About Conference Host: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU)

About Conference Host: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) Rajiv Gandhi University (formerly Arunachal University) is the premier institution for higher education in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, laid the foundation stone of the University on 4th February 1984 at Rono Hills, where the present campus is located. The university campus is located on a panoramic table land of 302 acres overlooking the river Dikrong bridge, locally known as Rono-Hills in the outskirts of Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. It is connected to the national highway No. 415 leading to Itanagar. It is 6.5 km away from the National Highway 52-A and 25 km away from Itanagar, the State capital. The campus is linked with the National Highway by the Dikrong bridge. The nearest railway station is Gumto, just 10 minutes away from Rajiv Gandhi University.

Department of Economics, Rajiv Gandhi University

The Department of Economics made its beginning in July 1991. The main objective of the Department has been to impart socially relevant education at the Post Graduate level by judicious mix of theory and empiricism. The course of study and research offering of the department has been designed to meet this objective. The Department of Economics has the distinction of acting as the nodal Department for the preparation of the First Human Development Report (HDR) of Arunachal Pradesh. The Department also has the distinction of preparing the First State Development Report of Arunachal Pradesh. The 7th, 17th and 22nd annual Conference of the North Eastern Economic Association Conference (NEEA) was organised by the Department in 2005, 2015 and 2022 respectively. Recognising the contributions of the Department, the Ministry of Finance, Government of India in 2012 sanctioned grant-in-aid for establishing the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) attached to the department of Economics.

Centre for Development Studies (CDS)

The Centre for Development Studies (CDS) was set up in 2013 as a research adjunct at the Department of Economics, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Itanagar, with a generous grant from the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs), Government of India. The objectives of the Centre include the creation of high-quality research infrastructure for students, researchers and faculty members, in addition to sponsoring and coordinating research on various developmental issues having policy implications both at the regional and national level. Sponsoring national and international scholars for delivering lectures and other academic engagements and organizing national and international seminars, workshops, symposiums at periodic intervals on relevant topics and publishing working/policy papers on the research outcome of the Centre, monographs and edited volumes are other key activities of the Centre.