The Centre for International Trade and Development organized an international conference entitled "Trade, Growth and Development: Two Decades of Reforms in India and After" on April 3-4, 2012 at the Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University. The main objective of the conference was to evaluate whether trade liberalization has helped India to achieve a higher growth rate with equitable income distribution and accomplish social development. The conference brought a rich confluence of ideas from scholars across the world and within India, who having been working on different aspects of refining the policy package in India's growth and development path.
The plenary sessions included: Foundations of Economic Development by Professor Kaushik Basu (C. Marks Professor of International Studies, Cornell University, and Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India), Result of Increased Public School Enrolment by Professor Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee (Ford Foundation International Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Integration with the Global Economy since India's Reforms by Professor T. N. Srinivasan (Samuel C. Park Jr. Professor Emeritus of Economics, Yale University).
Several eminent scholars from different institutions across the country presented their research and deliberated on the core issues of the Indian growth and development experience for the two days. The analyses took a hard look at theoretical issues relating to trade, growth and development, and also at empirics from the Indian experience in order to identify the policy gaps and derive lessons for the future ahead.
The Centre for International Trade and Development organized a two-day conference on "Growth and Development: Future Directions for India" during April 23-24, 2010 at the Committee Room of SIS building, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Since the initiation of 'economic reforms' in 1991, there has been a substantial literature on growth and development, both theoretical and empirical, that forms the knowledge pool on this subject. Given this knowledge pool, the conference aimed at deliberating on an interesting question "has the behavior of the Indian economy since 1991 conformed to what may reasonably be expected on the basis of this knowledge?" The conference was structured in eight sessions of invited papers around the following themes: Macroeconomy, Industry, Social sector, Financial sector, Poverty, Sustainable development, Technology and Trade. Renowned scholars from different institutions participated in the conference as speakers, discussants and chair persons. The conference was attended by large number of participants from the academic community including young research students of JNU. The rich and intellectually stimulating deliberations during the conference helped further understanding the working of the Indian economy and what could be the way forward.