Thank you for the information on the launching of the above Institute. This is timely development and should lend a supporting hand to most developingMessage 1 of 2 , Oct 3, 2005View SourceThank you for the information on the launching of the above Institute. This is timely development and should lend a supporting hand to most developing countries of the regions in this part of the world. We will look forward to the opportunities that may become available through the Institute particularly in capacity building.
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Subject: [CompetitionOnlineForum] RANGARAJAN LAUNCHES THE CUTS INSTITUTE FOR REGULATION AND COMPETITION
RANGARAJAN LAUNCHES THE CUTS INSTITUTE FOR REGULATION AND COMPETITION
29 September 2005
Chairing a meeting organised by CUTS International, Dr C. Rangarajan,
Chairperson, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister has
launched a project for setting up of the CUTS Institute for
Regulation and Competition (CIRC) at Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Dr Rangarajan was speaking in his capacity as the Chair of the
Governing Council of the proposed institute (CIRC), which met at New
Delhi on Friday 9th September. The Governing Council includes several
eminent persons: economists, judges and former civil servants, as its
members. Among the members who attended the inaugural meeting were,
Shri Nitin Desai, former Under-Secretary General of the UN; Justice
D.P. Wadhwa, Former Judge of the Supreme Court of India and Chairman,
TDSAT, India; Shri D.R. Mehta, Former Chairman, SEBI, India; Shri
Nripendra Misra, former Secretary to Government of India, Dr S.L.
Rao, Former Chairman, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission,
India; Shri S. Sundar, Distinguished Fellow, TERI, Shri B.K. Zutshi,
Former Indian Ambassador to the WTO and Deputy Chairman, TRAI.
"Given the changed circumstances and the role of governments in
the globalised era, training and education on these subjects, which
are still evolving, is essential", noted Rangarajan in his
address at the launch meet. "We hope that this new venture of
CUTS will meet this need". Other board members felt that there is a
huge vacuum in this area, and many more of such institutes will be
Among other distinguished members of the Council, who could not
attend the launch meeting, included: Mr Rubens Ricupero, former
secretary general, UNCTAD, Dr Jagdish Bhagwati, noted trade
economist; Dr Kirit S. Parikh, Member, Planning Commission of India;
Dr Vijay Kelkar, former Adviser to the Finance Minister of India; Dr
Frederic Jenny, Judge of the Supreme Court of France; Dr Vijay S.
Vyas, Chairman, Institute for Development Studies, Jaipur, India; Dr
Isher Ahulwalia, Vice Chairman, Planning Board, Punjab, India; Mr
Vikram S Mehta, Chairman, Shell Group India; Mr Rajendra Pawar,
Chairman, NIIT, India; Dr Shankar Acharya, former Chief Economic
Adviser, Finance Ministry, India.
"This is an opportune initiative undertaken by CUTS, and you will
have all my support for this venture, which will be of great help to
the developing world", noted Rubens Ricupero in an email to CUTS.
The setting up of CIRC has been conceptualized by CUTS International,
a leading research and advocacy group with over 20+ years of active
involvement on trade, competition and regulatory issues. The
Institute, to be set up in Jaipur, will fill up a vacuum in the area
of training and education on the subjects of commercial diplomacy,
economic regulation and competition policy, and critically their
interdisciplinary approaches. It would develop as a global standard
institute offering regular training and education courses and
carrying out research in these areas.
The institute will also have a distinguished Academic Council, which
so far includes: Dr. S. Chakravarthy, former Member, MRTP Commission,
India; Dr T C A Anant, Delhi School of Economics, India; Dr N L
Mitra, former Vice Chancellor, National Law University, Jodhpur,
India; Dr Nagesh Kumar, Director General, RIS, New Delhi. Dr S.
Chakravarthy and Anant also participated in the first board meeting.
"The Rajasthan Chief Minister, Mrs Vasundhara Raje Scindia, is
very keen in making Jaipur a centre of educational excellence. In a
letter in March, 2005, to the Union Finance Minister, she wrote:
`As of now there is very limited availability of such facility in
India. Government of Rajasthan has decided to support this venture as
something which is eminently desirable'. Both the state
government and the Government of India have extended full cooperation
to help establish the CIRC", said Mr Pradeep S Mehta, Secretary
CIRC will adopt a multi-stakeholder approach and target regulators
and their staff, government officials, civil society representatives,
academicians, business, media, trade unions etc from the developing
world, in particular Africa and Asia. It would offer both general and
customized training to meet the requirements of the various
stakeholders. The institute plans to take-off by offering online
diploma and training courses in the second-half of 2006.
CIRC would also offer these courses in collaboration with
Universities and Institutes in the developed and developing world,
such as University of Manchester; University of East Anglia for
developing the course contents, and for offering CIRC's courses
to local students.
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