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2nd ICRIER-KAS webinar on “Tackling Covid-19 – Lessons for / from India”



Welcome remarks
Dr Alok Sheel
RBI Chair Professor, Indian Council for Research on International
Economic Relations (ICRIER)

Introductory remarks
Mr Peter Rimmele
Resident Representative to India, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)

Session chair
Dr Ali Mehdi
Senior Visiting Fellow and Lead, Health Policy Initiative, ICRIER

Distinguished speakers
Dr Sakthivel Selvaraj
Director and Professor of Research, Public Health Foundation of
India (PHFI), India

Dr Peter Taylor
Director of Research, Institute of Development Studies (IDS),
University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Prof Dr Juliane Fluck
NFDI4Health – Task Force COVID-19, ZB MED Information Centre
for Life Sciences, University of Bonn, Germany


Dr George F Gao (TBC)
Professor, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
(CCDC), China

Dr Rajib Shaw
Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio
University, Japan

Dr Praveen Kumar Pathak
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Jamia Millia
Islamia, India

Questions and answers

Economic Resilience in a Changing Climate: Tales of Adaptation from Four Indian Cities

Magnolia, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Friday, January 4, 2019


Climate change has emerged as a defining issue of our time. Cities, with their dense urban and economic agglomerations and concentrations of human life are especially vulnerable to the pressures of a changing climate. The devastating effects of many recent extreme events from intensive precipitation, to coastal flooding to rising temperatures have vividly underlined these risks. Learning lessons from experiences on the ground, and from history, about possible paths toward more economic and climate resilient cities has never been more urgent.


The Seminar marks the culmination of our Rockefeller (ACCCRN) funded project the economic competitiveness of cities in an era of climate change. This project focused on two pressing challenges of the 21st century city: coping with the growing pace of urbanization in countries like India, and the need for existing and emergent cities to adapt to the risks of climate change. Through case studies of four cities, the project traced the complex overlaps between a city’s development and adaptation goals. It explored how everyday development decisions, if made in more climate aware and innovative ways, can foster both climate resilience and inclusive urban economic growth. This seminar is aimed at disseminating our findings and initiating discussions to help inform policy design in this arena.


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      09.30 am Registration


      10.00 am Welcome Remarks : Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, ICRIER



      10.10 am Presentation of the summary report by Dr. Meenu Tewari
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      10.45 am Presentation of selected studies from the project:
          -Climate-Proofing a Water System: How Surat Learned and Adapted – Dr. Indro Ray
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          -Climate Adaptation in Manufacturing firms: lessons from Surat – Dr. Saon Ray
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          -Burden of Disease and Climate Interactions – Dr. Amrita Goldar
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          -Role of Waterways in Promoting Urban Resilience of Kochi – Mr. Sandeep Paul
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          -Solid Waste Management in India – Mr. Utkarsh Patel
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      11.35 am Tea/Coffee Break


      11:45 am Panel Discussion: Climate Adaptation in India: Insights for Public Action


      Panelists :

          Mr. Gopalakrishna Bhat, Chairperson, Taru Leading Edge

          Dr. Usha P. Raghupathi, Professor (Retd.) National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)

          Dr. Amit Prothi, Head, India National Strategy at 100ResilientCities


      Moderated by Dr. Meenu Tewari



      12.35 pm Q and A Session


      12.55 pm Vote of Thanks


      01.00 pm Lunch


      [Seminar Videos]

Vacancy: Principal Private Secretary/Executive Secretary

Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

A female Principal Private Secretary/Executive Secretary to Chairperson, ICRIER required: Candidate should have excellent communication & interpersonal skills, fluency in English, handling correspondence independently, ability to prioritize tasks and generate schedules, proficiency in MS-Office, and excellent office coordination skills. Interested candidates those who have minimum 5 years work experience may e-mail CVs with current & expected CTC within 7 days at

Vacancy: Research Fellow (Urbanisation)

The Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) is inviting applications for a full-time Research Fellow for its Urbanization team.


Based in New Delhi, India, ICRIER is one of India’s leading think tanks and is ranked number one in the country by the University of Pennsylvania’s Go To Think Tank Index for its impact on public policy in India. Established in 1981, it offers a dynamic, open and nonhierarchical working environment and aims to enhance the knowledge content for policymaking for India’s effective engagement with the global economy.


ICRIER’s research is organized under 8 thrust areas, one of which is the challenges and opportunities of urbanization. We are looking for a qualified candidate, who is passionate about urbanization and its various challenges and wants to be part of an energetic team. Experienced researchers who work on issues including but not limited to urban growth, infrastructure development and land issues are also welcome to apply.


