By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 7 Feb: India is poised to enter the phase of a fast growing economy despite the 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, 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 remains less educated and unskilled/semi-skilled. The rising unemployment amidst current and inter-generational inequalities points towards endangering of environmental and ecological balance. Hence, development paradigms and policy imperatives need rigorous enquiry to arrive at meaningful conclusions and suggestions for actualising the sustainable development goals in the coming decades.
These are some of the special subjects of academic discussion for the ‘18th Annual Conference of Uttar Pradesh – Uttarakhand Economic Association (UPUEA) on 21-22 April at the Doon University.
Releasing the Conference Brochure of the UPUEA, Prof Surekha Dangwal, Vice Chancellor of Doon University, said that more than 500 senior economists, policy makers, researchers and young scholars from various parts of the country shall present their papers at the conference.
The three themes of the conference that are chosen under the broad theme of the Conference are as follows: (a) Growth, structural change and employment in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, (b) Emerging imperatives in social sector growth, and (c) Development in the context of sustainability.
Prof Rajendra P Mamgain, Professor & Head, Department of Economics of Doon University, shall be the Organising Secretary of the Conference. He mentioned that the Conference shall give an exclusive opportunity to young research scholars and teachers in 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.
The ceremony was attended by Prof Vinod Srivastava, General Secretary of UPUEA & Professor of Economics, RML Avadh University, Faizabad; Professor Bharati Pande, Nodal Officer of UPUEA & Professor of Economics, University of Lucknow; Professor HC Purohit, Head, School of Social Sciences, Doon University. The ceremony was also marked by a discussion on the conference with the Department of Economics. The faculty of the Economics Department Dr Madhu Bisht, Dr Rahul Saxena, Vartika Pande, Harshita and Professor NK Garg were present on the occasion.