The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, with financial support from the World Bank, has been implementing the India-Environmental Capacity Building Technical Assistance Project from 1 October, 1996. An important component of the project is environmental economics. The Expert Committee on Environmental Economics (ECEE), under the Chairmanship of Dr. Raja J. Chelliah, is responsible for effective implementation and monitoring of this programme. Four core institutions (Madras School of Economics, Chennai; Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai; Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi; and Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta) and 18 interested institutions have been chosen for countrywide implementation of the project. The four sub-committees (Environmental Economics Course and Curriculum Committee, Environmental Economics Training Committee for Practising Economists and Non-economists, Environmental Economics Research Committee and Environmental Economics Overseas Fellowship Committee) are entrusted with the responsibility of implementing the four sub-components of the environmental economics programme.
The ECEE at its meeting held on 9 September, 1997 recommended a Base Line Survey on the Status of Teaching and Research in Environmental Economics in India. The main objective of the Survey is to elicit information from universities, research institutions and colleges regarding (i) names of experts in environmental economics, (ii) courses offered in environmental economics at undergraduate and post graduate levels, (iii) M. Phil and Ph.D. dissertations in environmental economics, and (iv) research projects undertaken/completed in environmental economics, and (v) publications in environmental economics.