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On May 28-29, 2015, SCID hosted a conference on Indian economic growth entitled “Re-igniting India’s Growth: Perspectives from Business, Engineering Medicine and Economics”. The conference was co-sponsored with Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, the Engineering School, the Medical School, and the Office of the Dean of Research.

The conference was the first to bring together researchers from multiple schools across the University to discuss India’s economic growth. The multi-disciplinary perspective was in keeping with many of the Government of India’s recent policies that attempt to leverage technology to ensure productivity gains in critical sectors, including business, agriculture and the social sectors.

The conference drew on the extensive expertise inside the University on the Indian economy, and combined this with the acumen and experience of leading researchers, policy makers, members of the business community and other professionals, both from India and from the US. It featured four panel sessions in which perspectives from economics, business, engineering and medical sectors were debated, and discussions focused on how best to combine these to ensure sustained high growth in the Indian economy.

Each session featured a distinguished panel of speakers, and was followed by a lengthy floor discussion. Nandan Nilekani, the Indian entrepreneur and politician, spoke on Thursday, May 28th. President John Hennessy addressed the conference on Friday, May 29th. Also featured on that day were Mr. Montek Ahluwalia, former Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission, and Mr. K. Ram Shriram, Managing Partner, Sherpalo Ventures.

 

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