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Doon University hosts National Conference on Regional Development

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Dehradun, 22 Apr: Leading economists from across the country are gathering at Doon University as part of the Annual Conference of Uttar Pradesh-Uttarakhand Economic Association (UPUEA) to brainstorm on regional economic development of the two states, similarities of challenges and opportunities and explore actionable collaborative strategies towards a roadmap.

Announcing this here today, Head of the Department of Economics Professor  Rajendra P Mamgain said that leading academicians, researchers and policy makers from the two states will start deliberations in the conference being organised on 24th and 25th of April at Doon University.

Pre-conference distinguished lectures will be delivered by Dr KV Raju, Chief Economic Advisor, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh; Prof DK Nauriyal of IIT, Roorkee; Dr Pramod Kumar, Director of GIDS, and Prof HC Purohit of Doon University on 23rd of April.

“In the conference, the experts will make presentations and hold crucial discussions on issues of economic growth, employment, social sector growth and interrogate development in the context of sustainable development goals,” Professor Mamgain said.

He emphasised that while both the states have taken their own roadmaps of development, there are common challenges and opportunities that need to be jointly discussed and leveraged for promoting inclusive and sustainable development in both the states.

Doon University Vice Chancellor, Professor Surekha Dangwal said that both Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand have significantly similar economic activities and the renowned economists from the two states should churn out innovative solution, share best practices from both the states, and work towards crafting a collaborative roadmap towards a common and brighter economic future of the two states.

“Towards this end, about  250 senior economists, policy makers, researchers and young scholars from various parts of the country and students shall present their papers in the conference,” Professor Dangwal said.

Three broad themes of the conference include (a) Growth, structural change and employment in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, (b) Emerging imperatives in social sector growth, and (c) Interrogating development in the context of sustainable development, Prof. Mamgain, who is also the Organising Secretary of the Conference, said.  He further said that the Conference will provide an exclusive opportunity to young research scholars and teachers in the Economics to hone their teaching and research skills under the session on “Catching Young Minds in Economics”. Eminent economist, Professor Nagesh Kumar, Director, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, New Delhi, is the Conference President.

India is poised to enter in a phase of a fastest growing economy despite severe setbacks it suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic. There are growing concerns to opt for a ‘green growth path’ through reduced consumption of
fossil-based energy and material intensive manufacturing. At the same time, a rapid automation and increased used of IT and artificial intelligence is unfurling a new paradigm of knowledge intensive mode of production and service deliveries with decreased employment opportunities for a large labour force which yet remains less educated and unskilled/semi-skilled. The ever-rising unemployment amidst current and inert-generational inequalities point towards endangering of environmental and ecological balance. Hence, development paradigms and policy imperatives need rigorous enquiry to arrive at meaningful conclusions and suggestions for actualizing the sustainable development goals in coming decades. It is in this backdrop that the conference is being organised and is expected to throw some workable solutions.