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Aatmanirbhar Bharat

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Atmanirbhar Bharat is a phrase coined by the government in relation to the India's economic development. It is an umbrella concept for the government's plans for India to play a larger role in the world economy. The current panel shall critically evaluate the efficiency, competitiveness and resilience of the various sectors of the Indian economy achieved under Atmanirbhar Bharat

About the Speakers

Ashwani Mahajan

Dr. Ashwani Mahajan, Professor, Department of Economics PGDAV College is a known name in the field of economics, as author, columnist, speaker and policy interventionist.

He has been instrumental in getting changes in economic policies, by virtue of his in depth study of economic issues faced by the nation. His successful policy interventions include withdrawal of controversial ordinance on land acquisition, getting field trials of GM crops policy revisited, FDI policy of the government especially retail trade, e-commerce etc. He has been guiding the government on the matters of public policy and also the Foreign Trade Policy. As a researcher and activist on WTO and other international trade agreements, he has attended three ministerial conferences of WTO held at Geneva, Bali and Nairobi. He participated in a close door consultative meeting on Free Trade Agreements (FTA), ‘India and FTAs: A Way Forward’, attended by leading international trade experts, economists, top officials and Union Minister of commerce Nirmala Sitharaman. He frequently attends meetings of economists organised by NITI Aayog, a recent one was with Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. He chaired a session in a conclave organised by New India Express media group, which was attended by Former Union Minister Shri Jairam Ramesh and former RBI Governor, Shri Y.B. Reddy. Delivered keynote adress at book launch function of a book authored by Chief of PM. Economic Advisory Council Bibek Debroy, Trail of the Black along with union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and CEO of NITI Aayog Shri Amitabh Kant.

His publications include Datt & Sundharam Indian Economy (12 editions from 61st to 72nd edition, co-author), Datt & Sundharam Bhartiya Arthvyavastha (Hindi) (6 editions from 50th to 55th editions, co-author). These books are widely read pan India by students, teachers, researchers, policy makers & civil services aspirants and are included in the curriculum of almost all universities in India. Other books published by Dr. Mahajan include ECONOMETRICS, AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS, ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS, Encyclopedia Of World economic Crisis Volume 1 & Volume 2 , Teaching of Economics Volume 1 & Volume 2, co-author, SSIs in the Web of Laws.

Ashima Goyal

Ashima Goyal is Advisor at EGROW Foundation. She has provided consultancy to ADB, DEA, GDN, UNDP, RBI, UN ESCAP and WB. She is active in the Indian policy debate; and has served on several government committees, including the Economic Advisory Council Prime Minister and the RBI technical advisory committee for monetary policy, and boards of educational and of financial institutions. She is former Member of RBI's Monetary Policy Committee, an independent director at Edelweiss Financial Services and SBI General Insurance.

She edits a Routledge journal in macroeconomics and finance and contributes a monthly column to the Hindu Business Line. She was a visiting fellow at the Economic Growth Centre, Yale University, USA, and a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at Claremont Graduate University, USA. Her research has received national and international awards. She won two best research awards at GDN meetings at Tokyo (2000) and Rio de Janeiro (2001), was selected as one of the four most powerful women in economics, a thought leader, by Business Today (2008); was the first Professor P.R. Brahmananda Memorial Research Grant Awardee for a study on History of Monetary Policy in India since Independence (2011), which was published by Springer in 2014; received the SKOCH Challenger Award for Economic Policy (2017); Hindu College OSA Distinguished Alumni Award and 20th FLO FICCI GR8 Beti Award for Excellence in Economics (2018).

Ashima Goyal is widely published in institutional and open economy macroeconomics, international finance and governance, with more than a hundred articles in national and international journals. She has also authored and edited a number of books including Macroeconomics and Markets in Developing and Emerging Economies (Routledge: UK. 2017) and A Concise Handbook of the Indian Economy in the 21st Century (OUP: India, 2019).

