ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2014-2015

(APRIL-MARCH)

INDIAN SCHOOL OF POLITICAL ECONOMY, PUNE

  1. Journal

A joint issue for January-December 2013 of the Journal of Indian School of Political Economy was published during the year.

The Joint issue for January-December 2013 is a special issue devoted to the theme of urbanisation. The School has been focusing on this critical area in recent years and has been conducting research in it and organising seminars on related themes. The three research papers included in the issue are: Overview of Non-Farm Sector in Urban Maharashtra, by Sharadini Rath, Urbanisation in Maharahtra, by Abhay Tilak and An Approach to a National Urban Transport Policy Framework for India, by S. Sriraman. These papers were presented at the Seminar on the theme: Urbanisation – Trends and Challenges: Maharashtra and India, organised by the School on Friday, 23rd and Saturday, 24th of September, 2011. The documentation in the issue contains excerpts from the Report of the National Commission on Urbanisation, August 1988, (Chairman C.M. Correa), Vols. I and II, Government of India. As this was the 25th volume of the journal, the volume included a consolidated Author and Subject Index of volume I to XXV (1989 – 2013) and an Editor’s Note for the Silver Jubilee Volume, reviewing the research papers and documentation material published in the journal in the twenty five volumes of the journal. The Silver Jubilee volume was released in a public function, organised by the School on 7 February, 2015.

We are thankful to Professor S. Sriraman, Honorary Fellow of the School and Joint Editor of the journal, for editing this special volume.

The forthcoming joint issue of the journal of the School for January – December 2014, is being prepared for shortly sending to the Press. It contains six research papers and the material for documentation on economic and social conditions of different religious groups, based on the Report of the Sachar Committee and the National Sample Survey Report on Employment-Unemployment Situation among Major Religious Groups in India for the year 2009-10.

The following issue of the journal of the School for January – March 2015 has been finalised. It contains a long research paper on export competitiveness of BRIC countries and the documentation material on BRIC countries.

A major research paper on “Safeguarding Financial Stability In An Era Of Financial Fragility: An Indian Perspective” by Professor Dilip Nachane and Comments on it by Shri Deepak Mohanty, Executive Director, Reserve Bank of India, Professor Ashima Goyal, Dr. Gangadhar Darbha and insightful observations by Professor Mihir Rakshit are scheduled to be published in the subsequent issue of the journal for April 2015- June 2015, with suitable Documentation on the theme of financial stability.

Thus, the release of the journal issues may soon be expected to more or less coincide with the quarters/months mentioned on the corresponding issue.

We are keen to publish on a regular basis Papers, Notes or Comments based on material included in the documentation section and statistical supplements of the journal. Readers are invited to contribute the same to our journal, which we shall consider for publication in subsequent issues of the journal, subject to the usual refereeing process.

The flow of articles for the delimited fields of the Journal was more or less adequate; however, the revision of articles, suggested by the referees and the editor, has taken time resulting in delay in the publication of the journal.

The Journal has been publishing the contents pages of sister quarterlies on an exchange basis.

The total number of subscribers for 2012 was 115 and that for 2013 was 96, while 61 copies, were sent as gratis to the members of the council in both the years, Affiliated Fellows, or on exchange basis. Letters have been sent to the subscribers who have sent subscriptions for 2014 but skipped subscriptions for 2013, to send their subscription for 2013. The number of subscriptions for the issues to be published for the subsequent years is expected to grow as issues for these years get published.

The subscription rates continued to be:

Institutions other than colleges:          Rs. 600/- per annum

Colleges and individuals:                    Rs. 300/-

  1. 2. Arthabodh Patrika

Launched in 1998, ‘Arthabodhpatrika’, the Marathi monthly of the School has completed 15 years in November 2013. Initially a bi-monthly, it became a monthly publication with effect from 1 April 2003.

Particulars of the twelve (12) issues (Volume 12) published during the year under consideration are as follows:

Number of issues published – Twelve (Vol. 13,  issues 1 to 12). Of these, Four issues viz December 2014, January 2015, February 2015 and March 2015 contained elaborate details of the proceedings of the Prof. V. M. Dandekar Memorial Seminar which was organized on 7th and 8th November, 2014. “Dynamics of Industrial Location” was the central theme of the seminar. In all 32 pages were devoted to the reporting of the salient features of the deliberations during the seminar.

