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International centre for human development at IIAS to be inaugurated today

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  SHIMLA, August 18, 2013
First Published: 18:23 IST(18/8/2013) | Last Updated: 18:24 IST(18/8/2013)

The historic viceregal lodge, which houses the Indian Institute of Advance Studies (IIAS), Shimla, will now have an international centre for human development (ICHD).


The centre established under United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be inaugurated by Ashok Thakur, secretary, higher education ministry of human resource development, at the institute on Monday.

IIAS spokesperson here on Sunday, informed that former IIAS director Peter Ronald de Souza would also attend the function.

An agreement for this purpose was signed last year between United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India Lise Grande and the then director Peter Ronald de Souza, spokesperson said.

He said ICHD would undertake research and other activities to create a knowledge base for new policy innovations in the field of human resource development.

“It will support ways to integrate human development analysis and approaches in development strategies,” he said. The purpose of this partnership among ministry of human resource development, Government of India, the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was to promote policy dialogue on human development, he added. 

He said ICHD had awarded human development fellowships to six officials from Bhutan, Cambodia and Lao-People's Democratic Republic (PDR) for their proposed research on social security issues and related policy measures. Four fellows from Bhutan were Lham Dorji (Bhutan's National Statistics Bureau), Tshering Tashi (ministry of finance), Jayendra Sharma (ministry of health), and Tshering Wangmo, who was working with Bhutan's Gross National Happiness Commission, he added.

Kan Ponhrith from Cambodia was presently working at CORiN-Asia whereas Oudone Maniboung from Lao-PDR was presently with the ministry of labour and social welfare, he added.


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