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India: Agenda 2020 for economic development

India: Agenda 2020 is one of the best research projects I have undertaken till date. I had done this project in 2004 as a part of my assignment for the qualifying round of a management festival called “Vistas” organized every year by PES BBM (People’s Education Society, Bangalore). The event I had participated in was called “The clerk of the course” or simply put the best manager of the lot. This was a very challenging event and the only one where individuals participated (i.e. no group participation). One hell of a fest it was for it drew the best out of us (me and my college fellas). Though I did not win my event, I did reach the finals (which you can say is an achievement of sorts :-)).

Talking more about the management festival, Vistas was a national level event with participating colleges coming from all over the country. They had Amity from Delhi, Loyola from Chennai, ICFAI (i.e. us) from Hyderabad, Christ College and a few others from Bangalore, SDM from Mangalore, Goa Instiute of Management (not sure of the name) from Goa and a few colleges from places like Gulbarga, Mysore etc. I must say that it was one of the best organized management fests I had ever been to (I did go to quite a few fests during my college days) and the events were innovatively designed (no usual write, speak, win stuff).

Now about my project: India Agenda 2020 was a research project which required the participants to develop a success agenda for India’s economic development with the time frame being up to year 2020. The project needed to be realistic, practical and cover the following areas with specific emphasis:

1. Impact of WTO (World Trade Organization)
2. Role of

a. SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India)
b. RBI (Reserve Bank of India)
c. ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India)
d. IRDA (Insurance Regulatory Development Authority)
e. CERC (Central Electricity Regulatory Commission)

3. Should we move towards Capitalist economy?

It took me 3 full weeks to complete this project. During those weeks I was home most of the time to read stuff and collect facts, figures, analyze them and write my inferences. My attendance got all messed up because of that!

Anyways, I wish to make this work open to every body. Please feel free to refer to it at your convenience. If you have any suggestions or comments, they are always welcomed. Incase you are using this work or portions of it for any projects or public presentations; please mention my name in there ;-). To download the file in PDF format, use the link below. If you need it in a word file format send a mail or drop a line.

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October 3, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,


  1. Whenever one talks in the context of economic developmenr for India, one should always talk of infrastructure and some of our obsolete laws. Otherwise, it is just a lot of idle chatter.

    Comment by Hiren | October 5, 2006 | Reply

  2. Hello Hiren. Thanks for stopping by! You are my first visitor on this blog. This one is still going through its final touches.

    With reference to the comment:

    1. I agree that infrastructure (esp. roads, railways, air connectivity, traffic regulation, tele-density and penetration, internet/broadband penetration etc) is a very critical part of any developing/developed country’s economic development process and improvement in infrastructure will lead to improvement in many other fields like literacy, standard of living, mingling of cultures, more people getting exposed to modernity and stuff. However, I had intentionally overlooked this topic which can be a massive discussion/debate in itself. There was a word limit in the project and the compulsory inclusions (mentioned in my post) had taken up most of the time in research. I had briefly touched upon the topic in these lines:

    “Technology has not been able to address the issues of transportation and movement for the masses. Making transportation cheap is not the end of the story. We still cannot guarantee minimal safety to the people traveling in trains and buses. In addition to this are the traffic congestion problems of people in the urban and semi urban areas. We have been quite successful on the communications front. There has been considerable penetration of telephones even in the rural areas. But it has also brought with it the problem of quality of service. The private sector players have failed in providing quality service even to their urban clients let alone the rural areas.” (More on page 6 of the document)

    2. Obsolete laws: Wow! You hit the right cord. I had read some very good stuff related to Homosexuality and anti-sodomy laws in India (which needless to say, are outdated) and am going to post it in this blog. I do have one post on laws regarding prostitution and dance bars. Well, I must say that back then I did not know about this issue and completely missed it in my project.

    As my inclination was more towards “social issues” and “technology for common man” in my project (which I think are important from the human development point of view, and should not be considered idle talk), I could have talked about the obsolete laws. However, once I am done with my career pursuits or when I am really free I will release a revised/enriched version of this document. I hope to include your points in it. Thanks once again, for your feedback. Do keep ‘em coming.



    Comment by stubbfanatic | October 5, 2006 | Reply

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