The Department of Economics has been functioning in A D P College since inception of the institution. The department started with part time lecturers. That was a venture stage even without affiliation of the department to the Gauhati University. The part time lecturers who opened account of the department were Prof.Jagat Sarma, Prof Bhagawan Baruah and Prof. Amulya Chandra Nath. Though they are no more, this department would place on record the services rendered by them.
The department came of its own under the leadership of Prof. Baneswar Saikia who joined in 1960 as the first full- time lecturer. The college secured the affiliation of the Gauhati University in 1964. Prof.Saikia as the head of the department started organizing teaching of Economics in the college with a select group of part-time and full-time teachers. Prof. Saikia’s stewardship in the department for about thirty two years was of great significance for the growth of the department.
The other teachers who made a mark as teachers of extraordinary repute were Dr.Tushar Kanti Choudhery, Prof.Krishna Kanta Phukan and Prof. Surendra Chandra Baroi, Prof Geeti Mallika Saikia, Prof Pallab Rajguru. Dr. Tusharkanti Choudhery was a reputed demographer. The department also recalls with pride that Sri Hiranya Kumar Das, presently an officer of the Indian Reserve Service and Dr. Madhurya Prasad Bezboruah, professor of Economics in Gauhati University served in the department for some time.
The department started offering honours course from 1965. It was eventually the first college in the district which offered honours course in Economics. The department attracted students even from outside the district.
The department has a collection of about 500 books. The library used to serve the purpose of ready –reference for the teachers and students of the department. Books are issued to students of major and general courses on their request. The branch of Economics in A.D.P. College Main Library is a great treasure of literature in Economics. Books by great masters of Economics are the pride possession.
The department has a computer, a laptop and Digital class room with internet facility. The department offer both Major and General Course in under graduate level and Higher Secondary standard. The department also involve in some interdisciplinary courses of the college like Environmental Studies, Tea Plantation, Hospital Management, Herbal Science etc.