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  SECRETARY’S REPORT (2011)

Proceedings of the Executive Meeting of Bangiya Arthaniti Parishad held on
10.04.2011 (6 P.M.) at St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata.


Twenty-one out of twenty-four newly elected members of the Executive Committee of the Parishad were present in the said meeting. Dr. Biswajit Guha, Dr. Pankaj Basu and Shri Kushal Bhaskar were not present.

Dr. Fr. Felix Raj, the outgoing Secretary of the Parishad ,welcomed the newly unanimously elected members of the Executive Committee for the year 2011-2014. The agenda-wise proceedings are given below:

Agenda 1: To elect the Protem Chairman:
Prof. R.K. Sen proposed the name of Shri Ananthbandhu Mukherjee for conducting the election as a Protem Chairman for item 2. His proposal was seconded by Prof. Biswajit Chatterjee.
Thereafter, Members observed one minute silence for the sudden death of Prof. Santosh Kr. Bhattacharyya, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Calcutta and former Conference President of the Parishad , and Prof. Ajit Kumar Sinha., former President,Indian Economic Association and a life member of the Parishad.

Agenda 2: To elect the President for 2011-2014:
Dr. Mrinal Dasgupta proposed the name of Prof. Biswajit Chatterjee as the President of the BAP for the year 2011-2014. It was seconded by Prof. R.N. Nag .
As there was no other name, the Protem Chairman declared Prof. Biswajit Chatterjee unanimously elected President of Bangiya Arthaniti Parishad for 2011-2014. He then requested Prof. Chatterjee to take the Chair of the Executive Committee Meeting.

Agenda 3: Co-option of Two Members:
Dr. R.K. Sen and Fr. Dominic Savio S.J have been unanimously declared as co-opted Members of Executive Committee of the Parishad for 2011-2014.

Agenda 4: To elect the other Office-Bearer for 2011-2014:
Prof. Chatterjee thanked all Members of BEA Executive Committee for electing him for the third consecutive time as President. He sought cooperation of all Members for developing the BEA into new heights of glory.
President Prof. Biswajit Chatterjee then invited nominations for election of other Office Bearers of the Parishad for 2011-2014. Proposed by Dr. D.N. Bhattacharya and seconded by Prof. R.K. Sen, the following panel was accepted :

i) Vice Presidents: a) Dr. Fr. John Felix Raj
b) Prof. D.N. Konar
ii) Secretary: Prof.
Dr. Santanu Ghosh
iii) Treasurer: Dr. Ratan Lal Basu
iv) Joint Secretaries: a) Dr. Mou Roy (Academic)
b) Dr. Suvransu Pan (Publication)
c) Sri Niladri De (Organisation)
d) Sri Samrat Roy (Finance).

 

Agenda 5: Election of Advisors & the Editorial Board of Artha Beekshan:
Prof. R.N. Nag proposed the following names. It was duly seconded by Dr. Joydev Sasmal. The following have been duly elected.

Editor: Prof. Biswajit Chatterjee
Editorial Advisors: 1. Prof. Partha Dasgupta
2. Prof. G.K. Chadha
3. Prof. Sugata Marjit
4. Prof. R.K. Sen
Editorial Board: 1. Prof. Asis Banerjee
2. Prof. Sib Ranjan Mishra
3. Prof. Maniklal Adhikari
4. Prof. Tarun Kabiraj
Managing Editor: Dr. Asim K. Karmakar
Associate Editors: 1. Dr. Arpita Dhar
2. Dr. Srijit Choudhuri
3. Shri Debesh Bhowmik

Agenda 6: Finalization of Dates, Venues & Themes of Mid-Year (2011) Seminar & 32nd Conference (2012) of the BEA:

Mid-Year Seminar:

Venue: Kashipur Michael Madhusudan Mahavidyalaya
Date: September 24, 2011 (Saturday)
Topic: Two Decades of Economic Reforms in India.

32nd Annual Conference:

Venue: Economics Department Maulana Azad College, Kolkata,
Dates: February 18-19, 2012
Themes:  i) Agrarian Crisis in India;
ii) Industrialization in West Bengal;
iii) International Capital Flows, Economic Growth & Development.
Current Topic Session: i) Approach to XII Five Year Plan
ii) Census of India 2011

Agenda 7: Finalization of Conference President of 32nd Annual Conference & etc.:

The following panel has been approved

A. Conference President: 1. Prof. Ashok Sanjoy Guha
2. Prof. Ramgopal Agarwal
B. S.N. Sen Memorial Lecture: 1. Prof. Aloke Roy
2. Prof. Dipankar Coondoo
C. A.K. Das Gupta Memorial Lecture: 1. Prof. Martin Ravallion
2. Prof. John Dreze


