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Development Studies (IDS)

To meet the challenges of emerging scenario in the twenty first century and to optimally exploit the new (even qualitatively new) opportunities, the country needs vigorous result - oriented inter- disciplinary efforts, of a nature and scale, rarely needed before. The efforts at the highest intellectual level have to be directed towards research, leading to strategies for growth with social justice and progress and understanding of scientific processes, consultancy of an interdisciplinary in nature on specific problems requiring a time bound solution and development of a new breed of leaders (Managers, Technocrats, Population Scientists etc.) equipped with appropriate knowledge and skills and ability to acquire new knowledge/skills on their own, a vision of things as they could be, a concern for fellow human beings and the confidence to face unknown. Anticipating the potential unleashed by the globalization and anticipating the future demand for personnel, the Institute of Development Studies was established in September 1994 in the premises of Lucknow University, Lucknow. The Institute envisages an educational mission of inter-disciplinary nature by net-working the knowledge, efforts and expertise available in the fields of various disciplines (in and outside the campus) for providing the best technical advice to government executives, policy-makers, planners and researchers. The Institute was established in 1994 by the University of Lucknow, as the recognition of the fact that development studies, encompass a wide spectrum of disciplines, and hence inter-disciplinary institute provides a natural habitat for the same.

In the realm of development studies, isolated or independent application of any discipline is neither feasible nor desirable. There is unanimity in academic and policy-making circles that the process of development is related with complex and conflicting sets of economical, social, political, legal and other parameters. The mechanics, dynamics and problems of the process of development can be meaningfully studied and analyzed only by taking resource to a multi- disciplinary approach. Accordingly, the usual obsession of traditional academicians for maintaining separate identities of their respective disciplines by keeping them separate and nurturing them only from within is being fast replaced by an interactive model.

The Institute is located on the bank of Gomti river in the heart of historic city of Lucknow and operating under the auspices of one of the premier academic centres of the country - "Lucknow University". The proximity of Lucknow University, Baba Saheb Ambedkar University, Indian Institute of Management, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, centre of learning and research, the seat of state government, growing industries all make the location of such an Institute at Lucknow very appropriate. It is to be noted that the Institute is getting financial assistance in terms of non-plan grants from state government and also has received development grants from the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

Objectives of Institute

The main objectives of the Institute are as follows:

  • To undertake research studies on economic development, management, social and political environment;
  • To undertake research studies on population problems and health related issues in rural and urban areas;
  • To undertake studies on financial administration and budgeting in the government system at all levels;
  • To offer Degree/Diploma courses;
  • To offer Ph.D. Programmes in inter-disciplinary areas;
  • To provide consultancy service to government and non-government organizations and to organise training programmes;
  • To organise seminars, conferences and workshops on important issues relating to Planning, Development and Administration;
  • To publish journals, mimeographs, technical paper etc.
  • Population Studies
  • Sustainable Development
  • Rural Development and Management
  • Fiscal Studies
  • Planning & Development Studies
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Global Trade and Development Challenges
  • The Economy of UP: Development Challenges, Constraints and Alternatives
Prof. Arvind Mohan
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  • Pre Union Budget Estimates.
  • Journal of Fiscal Economics.
  • Technical Papers.
  • MMEM Business Review.
  • Development Dialogue
  • Master of Arts in Development Studies (MA-DS)
  • Master in Population and Environment,
  • Ph. D.

National Awards Earned/Distinctions Earned by Teachers

Prof. A.K. Sen gupta
  • Jewel of India Award, International Business Council, New Delhi.
  • National Gold Star Award to the Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow University, received by Prof. A.K. Sengupta as Director of the Institute, International Business Council, New Delhi.
  • Consultant, World Bank, Washington DC, USA.
  • Consultant, UNDP, Human Development, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Member, State Planning Commission, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Deptt. of Public Works, Government of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Deptt. of Panchayati Raj, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Member, Policy Formulation Cell, Deptt. of Planning, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Director, UPSRTC.
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Deptt. of Rural Development, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh.
Dr. Kamna Sengupta
  • Academic Advisor, Economics, ICFAI, Hyderabad.
Dr. Aurnob Roy
  • Academic Advisor, Global Strategic Management, ICFAI, Hyderabad.
  • Academic Advisor, Economics, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow.
Dr. A.K. Singh
  • Academic Advisor, Marketing & Management, ICFAI, Hyderabad.
  • Development Consultant in PACS programme in Uttar Pradesh launched by DFID, UK.
Dr. Nimish Gupta
  • Academic Advisor, Marketing & Information Technology, ICFAI, Hyderabad.

New Infrastructural Development:

  • Well established Conference Hall and Computer Lab in this year.

Candidates Awarded D. Litt/D. Sc., LLD/Ph.D.:

  • One Ph.D. Awarded
  • One Ph.D. submitted

Student Selected in NET/JRF/SLET etc. and Selected in Civil Services:

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  • Seminar on 'Development Challenges Before Uttar Pradesh " October 9-10, 2002
  • Seminar on 'Union Budget 2002-03 and Economic Reforms in Uttar Pradesh', February 19-20,2002.
  • Seminar on Model Union Budget 2001-02 entitled 'Political Arithmetic and Fiscal Calculus of Union Budget 2001-02', February 24, 2001.
  • Seminar on Model Union Budget 2000-01 entitled, February 26, 2000.
  • Workshop on Management of University Administration, organized by the Institute in collaboration with the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, October 25-29, 1999.
  • Seminar on "Financial Sector Reforms in India & Union Budget' 99", at Yojana Bhawan, Lucknow on February 20, 21 & 22, 1999.
  • Seminar on 'Eleventh Finance Commission and Fiscal Environment of Resourcelessness with Special Reference to UP', organized by the Institute of Development Studies on August 31, Sept. 1-2, 1999.
  • Seminar on "Emerging Trends in Indian Economy /I, in collaboration with Deptt. of Economics, Lucknow University held at Yojana Bhawan, on April 28, 29 & 30th, 1998.
  • Seminar on 'Union Budget' 97 - Perspectives, Issues and Expectations ", in collaboration with Deptt. of Economics, Lucknow University held at Yojana Bhawan, on February 24, 1997.
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