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3rd Edition of Women Transforming India Awards to be Organized by NITI Aayog

Third edition of Women Transforming India Awards to be organized by Government think- tank NITI Aayog on 16th December.  On this occasion NITI Aayog will also launch the upgraded portal of Women Entrepreneurship Platform. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will present the awards to the women. The theme for this year awards is – ‘Women and Entrepreneurship’ and 15 winners have been selected.

Women Transforming India Awards

The awards were launched in 2016 to recognize the exceptional women who are working hard and making difference in lives of others. It invites the stories of women entrepreneurs from the country, who are doing innovative work to address the key development challenges and impacting the communities.

The nominations of the awards were opened on the launch of Women Entrepreneurship Platform in March this year. The event will include panel discussions consists of entrepreneurs, investors, and experts.

NITI Aayog

National Institution for Transforming India was launched on 1st January 2015 to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and enhance cooperative federalism by increasing involvement of states in the policy making process. The initiative consists of 5 years road map plan and 7 years vision, strategy and action plan.  NITI Aayog replaced the 65 years old Planning Commission of India.

Functions of NITI Aayog
  • To enhance the involvement of States in decision making process by fostering cooperative federalism.
  • To promote innovation, knowledge and entrepreneurial support system through a collaborative community of national and international experts.
  • Incorporating National security in economic strategy and policy.
  • To maintain state-of-the-art resource center for best practices in sustainable and equitable development and promote good governance.
  • Formulate the strategies at village level and integrate these at higher levels of government.
  • To work towards the technology up-gradation for implementation of policies.
  • The design framework for strategic and long-term policies and monitor their progress.
Board of NITI Aayog

The board consists of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Ex-Officio members, Chief Executive Officer, Special Invitees, Full time members and Governing Council.

Chairperson – The Prime Minister of India

Vice Chairperson – Rajiv Kumar

Chief Executive Officer – Amitabh Kant

Governing Council – All Chief minister of Stated and LG of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Special Invitees.

 

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Noted labour economist T.S. Papola passes away

Noted labour economist Dr. T.S. Papola passed away in New Delhi. He was 74.

He had served as an advisor with the erstwhile Planning Commission of Union Government for eight years from 1987 to 1995.

About Dr. T.S. Papola

  • Papola was specialised in labour and employment, industrial economics, development planning, regional development and enterprise development.
  • Teaching career: Papola had over 4 decades of experience in teaching, research and advisory assignments.
  • He had taught at the various universities in India and abroad including in University of Lucknow and Bombay, Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) and University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Consultative and Advisory Roles: Papola had served as Chairman and Member of several State and National level bodies including the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
  • He also had worked in consultative and advisory capacities with multiple international organisations such as UNCTAD, ILO, UNIDO, UNDP and UNICEF.
  • Associated Institutions: He was founder member and former director and honorary professor at the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), New Delhi.
  • He also had severed as Chairman of Lucknow based Giri Institute of Development Studies.
  • He was founder member of New Delhi based Institute for Human Development (IHD) and Chairman of the 4th State Finance Commission (SFC) of Uttarakhand.
  • Books: Papola had authored 14 books and around 80 research papers in reputed journals. He also had edited a 10-volume series on Labour regulation in Indian industry.
  • Awards and Honours: VKRV Rao Young Social Scientist Prize for outstanding contribution in Economics (1984), VKRV Rao Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to Social Science, Kautilya Award (2007) by the UP-Uttarakhand Economic Association.

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