Centre of Excellence in Public Policy and Government has made significant strides in its goal to build academic collaborations and undertake research in national and international contexts.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Bangkok, in its second Steering Committee meeting held in August 2018 has accepted the proposal to lunch an Asia-Pacific Academia Network and IIM Kashipur will lead the project. Under the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway initiative, our faculty Prof Baharul Islam has led the India-Bangladesh study on Co-deployment of Optical Fibre Highways and Railways which has been accepted by the United Nations. This major work has put our Public Policy Centre among the few regional policy research hubs. In tandem with this initiative, our faculty Prof Baharul Islam was invited to the United Nations Headquarters in New York with special consultative status at the fifty-seventh session of the Commission for Social Development in February 2019 to deliberate on “Addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies”.
This year IIM Kashipur has been accepted as an Indian Member of the prestigious Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. The institute, in the very first year has received the Shastri Institutional Collaborative Research Grant to undertake a joint policy research with Ted Rogers School of Business Management, Ryerson University, Canada. Our faculty Prof Baharul Islam will work with his counterpart in Canada Prof Rupa Banerjee to study Gender Diversity in Academia and Industry in both the countries.
On the domestic front, Public Policy Centre continues to undertake research studies for various ministries and institutions of the Government of India. The Ministry of Law & Justice has sanctioned another major action research project on Continuing Legal Education for Advocates after the successful completion of a former project entitled, “Performance Indicators for Subordinate Courts and Suggestive Policy / Procedural Changes for Reducing Civil Case Pendency (2015-17). The National Commission for Women assigned us the task of convening an Academia-Industry dialogue to address the gender diversity in campus placements. The National Seminar was successfully held on 18th March, 2019 in the campus where delegates from various parts of the country came together to discuss various aspects of gender stereotypes from an academia-industry perspective on the career preferences and suggested ways to decrease such gender stereotypes. Preceding the seminar a Research Methodology Workshop was held at IIM Kashipur on 17th March, 2019 dealing specifically with the Gender Diversity in Boardrooms and Business Schools: Issues in Academia and Industry from India and Canada.
True to its founding principles, IIM Kashipur has started partnering with the government of our host state of Uttarakhand and our Public Policy Centre and the Uttarakhand Academy of Administration has agreed to collaborate in specialized administrative projects that will not only synergize our mutual strengths but also put IIM Kashipur’s knowledge resources in the greater service of the state of Uttarakhand.