The collaborations on research and related initiatives in public and academic dialogue will deepen as decided by the Azim Premji University and the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).
This move has laid focus on the areas of development, human capital formation, sustainability, the political economy of distribution and the early childhood development.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the University and INET in January, 2012. Since then they have conducted annual summer and winter workshops together on the issues of development. In July, 2012, the 1st Advanced Graduate Workshop in Indian Development was held. This was open to students of advanced Ph.D, Social Science, in any university in India. This workshop explored the critical debates in Indian economic development.
Four more workshops have been held after that. All these workshops were conducted in Bangalore.
Talks by Joseph Stiglitz were conducted in 2012 and 2013, as a part of Azim Premji University's ‘Public Lecture Series'. In 2012, a conversation with George Soros was organised.
Focused workshops and conferences to promote academic and public dialogue is anticipated as a result of deepening the collaboration. Also, the focus is laid on long term research on the issues presciently relevant to the Indian context. Joint development of material for teaching and advocacy in these fields will also be included. This will be used by INET's partner network across the globe.
"Azim Premji University and INET collaboration provides opportunities for students and researchers from across India to collaboratively engage on issues of development with each other and with leading academics and practitioners from all over the world," said Mr. Anurag Behar, Vice Chancellor, Azim Premji University.
"Given the enormous intellectual challenges and opportunities facing India, an important step is to build a new generation of scholars and practitioners that have a critical perspective that can contribute towards rethinking and reshaping the public debate," said Mr. Rob Johnson, President, INET.