Nature of Articles published

Social – 19,  Economic – 10, Industrial – 6, Science and Scientific Research – 4,  Political – 3,  Environment related- 4, Health – 1, Education – 1, History – 2, Agriculture 2,  Evolution – 1,  Employment -1, Urbanization -1,  Total articles – 55. Short notes (Jikde-Tikde) – 6

Countries covered  – India, China,  America, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Turkey, BanglaDesh, Canada,  Russia, Philipines, Japan, Beligium, Neatherlands, Saiberia

References used – Economist, New Scientist, Nature, Down to Earth, Current Science, New Statesman,  Economic and Political Weekly, BBC Wildlife (In all 8  magzines). Besides this, 20 books on a variety of subjects and study reports available in the ISPE library as also 21 different Websites were also used as reference/source material.

  1. Books and Booklets

It is proposed to publish the report of the Survey of Primary Schools of the Pune Municipal Corporation in Marathi and English during the year 2015-16.

  1. Seminars/ Discussion Group Meetings/Workshops:

Seminar:

  1. A seminar on the theme Dynamics of Industrial Location: Trends, Concerns and Challenges” was organized on 7 November and 8 November 2014.

Distinguished scholars, experts, representatives of Government agencies, NGOs, social and political workers participated in the Seminar and put forward their views and suggestions on the subject of vital importance. The following delegates attended the Seminar:

 

1. Prof. N. Rath,

ISPE,  Pune

 

2. Prof. V.S. Chitre

India School of Political Economy

Pune

 

3 Prof. L.K. Deshpande,

“Vishwas”,

Block No. 1,

Pheroz Shah Mehta Rd.,

Kumku  Wadi,

Vile Parle (East), 400 057. Mumbai

4. Dr. Ramanath Jha, Pune

Pune

Jha.Ramanath@gmail.com

 

5. Prof. Suhas Palshikar, Pune

Prof. Suhas Palshikar,

B-703, Rohan Garima,

Shivaji Hsg. Soc.,

Off Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411 016

 

6. Prof. S.S. Sriraman

Walchand Hirachand Professor of

Transport Economics,

Department of Economics,

University of Mumbai,

Vidyanagari, Mumbai 400098

 

7. Prof. Ravindra Dholakia,

Indian Institute of Management

Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380 015

 

8. Shri Abhay Tilak

ISPE, (Pune)

 

9. Dr. Sharadini Rath

C304 Renaissance Park-1
26/2 Subramanyanagar
Malleshwaram West Bangalore 560 055.

 

10. Dr. L.G. Burange,

Professor of International Economics,
Department of Economics,
University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Kalina, Santacruz (E),Mumbai 400 098.

 

11. Dr. Vijay Kelkar, Pune

 

12. Dr. R Nagaraj,

IGIDR Gen. A.K. Vaidya Marg

Goregaon East

Mumbai- 400065.

 

13. Dr. K.V. Ramaswamy,

IGIDR Gen. A.K. Vaidya Marg

Goregaon East

Mumbai- 400065.

 

14. Dr. Alakh Sharma,

Professor and Director

Of  the Institute for Human Development (IHD) New Delhi.

e-mail: alakh.sharma@ihindia.org

 

15. Dr. Ratnakar Mahajan (Pune)

 

16. Shri Anant Sardeshmukh, Pune

 

17. Shri Mukund Kulkarni

Aurangabad.

 

18. Shri Nitin Kabra

Jalna dwij123@gmail.com

 

19. Dr. Vijayabhaskar

MIDS, Chennai,

<mailto:

 

20. Dr. Ashima Sood

Indian School of Business,

Hyderabad, “Ashima Sood” <asjsood@gmail.com

 

21. Dr. Loraine  Kenedy

CNRS Research Director,

Centre for South Asian Studies (CEIAS),

EHESS, Paris, “Kennedy Loraine” <kennedy@ehess.fr

 

22. Dr. Prabhakar Karandikar

Pune

 

23. Dr. Kartik Kiran Desai

Centre for Social Studies,

Surat Gujarat.  kartikkirandesai@gmail.com

Phone: 9879360057

 

 

24. Dr. N.S. Siddharthan

Hon. Director, Forum for Global Knowledge Sharing

47, III Street, East Abiramapuram,

Mylapore, Chennai – 600004.

Mobile: 9940076291

 

25. Dr. Dhanamanjiri Sathe (Pune)
26. Dr. Sangeeta Shroff (GIPE Pune)

206 Kundan Vihar,
588-2 B Bibwewadi Kondwa Road,
Market Yard, Pune 411037

 

27. Dr. Sanjeevani Mulay (Pune)

Flat No. 10, Himagauri

SBI Hsg. So. 9/5-6

Erandawane

Near Swikar Hotel

Pune – 411004.

