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Eminent political scientist Rajni Kothari passes away

Eminent political scientist, scholar and former Planning Commission member Rajni Kothari passed away in New Delhi. He was 86.

About Rajni Kothari

  • He was born on 16th August, 1928.
  • He was a well-known political thinker, political theorist, academician and writer.
  • He had started his career as a lecturer at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (Baroda University). In 1961, for first time he received recognition when his essays series, Form and Substance in Indian Politics were published in Economic and Political Weekly (then Economic Weekly) over six issues.
  • In 1963, he had founded Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) – a social sciences and humanities research institute based in New Delhi.
  • In 1980, he had founded Lokayan (Dialogue of the People), a forum for interaction between activists and intellectuals.
  • He was member of the Planning Commission during the national Front Government led by then Prime Minister V P Singh.
  • He was also associated with number of prestigious institutions including Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), International Foundation for Development Alternatives and People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL).
  • Books: His famous published works include Politics in India (1970), Caste in Indian Politics and Rethinking Democracy (1973), In Search of Humane World Order Poverty: Human Consciousness (1989) and the Amnesia of Development and Communalism in Indian Politics (1995).
  • Awards: In 1985 on behalf of Lokayan, he has received the Right Livelihood Award from the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm (widely referred as the Alternative Nobel Prize). He has also received the UGC’s Swami Pranavananda Award in Political Science.


IIT, ONGC ink MoU to develop indigenous technologies to enhance oil exploration

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) have signed a Memorandum of Collaboration to develop indigenous technologies to enhance oil exploration.

It was signed in the presence of the Union Minister of Human Resource Development Smriti Irani and the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi.

Key facts

  • As per Memorandum of Collaboration both parties will work towards a collective Research and Development Programme.
  • This programme will aim for developing indigenous technologies to enhance exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons and alternate sources of energy.
  • It is a long-term initiative between both parties for sustained research, development and capacity building.
  • It will provide a multi-pronged approach that will help to foster research capability and transform experiential based learning in oil exploration sector.
  • It will also help to realize full potential of India’s inherent strengths to develop indigenous technologies in order to make country global leader in this sector.