The ideal candidate will combine technical and academic knowledge to help craft public policies and have a sound understanding of contemporary urban issues. Candidates with a PhD or soon to be completed PhD degree from either a leading Indian or foreign University in urban planning, urban economics or a related discipline along with a record of peer-reviewed publications are welcome to apply by sending their detailed CV and a one page cover letter highlighting their suitability to the Director, ICRIER at The position will remain open until it is filled. For a detailed description of ICRIERs research and related activities, please visit our website

Just Released – India’s Phytonutrient Report

Just Released – India’s Phytonutrient Report: A Snapshot of Fruits and Vegetables Consumption, Availability and Implications for Phytonutrient Intake


February 4, 2016


A report on “India’s Phytonutrient Report: A Snapshot of Fruits and Vegetables Consumption, Availability and Implications for Phytonutrient Intake”, authored by Arpita Mukherjee, Souvik Dutta and Tanu M. Goyal was launched on February 4, 2016 in New Delhi. The report was published by the Academic Foundation. ICRIER and Academic Foundation jointly organised the report release.


The report was jointly released by Dr. S. K. Malhotra, Agriculture and Horticulture Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Government of India, and Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, ICRIER, followed by a presentation of the key findings and a panel discussion. The panel discussion was chaired by Dr. P. K. Joshi, Director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and included Capt. Pawanexh Kohli, Chief Advisor, National Centre for Cold-Chain Development, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Government of India; Ishi Khosla, Clinical Nutritionist, The Weight Monitor; Mr. Bejon Misra, Founder Head, Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) India; Mr. Pravesh Sharma, Former Managing Director, Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium; Mr. Vinay Kumar, Vice President – Technical & Regulatory, Amway India Enterprise, Dr. Souvik Dutta, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore as panelists. The event was attended by representatives from government, industry, media, think tanks and academia.


This report takes up from a pioneering study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on diet, nutrition and prevention of chronic diseases that has recommended that a daily intake of at least 400 grams of fruits and vegetables helps prevent diet- related chronic diseases and micronutrient deficiencies. It is scientifically established that fruits and vegetables are essential sources of phytonutrients, which promote a range of health benefits. India is one the largest producers of fruits and vegetables in the world. It is also one of the largest consumer markets, with food and grocery having the largest share in the consumption basket. However, a number of studies show that Indian consumers do not consume the WHO recommended quantity of fruits and vegetables. This report, based on secondary information analysis and a survey of 1,001 consumers across different states in India, tries to understand the production and availability of fruits and vegetables, consumption patterns, extent of shortfall in consumption, reasons for shortfall, implications of such shortfall for consumer health and well-being, among others. It also highlights policy issues related to food safety and standards, use of pesticides, organic products, food supply chain, foreign investment in retail, food pricing, and food supplements and nutraceuticals, among others. In India, the policy focus has been on malnutrition among poor. While this should continue to be the focus, a developing country with abundant of young and educated workforce in middle to high income groups also should focus on the health of its youth.

The uniqueness of the report is that on the one hand, it will enable the businesses to understand the production and supply chain of fruits and vegetables and the policy environment; on the other hand, they will have a complete knowledge about Indian consumers.


The link to the brochure of the report and executive summary is given below.


Strategic Studies Programme


Policy Reports

Chapters in Books

  • China’s New Model of Major Country Relations – An Indian View”, by Ambassador Hemant Krishan Singh and Ambassador Neelam D. Sabharwal, CSCAP Regional Security Outlook, 2016
  • India’s ‘act east’ imperative“, by Hemant Krishan Singh, Seminar magazine, June 2015
  • “Managing Strategic Change in the Indo-Pacific,” by Hemant Krishan Singh, in Vijay Sakhuja and Raghavendra Mishra (Edt), Evolving Dynamics of the Indian Ocean, (New Delhi: Shipra Publication, 2015)
  • “An Indian Vantage Point,” Hemant Krishan Singh, in Pradeep Kaushiva and Abhijit Singh (Edt), Geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific, (New Delhi: Knowledge World, 2014)
  • Japan’s Existential Challenge”, by Hemant Krishan Singh, in Japanese magazine “Gaiko” (Diplomacy),  Vol.18, March 2013

Policy Briefs

Op-Ed  Articles

  • Interactive discussion on “The state of the US Rebalance to Asia” with Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair and Director of the International Security Program, CSIS, Washington D.C, at ICRIER, September 11, 2015
  • Policy discussion on “Asian Security and the Modi Government” with Mr. Masayoshi Arai, Director, Policy Planning Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Government of Japan, at ICRIER, December 22, 2014
  • Interactive discussion on “US-India Economic Ties: The Next Ten Years”, with Richard M. Rossow, Senior Fellow, CSIS, Washington D.C., at ICRIER, December 12, 2014
  • “India-Japan Relations: Scaling New Heights”, interactive session on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan, with H.E. Mr. Takeshi Yagi, Ambassador of Japan, at ICRIER, September 15, 2014
  • Seminar on “India-US Business to Business Relations: Addressing Constraints to FDI Inflows into India”, organized by ICRIER in conjunction with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), New Delhi, 26 August 2014
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