 

28. Ms. Bhushana Karandikar

(Pune)

 

29. Ms. Jyoti Tilak

(Pune)

 

30. Naresh Bodkhe

(GIPE Pune)

 

31. Prof. Chandrahas Deshpande

(Mumbai)

32 Shri Neeraj Kumar

 

33 Prof. Sudha Deshpande

Mumbai

34 Ms. Champaka Rajagopal

 

 

This year’s Professor V.M. Dandekar Memorial Seminar will be devoted primarily to presentation and discussion of research papers by the Affiliate Fellows of the School and will be organised on July 31 and August 1.

Discussion Group Meetings

During the year following Discussion Group meetings were held:

Date Topic Name of the Discussant
September 20, 2014 Is the abolition of the Planning Commission Inevitable?

 

Prof. Dilip Nachane
February 7, 2015 Safeguarding Financial Stability in an Era of Financial Fragility An Indian Perspective

 

Lecture by Prof. Dilip Nachane, with comments on it by Shri Deepak Mohanty, Prof. Ashima Goyal, Dr. Gangadhar Darbha.  The Sesion was chaired by Prof. Mihir Rakshit, who was the Guest of Honour for the function and offered his observations on the subject.
February 14, 2015 Some Basic Facts About Indian Railways

 

Dr. S. Sriraman
March 14, 2015 Goods and Services Tax (GST) Prof. Pradeep Apte and Shri Chandrashekhar Chitale

 

  1. Fellowship:

Advertisements were inserted in the issues of the JISPE and on our Website calling for applications for grant of fellowship. However, the proposals received were either incomplete or not suitable to consider for fellowship. Detailed comments for revision have been sent in response to one of the proposals.  Fresh advertisement calling for applications will be issued during the year 2015-16.

  1. 6. Research Project on the Primary Schools of Pune Municipal Corporation

The School has undertaken a research project on the primary schools conducted by the Pune Municipal Corporation. The study has been initiated with effect from September 2005 after receiving the permission of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Municipal Education Board for accessing the relevant original records of the PMC and for administering the proposed tests to the sample students.  The twin objectives of the said study are:

  • To record, analyse and study the trend of enrolment in every class in all types of schools during the last thirty years.
  • To investigate the level of education at the primary level. This inquiry would involve understanding of aspects such as students’ ability in reading, writing and arithmetic.

A Seminar based on the reports of the Associate Researchers was held on July 30-31, 2008 and detailed deliberations were held.  Based on the same, a draft of the Final Report had been submitted by the Associate Researchers.  Shri Abhay Tilak and the Prof. Rath read the drafts. Both of them came to the conclusion that it would not be useful to ask for further revision of the drafts. Instead, they agreed that Shri Tilak shall do the work of revising the drafts for publication. The work on finalising the report in Marathi is complete while that of translating the same into English is nearing completion.

  1. Staff

The list of the staff in position as on 31st March 2015 is given below:

Mr.   Abhay Tilak, Member, Officiating Director and Editor, Arthabodh Patrika

Mrs. Shaila R. Konlade, Administrative Officer and D.T.P. Editor for JISPE

Mrs. Rajyashri Kshirsagar, Asst. Editor, Arthabodh Patrika

Mr.  V. G. Redkar, General Assistant,

Ms. Sayali Kher, Accountant (on Contract)

Ms. Chhaya Mangsulkar, Library-in-Charge-cum-General Assistant (on Contract)

  1. Meetings:

The Annual Meeting of the Council was held on 5th of July 2014.

Six meetings of the Executive Committee were held during the period from 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015.

  1. Library:

The total number of books in the Library is 14,060 and that of documents is 4,035.  During the year under report, 79 books were added to the stock, of which 27 books were purchased, 48 books were received as gifts, and 57 documents were added to the stock.  Out of the additions, 45 were regular documents, and 12 documents were received as gift; while 2 books were received for review and 2 books were photo copied.

An amount of Rs.16,545/- was spent on purchase of books. In addition, an amount of Rs. 4993/- was spent as subscription towards periodicals and newspapers.

During the year under review, 27 persons/students took the advantage of the reference material and reading facilities provided in the Library.

 

  1. WEBSITE

The School has its own Website ispepune.org.in.  The website contains back issues of the Journal of Indian School of Political Economy from the year 1989 onwards as also that of Arthabodhpatrika from January 2007 onwards.  Digitisation for the volumes of the Journal for the years from 1989 to 1999, completed and uploaded it on the web site. One can also search for the Books in the Library of the School on the website.

