IIM Calcutta in association with Observer Research Foundation to hold a conference on “25 Years of Economic Reforms: Retrospect and Prospects” during October 24-25, 2016

Posted by: at 10/18/2016 07:41:00 am

~ The two-day conference will throw light on the newer ideas while reviewing the reforms of past twenty five years~


Chandigarh, 18 September, 2016:Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, in association with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is organising a two-day conference on “25 years of Economic Reforms: Retrospect and Prospects” on October 24 -25, 2016 at Hotel Oberoi Grand, Kolkata. The conference, while reviewing the story of the reforms over the past twenty five years, will deliberate on newer ideas for the next quarter of a century that can help India reduce poverty and inequality, and embark on the path of growth and sustainability.The year 2016 not only marks 25 years of economic reforms, but also marks the time to commemorate the event jointly organized by ORF and IIM-C in 1991. This has led the two leading institutions to join hands yet again to organize the proposed Conference.

IIM Calcutta in association with Observer Research Foundation to hold a conference on “25 Years of Economic Reforms: Retrospect and Prospects” during October 24-25, 2016

The  Conference will bring together thinkers of the past and present from various walks of life including, economy, society, and polity to deliberate on various issues, including ‘Challenges in Policy making’, ‘Public Finance’, ‘Infrastructure’, ‘Energy’, ‘Environment’, and ‘Climate Change’, ‘Industry’, ‘Landand Labour’, ‘International Trade and Financial Liberalization’, and ‘Agriculture’.The Conference will see a series of panel discussions and the panellists would be the luminaries like P. Chidambaram, Former Minister of Finance, Government of India,Jairam Ramesh, former Minister of Rural Development, Ma-Zhanwu, Consul- General, People’s Republic of China in Kolkata, MedhaPatkar, founder member of Narmada BachaoAndolan (NBA) & National Convener of National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM),N. K. Singh, Former  Revenue Secretary and Member of Parliament (RajyaSabha), Chairman, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Review Committee, Ashish Kumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, Bombay Stock Exchange,PrakashJavadekar, Union Minister, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India,Saumitra Chaudhuri, Former member of Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Anil Razdan, Former Secretary Power,

Government of India, Y. K. Alagh, Former Union Minister of Government of India and former Chairman of Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Shiv SidhdhantKaul, MD, NICCO Engineering Services Ltd and former President, Indian Chamber of Commerce,AlapanBandhopadhyay, IAS, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Government of West Bengal,Debashis Sen, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development Department, Government of West BengalT. K. Arun,  Senior Editor –Opinion, The Economic Times, New Delhi and many others alike.


Speaking on this, Professor Saibal Chattopadhyay, Director, IIM Calcutta says: “2016 marks the 25th year of the onset of economic reforms in India. IIM Calcutta and ORF are jointly organizing a conference to commemorate this occasion. This conference aims to bring together some of the best minds from policymaking, industry and academia to analyse, debate and discuss the experience of the reform process and chart possible roadmaps and policy alternatives for the next 25 years. Like 1991, in 2016 we are also poised for major changes in the national and global economy and this conference is expected to generate an informed debate and set the agenda for the future of economic policymaking in India.”

Professor Ashok Dhar, Director, Observer Research Foundation, Kolkata Chapter says, "We learn from the past to create future pathways. This Conference will be a melting pot of ideas emerging from learning from the 25 years’ of our experience of economic liberalization. It will take stock of the changes that have reshaped global economy and trade and impacted the trajectory of reforms in our country. We envisage this Conference as a confluence of the best minds, the experienced and the new, the present and the future, setting the agenda for the next generation of economic reforms that can generate sustainable growth with equity".

While the year 1991 was a watershed year in the Indian economic history with the wake of economic liberalization, it was also the year of a historic event organized by ORF and IIM-C to discuss the various shades of the consequent economic reform process. The event, held at the IIM-C campus, was attended by the likes of Dr. Manmohan Singh, Mr. P. Chidambaram, Prof. P.N. Dhar, Mr. Jyoti Basu, Prof. Ashok Mitra, Dr.Ashim Dasgupta, Mr.Gurudas Dasgupta and others.

Some leading policy makers and thinkers who were key speakers of the event in 1991 will be participating to take the audience through the journey of reforms. The conference will also have the “Emerging Voices Forum” where young thought leaders from various domains will share their vision of India for the next quarter of a century.

About IIM Calcutta:

The Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) was established as the first national institute for Post-Graduate studies and Research in Management by the Government of India in November 1961 in collaboration with Alfred P. Sloan School of Management (MIT), the Government of West Bengal, The Ford Foundation and Indian industry. Over the years, IIMC has grown into a mature institution with global reputation, imparting high quality management education. It has been playing a pioneering role in professionalizing Indian management through its Post Graduate and Doctoral level programs, Executive Training Programs, Research and Consulting Activities.The vision of the Institute is to emerge as an International Centre of Excellence in all facets of Management Education, rooted in Indian ethos and societal values. Over the past four decades, IIM Calcutta has developed into one of Asia's finest Business Schools. Its strong ties to the business community make it an effective mechanism for the promotion of professional management practices in Indian organizations. Today, IIM Calcutta attracts the best talent in India to its faculty and the best and brightest young men and women pursue its academic programs.The residential experience is a foundation of the IIM Calcutta culture, which promotes teamwork and the building of lifelong relationships. Students and partners live on or near campus, making social events and shared activities a way of life. Through a core curriculum which stresses general management skills and advanced elective and seminar courses, IIM Calcutta students have access to a preeminent faculty of thought leaders.To its students, IIM Calcutta offers intellectual depth, abundant resources, and individual attention. To our alumni, we provide a lifelong connection to excellence. To the world, we have a commitment to developing ethical and responsible leaders.


IIMC’s Accreditations & Rankings

IIM Calcutta is the only Management Institute in India with triple accreditations by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS, the three major international accreditation bodies for Business Schools. It is also the only Indian school to be part of the prestigious CEMS Alliance comprising 30 top Business Schools from around the world. This alliance is in addition to our existing partnerships with leading Universities, B-schools and renowned institutions such as Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University; Ivey Business School; Asian Institute of Management; etc.(A list of our academic partners across the globe can be found at(https://www.iimcal.ac.in/about/international-office/currentpartner-institutes).

An internationally recognized Business school, IIMC stood at rank no. 16 globally and 2nd in Asia in the Financial Times’ Master in Management rankings 2015.IIMC was the top ranked B-school in ‘Finance’ in Asia and 2nd in ‘Economics’worldwide, in this list.


About Observer Research Foundation (ORF):


Set up in 1990, ORF seeks to lead and aid policy thinking towards building a strong and prosperous India in a fair and equitable world. It helps discover and inform India’s choices, and carries Indian voices and ideas to forums shaping global debates. ORF provides non-partisan, independent analyses and inputs on matters of security, strategy, economy, development, energy, resources and global governance to diverse decision-makers (governments, business communities, academia, civil society). ORF’s mandate is to conduct in-depth research, provide inclusive platforms and invest in tomorrow’s thought leaders today.



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