Agenda 8: Finalization of Key Note/Theme Paper Writers of the Mid-Year Seminar & 32nd Annual Conference:

The following names have been approved:

Topic I: Agrarian Crisis in India
Keynote Paper: i) Dr. Srijit Mishra
Theme Paper: ii) Dr. Joydev Sasmal
   
Topic II: Industrialization in West Bengal
Keynote Paper:  i) Prof. Abhirup Sarkar
Theme Paper: ii) Prof. Sugata Marjit
   
Topic III: International Capital Flows, Economic Growth & Development
Keynote Paper: i) Prof. Rajat Acharyya
Theme Paper: ii) Prof. Soumyen Sikdar
   

Miscellaneous:  
The EC thanked outgoing EC Members of BAP, its Office-Bearers, Advisors and Managing Editor and also the LOS for 31st Annual Conference for their service to BAP.   The President thanked all the outgoing Vice-Presidents, Joint Secretaries, Treasurer, Managing Editor, Associate Editors for their work and efforts during the last term.   The President also offered thanks to Dr. Fr. Felix Raj, Fr. Dominic Savio, SJ, LOC of the 31st Conference for extending their cooperation for making the 31st Conference of the Parishad at St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) successful.   The President also offered thanks to Prof. R.K. Sen, Chief Election Officer and Fr. Dominic Savio, SJ, the Assistant Election Officer for conduction Triennial Election efficiently.   The EC thanked Prof. R.K. Sen for providing valuable space for the Association at the IIDS premises, Shyambazar for the last twelve years,  and for steering the publication of Arthabeekshan as Managing Editor during last six years.   Resolved that Asim K. Karmakar, new Managing Editor of the Arthabeekshan will be the Invitee Member to the EC of the Parishad.


Minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting of the Bangiya Arthaniti Parishad
held on July 24, 2011 at St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata


The second meeting of the ‘newly’ formed Executive Committee (2011 – 2014) of the Bangiya Arthaniti Parishad was held on July 24, 2011 at the St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata. The meeting, in which 20 members (out of 24) had been present, was presided over by Prof. Biswajit Chatterjee, President of the Bangiya Arthaniti Parishad.

The first agenda of the meeting was confirmation of minutes of the ‘first’ meeting, held on April 10, 2011 in which the present office bearers of the Parishad had been elected. The Secretary of the Parishad read out the minutes. Prof. R.K.Sen raised some technical points and after incorporation of his suggestions, the minutes were unanimously passed.

The second agenda of the day was related to the Mid-Year Seminar of the Parishad, scheduled to be hosted by Kabi Michael Madhusudan Mahavidyalaya, Kashipur (Purulia) on September 24, 2011. The President pointed out that St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata would also be hosting a seminar in collaboration with the Parishad on September 25 & 26, 2011. Prof. Ananth Bandhu Mukherjee raised the point that since the dates of mid-year seminar had been finalized long ago, St. Xavier’s College seminar timing should have been changed in order to avoid near clash of dates. Dr. R.N. Nag of the St. Xavier’s College pointed out the difficulty in rescheduling or postponing the dates as the Hon’ble Higher Education Minister has already accepted his invitation and also because of tight academic schedule of the college.

Regarding the Mid-Year Seminar, the President announced that there will be two sessions – the inaugural-cum-pre-lunch session being devoted to invited lectures and the post-lunch period comprising of submissions by paper writers. He also disclosed that while the Vice Chancellor of the Birsa-Munda University will not be available during the inaugural function, the Secretary of the Indian Economic Association has kindly accepted the invitation of the local organizers of the seminar to inaugurate the seminar. The theme of the seminar is “Two Decades of Economic Reforms in India ” and Prof. R.K.Sen and Dr. A. Karmakar will be the speakers of Keynote address and the theme address respectively in the inaugural session.