 

  1. Computer Equipment, Soft wares and Data Bases:

The School has 9 PCs {One Lenovo, Two Dell PCs, One Compaq Laptop, One Compaq Pentium 4, One Zenith Pentium 4, One Compaq Pentium III, One  PCs upgraded to Pentium 4, one Dot Matrix Printer, one HP Laser Printer, Sharp Copier-cum-Printer, Canon LIDE Scanner}

The School has acquired Devnagari soft-wares, ‘Leap Office’ and ‘Akruti’ as well as Office 2003, Windows 98 and Windows XP (HE), SPSS 12, E-Views 5 and Tally 9 Soft-wares.

All the PCs are connected to the Internet through Air-Tel Broad Band while VSNL dial-up account is being used for receiving and sending emails. The facility of Internet and e-mail is being extensively used for searching material for the Journal of Indian School of Political Economy and Arthabodh Patrika and for receiving papers and referees’ reports and correspondence with authors of articles for the Journal.

  1. General

The School has permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India to accept foreign grants.  The Ford Foundation sanctioned a grant of US $ 2000 in 2013-14 for the research project initiated by one of the Affiliate Fellows of the School, namely, Dr. Sharadini Rath which attempts to analyse and portray the dynamics of industrial employment which is being unfolding in the two districts of Maharashtra viz. Nasik and Jalna. This grant has been duly utilised during the current year.

  1. Academic Activities

The academic activities of the executive staff etc. of the School during the year are given in brief in Sub-Section I and those reported by the Honorary Fellows in the Sub-Section II.

SUB SECTION I

Annual Report, 2014-15: V.S.Chitre

Elected President of the Council of the School for the year 2014-15 in June 2014.

Worked as Editor of the Journal of Indian School of Political Economy during the year. The joint issue of the Journalfor January-December 2013, edited by Dr. S. Sriraman, Joint Editor of the journal, has been brought out. The joint issue for January-December 2014 will be sent to the Press very shortly. Material for the issue for January – March 2015 is ready and is being prepared for sending to the Press.

The Joint issue for January-December 2013 is a special issue based on three research papers presented at the Seminar on the theme: Urbanisation – Trends and Challenges: Maharashtra and India, organised by the School  on Friday, 23rd and Saturday, 24th of September, 2011.  The documentation in the issue contains excerpts from the Report of the National Commission on Urbanisation, August 1988, (Chairman C.M. Correa), Vols. I and II, Government of India. The three research papers included in the issue are: Overview of Non-Farm Sector in Urban Maharashtra, by Sharadini Rath, Urbanisation in Maharahtra, by Abhay Tilak and An Approach to a National Urban Transport Policy Framework for India, by S. Sriraman. As this was the 25th volume of the journal, the volume included a consolidated Author and Subject Index of volume I to XXV (1989 – 2013) and an Editor’s Note for the Silver Jubilee Volume, reviewing the research papers and documentation material published in the journal in the twenty five volumes of the journal. The Silver Jubilee volume was released in a public function, organised by the School on 7 February, 2015.

Finalised six research papers for inclusion in the forthcoming joint issue of the journal of the School for January – December 2014 and the material for documentation, to be included in it.  Also finalised a long research paper and the documentation material to go with it in the forthcoming issue of the journal of the School for January – March 2015.

Worked as Member, Expert Group for deriving seasonally adjusted series for short term economic data, constituted by Government of India, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Central Statistical Office, New Delhi, and sent comments on the Draft Report of the Expert Group; the Final report of the expert Group was submitted in May 2014.

Participated in Dandekar Memorial Seminar on “Dynamics of Industrial Location: Trends, Concerns and Challenges – Regional Policies and Politics”, organised by the School on, 7 and 8 November, 2013, and prepared a Note for the seminar on “Land Availability and the Dynamics of Industrial Location: Some Observations and Issues”.

Awarded ‘Scholar of the Year’ Award by Ness Wadia College of Commerce, Pune, on the occasion of the 46th Foundation Day of the College, 2014, and delivered a lecture on the theme “Trade off between Inflation and Growth in India” at the occasion.

Delivered this year’s Dr. B.S. Minhas Memorial Lecture on “Global Economic Scene and the Indian Economy” at A.S. College, Khanna, on March 4, 2015.

Participated in a meeting at the Bombay Stock Exchange on 11 December 2014 to discuss the subject of Inflation Targeting, and offered  comments on the Urjit Committee Report.

Continued to work as Member, Board of Management, and Member, Selection Committee of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai.

Worked as a Member, Governing Council, Centre for Multi-Disciplinary Development Research, Dharwad.

Worked as a Member of the Search Committee for Director for Centre for Multi-Disciplinary Development Research, Dharwad.

Continued to work as Member, Board of Management, Department of Economics (Autonomous), University of Mumbai, Mumbai.

Worked as member, Executive Council, Post-Graduate Programme in Banking and Finance of National Institute of Bank Management, Pune.

