September 21, 2015

The over hyped Fed interest hike!!

The much hyped Fed interest rate hike didn’t materialise. It all began in 2008, when Fed (Federal Reserve System) slashed the interest rate to zero and it even switched to quantitative easing programme to make credit availability cheaper for reviving […]
September 18, 2015

Goods and Service Tax: Push for Growth or Inflation?

Dr Martin Patrick, Chief Economist revisits the GST debate which has been further pushed thanks to the political logjam. He explains how there is lack of clarity which had led to a lack of consensus among states for supporting GST reforms. […]
September 11, 2015

Segregating Politics from Education sector: The need of the hour

Most of the times educational institutions in India are in news not for their academic achievements but for the controversies surrounding them.  In the recent times, three news stories related to the academic institutions that received more attention from the […]
September 1, 2015

Payment Banks: A Case of ‘Banks For The Unbanked’

On August 19, 2015 Reserve Bank of India granted licenses for payment banks to 11 firms including Department of Posts. Aditya Birla Nuvo, Vodafone, Reliance industries, Airtel, Fino Paytech, Cholamandalam Distribution Services Ltd, NSDL, Vijaya Shekar Sharma (Paytm), Dilip Shanghvi […]
August 18, 2015

Devaluing Yuan: Taking the first bite of the cherry!

Starting with two per cent devaluation on 11th August which was yuan’s or renminbi’s, biggest one-day devaluation in 20 years, China followed a three days devaluation that knocked more than three per cent off its currency value. The value of […]
August 17, 2015

Breaking Business Barriers

The project is to assist the government in easing the barriers to business related to the entry, conduct and exit of the entrepreneurs/investors/establishments in select sectors and region. This project aims at the development of a business friendly eco system in […]
August 4, 2015

Untangling the ‘Autonomy of Higher Education Institutions’

The debate on the quality of the educational institutions and the courses they offer has been and continue to be in the limelight for many years.  The demographic dividend is still an elusive panacea given the academic excellence existing in […]
July 27, 2015

What to understand from the 5 Year Low Gold Price  

Gold witnessed a slump hitting a five-year low this week; it’s down more than 40 per cent from its 2011 peak. At one stage the price was 19 years low. Traders and investors are worried about the fall in prices […]
July 27, 2015

FDA Tightens Restrictions on Indian Pharmaceutical Imports, Heartlander Magazine

  FDA Tightens Restrictions on Indian Pharmaceutical Imports   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tightened checks on its approval process for India’s $15 billion a year drug industry, which is still rebuilding its image in its largest […]
July 20, 2015

Community policing for migrant labourers, The Hindu, 20th July 2015

Soon, the cops in Ernakulam rural district will start regularly visiting the camps of inter-state labourers and interacting with them in their native language. In view of the rising number of crimes involving migrant labourers in and around Perumbavoor—the hub […]
July 2, 2015

Out of Record Books, Open to Exploitation, Hindu, July 1st 2015

News writeup on Migrant Labours, by Dr Martin Patrick, Chief Economist, in Hindu on, July 1st 2015.   If police reports on recent raids were to be believed, flesh trade aimed at inter-State migrant workers seems to be gaining ground […]
June 19, 2015

“Indian Politics After One Year of General Election 2014″- 9th CPPR Quarterly Lecture by Dr. Dileep Padgaonkar

  “The 2014 election meant not just a change of government but a change of the tone and temper from the time of Independence, and “This is a beginning of an attempt to revamp the country”.” It was on this […]
June 17, 2015

“Indian Politics After One Year of General Election 2014”- 9th CPPR Quarterly Lecture by Dr. Dileep Padgaonkar

CPPR 9th Quarterly Lecture  delivered by Dr. Dileep Padgaonkar, consulting Editor of The Times of India. On the topic “Indian Politics After  One Year of General Election 2014”. The lecture was conducted on June 5th 2015.
June 17, 2015

Private investment in higher education: Challenges and Scepticism, Governance Now

Private investment in higher education: Challenges and Scepticism Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have maximum number of Private Universities. In Uttar Pradesh alone, out of the 21 private universities in the state, politicians have an active stake in the management of […]
June 9, 2015

Who Should Decide What to Learn and How? The Real Second Generation Challenges in Education

PART 2 by Dhanuraj and Rahul V Kumar   The observations of high dropouts in Wayanad and Palakkad among the ST community forced us to ponder on what was the actual challenge facing Kerala in school education. The general understanding among the […]

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