XIII International Conference on Public Policy and Management, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi – August 23-25, 2018

The three-day XIII Conference on Public Policy and Management themed around ‘Inclusion & Exclusion: Policy & Practice’, hosted by the Centre for Public Policy at IIM Bangalore, concluded on August 25 (Saturday) at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.

Dr. Amita Baviskar, Professor, Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi, while delivering the keynote address on ‘Consumer Citizenship and Social Inclusion’, discussed how alternate world visions have been shrinking in the past decade, which in turn has diminished collective imagination.

The valedictory talk on ‘Emerging Skill Development & Regulatory Ecosystem – A Public Policy Perspective’ was delivered by Dr. K P Krishnan, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India.

The conference had multiple sessions on a variety of issues, viz, Universal Healthcare, Maritime Policy, Gender, Innovations for Sustainable Development, Higher Education Policy, Role of Technology in Energy Inclusion, India’s Agricultural Crisis, Financial Inclusion, Politics of Knowledge in Policy, Handloom Consumers in 21st Century, among others.

The event had plenaries on:

  • Diversity and Inclusion at Institutes of Higher Education
  • Scaling Livelihoods for Persons with A Disability
  • Terms of Reference of the Fifteenth Finance Commission

The three-day conference was organized to encourage discussion, debate and conversations among individuals and agencies to sharpen our thinking on current policy issues. The conference was diverse in its topics and in the disciplines that were represented. It provided a forum for exposure to new ideas and methodologies, hopefully leading to cross learning and collaboration.

The conference had a wide range of discussions that explored different ways by which policy processes impact social outcomes using both theoretical and empirical lenses spanning research and practitioner pieces across academia, industry, and the government. CPP will publish a conference proceedings volume, which will bring together the major discussions and paper summaries of select sessions.