SUB-SECTION II

Prof. Ravindra H. Dholakia

  1. Monograph:

TSR Subramanian, TVM Pai, GN Bajpai, RH Dholakia, RS Sharma, LC Goyal, Rakesh Garg, Kavery Banerjee and Vasumitra: Empowering Rural India – Report of the Task Force on Leveraging the Post Office Network, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India, New Delhi, November 2014. Available at:  “http://indiapost.gov.in“.

  1. Papers Published in Journals:
  2. Dholakia, Ravindra H. “Relative Growth Performance of Gujarat: A Comment on the Recent debate”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 49, No.18, May 3, 2014, pp. 75-77.
  1. Dholakia, Ravindra H. “Cost and Benefit of Disinflation Policy in India”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 49, No. 28, July 12, 2014, pp.165-169.
  1. Dholakia, Ravindra H. and Amey Sapre. “Inter-sectoral Terms of Trade and Aggregate Supply Response in Gujarat and Indian Agriculture”, Journal of Quantitative Economics, Vol. 12, No.2, July 2014, pp. 60-75.
  1. Dholakia, Ravindra H., Manish B. Pandya and Payal M. Pateria. “Estimating Urban – Rural Income Differential in Major States of India”, The Journal of Income and Wealth, Vol. 36, No.2, July-December, 2014, pp. 166-175.
  1. Dholakia, Ravindra H. “Economic Growth in India – Performance and Prospects”, Yojana, Vol. 58, April 2014, pp.8-11.
  1. Dholakia, Ravindra H. “Addressing Goals and Priorities in Changing Economic Environment”, Yojana, Vol. 58, August 2014, pp.10-14.
  1. 7. Dholakia, Ravindra H. “Union Budget: Processes and Procedures”, Yojana, 59, March 2015, pp.38-41.

III.        Papers Published as Chapters in Edited Books:

  1. Dholakia, Archana & Ravindra H. Dholakia. “Growth and Development in Gujarat – An Overview”, in Panagariya Arvind and M. Govinda Rao (editors), The Making of Miracles in Indian States, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015; Ch.13, pp. 227-245.
  1. Dholakia, Archana & Ravindra H. Dholakia. “Policy Reforms in Economic Sectors in Gujarat”, in Panagariya Arvind and M. Govinda Rao (editors), The Making of Miracles in Indian States, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015; Ch.14, pp. 246-264.
  1. Dholakia, Archana & Ravindra H. Dholakia. “Urban Development in Gujarat”, in Panagariya Arvind and M. Govinda Rao (editors), The Making of Miracles in Indian States, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015; Ch.15, pp. 265-274.
  1. Dholakia, Archana & Ravindra H. Dholakia. “Fiscal Reforms and Performance in Gujarat”, in Panagariya Arvind and M. Govinda Rao (editors), The Making of Miracles in Indian States, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015; Ch.16, pp. 275-284.
  1. Dholakia, Archana & Ravindra H. Dholakia. “Elementary and Higher Education in Gujarat”, in Panagariya Arvind and M. Govinda Rao (editors), The Making of Miracles in Indian States, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015; Ch.17, pp. 285-294.
  1. Dholakia, Archana & Ravindra H. Dholakia. “Primary Healthcare and Medical Education in Gujarat”, in Panagariya Arvind and M. Govinda Rao (editors), The Making of Miracles in Indian States, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015; Ch.18, pp. 295-310.
  1. Dholakia, Archana & Ravindra H. Dholakia. “Governance, Efficiency and Effectiveness in Gujarat”, in Panagariya Arvind and M. Govinda Rao (editors), The Making of Miracles in Indian States, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015; Ch.19, pp. 311-319.
  1. Dholakia, Archana & Ravindra H. Dholakia. “Lessons from the Gujarat Experience and Appendices”, in Panagariya Arvind and M. Govinda Rao (editors), The Making of Miracles in Indian States, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015; Ch.20 and Appendices 2 & 3, pp. 320-326.

Prof. Surinder S. Jodhka

BOOKS

Caste in Contemporary India. New Delhi: Routledge 2015.

ARTICLES IN ACADEMIC JOURNALS AND BOOK CHAPTERS

‘Emergent Ruralities: Revisiting Village Life and Agrarian Change in Haryana’. Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. XlIX. No 26 and 27: 5-17. 2014.

