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Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550

Brown Bag Lecture

Wed, February 6, 2008 • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM • Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118

India is emerging as Global Economic power and a force to reckon with in next decade. It has earned a reputation of IT and Hi-tech growth driver, but the rural socio-economic development is not matching these growth stories.

India has a poor track record when it comes to rural electrification or for that matter other rural infrastructure. Even after sixty years of planned development and emphasis on Power-Sector development and Rural Electrification Schemes, more than fifty-four percent of Indian households are without access to electricity. Conditions in some States are alarming and even worse than underdeveloped African countries. Former Indian Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi observed that “only 15 % finally reach to the real beneficiary from the rural development fund, 31% of the food grain and 36% of sugar meant for the food security of the poor in the public distribution system go to the black market.”

The talk would be focused on an alternate Rural Electrification Model and Organization Structure based on the International practices. The speaker would address issues emerged in the recent surveys and analysis of the Indian Rural Electrification Projects and the research findings. The other issues deliberated during the session would be policy revision for rural sector electrification, Restructuring with enhanced role of entrepreneurs, Consumers, Stakeholders, Consumer co-operatives, Panchayat (Local Village administration), Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Franchisees.

Speaker:

Rajiv K Mishra, PhD is a Visiting Scholar, IC2, UT Austin. He has a domain expertise in Power Sector, having twenty-two years of Managerial and Technical hands on experience in the field of Power, Telecom and related IT applications in India. He is currently employed with Indian Central Transmission Utility as Deputy General Manager.

An Electrical Engineer from NIT, Durgapur and studied MS (Power System) at NTNU, Norway, he has done PhD (Business Administration) from AMU, India. He has authored four Bestseller books Published by Rupa and company, Delhi and has seven published papers in Indian and International journals.

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute


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