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Interim Budget and frontier technology: Sab ka Vikas, Sab ki Technology

The world is at the cusp of a revolution based on Industry 4.0 and green technologies, including AI, big data, IoT, EVs, solar power, etc., which offer developing countries the opportunity to leapfrog into economic prosperity. However, India’s gross expenditure on R&D (GERD) still stands at a meagre 0.66% of GDP (Economic Survey 2022), with woefully low participation from the private

Reducing malnutrition numbers

When I sit and look back at data-driven policy, it makes me content and makes me uncomfortable at the same time. Content? Why? Because data would ultimately help me target the problem in a better manner, design solutions in a manner that is relevant. However, reducing a human being to just numbers, whether it be eyeing only for 2.6 kg birth (as 2.5 is low birth weight) or reducing severe acute

How Assam is leading the way for economic transformation

The idea of decentralized planning, particularly in the Indian context, has been a recurring theme for decades. Despite its acknowledged importance, the implementation of decentralized planning has faced a number of challenges. These include issues such as devolution of powers, transfer of resources, and ad-hoc decision-making. Despite ongoing efforts, the journey towards effective decentralize

Cyber security audits: A case for institutional support

Ever since the internet started being used for commercial purposes, cyber security audits have become a routine requirement.  Considering that this change is fairly recent, these audits too are quite new. Audits, however, have been in existence in the finance world since time immemorial. These financial audits are fairly standard and have a set process both in terms of form and delivery. H

Budgeting for healthcare, the key factor for Viksit Bharat

The unveiling of the interim union budget 2024 has underscored significant strides in the healthcare sector, accentuating its pivotal role in the nation’s well-being. With the goal to make India a Viksit Bharat by 2047, increased allocations to Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PMABHIM) Ayushman Bharat, extension of healthcare coverage to ASHA and Anganwadi wor

Interim budget: What various sectors, taxpayers can expect

As the fiscal year concludes, heightened expectations surround the upcoming interim budget, which serves as a precursor to the comprehensive budget. This interim budget is anticipated to address key sectors and initiate reforms that align with the vision of achieving a trillion-dollar economy envisaged by prime minister Narendra Modi. In this article, we delve into the expected budgetary measur

Interim Budget 2024: What to expect?

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be presenting the Budget for FY2024-25 on February 1, 2024. Since this is an election year, the finance minister will table a “vote-on account” through an interim budget, while the task of presenting the full budget for FY25 shall be of the new government after the general elections. The last interim budget, presented by the i

Lord Ram in the 21st century

India is celebrating the reinstating of Lord Ram in Ayodhya, his birthplace, after almost 500 years of politico-legal struggle. At the same time, politics is inevitable in a modern democracy; ironically, the matter of religion in public life for the majority population threads between the expression of faith and the exploitation of belief. The act remains the same; it changes th

Empowering Minds: The changing face of education through CSR initiatives in India

In India, education serves as a powerful catalyst for individual progress and societal advancement, especially in rural areas where access to quality education remains a challenge. A 2021 survey ranking India at 32nd place globally in the education index underscores the pressing need for initiatives that bridge this gap. This article delves into the pivotal role Corporate Social Responsibility

Get. Set. Goal

In one of my sessions, I asked the participants, “Do you have goals in life?” What do you presume would have been the answer? Almost everyone raised their hands. Then I asked, “Have you written down those goals?” Now only a few hands went up. Once again, I quizzed, “How many of you are carrying your goal list with you right now?” And there was only one hand u

The Pannun affair: Why India-US ties are undergoing stress check

It is nearly two weeks since FBI director Christopher Wray landed in New Delhi and held talks with CBI director Praveen Sood and NIA chief Dinkar Gupta on the alleged killing of Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a US citizen and wanted terrorist in India. Close on the heels of the FBI director’s visit, five Indian-origin US lawmakers warned India that its relations with America would suffer a &ldq

‘Bon Voyage’ through the Arctic: Exploring new horizons for India

India`s tryst with trade through the Arctic regions, including the Northern Sea Routes (NSR), has become an impact-making endeavor recently. The Arctic of yore is now a pivot – point of geopolitics, of climate change discussions, and for economic opportunities; 40% of oil and gas reserves said to be here – for equitable sustainable development goal. Murmansk, known as the capital ci

Mumbai traffic: Let’s use some simple math

Two level of roads not enough, BMC to have triple traffic jams through underground junctions There is no shortage of short-sighted traffic experts who believe that creating more vertical space (either above or below the level) in already overcrowded and congested cities will be counterproductive henceforth. The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed that

The Effect of Mindfulness Practice on Adolescents: A Pilot Study

[On the occasion of the International Stress Awareness Week, Oct 30-Nov 3, Governance Now had carried an excerpt from a study on Occupation Stress Among Middle-Aged in India. Here is an excerpt from another research paper on a similar and important topic

Occupational Stress Among Middle-Aged Professionals in India

[On the occasion of the International Stress Awareness Week, Oct 30- Nov 3, here is an excerpt from a research paper published in ‘Annals of Neurosciences’, which focuses on an important segment of society – middle-aged professionals – and their major concern – occupational stress.] For the full paper, readers are invited to go to:

Expanding digital footprint among rural girls

In the adjoining districts of Alwar, Rajasthan, and Nuh in Haryana, rural girls have leveraged digital awareness to access government programs related to health, education, public distribution system, and more. They have also used these skills for educational purposes, such as research, downloading exam IDs, and checking their results. Additionally, some students have applied their knowledge to

In Israel’s Hamas war, India maintains its stance on global terrorism

The entire Israel-Palestine quagmire can be perceived through the vivid lens of the Political Contest Model where in the quintessential nation-state actor is pitted against the non-state actor in a volatile conflict scenario. The model refers to the fact that the state actor is accoutered with enough pelf and resources along with relevant firepower while the non-state actor is bereft of resourc

AI in education: How to embrace the change (and why)

It is often said that industry is at 4.0 and education is at 2.0. To transform education in line with artificial intelligence (AI), it is imperative to adopt what companies like Google are doing. We must learn to grow along with AI as AI is going to grow. There is a need to evolve the mindsets of educators to embrace AI as that is the way forward. The task of instilling moral values will still

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: How G-20 has redefined our common future in a divided world

After more than four decades of global leaders` united statement in 1987 to define the future as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” global governance finally reached a consensus in 2013-16 that took shape in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a common target for 2030. During it

Focus on gender equality needed for sustainable development

India celebrated its 77th Independence Day last month with emotions and a hope that 2030 will bring better days with the dream of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in India. Out of the 17 goals of development, the first one itself is the alleviation of poverty. For a country like India, multidimensional poverty becomes an important obstacle because of the ground reality that women

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


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