JSGP-NASPAA organise conference on “Governance in an Era of Inequality: Training the Next Generation of Policy Practitioners in South Asia”
The Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP) and Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) based in Washington D.C. jointly organised a conference on the theme “Governance in an Era of Inequality: Training the Next Generation of Policy Practitioners in South Asia” at JGU on 25th and 26th February, 2019. The conference had a total of nine sessions based on different sub-themes. The participants included scholars, and practitioners in the field of public policy and public administration from different states in India as well as from the USA, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta, a leading Indian academician and public intellectual delivered the keynote address and Shri. Jairam Ramesh, an Indian economist and politician delivered the valedictory address of the conference.
Mr. Mehta in his keynote address said that when we think of public policy schools, we have to ensure that public policy thinking is related back to thinking about systemic and structural issues in society and not just piecemeal interventions which are fine in their place, but they will not resolve any particular crisis. This moment of crisis is a moment of opportunity. The next day or two in this forum should return us back to questions of what would it mean to do public policy which is democratically engaged, focused on systemic transformations and can also be intellectually exciting and live up to the intellectual integrity that one expects of serious public policy education.