Students from various streams in the Post-Graduate courses from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, were part of the audience of a lecture delivered by former President, Pranab Mukherjee yesterday. This lecture titled ‘Constitutional Provisions for Socio-Economic Inclusivity: Theory and Parliamentary Practice’ was, in turn, a part of a lecture series that supplements a course for ‘Public Policy for Inclusive Development of India’ at IIM-A.
The students of the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM), Food & Agri-Business Management (FAMB) and, Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (PGPX) programs constituted the audience. The course is conducted by the JSW School of Public Policy at IIM-A and Pranab Mukherjee will be conducting sessions as a faculty for at least 12 out of the total 22 sessions scheduled.
Towards his conclusion, he added that “67 years ago the Indian Constitution – a living document was written. I see it as a Magna-Carta of socio-economic development of the nation. I take this opportunity today to appeal to the billion plus population of our nation, the participants of our Constitutional democracy to work together in harmony for effective implementation of Directive Principles for the achievement of socio-economic justice in India. This balance and harmony have to be maintained to overcome the challenges before us as a nation.”
The course aims to reflect on the interaction between the desired extent of inclusive development and the framework of parliamentary democracy in India. This pedagogy stems from the former president’s experiences, to evaluate and reflect on the public policy framework for inclusive development in India.
Professor Vijaya Sherry Chand, Chairperson of JSW School of Public Policy added that “listening to Shri Pranab Mukherjee, our students should develop a better understanding of the politics of inclusive development. In a complex democratic society such as ours, technically ideal solutions to public problems have to be balanced by the management of conflicts that are inevitable when there are multiple and contradictory pulls.”
Among other topics, Pranab Mukherjee will also be covering ‘Institutional Intervention for Financial Inclusion: A Legacy to be Built Upon’ and ‘Articulating Policy and Institutional Agenda for Future Transformation of India.’