Preparing Model EPC Contract for the Dedicated Freight Corridor
To moderate and balance the complexities of the Planning Commission document on the Engineering and Procurement Contract (EPC). There is a lack of coordination with respect to the areas linked to (1) civil works, (2) electrical/mechanical portion and (3) signalling. The basic purpose of this document is to combine all these areas into a unified model to expedite the work for the dedicated freight corridors in India

Cost of Customised Weather and Marine Services: A study for Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI
The Ministry of Earth Science has been providing weather / climate related forecasts on land and oceans through its constituent units namely the National Centre for Ocean Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF) and the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS). This study aims to estimate the cost incurred in producing user-wise customized forecasts of NCMRWF and INCOIS by carefully analysing the economic values/costs and financial costs of the output. The study will also estimate the direct and indirect value of weather services.

E-Readiness Assessment and e-Governance Ranking of Indian States/ UTs 2011-12
This is the sixth in a series of e-Readiness reports since 2004. These projects are a paradigm shift in the delivery mechanism of various governance services through ICT adoption by government and are a tool to ‘serve the unserved’ and promote inclusiveness. The assessment is now going to be carried out over time, i.e., states will now be able to track their growth over time. The analysis of different e-Governance projects being implemented in Indian states/union territories will continue in the reports as before.

Acquisition of Technological Capabilities through the Clean Development Mechanism: Some Quantitative Explorations
This paper investigates the impact of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) on technological capabilities of implementing firms in India using longitudinal data of 500 CDM and non CDM firms for the period 2001–2012. Technological capacity is a multi-dimensional concept. The present study measures it by three indicators, namely, R&D intensity, profitability, and total factor productivity. The analysis uses difference-in-difference techniques based on longitudinal data. The existing literature on CDM has a limited number of empirical studies that address technological capability building issues deeply. This study is the first of its kind that has mapped the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) data on CDM with the PROWESS database on Indian companies and applied quasi experimental techniques to analyse the impact of CDM on building technological capabilities of the hosting firms. The first draft of the report was presented at the SANDEE research workshop held in Kathmandu in December 2012.

Comprehensive Study of the Cement Sector
The objectives of the study are to assess the contributions of the cement sector to economic growth and nation building and analyze how recent developments in government policies (including tax structure) and the economic environment are affecting the cement market in terms of capacity and demand. The study takes into account consumption trends in the national and international cement markets and assesses the export competitiveness of the cement industry through a cross country analysis and partial equilibrium model. The study makes recommendations to spur cement demand.

Study of the Impact of Parallel Imports of Books, Films/ Music, and Software on the Indian Economy with Special Reference to Students
The Indian Copyright Act (1957) prohibits parallel imports of books, films/music and software. The copyright (Amendment) Bill 2010 seeks to insert the following proviso to section 2 of the IPA (1957): “provided that a copy of a work published in any country outside India with the permission of the author of the work and imported from that country into India shall not be deemed to be an infringing copy”. The study undertook cost-benefit analysis for producers and consumers of these products as a consequence of parallel imports being allowed in India.

Regional Tourism Satellite Accounts for all States of India
The aim of the study is to prepare a set of 10 comprehensive tourism-specific tables/accounts, based on international guidelines. These tables will help in estimating the contribution of tourism to the 35 states and UTs of the Indian economy in terms of GDP and the employment it generates. The indirect contribution, using the input-output model,will also be taken into account.

National Spatial Data Infrastructure and NCAER
In November 2000, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India constituted a task force under the Chairmanship of the Surveyor General of India for evolving a vision for National Spatial Data Infrastructure and for formulating a strategy and an action plan. A vision, strategy and action plan document was consequently prepared and discussed in an International Workshop organized jointly by the Department of Space and Department of Science and Technology and was endorsed by a large number of Ministries and Departments and various other professional organisations.The project aims at making available current and accurate spatial data to contribute to local, state and national development and also to the decision making, economic growth, environmental quality and stability, and social progress.