Dr. R. Balasubramaniam
have delivered the 21st INSTITUTE LECTURE, IIT-BHU on the topic of A Development Vision for India , Thursday, the 11th August, 2016 Venue : Gopal Tripathi Auditorium, Department of Chemical Engg. & Tech
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Abstract of the Lecture:
India is at the cusp of exponential economic growth but severely lacks in many social indicators that put it several paces away from being a developed nation. It continues to have a high proportion of malnourished people, more in certain cases than countries that have a substantially lower GDP, not so high literacy levels, poor conditions of water and sanitation, a large number of unskilled young people and increasing incidences of social unrest across the country. There is a need to understand and appreciate that mere Income & GDP Growths without significant human and social growth will not result in the kind of gains that the Nation needs and aspires for. The time has come to reassess the belief that market forces will help trickle down benefits to the poor in India and to re-frame not only our development priorities but also to chalk out long term pragmatic plans that include the vast majority of the Indians.
This talk will revolved around the concept of how ‘Development’ needs to be viewed as a constant expansion of human capabilities. It will trace the history of the Nations’s growth over the last millenia and the paradigm of how expanding human and social capital is more critical to India today than ever before. It will also demonstrate how this expansion can result in economic consequences for all.
Dr. R Balasubramaniam (Balu) is a development activist who is a physician by qualification. After his MBBS, he earned his MPhil in Hospital Administration & Health Systems Management from BITS, Pilani. He has a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University.
His living habits were greatly influenced by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and at the age of 19, he founded the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (www.svym.org) based on the principles of Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (Truth), Seva (Service) and Tyaga (Sacrifice).
He has spent the last 31 years of his life in the service of the rural and tribal poor in the forests of India. He has built this non-profit organization into India’s leading development NGO and the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) today runs more than 50 projects reaching out to nearly a million people across the state of Karnataka and also has centers in the USA and UK.
He is also the Founder and Chairman of Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement (www.graam.org.in).
Dr R Balasubramaniam is also the recipient of numerous other State and National Awards.
Apart from lecturing & teaching regularly at many reputed universities around the world on Leadership, he was the distinguished Frank Rhodes Professor at Cornell University, USA.
As the Vigilance Director, he has assisted the Lok Ayukta (the anti-corruption agency), Karnataka in investigating into issues of mal-administration and Corruption in the health sector and in the Public Distribution System.
He was the Head and Visiting professor of the Vivekananda Chair of the University of Mysore. He has traveled widely within and outside the country promoting the concept of participatory sustainable development, which is contextually relevant and culturally appropriate.
He is a Tata Scholar, a Mason Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School and a Fellow at the Hauser Center for Non-profits, Harvard University. He teaches Leadership in reputed Universities both in India and abroad apart from running leadership workshops for corporates, non-profits and government agencies.
He has authored 5 books and he also writes extensively about Swami Vivekananda and on Development Issues in local Kannada and English newspapers and in his blog at rbalu.wordpress.com. His latest book ‘I, the Citizen’ has been widely acclaimed around the world.
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