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The Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research , Mumbai is an advanced research institution established by The Reserve Bank of India in 1987 on the occasion of its golden jubilee. The Institute's mission is to carry out research on developmental issues from a multi-disciplinary point of view. It has one of the largest Social science libraries in Asia. The institute has an M.Phil./Ph.D. programme in Development Studies and also an MSc programme in Economics.After its registration as an autonomous society on November 14, 1986 and as a public trust on January 15, 1987, then Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi inaugurated the campus at Goregaon, Mumbai on December 28, 1987. Subsequently, the Institute was recognized as a Deemed University under Section 3 of the UGC Act. Dr Mahendra Dev is the current director of the Institute. At present the Institute has about 150 employees of which 30 are full-time faculty members, 25 are non-academic staff, 50 M.Phil/Ph.D. students and 45 M.Sc students.Starting as a purely research-oriented institution, the Institute quickly developed into a full-fledged teaching cum research organisation when in 1990 it launched a Ph.D. programme in the field of development studies. The objective of the Ph.D. programme is to produce analysts with diverse disciplinary background who can address issues of economics, energy and environmental policy. In 1995, an M. Phil programme was started to help meet the growing need of the country for more Development Economists; this mission to address development issues has been the driving force and motivation behind the growth of the Institute.IGIDR also has a full fledged M.Sc. programme which draws applicants from all over India. This programme offers only 25 seats. Wikipedia.


Mishra S.,Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
Economic and Political Weekly | Year: 2014

The proposed Rangarajan method on measurement of poverty in India borrows elements from three earlier methods - those of Alagh, Lakdawala and Tendulkar. An important departure in the Rangarajan method is to compute the poverty line commodity basket by combining items from two fractile groups to address the relatively higher expenses for some essential non-food items. This, while being statistically plausible, poses a behavioural dilemma, as there will be no fractile group that will satisfy both. As an alternative, we suggest dual poverty lines where the first is computed on the basis of average calorie, protein and fat requirements which are region- and state-specific and the second uses the combined median fractile group after adjusting the distribution with price differentials. © 2014, Economic and Political Weekly. All rights reserved. Source


Reddy B.S.,Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews | Year: 2015

Abstract Affordable and accessible modern energy services are a pre-requisite for development - economic, environmental or social - and are crucial to reduce poverty and sustain growth. Hence, there is a need to promote the uptake of modern energy. The present study investigates the issue of accessibility of modern energy services in relation to three indicators - availability, affordability and reliability - and suggest practical ways of evaluating them, and identifies various strategies to provide them to the needy households in a cost-effective manner. Promoting the development of small rural enterprises is a key contributor to achieve this goal and a central aspect in this promotion is the large-scale diffusion of Sustainable Energy Technologies, which provide affordable and reliable services. The suggested framework helps the policymakers to identify technologies that are better than others under the present conditions. Implementing and scaling up the energy demand requires collaboration among various actors like households, local bodies, energy utilities, governments, entrepreneurs, research organisations, non-governmental organisations, community groups, financial institutions, and international agencies. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source


Narayanan S.,Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
Economic and Political Weekly | Year: 2014

This article analyses the implications of the National Food Security Act for India's commitments under the WTO Agreement on Agriculture in the context of widespread concern that they might be mutually incompatible. An analysis of support to rice and wheat for the period 1995-2012 suggests that it is possible to leverage existing provisions in the Agreement to accommodate the current levels of operation. While India should negotiate to retain the fl exibility afforded in the Agreement and argue on specifi c provisions, it might not be necessary to seek special protection to enable the Act. Source


Singh A.,Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
Population Research and Policy Review | Year: 2011

Basic services which are essential for the overall development of a child should not depend on circumstances such as caste, religion, gender, place of birth, or other parental characteristics, which are beyond his/her control. This paper uses two rounds of Indian National Family Health Surveys and concepts of Inequality of Opportunity and Human Opportunity Indices to measure inequality arising out of unequal coverage of full immunization and minimum nutrition for Indian children. The results suggest overall high level of inequality of opportunity with substantial geographical variations. Changes in inequality of opportunity in the two services during 1992-1993 to 2005-2006 were mixed with some geographical regions outperforming others. The findings also call for substantial policy revisions if the goal of universal full immunization and minimum nutrition has to be achieved. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. Source


Pujar S.M.,Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
Annals of Library and Information Studies | Year: 2014

Open access spurred by the Internet has brought in new vistas for dissemination of scholarly content in almost all the disciplines. It has enabled agencies, publishers and individuals to distribute scholarly content online, free from licensing restrictions and cost. Like other fields, the growth of open access has also benefited the field of library and information science (LIS). In this paper an attempt has been made to assess the current status of open access journals in LIS covered in Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) based on various parameters. © 2014, National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR). All rights reserved. Source

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