By | April 11, 2014


The 20th Thinkers & Writers Forum was organised on the theme of “Delivering to an Aspirational India” on 22nd June 2014 at New Delhi.

The key content of the Forum was as follows:

  • Balancing Democratic Politics and Free-market Economy
  • Techno-centric Financial Sector – Gearing for the Next-gen Customer
  • Differentiated Banking
  • Financial Inclusion Beyond Mor Committee Report
  • Jumping Out of the Box for Generating Jobs
  • Critical Reforms for Regaining Growth

Given the framework, Skoch Development Foundation called for papers from domain experts, practitioners and academicians for the “20th Thinkers & Writers Forum” at New Delhi that provided an opportunity to the authors to present their academic papers to an elite gathering of delegates.

All the authors whose papers were selected, got a complimentary invitation to attend the Skoch Summit and the Skoch Financial Inclusion & Deepening Awards ceremony. Selected papers from the Summit may also be considered for publication as deemed fit by the organizers.

Presented Papers:
1 Strategies for Making Rainfed Region an Engine of Growth of Indian Agriculture Dr R C Srivastava, Principal Scientist, Directorate of Water Management, Bhubaneswar & Ex-Director Central Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair
2 Assessing the Infrastructure Performance of Indian States Mr Ramakrishna Nallathiga, Associate Professor, National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR), Pune
3 Economic Growth & its Determinants: Will the Reforms Speed Growth in India Mohd Saif Alam, Assistant Professor, Saraswati Institute of Technology & Management, Unnao (UP)
4 Macroeconomic Determinants of the Indian Stock Market Returns Dr Anup Kumar Saha, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Nabadwip Vidyasagar College & Dr Sreelata Biswas, Visiting Faculty, Department of Economics, Chakdah College, West Bengal
5 Financing Elementary Education for Achieving Universal Elementary Education in India: Does it Induce or Reduce Inter-State Disparity? Dr P Geetha Rani, Associate Professor, National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi
6 Innovation for sustainability in Financial Inclusion Application of Technology in Tamilnadu Dr N P Mohapatra, GM, NABARD, Mumbai
7 Critical Reforms for Regaining Growth Mr Ram Narain, DDG (Security), Department of Telecommunication, Government of India, New Delhi
8 MGNREGA: An Antidote towards Poverty Alleviation through Employment Generation Dr Archana Sinha, New Delhi
9 Informality and Growth Mr Manoj Kumar Mishra, Economic Officer, Programme Evaluation Organisation, Planning Commission, Kolkata
10 Reforming the Governance Landscape: Critical for Regaining Growth Mr Tushar Pandey, Senior President & Country Head & Ms Shashwati Ghosh, Vice President, YES BANK Ltd, New Delhi
11 ICT-based Knowledge Management in Agriculture: A Need of the Hour for Realtime Service Delivery and Inclusive Growth Dr Pradip Dey, Bhopal
12 Balancing Democratic Politics and Free Market Economy Mr Rahul Vyas, Assistant Professor , PBS , Pacific University , Udaipur & Ms Nidhi Nalwaya, Assistant Professor , PIM , Pacific University , Udaipur
13 Differentiated Banks and Financial Inclusion Dr R Ramakrishnan, Chief Consultant and Independent Researcher), Classic Consultants, Salem
14 Differentiated Bank: will it Seep Through to the Different? Mr P M Philip, Head of Department-Caritas India & Mr Vinod Pandey, Officer-Advocacy & Project, Caritas India, New Delhi
15 Differentiated Banking & Next Generation Banking: Some Issues and Challenges Dr Sanjay Tiwari, Associate Professor, Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh
16 Potential Role of ICTs in Social Development: Little to Lose; More to Gain Dr Sumanjeet Singh, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
17 Out of the Box Strategies for Generating Jobs through MSMEs Prof R Ramarao, Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Bachupally, Hyderabad
18 Long Term Implications of Differentiated Banking on Indian Economy Dr Bijay Kumar Swain, Professor & Head, National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad
19 Financial Inclusion for Rural Poor in India – An Analysis with Reference to Mor Committee Recommendation Dr S M Dason , Senior Officer , Caritas India, New Delhi
20 Inclusive Growth: Balancing Democratic Politics and Free-Market Economy in India Mr P Nagaraju, Research Scholar, IGNOU, New Delhi
21 Financial Access and Livelihood Security: A Case Study of Karnataka Dr Veerashekharappa, Associate Professor and Head, Center for Economic Studies and Policy, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore
22 Key Reforms for Regaining Growth; Imperatives and Implications Dr T Prabhakara Reddy, Senior Research Officer, RCUES-OU, Hyderabad
23 Differentiated Banking in India: A Long Way to Go Dr Gursharan Singh Kainth, Director, Guru Arjan Dev Institute of Development Studies, Amritsar
24 Road Map for Reform of Tax Administration Mr R K Bajaj​