Five-day global conference on development to be held in Bihar

The first five-day International Conference on Development and Growth will be held here starting Saturday, where noted scholars, economists and academicians from across the world are expected to take part. Preparations for the conference have been made by a committee chaired by renowned economist Lord Meghnad Desai.

According to sources, three international conferences are scheduled to take place in three phases coinciding with the silver jubilee of the Patna-based Asian Development and Research Institute (ADRI), which was established in 1991. The first phase on ‘Development and Growth: Experience and Theories’ will be held from March 26 till March 30.

The second phase will be conducted on ‘Social Statistics in India’ from June 24 till June 27, while the last phase on ‘Bihar and Jharkhand: Shared History to Shared Vision’ will take place next year from March 24 till March 27.

Renowned academician professor James Manor had delivered the inaugural lecture for the conference on November 30 last year.

“The first International Conference on ‘Development and Growth: Experience and Theories’ will comprise seven working sessions and seven silver jubilee lectures”, Shaibal Gupta, member-secretary of the ADRI told The Hindu .

Key speakers

Some of the key speakers during the conference are Professor Pranab Bardhan (University of California at Berkeley), Professor Binayak Sen (BIDS, Dhaka), Professor Kaivan Munshi (University of Cambridge), Professor Lakshmi Iyer (Harvard University), Dr. A K Shiva Kumar (UNICEF, India), Professor Jean Joseph Boillot (Institute of International Economics, Paris) and Professor Dilip M Nachane (IGIDR, Mumbai).

The seven working sessions will be held on the topics of Human Development in Bihar, Social Protection and Labour in Bihar, Development Experience in India, Development Experience on South Asia and Development Theory.

26 research papers

“In all, 26 research papers will be presented in the working sessions that will cover various dimensions of development, experience and efforts to theorise this challenging task”, Mr. Gupta said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Country Director for India at the World Bank, Onno Ruhl, will participate in the special session on March 27, while the valedictory speech will be delivered by Professor Arvind Panagariya, Vice-chairman of NITI Aayog.