‘Engaging with Caste; Academic Discourses, Identity Politics and State Policy’ in A.K. Shiva Kumar, Preet Rustagi and Ramya Subrahmanian (eds). India’s Children: Essays on Social Policy. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. 331-49. 2015

‘Caste in India: Constructs and Currents’. Routledge International Handbook of Diversity Studies ed. Steven Vertovec. London: Routledge. pp. 106-14. 2015

‘Sikhism and its changing social structure’ (with Kristina Myrvold) in Bryan Turner and Oscar Salemink. Routledge Handbook of Religions in Asia. London: Routledge. Pp 63-76. 2015

‘Changing Manifestations of Caste in the Panth’. The Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies,

Edited by Pashaura Singh and Louis E. Fenech. New York: Oxford University Press. 583-93. 2014.

‘Rural and Agrarian Studies in India: A Survey of Contemporary Trends’ (with Tanvi Sirari) in Yogendra Singh ed. Indian Sociology: Emerging Concepts, Structure, and Change. Oxford University Press and Indian Council of Social Science Research: 263-306. 2014.

 BOOK REVIEWS

Recasting Caste: From The Sacred To The Profane By Hira Singh. Sage Publications, New Delhi. Seminar. September 2014.

Newspaper Articles

‘Making sense of the triumph of the aam aadmi’. The Tribune, Chandigarh. February 12 2015.

‘Lessons of 1984’. The Indian Express. New Delhi. November 10 2014.

‘Gurdwara as arena’. The Indian Express. New Delhi. August 4, 2014.

‘Diversify This’. The Indian Express. New Delhi. June 2, 2014

LECTURES AND RESEARCH PAPERS PRESENTATIONS in SEMINARS/CONFERENCES

‘Revisiting Caste, Reimaging India’. Azim Premji University, Bangalore. February 5 2015.

‘Old Realities, New Perspectives: Towards a Comparative Sociology of Caste’ Giri Institute, Lucknow. February 16 2015.

‘Ascriptive Hierarchies: Caste and Comparative Understanding of Social Inequalities’.

Presidency University, Kolkata December 22 2014.

‘Young People in Delhi: Aspirations, Identities and Politics’. National University of Singapore, Singapore. April 16. 2014.

‘Revisiting the Rural, Re-framing ‘Ruralilty’: ‘Rural Sociology’ and the Study of Village Society in Contemporary India’ A. R. Desai Memorial Lecture, University of Bombay, Mumbai. November 28 2014.

‘How do we frame the study of the Rural’. Keynote address at Third Workshop of the Network of Rural and Agrarian Studies (NRAS). Bhopal. October 30 2014.

‘Inequalities; Quantitative and Qualitative’. Keynote speaker at conference on Rethinking Social Inequality. Volkswagen Foundation, Hannover, Germany May 13-15, 2014.

AWARDS/ DISTINCTIONS

Member, Editroial Advisory Board, Pacific Affairs

Dilip M.Nachane

Prof. Emeritus, IGIDR & Hon. Fellow, ISPE

Articles

  1. “Yojana Bhavan : Obiter dictum” Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 49 (37), p.12-17, 13 September  2014
  1. “Methodology of the Social Sciences in the Age of Complexity : Unity, Autonomy or Integration” Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, 27 (1), p. 1-32, Jan. 2015
  1. “Capital account liberalization in India : A post-crisis evaluation” in Y.Huang and S.Armstrong (Ed.) Asian Financial Integration : Impacts of the Global Crisis and Options for Regional Policies, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York, 2014 (p.145-162)
  1. “Monetary policy, financial stability and macro-prudential regulation : An Indian perspective” in R. Khasnabis and I. Chakraborty (Ed.) Market, Regulation and Finance : Global Meltdown and the Indian Economy, Springer, New Delhi, 2014 (p. 17-39)
  1. “Global crisis, financial institutions and reforms : An Indian perspective” in in A.N.Ghosh and A.K.Karmakar (Ed.) Analytical Issues in Trade, Development and Finance : Essays in Honour of Biswajit Chatterjee, Springer, New Delhi, 2014 (p. 97-124)

Lectures & Seminars

  1. “Financial Sector & the Post-Crisis Macroeconomy : Theoretical re-assessment and Policy Implications” Lecture delivered at TISS, Mumbai (26 Feb. 2015)
  2. “Safeguarding Financial Stability in an Era of Financial Fragility : An Indian Perspective” Seminar at ISPE (7 Feb. 2015)

Prof. Suhas Palshikar

Research Activities (Ongoing):

  1. National Election Study, 2014
  2. Study of People’s attitudes to religion
  3. Democracy in South Asia—Round Two

Publications:

Articles/ Papers in English:

