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25 Glorious Years (1991-2016) – A Journey To Remember

As the Asian Development Research Institute ADRI) steps into the 26th year of its existence, it’s a great, emotional moment for its members. This 25 year journey, which has been quite a challenging and encouraging one, just would not have been possible without the support and the warmth of the organisation’s well-wishers, infused into its functioning day after day. All through our journey so far, we have been playing an important role not only in conducting social science research, but in simultaneously influencing the policy formation through wide interactions with development functionaries and preparation of critical advocacy materials. The Institute now plans to celebrate its Silver Jubilee in the grandest manner possible during 2016-17, again with the support and good wishes of its friends and well wishers.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES
Development and Growth: Experience and Theories
The agenda of development and efforts of various scholars, both economists and others, to theorize it do not have a long history. Midway through the twentieth century, when the Second World War had ended, paving the emergence of a new international political order, the idea of development was probably first initiated. The international response was wide, informed by both concern and hope, and one such response was the first Report on the World Social Situation,
Social Statistics in India
India is fortunate to have a statistical system that has a long history. 'Statistical Abstract of British India' was published as early as 1862 and the first population census conducted in 1881. Several initiatives were taken thereafter, and when India became independent in 1947 it had a statistical system that was much more informative than those in other developing countries. Later, to strengthen state planning (the core of India's the then-development strategy), the
Bihar and Jharkhand: Shared History to Shared Vision
Bihar and Jharkhand, right from ancient times, have attracted scholars attention for various reasons. The region that presently encompasses these two states holds histories that shape them even today. The region is remembered for its numerous achievements in ancient period, like the establishment of the first democracy of the world in Lichhavi, or the place where Buddhism first emerged, or the great centre of learning in Nalanda.
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Ashis Nandy
Ashis Nandy
Ashis Nandy

Ashis Nandy Ashis Nandy has worked for more than thirty-five years on two diametrically opposite domains of social existence — human potentialities and human destructiveness. It is the oscillation between these two domains that defines his work. Even in his ongoing study of genocides in South Asia, the emphasis is on the resistance offered by ordinary people to organised machine violence and ethno-nationalism. This has brought him close to social movements and non-state political actors grappling with issues of peace, human rights, inter-civilizational dialogue, environment, and cultural survival. Nandy has been trying hard during the last so many decades to de-professionalize himself and to allow his work to be contaminated by the categories, worldviews and forms of social criticism that could be built upon vernacular
subjectivities. Nandy is a Honorary Senior Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, and Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies,  Melbourne. In 2007, he received the Grand Prize of the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes and, in 2008, he was chosen as one of the top 100 intellectuals of the world by the magazine Foreign Policy and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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Peter Robb
Peter Robb
Peter Robb

Peter Robb Peter Robb is Professor Emeritus and formerly Professor of the History of India, Chair of the Centre of South Asian Studies, Head of the Department of History and Pro-Director at  SOAS (University of London). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow, Council-member and former president of the  Royal Asiatic Society. He is currently working on the late 19th-century, a book tentatively called The British and Bihar: Development in a  Colonial Society. His 10 edited or co-edited volumes cover Indo-British relations,  institutions, rural South Asia, local agrarian societies, protest and identity, ideologies, race, Dalit movements and labour, agriculture and development. Of his nine monographs, three are about early Calcutta and four wholly or partly on the 19th – and 20th-century Bihar.

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Ashutosh Varshney
Ashutosh Varshney
Ashutosh Varshney

Ashutosh Varshney Ashutosh Varshney is Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences at Brown University, where he also directs the Brown-India Initiative. Previously, he taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His  books include Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life: Hindus and Muslims in India; Democracy, Development and the Countryside; Urban-Rural Struggles in  India; India in the Era of Economic Reforms; Midnight’s Diaspora; Collective Violence in Indonesia; and Battles Half Won: India’s Improbable Democracy. His academic articles have appeared in the leading journals of political science and development. His honours include the Guggenheim, Carnegie, Luebbert and Lerner awards. He is a contributing editor for The Indian Express and his guest columns have appeared in many other newspapers, including the Financial Times. He served on the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Task Force on Millennium Development Goals and has also served as advisor to the World Bank and United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

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Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta Pratap Bhanu Mehta, president and chief executive of the Centre for Policy Research, is a political scientist who has taught at Harvard University, JNU and the New York University School of Law. His areas of research include political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy and international affairs. He has served on many central government committees, including India’s National Security Advisory Board, the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission and a Supreme Court-appointed committee on elections in Indian universities. Mehta is a prolific writer and an editorial consultant to The Indian Express and his columns have appeared in a number of reputed dailies. He is also on the editorial boards of many academic journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Democracy and India and Global Affairs. Mehta holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford and a PhD in politics from Princeton.

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  • ADRI SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS 2016-17: March 24 to 28, 2017 Inaugral Session

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    Schedule : Development and Growth: Experience and Theories

    Day-1: March 26, 2016 (Saturday)

    Silver Jubilee Lecture

    Day-2: March 27, 2016 (Sunday)

    Inaugural Session

    Working Session 1: Development Experience in India

    Working Session 2: Development Experience worldwide

    Distinguished Lecture-I

    Day-3: March 28, 2016 (Monday)

    Working Session 3: Theories of Development – I

    Working Session 4: Theories of Development – II

    Working Session 5: Development Theories beyond Economics

    Distinguished Lecture-II

    Day-4: March 29, 2016 (Tuesday)

    Working Session 6: Gender and Development

    Working Session 7: International Institutions and Development

    Working Session 8: Role of State, Market and Civil Society in Development

    Distinguished Lecture-III

    Day-5: March 30, 2016 (Wednesday)

    Distinguished Lecture-IV

    Valedictory Session

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    Schedule : Social Statistics in India

    Day-1: June 24, 2016 (Friday)

    Silver Jubilee Lecture

    Day-2: June 25, 2016 (Saturday)

    Inaugural Session

    Working Session 1: Conceptual Base of Social Statistics

    Working Session 2: Institutional Base of Statistical System in India – I

    Distinguished Lecture-I

    Day-3: June 26, 2016 (Sunday)

    Working Session 3: Institutional Base of Statistical System in India – II

    Working Session 4: Issues in Professional Competence

    Working Session 5: New Benchmarking in Social Statistics in India

    Distinguished Lecture-II

    Day-4: June 27, 2016 (Monday)

    Distinguished Lecture-III

    Valedictory Session

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    Schedule : Bihar and Jharkhand: Shared History to Shared Vision

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    Day-1: March 24, 2017 (Friday)

    Silver Jubilee Lecture

    Day-2: March 25, 2017 (Saturday)

    Inaugural Session

    Working Session 1: Development Challenges in Two States

    Working Session 2: Travails in Colonial Times

    Distinguished Lecture-I

    Day-3: March 26, 2017 (Sunday)

    Working Session 3: Political Processes in Bihar and Jharkhand

    Working Session 4: Tryst with Indian Federalism

    Working Session 5: Identity of Bihar: United or Fragmented

    Distinguished Lecture-II

    Day-4: March 27, 2017 (Monday)

    Working Session 6: Jharkhand on the Cusp of Socio-political Change

    Working Session 7: Jharkhand: Re-defining Challenges and Seeking Solutions

    Distinguished Lecture-III

    Valedictory Session

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