This exploratory research workshop was built around the question of whether the gap between India and its East Asian neighbours would be smaller or larger by 2025. It focused on what India must do to o close the gap, and how the expectations of the role of India in this Asian Century can be fulfilled. A key question motivating the workshop was how India will find the jobs for the large number of young people entering the labour force over the next 20 years.
The distinguised speakers at the workshop included Shekhar Shah, Rajesh Chadha, Premila Nazareth, Shashanka Bhide, Anil Sharma, NCAER, Arvind Panagariya,Columbia, Wing Thye Woo, University of California, Davis, Ajay Shankar, Nation Manufacturing Competitiveness Council,Wendy Dobson, University of Toronto, Manish Sabharwal, TeamLease, Peter Drysdale, ANU, Sisira Jayasuriya, Monash, Alan Deardorff, Michigan, Rupa Chanda,IIM, Bangalore, Kaliappa Kalirajan, ANU, Rajesh Chakrabarti, ISB, Pramod Kumar,ISEC, and other invited guests.
Shri B J Panda, MP, Lok Sabha delivered a special address on the occassion of this workshop.