Shamika Ravi

Dr. Shamika Ravi is Vice President, Economic Policy, at Observer Research Foundation. Her research focuses on economics of development including areas of finance, health, urbanization, gender and welfare. Dr. Ravi is also a Visiting Professor of Economics at leading graduate business schools in India including the BITS School of Management and the Indian School of Business. She was a member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. She is currently the chairperson of taskforce for the government of Madhya Pradesh focused on improving maternal and child health outcomes.

Dr. Ravi publishes regularly in international peer-reviewed academic journals and translates her research for wider audiences through frequent op-eds in English and Hindi newspapers. Her research has been extensively featured and cited by international media outlets, and national and regional newspapers across India. She is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. Dr. Ravi holds a PhD in Economics from New York University, MA in Economics from Delhi School of Economics and BA(H) in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women. She lives in New Delhi with her husband and two sons.

Sachin Chaturvedi

Professor Sachin Chaturvedi is currently Director General at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi-based Think-Tank. He works on issues related to development economics, involving development finance, SDGs and South-South Cooperation, apart from trade, investment and innovation linkages with special focus on WTO. Currently, he is also Vice Chairman, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis; and ex-officio Vice Chairman of Madhya Pradesh State Policy and Planning Commission. He is also Member, Board of Governors, Reserve Bank of India.

Professor Sachin Chaturvedi has been part of several important initiatives of the Government of India and takes keen interest in transforming economic policymaking towards integrated and evidence based approaches. He is one of the foremost commentators on India’s external sector economic engagements and partnerships. He is considered as most dynamic and affable by his peers and has mentored several bright scholars and researchers in the profession.

He has authored/edited more than 22 books, apart from contributing several chapters in the edited volumes and also publishing several research articles in prestigious journals. He is on the Editorial Board of several journals including the South Asian Economic Journal, IDS Bulletin, Sussex, UK among others. His book “The Logic of Sharing – Indian Approach to South-South Cooperation” has been acclaimed internationally as one of the best volumes on international development cooperation.

Professor Sachin Chaturvedi was also the ‘Global Justice Fellow’ at the MacMillan Center for International Affairs at Yale University (2009-2010) and has served as a Visiting Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and was a Developing Country Fellow at the University of Amsterdam (1996), Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla (2003), and Visiting Scholar at the German Development Institute (2007).

Professor Chaturvedi has taken keen interest in building of institutions and in launching of networks. He is credited with the launch of Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST) and Forum for Indian Development Cooperation (FIDC). He has also created “Delhi Process”, a major forum for exchange of ideas on South-South Cooperation.

Nagesh Kumar

Nagesh Kumar is the Director and Chief Executive of the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID). Prior to taking up this role in May 2021, Dr Kumar served as Director at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), holding several senior management roles during 2009-21 including as Chief Economist, Director of Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division and Social Development Division at the UNESCAP headquarters in Bangkok and as Head of the South and South-West Asia Office located in New Delhi, that he also had the privilege of establishing.

Heis also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Global Economic Governance Initiative at the Boston University Global Development Policy Center.

During 2002-2009, Dr Kumar served as the Director-General of the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a policy think tank of the Government of India (Ministry of External Affairs). He has also served as an Economist at UNU/INTECH (now UNU/MERIT) in Maastricht, the Netherlands during 1993-1998. He has served on the boards of the EXIM Bank of India, the International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva; the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Kathmandu, and as a consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Commonwealth Secretariat, Commission on Intellectual Property Rights (CIPR), ILO, UNCTAD, UNDP, UN-DESA and UNIDO. Dr Kumar has researched extensively on different aspects of economic development, resulting in the publication of 18 books and over 120 peer-reviewed papers.

Holding a PhD in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Dr Kumar is recipient of the Exim Bank’s first International Trade Research Award in 1990, and GDN’s Research Medal awarded by the World Bank and the Japanese Government in Tokyo in 2000.