International Development Policy Conference

Bengaluru: 18th Sep 2023: Presidency University, Bengaluru, in collaboration with the Centre for Development Policy and Practice, successfully hosted the International Development Policy Conference on September 16, 2023. This groundbreaking event united a diverse array of scholars, researchers, policymakers, and passionate advocates, all deeply committed to the field of Development Studies. The Chief Guest of the Conference was the distinguished Shri U T Khader, Hon’ble Speaker, State Legislative Assembly, Karnataka.

The event was a platform for discussions, collaborative research endeavors, and a deeper understanding of the critical issues shaping our world. At the heart of this conference were the esteemed panellists—leaders in their respective fields, visionaries, and experts—who enlightened the audience with their insights and knowledge.

Addressing the crowd, Shri U T Khader, Hon’ble Speaker, State Legislative Assembly, Karnataka said, “I am delighted to be a part of the Presidency University, Bengaluru’s International Conference on Development Policy. Initiatives like this, led by educational institutions, are pivotal in driving holistic development across all major sectors. The insightful discussions with esteemed panelists are poised to catalyze progress, paving the way for a brighter future for our citizens. Congratulations to everyone involved – let this be a model for others.”

Dr. Nissar Ahmed, Chancellor, Presidency University said, “This conference has served as a vibrant gathering ground, uniting scholars, researchers, policymakers, and passionate individuals who share a profound dedication to the field of Development Studies. It has provided an invaluable platform for open dialogues, collaborative research endeavors, and a deeper exploration of the pressing issues that define our global landscape. The illuminating insights and profound knowledge shared by each one has not only enriched our collective understanding but have also inspired us to seek innovative solutions for the challenges that shape our world.

The Conference had various panel discussions organized on The Debate on Data: Professor Amitabh Kundu led a captivating discussion on the pivotal role of data in India’s development journey. Shaping India’s Development Policy: Dr. Rajesh Chakrabarti helmed a thought-provoking panel discussion exploring the challenges faced by Indian policymaking in the realms of urbanization, digitization, women’s labour force participation, and job creation. Education Policy: Quality Over Quantity: Chaired by Professor Amita Dhanda. Eminent panelists engaged in a meaningful dialogue on the challenges surrounding access and quality in education. Improving Health and Nutrition Indicators: Role of Policy: Ms. Puja Marwaha led a discussion that addressed the critical role of policy in enhancing health and nutrition indicators.

The conference also featured a roster of illustrious figures who added their knowledge and experiences to the proceedings. Participants of note included: Former member of the National Statistical Commission and advisor to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Mr. P.C. Mohanan. The Digital Empowerment Foundation’s founder and director, Mr. Osama Manzar, is a pioneer in the use of digital tools to end information poverty. The Centre for Development Policy and Practice’s research director, Dr. Amir Ullah Khan, has a wealth of experience working for institutions like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Rajiv Kumar, an economist from India and a former vice chair of NITI Aayog. Neelima Khetan is a visiting fellow at CSEP who focuses on development concerns and collaborates closely with corporate social responsibility organisations. Ms. Wilima Wadhwa, Director of the ASER Centre and Professor at the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, and the University of California, Irvine, as well as other stalwarts of the development and policy space. Mr. Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director of Goonj, is known as the “clothing man of India” for his mission to incorporate clothing into development work and find innovative solutions using urban surplus.

The International Development Policy Conference 2023 served as a beacon of knowledge, innovation, and collaboration, further reinforcing the commitment of Presidency University and the Centre for Development Policy and Practice to driving positive change in the world.