute of Economics also owns an HEC recognized journal ‘Kashmir Economic Review’, which provide opportunity of publication of the academic research to the researchers. The Kashmir Economic Review is one of the oldest journals of Economics in Pakistan and it is published since 1984. It has attracted contributions from some of the top economists of the world.
The institute has well qualified faculty which includes 5 PhD and numerous M.Phil. Degree holders. The faculty has wide range of research interests and they are actively engaged in research. The institute has completed several important research assignments in the past. The Institute envisions (i) to produce human resources having world class skills in economic sciences and (ii) to provide policy support to the government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in the matters related to economics and social sciences.
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