Book Launch and Panel Discussion

Past Event

NCAER’s National Data Innovation Center hosted the book release ceremony of “India’s Social and Economic Transformation in the 21st Century,” a collected volume of papers using data from the Indian Human Development Survey, curated by the editors, Pallavi Choudhuri, Sonalde Desai, and Amaresh Dubey, and published by Routledge.

The event commenced with an insightful panel discussion themed “Data for Development: Assessing Human Development in a Rapidly Changing Society,” where the editors and distinguished speakers embarked on a deep exploration of the challenges and opportunities stemming from India’s rapid transformations.

The 21st century has witnessed remarkable global advancements in educational expansion and economic growth. However, alongside these achievements, persistent social inequalities persist, demanding urgent attention. Furthermore, external factors such as the pandemic, global financial issues, and climate change emphasize the necessity to reevaluate social safety nets to ensure resilience in the face of unforeseen challenges.

Chaired by Sonalde Desai of NCAER, the panel comprised esteemed speakers:

– Dean Joliffe, Lead Economist, DECDG, World Bank

– Pronab Sen, India’s First Chief Statistician

– Rukmini Banerji, Chief Executive Officer, Pratham

– Ashwini Deshpande, Professor of Economics, Ashoka University

– A. K. Shiva Kumar, Development Economist

The panel deliberated on identifying priority areas and formulating effective data collection strategies to drive an evidence-driven approach to policymaking. Their discourse provided actionable strategies to navigate the complexities of our evolving society, emphasizing the imperative for evidence-driven policymaking to address persistent social inequalities.

The ceremony culminated with the release of the book by our esteemed Guest of Honour, Shri Suman Bery, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, alongside the panelists and authors.

  • Event Date

    15 March 2024
  • End Date

    15 March 2024
  • Location

    NCAER, T2 Auditorium
  • Event Type

    Book Launch
  • Event Mode