  1. The Making of a Neo-Hindu Democracy, Seminar, 665, January 2014, 37-41.
  2. Maharashtra Assembly Elections: Farewell to Maratha Politics?, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 49, Nos. 43-44, November,1, 2014, pp. 10-13
  3. India’s 2014 Lok Sabha Elections: Critical Shifts in the Long Term, Caution in the Short Term, (with K.C. Suri) Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLIX, No. 39, 27 Sept. 2014, pp. 39-49.
  4. The Defeat of the Congress, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLIX, No. 39, 27 sept., 2014, pp. 57-63.
  5. Politics of Maharashtra and Its Environment, in Deak Dusan and Daniel Jasper (eds.) 2014, Rethinking Western India: The Changing Contexts of Culture, Society and Religion, New Delhi, Orient Blackswan, pp. 237-250.
  6. Introduction: Normalization of the ‘Post-Congress Polity’, (with K.C. Suri and Yogendra Yadav) 2014, in Palshikar, Suri and Yadav (eds.), 2014, Party Competition in Indian States, New Delhi, OUP; pp. 1-41.
  7. Survival in the Midst of Decline: A Decade of Congress Rule in Maharashtra, 199-2009, (with Rajeshwari Deshpande and Nitin Birmal), in Palshikar, Suri and Yadav (eds.), Party Competition in Indian States, New Delhi, OUP; pp. 431-50.
  8. Coalitions in Maharashtra: Political Fragmentation or Social reconfiguration? (with Nitin Birmal and Vivek Ghotale), 2014, in E. Sridharan (ed.) 2014, Coalition Politics in India: Select Issues at the Centre and the States, New Delhi, Academic Foundation, pp. 107-72.
  9. Modi, Media and the Middle Class, Seminar, 656, April, 2014, pp. 18-22.

Articles/Papers in Marathi:

  1. Congress: Peechhehatinantarche pech, Anubhav, Diwali Special Issue, 2014, pp. 58-61 & 169-73.
  2. Bharatiy Rajkaranat Bahusankhyakvaad, Maharashtra Times, Diwali Annual, 2014, pp. 23-32.
  3. Sthanik Rajakiy-Samajik Prakriyanche Vadhate Mahatva, Introduction to Ghotale Vivek and Datta Bhise, 2014, Latur Jilhyachi Rajakiy Prakriya, Pune, Unique Academy, pp. 1-9.
  4. Congress-uttar kalatil sanrachanatmak kalatani denari nivadanuk, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, 52.206, April-June, 2014, pp. 4-14.

Books:

  1. Party Competition in Indian States: Electoral Politics in Post-Congress Polity, Suhas Palshikar, K.C. Suri and Yogendra Yadav (eds.), 2014, New Delhi, OUP.
  2. Desh-Pradesh: Pradeshik Rajakaranachya Badalatya Disha, 2014 (2015; 2nd Edition), Pune, Unique Academy.

Participation in Seminars/Conferences:

  1. India’s Democratic Deficit: Insights from Empirical Studies, Inaugural Address at National Seminar on India’s 2014 Elections held at MS University Udaipur, organized by Lokniti and MS University; 6-8 Feb. 2015.
  2. BJP’s Rise to Power: Meanings and Implications, International Conference on The 2014 Indian Elections: Implications for Domestic Politics and Indo-Pakistan Relations, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, 27-28 Nov. 2014.
  3.  Political Economy of a Dominant Caste (with Rajeshwari Deshpande), International Conference on Political Economy of Indian Development, jointly organized by IGIDR, Mumbai, King’s College London and University of California at Berkeley, at Mumbai, 2021 Nov. 2014.
  4. Changing Dynamics of Maharashtra Politics at the International Conference at Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, on States of South Asia, 13-14 November, 2014
  5. Ambedkar and Gandhi: Limits of Divergence and Possibilities of Conversation, Keynote Address, Seminar on Untouchability and Caste: Interrogating the Gandhi-Ambedkar Debate, Sikkim Central University, Gangtok, 25-26 Sept. 2014.
  6. Possibilities of Subnational Comparisons in Indian Context, One day international workshop at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, on Subnational comparative Political Economy, 31July 2014.
  7. Understanding the Outcome of 2014 parliamentary Election, Presentation and King’s India Institute, King’s College London, at the Workshop on India’s Elections, 11 June 2014.
  8. Reading Modi’s Mandate, Presentation at a Public Panel Discussion on India’s Sixteenth Parliamentary Election, at the King’s College London, 11 June 2014.

