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Page head pointer Golden Jubilee Celebrations
The National Council of Applied Economic Research is celebrating its Golden Jubilee over the course of 2006-07 (April 1, 2006 – March 31, 2007).
NCAER celebrated Golden Jubilee on Sunday December 17, 2006 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, delivered the keynote address. The Prime Minister also released India Rural Infrastructure Report, a NCAER publication, on the occasion. The highlight of the celebration was an International Conference on, Applied Economic Research in Independent India : Lessons for the Future
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has stressed the need for revitalisation of the rural economy, improved delivery of essential public services and management of our urban areas. Spelling out challenges that will engage the country over the next decade, he underscored the need to prepare our financial system for greater inclusion and increased global integration and to establish a regulatory culture to facilitate cost-effective private investment in infrastructure.
Delivering the keynote address at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the National Council of Applied Economic Research here today, Dr. Singh observed that on each of these, the Government has taken several steps, but there is a need to do more.
The Prime Minister pointed out that agricultural activity needs to be redirected to higher-value activities so that small-holders can earn a decent income. “Improved rural connectivity and economic and social infrastructure will be critical in this effort as will removal of barriers to domestic trade”, Dr. Singh said.
The Prime Minister released a copy of India’s Rural Infrastructure Report on the occasion. Dr. Bimal Jalan, Dr. Suman Bery, Dr. M.S. Verma, members of Governing body of NCAER and eminent economists participated in the function.
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  The Celebrations
NCAER’s celebrations were launched at a special function on March 30, 2006 when NCAER’s Golden Jubilee logo was unveiled. A Board committee, chaired by the President, has guided the design of activities spread over the year to commemorate the Golden Jubilee.
NCAER : Golden Jubilee
In addition to NCAER’s full calendar of research and public affairs, two flagship activities are under preparation. The Governing Body has requested three of its members, Suman Bery, Surjit Bhalla and Rakesh Mohan to be editors of a special volume entitled “Applied Economic Research in Independent India: Essays in honour of the NCAER.” Work on this commemorative volume is under way. The Hon’ble Prime Minister has agreed to participate at a special ceremony to commemorate the year.
In addition to these two special activities, NCAER will continue to maintain its active calendar of activities and publications. A selection of these is given below :
Sir John Crawford Lecture : A periodic lecture delivered by an eminent Australian, jointly sponsored by the Australia-India Council, NCAER and the Australian High Commission in Delhi. This year’s lecture was delivered by Prof. Alan Fels.
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India Policy Forum : NCAER’s joint venture with the Brookings Institution. The third workshop in the series was held on 31st July and 1st August 2006. (by invitation)
Eighth Annual NBER-NCAER Neemrana Conference (by invitation)
The year was also marked by the activities related with several major projects :
India’s Telecommunication Industry: History Analysis, Diagnosis by Dr. Ashok Desai
Centre for Infrastructure and Regulation
EU- India Economic Cross-Cultural Programme
Public-Private Partnership Workshop held on 10-11 April 2006, organised by NCAER in collaboration with ECCP
Release of NACO-UNDP-NCAER Study on “Socio Economic Impact of HIV and AIDS in India” on 20th July 2006
The New MISH
The year will also be marked up by progress covering two major panel data sets, both in collaboration with overseas institutions. These include the data on maternal and child health which follows up on the human development data collected by NCAER and a further round of data collected under long standing ARIS-REDS programme, supported by Harvard University.
  The Council History
The Council was formally inaugurated by the then President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad on December 18, 1956. The Council’s original Governing Body included leading figures from both the public and private sectors :
Dr. John Matthai
  Chairman, State Bank of India Ltd.
Shri. C.D. Deshmukh
  Minister Finance, Government of India
  New Delhi
Shri T. T. Krishnamachari
  Minister of C & I., Government of India
  New Delhi
Shri. V. T. Krishnamachari
  Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission
  New Delhi
Shri. Asoka Mehta
  Member of Parliament
  84- D, South Avenue, New Delhi
Shri. J. R. D. Tata
  Bombay House, Bruce Street, Fort, Bombay
Mr. J.F. Sinclair
  General Manager, Burmah Shell
Dr. Douglas Ensminger
  Representative in India, The Ford Foundation
  32, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi
Dr. Eugene Staley
  Consultant on Industrial Development, The Ford Foundation
  32, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi
Dr. P.S. Lokanathan
  Executive Secretary, ECAFE
The first Director-General, P.S. Lokanathan came to the position after serving as the first Secretary-General of the newly formed Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE; now Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP).
Presidents of Governing Body
Directors General
Current members of Governing Body
The Council was designed to be a source of specialized and independent quantitative analysis to assist both the public and private sectors. Its creation formed part of a larger effort to enhance institutional capacity for economic analysis in India. Substantial initial grant support was provided by the Ford Foundation. The Council was expected to support itself largely through fee income, and this has remained the case throughout.
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