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First Research Colloquium

Problem of Endogeneity and its Remedies- A major snag in Empirical Research
On March 5th, 2019, 13.30-16.30 hours


Within the DAAD-sponsored program “Comparative Economic Development Studies”, the Centre for International Trade and Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), HTW Berlin – University of Applied Sciences and Freie Universität Berlin organized a five-day workshop on "New Paradigm of Economic Development: Social and Environmental Dimensions" from December 4th to 8th, 2017, in New Delhi.

The workshop aimed to analyze conventional development objectives and discuss new development challenges and effective policies to combat them.  While acknowledging that developmental objectives and paradigms may vary widely across countries given significant international differences in socio-economic conditions, relative performances of similarly placed countries and the scope of profiting by learning from the examples of success cases were also discussed

Papers presented at the conference included topics on evaluation of development policies targeted towards poverty alleviation, food security, agriculture, gender; challenges for international trade and investment; financial sector reforms; economic growth and sustainable development, clean energy, energy efficiency, green accounting.


Previous Conference

The Centre for International Trade and Development organized an international conference entitled "Trade, Growth and Development: Two Decades of Reforms in India and After" on April 3-4, 2012 at the Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University. The main objective of the conference was to evaluate whether trade liberalization has helped India to achieve a higher growth rate with equitable income distribution and accomplish social development. The conference brought a rich confluence of ideas from scholars across the world and within India, who having been working on different aspects of refining the policy package in India's growth and development path.

The plenary sessions included: Foundations of Economic Development by Professor Kaushik Basu (C. Marks Professor of International Studies, Cornell University, and Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India), Result of Increased Public School Enrolment by Professor Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee (Ford Foundation International Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Integration with the Global Economy since India's Reforms by Professor T. N. Srinivasan (Samuel C. Park Jr. Professor Emeritus of Economics, Yale University).

Several eminent scholars from different institutions across the country presented their research and deliberated on the core issues of the Indian growth and development experience for the two days. The analyses took a hard look at theoretical issues relating to trade, growth and development, and also at empirics from the Indian experience in order to identify the policy gaps and derive lessons for the future ahead.

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The Centre for International Trade and Development organized a two-day conference on "Growth and Development: Future Directions for India" during April 23-24, 2010 at the Committee Room of SIS building, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Since the initiation of 'economic reforms' in 1991, there has been a substantial literature on growth and development, both theoretical and empirical, that forms the knowledge pool on this subject. Given this knowledge pool, the conference aimed at deliberating on an interesting question "has the behavior of the Indian economy since 1991 conformed to what may reasonably be expected on the basis of this knowledge?" The conference was structured in eight sessions of invited papers around the following themes: Macroeconomy, Industry, Social sector, Financial sector, Poverty, Sustainable development, Technology and Trade. Renowned scholars from different institutions participated in the conference as speakers, discussants and chair persons. The conference was attended by large number of participants from the academic community including young research students of JNU. The rich and intellectually stimulating deliberations during the conference helped further understanding the working of the Indian economy and what could be the way forward.

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.