ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Talking of Economic Development and Policy- A Seminar in New Delhi

 Talking of Economic Development and Policy A Seminar in New Delhi Peripheralist SEMINARS held at Delhi by the many well-funded institutions there is a favourite occasion when those who work in the periphery can visit the Capital and meet with those working there, especially the academics, civil servants and politicians who have their base in New Delhi. The Rajaji International Institute of Public Affairs and Administration recently provided such an occasion by holding a two-and-a-half- day seminar on Economic Development and Policy in India. The Rajaji Institute primarily attempts to bring together Members of Parliament and professional experts so as to make possible exchange of ideas and experiences, perhaps also indirectly helping a process of mutual education. While the intention is excellent, it does not get very much fulfilled. Members of Parliament have usually so many distractions both in Delhi and outside that, even on a week-end, they are usually not available for sustained attendance at such academic discussions. The experience at this Seminar was not very different. Out of some fifteen Members of Parliament included in the list of participants, presumably with their consent, not more than halt attended. Some other senior persons slated to attend either came in only for a short while, while others did not turn up at all; only a few were present throughout. Out of the six academics listed, four turned up.

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