The President, thereafter, directed Prof. R.N.Nag to brief the members of the Executive Committee about the seminar of the St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Dr. Nag informed that the broad theme of the seminar is “The Indian Economy: Fundamental Issues” and the sub themes are: Macroeconometrics, agriculture, industry and environment. Prof. Nag, on behalf of his college, expressed gratitude to the President and Prof. Arpita Dhar (Ghose) for their continuous assistance and advice in making the seminar a success.
The next agenda was the 32nd Annual Conference of the Bangiya Arthaniti Parishad. The President informed the members that while Prof. Srijit Mishra, Prof. Abhirup Sarkar, Prof. Soumyen Sikdar and Prof. Rajat Acharyya have already accepted invitations to present key note papers in respective sessions, Prof. Jean Dreze declined the invitation for delivering the Prof. A.K.Dasgupta Memorial Lecture due to personal engagements; prior to Prof. Dreze’s refusal, the invitation to Prof. Martin Ravallion did not evoke any response too. While the President suggested Prof. V.R. Panchamukhi as the probable speaker, Prof. R.K.Sen and few others favoured some local person as a probable speaker on logistic ground. Then, after some deliberations, a panel consisting of the names of (i) Prof. V.R.Panchamukhi, (ii) Prof. Asis Kumar Banerjee and (iii) Prof. Amitava Bose as one of the tentative speakers for the Prof. A.K.Dasgupta Memorial Lecture was approved. After finalization of this panel, the finalization of names for session chairpersons and co-chairpersons and panelists for the Panel Discussions (on “Approach to the 12th Five Year Plan” and “Census 2011”) had been taken up.

The following list was approved by the Executive Committee:
(A) Agriculture – Chairperson: Dr. Prakash Bakshi / Co-Chairperson: Dr. Seraphim
(B) Industry – Chairperson: D.Bandyopadhyay
Co-Chairperson: Fr. Felix Raj

(C) International Capital Flows – Chairperson: Prof. Kalyan Sanyal
Co-Chairperson: Prof. Basabi Bhattacharya
(D) Panel Discussion on “The Approach to the 12th Five Year Plan” –
Chairperson: Prof. Raj Kumar Sen
Panelists/Speakers (probable): Dr. Amit Mitra, Dr. Pronab Sen, Prof. Anup Sinha, Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia
(E) Session on Census 2011 –
Chairperson: Prof. Dhirendra Nath Konar
Co-Chairperson: Fr. Dominick Savio
Panelists/Speakers (probable): Prof. Banhisikha Ghosh, Prof. C.R. Malakar ,or Prof. Prasanta Pathak, It was decided that the Hon’ble Higher Education Minister and Hon’ble Finance Minsiter of West Bengal will be approached for their august presence in the 32nd Conference. It was also decided that the delegate fees for the 32nd Conference will be Rs.250/- and Rs.300/- for members and non members, respectively.

The Executive Committee then took up the publication related matters. The President directed Dr. Samrat Roy, Joint Secretary (Finance), to take initiative in releasing funds towards publication of Arthabeekshan issue containing papers presented in the 31st Annual Conference (of which he was, incidentally, one of the organizing secretaries). Prof. Asim Karmakar, Managing Editor of the journal, informed the members about the current status of papers for the forthcoming September issue. He also disclosed that four papers are yet to be submitted on Food Security theme. Prof. Dhirendra Nath Konar and Prof. Mrinal Kumar Dasgupta, editors in charge of two volumes honouring past presidents of the Parishad, appraised the members of the Executive Committee about the current status of the respective volumes (in terms of papers submitted) and both of them sounded optimistic. Shri Samarjit Das proposed that a volume be published in honour of Prof. Biswajit Chatterjee, the present President of the Bangiya Arthaniti Parishad. The proposal was readily accepted and it was resolved that Prof. Ambar Nath Ghosh and Dr. Asim Karmakar will be the editors for this volume. The Executive Committee agreed that submissions may be sought for this volume through “Call for Papers”, inserted in the forthcoming issue of Arthabeekshan The matter relating to updating of the members’ profile also came up for discussion. After some deliberations, it was decided that Executive Committee members should take initiative in this respect and they should try to feed necessary data and inputs based on their personal acquaintances and information.
The President requested Prof. Raj Kumar Sen, who represented the Bangiya Arthaniti Parishad in the recently held World Economic Conference at Beijing, to brief the members about the Conference. Prof. Sen thanked the Parishad for its assistance and gave a detailed report on the Conference. He briefed the members about statute changes, composition of membership, nature of financial assistance given to the participants by the International Economic Association, presidential address, role of Indian Economic Association and associate members from India in the international body and on a host of other matters. He regretted mismanagement during the Conference and favoured withdrawal of membership by the Bangiya Arthaniti Parishad from the International Economic Association due to its anti-federal nature. He, however, also informed the members that henceforth the activities of the Parishad will be included in the International Economic Association News Letter.

Finally, the President requested Prof. R.K.Sen and Dr. Pankaj Basu – two members from West Bengal in the Executive Committee of the Indian Economic Association – to pursue for funding from the Indian Economic Association (IEA) towards publication of Arthabeekshan since the latest News Letter of the IEA talks of this kind of assistance.
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the chair.


 


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