Other Information:

  • Chief Editor, Studies in Indian Politics; an international peer reviewed journal brought out by Sage (2013-)
  • Member, Board of Governors, Centre for Social Studies, Surat, 2014-
  • Member, Advisory Committee, ICSSR, Western Region Centre, Mumbai, 2012-2015

 

Prof. N. Rath

  1. Helped the editor of the School’s Journal as a referee for papers received.
  2. Delivered a public lecture on Rural Employment and an approach to it on the annual function of the AzadHind Mandal, Dadar, Mumbai, in April 2015.
  3. Participated in the annual seminar of ISPE, August 2015.
  4. Delivered a lecture, in a meeting organised at the India International Centre, New Delhi, on 26th October, 2014, on Planning Past and Future, dealing with two signal failures of the Indian Planning Commission and the steps needed.
  5. Translated, entered into the computer and published, in Odia, Savarkaranche Samajik Vichar, (Savarkar’s Social Thoughts) in a function in Bhubaneswar on 12th February, 2015.
  6. Delivered the Chittarnjan Das Memorial Lecture, organised by Shikshasandhan, Bhubaneswar, on the Present Educational Scene – a set of proposals for reform, on 14th Februray, 2015. The lecture was subsequently published in 2 installments in the SAMAJA.
  7. Wrote and published, in Samaja and Sadhana, some articles in Odia and Marathi

Prof. S. Sriraman

Annual Report (2014-15)

Designation: Walchand Hirachand Professor of Transport Economics,  

                       Department of Economics, University of Mumbai

  • Articles:
  1. A Governance Analysis of Transportation in India in Ashima Goyal (edited) book, Handbook of Indian Economy: Oxford University Press, New Delhi, April 2014.
  2. The Railway Budget 2014- Emphasis on Consolidation, Economic and Political Weekly, August 2014.
  3. The India Transport Report-Does it Deliver? Marathi translation, SAKAL, September 9, 2014.
  4. Transport in a Climate Constrained World, RITES Journal, Vol.17, No.1, pp.21.1-21.14, January 2015.
  5. Comments on the Railway Budget, Marathi translation, SAKAL, February 27, 2015.
  • Projects

–  Continued to Advise IRMA, Anand on an IL&FS sponsored project ‘’ Measuring Social Impacts of Infrastructure Projects in India’’ in the context of some of their road and power projects. The Final Report on the Vadodara – Halol Road was submitted to the IL&FS in September 2014 after a presentation.

 (C)        Conferences, Workshops Attended

  1. Made a presentation on ‘’Urban Goods Mobility Issues’’ at International Conference on ‘’Mobility Issues in Urban Areas’’ organized by the Department of Civil Engineering, I.I.T.Mumbai, April 11-12, 2014.
  2. Made a presentation on ‘’Digital Transport Information Exchange for Truckers’’ at the Department of Economics, University of Mumbai, April 17, 2014.
  3. Was a Resource person at the International Conference on Transport Systems Developments organized by the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation in Mumbai and made a presentation on “ Information Technology Portal for the Trucking Industry’’, November 5-6, 2014.          
  4. Made a presentation on “Urban Mobility: Policy Interventions and Issues’” at an International Conference on ‘’Mobility Issues in our Cities’’ Organised by Bombay First, Mumbai, December 15, 2014.
  5. Made a Key note presentation on “”Transport and Economic Development’’ at the National Seminar on Development Issues, organized by Dyanasadhana College, Thane, January 24th 2015.
  6. Gave a Key note Address on “A New Urban Policy Framework for India’’ at the National Seminar on ‘’Urban Development in India: Issues and Challenges in India’’ organized by the Presidency College, Chennai, March 5-6, 2015.

(D)        Other Activities

  1. Made a presentation on “ Economics of Sustainable Transportation’’ at the Monthly Colloquium on  Economic and Environment Issues organized by the Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, November 27, 2014. Worked on the Board of Studies of the Centre for Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. c) Worked for two months as a Member of the Budget Scrutiny Committee appointedby the Management Council, University of Mumbai for the purpose of careful scrutiny of the budget of the University.
  1. Member of the Academic Council, the Board of University Teaching and Research, the Faculty of Arts of University of Mumbai
  1. e) Continued to serve as a Member of the High level Editorial Board of the RITES Journal.
  1. f) Continued to serve as Joint Editor of the Journal of the Indian School of Political Economy.
  1. g) Developing a portal for the Trucking operators (especially small ones) in India- Dtix.org
  1. Activities for the current year:

Major activities to be undertaken during the current year would consist of:

  1. It is proposed to hold a Conclave in the next one or two months on ”The State of the Indian Railways”  – with discussions to revolve round the recently released report of the Committee on Railways Reforms.
  2. The School proposes to collaborate with the Department of Economics, University of Pune in offering remedial lectures to Part I M.A. (Economics) students in core courses such as micro and macro economics.
  3. It is proposed to have Discussion Group meetings every month on contemporary issues and also to have every quarter Technical Group meetings to discuss papers/ reports of a technical nature prepared by researchers/ scholars.