After 15 years as Chairperson of the Board of Governors of ICRIER, Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia stepped down from her position due to declining health. She was elected Chairperson at the Annual General Meeting held on August 8, 2005, and her resignation accepted, in a special meeting of the Board of Governors held, by coincidence, on August 8, 2020. She is succeeded by Mr. Pramod Bhasin, currently Vice Chair of the Board of Governors. Isher, as she is affectionately known to friends and colleagues, will continue as Chairperson Emeritus, a position specially created to honour her exceptional contributions to ICRIER. As news of Isher's resignation spread, good wishes poured in from all over the world. We thank you jointly and severally for your thoughtfulness and also for the expression of your support for the new Chair, Pramod Bhasin.

The August 2020 issue of the Newsletter provides a quick recap of ICRIER’s research and policy engagements during the month of July 2020 under different thrust areas. We hope you take a few moments to glance through these updates and engage more exhaustively with anything that interests you. We are constantly working on upgrading our Newsletter design for the ease of readability. We look forward to your comments and suggestions on this latest format.



What Can the Centre Learn From How States Are Managing Their Own Crop Insurance Schemes?
Siraj Hussain | The WIRE | July 31, 2020

Why Have Some States Lost Interest in the Centre's Flagship Crop Insurance Scheme?
Siraj Hussain | The WIRE | July 22, 2020

In agri-inputs, govt should free private sector from unnecessary controls and regulation
Ashok Gulati | The Indian Express | July 20, 2020

Unshackle Private Sector for Atmanirbhar Agriculture
Ashok Gulati | The Financial Express | July 20, 2020

How India Can Leverage Surplus Food Grain to Expand PDS Without Sacrificing Fiscal Prudence
Siraj Hussain and JugalMohapatra | The Wire | June 13, 2020

Explained Ideas: What AatmaNirbhar Bharat Slogan Means for Indian agriculture
Ashok Gulati | The Indian Express | July 6, 2020

Show Agri-reforms for AatmaNirbhar Bharat
Ashok Gulati | The Financial Express | July 6, 2020

This Van Mahotsav, India Should Stop Missing the Trees For the Woods
Siraj Hussain & JugalMohapatra | The WIRE | July 6, 2020


Webinar on Managing Energy Transitions in developing countries
Participants: Fahad Alturki, Rajat Kathuria, Noura Mansouri, Saon Ray, Hossa Almutairi, Amrita Goldar, Arunabha Ghosh, Ulka Kelkar

Dissemination Webinar on Linking Tourism, Local Environment, Linking Tourism, Local Environment and Waste Generation in Indian Himalayan States Using CGE Model: Case-Study of Uttarakhand
Participants: S. P. Subudhi, Rajat Kathuria, Amrita Goldar, Mangesh Ghildiyal,, Poonam Munjal, Rohit Maskara, Himanshu Patwal

Published Works:

Skill Development in the Agriculture and Allied Sectors in Assam
Authors: Arpita Mukherjee and Alay Bara
COVID-19 and the State of India’s Labour Market
Author: Radhicka Kapoor


The Unequal Effects of the Covid-19 Crisis on the Labour Market
Radhicka Kapoor | The India Forum | July 27, 2020

Published Works:

Report | Implications of AI on Indian Economy
Authors: Rajat Kathuria, Mansi Kedia and Sashank Kapilavai


Release of the Report Implications of AI on the Indian Economy
Panel: Amitabh Kant, Pramod Bhasin, Rajat Kathuria, Manish Gupta, Debjani Ghosh, Sanjay Gupta

ICANN68 Readout


Increase in AI Intensity by 1 Unit Can Lead to 2.5 pc Increase in GDP: ICRIER
Financial Express | July 27, 2020

Published Works:

Working Paper | India's insurance sector: challenges and opportunities
Authors: Saon Ray, Vasundhara Thakur and Kuntala Bandyopadhyay


Expert Speak |Nourishing the Northeast Indian Regional Economy Bottom Up: Gaps and Opportunities
Arpita Mukherjee | Asian Confluence Programs | July 8, 2020

China's India Strategy
Arpita Mukherjee | Asian Confluence Programs | July 8, 2020

Decoupling with China Carries a Price Tag
Rajat Kathuria | Mint Capital Calculus | July 3, 2020
Isher Judge Ahluwalia resigns as ICRIER chairperson after 15-year stint
Business Standard | August 10, 2020

Covid-19: Beginning of the End?
Alok Sheel | Business Standard | July 27, 2020

Life of a Person (Episode 03: Rajat Kathuria) by ECONOX
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