Articles

January 7, 2015
Trial and Error in Education Sector

The Never-Ending Process of Trial and Error in the Indian Education Sector

It will not be an exaggeration when I say, ‘the Union HRD Minister and her ministry are always caught in controversy’. The decision to end German Language learning in Kendriya Vidyalayas and impose Sanskrit in its position was imperious to […]
January 6, 2015
Land Acquisition Ordinance

Reformation Policy or Ploy: The Indian Government’s new Land Acquisition Ordinance

By Sarah Mary Stanley* Ordinance appears to be the watchword for the incumbent government as of late, with the most recent one inciting fervent debate over an extremely fragile issue. The recent ordinance passed by the government on the 29th […]
December 22, 2014

Autonomics- The Economics behind Autorickshaw, The Hindu

AUTONOMICS Based on a series in The Hindu Newspaper dated November 15, 2014 AJAI SREEVATSAN PTI Chennai’s auto woes may not be a simple pricing problem, but a system problem. What is the economics behind the autorickshaw trade in Chennai? […]
December 8, 2014

Symbiosis of Universities and the Society: An American Experience

 I was on an official trip to the United States as part of the ‘International Visitor Leadership Programme’ (IVLP), last month. This gave me an opportunity to interact with the leading ‘Think tanks’ and ‘Universities and Academia’ in the US […]
November 18, 2014

How a National Authority will help the cause of Energy Security in India

Ensuring Energy Security of the nation signifies the non-traditional preparedness of the establishment to tackle the challenges in the 21st century. Economic dexterity results in varied demands of the energy supplicants and even the slight derailment from supply could take […]
October 6, 2014

Independence of higher educational institutions in designing and offer courses

By Dr D Dhanuraj & Mr Rahul V Kumar Two events in the recent past has brought the issue of the independence of higher educational institutions to design and offer courses. The first involved a stand-off between University Grants Commission (UGC) […]
September 30, 2014

How did the U.S Federal Court get it wrong in summoning Narendra Modi?

by Harisankar K S*   As the Prime Minister of India was all set to start his historic visit to the United States of America, after a decade long visa ban, a federal court in New York issued a summons on […]
September 11, 2014

Higher Secondary/Higher Education: Is the government too confused?

** Allotment of new batches to the high schools to upgrade them to higher secondary schools is the latest controversy surrounding the education sector in Kerala. Since its beginning since early 90s, higher secondary sector courted controversy in regular intervals. […]
August 22, 2014

The Mysterious Private University Regulatory system in India

By Dr D. Dhanuraj & Rahul V Kumar* In the previous article we started with understanding of the inherent policy vacuums in some of the federal states in India. Our observation was that in some of these states at least […]
August 19, 2014

Perestroika: Planning Commission goes! But Planning stays with…

By Devi Prasad, IES* From the Red-fort, the present  PM, an outsider to Delhi durbar,  in a  Schumpeterian frame had announced creative  destruction of  the Planning Commission, and positioning of a new Think Tank in its place.  The risk of any power elite capturing such a Think Tank stands minimised, as […]
July 29, 2014

Count costs in Multiple Governance Framework

By Devi Prasad, IES* Worldwide the costs of governance are infinite. The opportunity to raise resources are finite. With the given poverty ratio and the inequalities on several counts including the digital divide, the challenge of balancing the same is […]
July 16, 2014

Who is burdened with the Budget 2014-15?

By Devi Prasad IES* Who is burdened with the Budget 2014-15? None, except the Finance Minister of India, Mr. Arun Jaitley himself!… because, Mr Jaitley has to read 16458 words, documented as “Budget Speech”; he has to read to explain the disbursement of […]
July 9, 2014

The Mexican liberalization: some notes for India

About 50 years ago, it appeared that Mexico had found the recipe for economic growth that it needed. The import substitution model generated an average GDP growth of 6.8% annually between 1960 and 1981 (World Bank 2014). However, that model […]
June 24, 2014

THE BANKING SECTOR

The global economy is recovering from the worst financial crisis since the great depression. The recovery, however, is fragile and uneven. The financial crisis has brought a number of lessons to the fore. First, financial regulation needs to stay ahead […]
June 12, 2014

Kerala’s public policy crisis in fighting Cancer

Thinking about the cancer care policy has been part of India’s modern medical history since the inception of the National Cancer Control Programme in 1975-76. This programme conceived the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) of Kerala in 1981. So far the […]